Better Together

Better Together

Official selection 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Official selection 2019 Bozeman International Film Festival
Showing June 7, 2019, 10am, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT;
Q&A with producer and director following screening.


The 1969 Union Oil blowout mobilized the Santa Barbara community to fight for the environment, inspiring the creation of many nonprofit organizations, Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency and the first interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. The legacy of the oil spill continues to inform this community, which keeps coming together, providing local solutions to global environmental problems, exemplified when over 3,000 volunteers joined the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to dig mud from homes after the deadly 2018 debris flow.

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“We all feel like we’re part of an ecosystem, that there’s an ecology of our relationships, so that what affects one person, affects us all in some way. So when there’s a crisis, when someone is in need, we should all pitch in and help that person. If someone out there is hurting, what affects them directly, affects all of us indirectly. We’re tied in an inescapable web of mutuality and interdependence." — David Pellow, Chair, UCSB Environmental Studies Program

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Sponsor the Film

This documentary is a love letter to Santa Barbara and you can help us finish it! The community behind these local nonprofit organizations share a history lesson for our children, showing the power of working together despite great odds. 

All sponsors before December 12, 2018 will receive film credit. Donations are tax-deductible, thanks to Art Without Limits, our nonprofit arts fiscal sponsor.  

All film producers, sponsors and friends get film and media credit and are invited to a gathering of like-minded friends at a reception to follow the World Premiere

Checks can be made to fiscal sponsor Art Without Limits, with Better Together in the memo line, mailed to:

816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Art Without Limits also has a direct deposit account with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. Please memo "Better Together".


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