This promotional prelude is being shown before all presentations at the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival. My immediate response was “wow, this is exceptional…who did this?” It turns out that the director, writer and cinematographer is none other than SBIFF honcho Roger Durling. The painter on the beach is Hank Pitcher, who painted this year’s SBIFF poster. He’s also the narrator.

The last two lines in Durling’s short are “desire and discovery”, which immediately reminded me of a Howard Suber insight about the basic plot strategies of Some Like It Hot and The Graduate — Desire, Deception and Discovery, or “the three dees.”