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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

SBIFF Update Includes New SBNP Documentary Plans

Lisa Snider, writer and producer of the documentary on critical housing in SB -- Price of Paradise -- did a write up on Edhat.com today about the film festival. One of the things she points out is that Sam Tyler, who produced Good to Great about Jim Collins, is currently working on a documentary on the News-Press Mess.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's so interesting about the NP? Nothing. Just a business owner running a business.

1/30/2007 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually has most of the elements of a Shakesperean tragedy -- they usually depict a protagonist (of which we have several) who falls from grace due to their hubris or pride. The protagonist also often shows irony in that it is their own set of virtues that cause the tragedy. Truly, better than TV...

1/30/2007 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually has most of the elements of a Shakesperean tragedy -- they usually depict a protagonist (of which we have several) who falls from grace due to their hubris or pride. The protagonist also often shows irony in that it is their own set of virtues that cause the tragedy. Truly, better than TV...

1/30/2007 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is very interesting... a business ruined... lives sadly torn apart... I community with one less balanced and fair news voice....

1/30/2007 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's so interesting about the NP? A business owner ruining a business.

1/30/2007 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, a documentary ... something for BBC America or PBS? where is the all the media talent in SB ? This situation screams for a 'Best in waiting for a Mighty Wind' type movie. All the elements are there.
Sadly, there is NO real humor in the many bigger issues here, freedom, bullies, legal weasels, law suits, firings, and the list goes on. On the other hand, the debut next year of 'This is Wendy Tap' at the next SB Film Fest ? But then don't go by me.

1/31/2007 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough already with the "News-Press is not interesting" comments. If the News-Press wasn't interesting, it wouldn't have been covered by news publications from around the world, including the New York Times and Vanity Fair. If the News-Press wasn't interesting, it wouldn't have spawned a Santa Barbara blogging revolution. If the News-Press wasn't interesting, people from far and wide wouldn't say "oh yeah, I heard about that," when someone mentions the saga. If it wasn't interesting, people wouldn't bother to try to pretend that it's not. Looking forward to the documentary. Also, since it wasn't been mentioned here, Raul Gil left the paper yesterday.

1/31/2007 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the NP ever a balanced and fair news voice?

1/31/2007 3:46 PM  
Anonymous truth machine said...

"What's so interesting about the NP? A business owner ruining a business."

That's like saying "What's so interesting about Iraq? A country's president mishandling an operation."

Even aside from the extraordinary circumstances, a business owner ruining a business in Santa Barbara is of interest to Santa Barbarans, so your question is beyond foolish.

1/31/2007 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

truth machine,

Re: A business owner "ruining" a business. We're on the same page. I was satirizing the first comment in the thread. Take a look at it. Mine's a play on words. I agree with you. This News Press situation is extraordinary and very interesting.

2/01/2007 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the screening of both films Price of Paradise and Good to Great.

I found both to be excellent. Good to Great. is an inspiring scientifically-based study of what makes companies move from good to great, and how those principles have been applied to other types of organizations.

Price of Paradise exemplified the desperate workforce housing crisis we have in the community, shown through the lives of local police, teachers and other workers.

I think that if the community doesn't pour serious energy into resolving this crisis in the next few years our community will whither away.

You would think that all the concern about the NP drama is valid but ultimately its not nearly as important to the long term health of the community as solving the workforce housing crisis.

2/01/2007 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lengths that people will go to kill a newspaper that makes editorial commentary against the fatcat interest of turning paradise into a concrete and stucco jungle. That's what.

Wendy may not be a perfect boss, and may be making some faulty moves by letting you turkeys get her down, but her newspaper deserves awards for standing up for the values of Santa Barbara.

2/01/2007 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed this film. I can't tell squat about it from her website other than it looks like more pro-developer propaganda trash.

Anyone who has studied the concept of workforce housing know that it runs far short of solving the problems that her trailer complains about.

It's hogwash straight and simple. Yes, many people are hitting hard times because of the price of housing, but when workforce housing is offered as a solution, you know there is a rat in the room.

(I'd name names, but Sara would probably censor me. We're only allowed to criticize Wendy & co.)

2/01/2007 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Newspress story is absolutely compelling. With class divisions between the super-rich and the rest of us reverting to Guilded Age levels, evidence of exploitation is of great interest.
Also, there are many parallels between the current administration and the News-Press current management. Can you see them too?

2/01/2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Sierra Club senior policy advisor is interviewed in The Price of Paradise. He explains why affordable workforce housing is important to the community and to the environment. See the documentary before you knock it.

2/01/2007 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"her newspaper deserves awards for standing up for the values of Santa Barbara."

...and you moved here from where?

2/01/2007 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wendy may not be a perfect boss, and may be making some faulty moves by letting you turkeys get her down, but her newspaper deserves awards for standing up for the values of Santa Barbara."

8:34 a.m., exactly what values are we talking about? "Perfection" isn't even in the equation; "competence", "consistency", "tolerance", "collegiality", "absence of malice and dishonesty" would be lovely traits in even an imperfect boss, but they are nowhere to be found in upper management at the News-Press. Most "imperfect" bosses don't suffer 50%+ turnover in the heart of their operations in 7 months; this is not a random error or "personality conflict". This is a campaign of terror.

If Wendy et al among management weren't treating the employees like total crap, lying to them, threatening them, abusing them, denying them basic legal and ethical rights, and if she wasn't treating everyone who publicly disagrees with her like litigants and sworn enemies with whom only her "cease and desist" dialogue applies, we could debate her editorial stances about development, animals, etc. But this is a woman who treats humans she can't control or put words directly in their mouths with utter disdain and worse.

Consequently, she is getting a lawful, peaceful, robust, critical if not always respectful taste of what she deserves, and hopefully the NLRB and courts will dish out more of the same in the near future.

2/01/2007 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:35 You are kidding aren't you?

Compelling? Like watchin paint dry!

This would make a great comedy, but nothing worthy of a documentary.

2/01/2007 6:15 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

8:34 -- is McCaw really standing up for our values? Why is high density criticized and then pro-development candidates promoted? She's selling you the Brooklyn Bridge if you think they aren't pro-development...prove me otherwise! An editorial about "good government" does not a slow-growther make -- especially when one endorses pro-growth candidates for office who are the ones that really make a difference. Their contradictory, confusion making policies is what you are relying on. I don't believe it for a minute.

2/01/2007 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Price of Paradise = Silly little propaganda film. Reeks of developer!

2/02/2007 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pro-development? Or just advocating for having fire, police, teachers and healthcare workers live in the community they serve?

2/03/2007 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pro-Development - Anti-Environment for sure!

2/03/2007 1:29 PM  

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