Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance and Gaviota Coast Conservancy are co-sponsoring a free screening of two documentaries about the Gaviota Coast at a Buellton winery.

The award-winning documentary “Gaviota: The End of Southern California” and the short documentary “Losing Ground: Gaviota” will be shown Thursday, June 28, at Standing Sun Winery, 92 Second St., Buellton.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the screening will begin at 7 p.m. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

“Gaviota: The End of Southern California” explores one of the most threatened biodiverse hotspots in the world, a Community Action Alliance spokeswoman said. “With nearly 90 percent of Southern California’s coast lost to development, the preservation of this 20-mile stretch of coastline is the last bastion of hope for wildlife fighting to survive against a world closing in,” the spokeswoman said.

“Losing Ground: Gaviota” spotlights what she said are urgent issues facing the 20-mile stretch of the Gaviota Coast.

It includes interviews with Gaviota Coast Conservancy board members Phil McKenna and Gunar Tautrim, whose Orella Ranch features prominently in the short documentary.

Following the screening, the audience can hear remarks by and ask questions of “Gaviota” filmmaker Tamlorn Chase as well as Tautrim, a sixth generation Gaviota Coast farmer and Gaviota Coast Conservancy board member.

The free screening is part of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance’s One Community Project, which is made possible, in part, through funding from the Santa Barbara Gives! project.

Although admission is free, attendees are encouraged to make a $10 or more donation to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy to support their work safeguarding the coastline, the spokeswoman said.

This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, news editor for the Santa Ynez Valley News. He can be reached at


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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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