LOS ANGELES - Cry Baby, a musical comedy by Pink Flamingos and Hairspray director John Waters, heads a list of eight films scheduled to make their world premieres at the fifth annual edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. More than 80 films from all over the world appear on the schedule for the 10-day festival, which begins the evening of March 2 with a screening of the French romantic comedy Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed and a party expected to draw such notables as Rod Steiger, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Mitchum, Howard Duff, Jonathan Winters, Michael York and Fess Parker.
In addition to Cry Baby, which stars Johnny Depp, Joey Heatherton, Iggy Pop and Traci Lords, the world premiere lineup includes Goin' to Chicago, a film set against the 1968 Democratic National Convention and starring Cleavon Little and Viveca Lindfors, and Vietnam, Texas, produced, directed by and starring Robert Ginty (The Exterminator).
Among seven more films making their U.S. debut are Mike Hodges' Black Rainbow, a thriller starring Tom Hulce, Rosanna Arquette and Jason Robards, and Jean Jacques Andrien's Australia, a love story starring Jeremy Irons and Fanny Ardant.
The documentary lineup includes the world premiere of Ralph Nader Up Close and the U.S. bow of Superstar, a long-awaited portrait of Andy Warhol by Chuck Workman and Marilyn Lewis.
Special events include an evening dinner with Steiger followed by a separate screening of In the Heat of the Night and an evening with "Emperor of Animation" Chuck Jones in celebration of Bugs Bunny's 50th birthday.
A salute to the bicentennial of the French Revolution will feature the U.S. debuts of La Fille de Quinze Ans, directed, produced, co-written by and starring Jacques Doillon; Thank You Satan, starring Carole Laure, and La Maison Assassinee. A festival fund-raising gourmet French breakfast - Morning in Montmartre - will be held March 10.
A workshop - Make a Movie - on March 3 and 4 will consist of a day of lectures on all aspects of film making and, for a limited number of participants, the opportunity to actually make a film that will be shown during closing-night festivities on March 11. Enrollment deadline is Feb. 26.
Admission to most films is $6; a complete festival pass costs $150.
For schedule details and ticket information, call (805) 963-0023. For enrollment in the Make a Movie workshop, call (805) 963-4200.