More Than Just A Party Band

Growing up in the idyllic 1970s Santa Barbara, a surfing basketball-playing tango-dancing musician effortlessly achieves a flash of early fame, but is then forced to rewrite his definition of success when faced with a harsh music industry, unrelenting personal obstacles, and cultural shifts. The result is 40 years of his own enduring and quirky brand of music and entertainment style that some say sounds like the soul of Santa Barbara.

The documentary film explores the meaning of creative success and community while celebrating the power of fun in the colorful life and times of Spencer Barnitz, of Spencer The Gardener, a Santa Barbara cultural and musical icon.

  • Robert Redfield
  • Robert Redfield
  • Emile Millar
  • Spencer Barnitz
    Key Cast
    "As Himself"
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Robert Redfield

Based in Santa Barbara, California

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