Better Together

Better Together

Official Selection of the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill brought people together in an effort to protect the beaches and the environment. Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency, UCSB’s first-ever Environmental Studies program and a host of nonprofits were born in its wake, inspiring community activism and participation. This is a story of citizens generating solutions, and of how love for a place connects, strengthens and unites people into a powerful, resilient force for the common good.

Become a Sponsor

“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

We hope to have the honor of presenting our World Premiere to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spillthe 49th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rightsand the first anniversary of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

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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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