Photos: McFarland, USA Screening at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara Film Festival Closing Night Screening Of McFarland, USA At The Arlington TheatreWalt Disney Studios’ McFarland, USA hosted a special screening at the Arlington Theater on Saturday evening (February 7) in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The screening was the closing event of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Director Niki Caro, Kevin Costner, and fellow cast members were in attendance.

Based on the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

McFarland, USA opens in theaters on February 20, 2015.

Photos: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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