Cover Story: Good Times

Film Festival’s ‘Rise’ a Santa Cruz Story that Had to Be Told

William McCarthy of the band Augustines comes home for U.S. premiere at SCFF. To read the full article by Steve Palopoli click here.

 “ What emerges is a portrait of a band that swings between desperation and exhilaration. There are times (in the Pela years, at least) when they are selling out shows they can’t afford to get themselves to. There are people telling McCarthy that his songs saved their lives, even as he struggles to figure out if Augustines can afford to continue. But looking back, McCarthy believes the intensity of those times also made it possible for him to write songs like “Book of James.” — by Steve Palopoli

What emerges is a portrait of a band that swings between desperation and exhilaration. There are times (in the Pela years, at least) when they are selling out shows they can’t afford to get themselves to. There are people telling McCarthy that his songs saved their lives, even as he struggles to figure out if Augustines can afford to continue. But looking back, McCarthy believes the intensity of those times also made it possible for him to write songs like “Book of James.”— by Steve Palopoli

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Santa Cruz and Watsonville Film Festivals Spotlight Films About Film

Filmmaking and the arts a major theme at Santa Cruz Film Festival

"Artistically, most of the best documentaries—perhaps all of them—can be considered niche filmmaking." To read the full article by Steve Palopoli, click here

  Photo by William Scherer.

Photo by William Scherer.

"That phrase “independent filmmaker” has been thrown around a lot in recent years to the point where it’s lost much of its meaning. But that term was invented for people like William “Bill” Scherer." To read the full article by Wallace Baine, click here.