AMISTAD to Continue 'Moves That Matter' Series at The Granada Theatre

AMISTAD to Continue 'Moves That Matter' Series at The Granada Theatre

The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement announces the screening of Amistad, the next installment of the "Movies That Matter with Hal Conklin," on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Based on a true incident, Amistad presents a remarkable dialogue regarding the issue of slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. As part of The Granada Theatre's ongoing community outreach initiative, the Jurkowitz Center has partnered with Santa Barbara's Cliff Drive Care Center and will host an audience Q&A discussion before the film with series curator Hal Conklin, organization representatives and special guest David Franzoni, the writer of Amistad.

In 1839, a revolt of the slaves imprisoned in the Spanish slave ship La Amistad - the "Amistad Africans" - became political symbols for the struggle between the Northern and the Southern states of the young nation. A powerful Southern Senator forcedPresident Martin Van Buren to overturn a lower court's decision on the slaves' fate, moving the case to the Supreme Court, where seven of the nine justices were Southern slave owners..

The Cliff Drive Care Center (CDCC) has been caring for the Santa Barbara Community since 1963 through pre-school, after school, & summer camp programs, a Counseling Center, and programs for senior adults. The CDCC reaches into the community in caring and practical ways to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and financial capacities. As a non-profit organization motivated by God's love and concern for the poor, the CDCC's mission is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to children, families and adults in addition to providing professional Christian counseling to hurting individuals and families through therapeutic interventions and education by state-licensed marriage and family therapists on a sliding fee scale.

Each film in the "Movies That Matter" Film Series has been carefully selected by former Santa Barbara mayor and film critic, Hal Conklin, for their ability to touch the soul and draw out the best in humanity. These stories teach about forgiveness, loving others, and loving ourselves, and provide a renewed enthusiasm for living life with compassion and grace.

Tickets range in price from $10 - $20, and are available through The Granada Theatre's Box Office - please click here to purchase or call the Box Office at (805) 899-2222. Dates and film titles are subject to change.

To learn more about how to support The Granada Theatre, contact Hayley Firestone Jessup, Vice President for Advancement, at 805-899-3000 or For more information, go to

The SBCPA, a privately-funded 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures).

The SBCPA's most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre. Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre has state-of-the-art electrical, sound, lighting and fly systems, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara's finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information, visit

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