29 January 2010

Amanda Pope's Film to Debut at Santa Barbara Film Festival


While The Legend of Pancho Barnes kept Amanda Pope busy these last few years, a great deal of her time and energy was devoted to another project, The Desert of Forbidden Art which she co-directed with Tchavdar Georgiev.  The film is now completed and there is wonderful news -- the film will have its debut at the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival!  Desert tells the remarkable story of Igor Savitsky, a man who daringly rescued over 40,000 works of art from the clutches of the Soviet government.  The collection he saved is housed in a museum located in the desert of Uzbekistan.  For more information on the film and the premiere screening, visit the website http://www.desertofforbiddenart.com/