'Chair' sits well with Santa Barbara fest


"Man in the Chair," directed by Michael Schroeder and starring Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano, was the recipient of the American Spirit Award, given to a unique indie feature made outside mainstream Hollywood, at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

The fest, which attracted more than 60,000 visitors, presented its Audience Choice for Best Feature to Logan Smalle"s "Darius Goes West," a documetary about Darius Weems, a 15-year-old with muscular dystrophy on a cross-country road trip.

At the closing night ceremonies, hosted by KTYD's Julie Ramos, the prize for Best International Feature was given to the Czech film "Beauty in Trouble," an ensemble drama directed by Jan Hrebejk.

Adam Green and Joel David Moore's "Spiral," set in the world of telemarketing, took one of two Gold Vision Awards for "most innovative and unique film with an inspiring and groundbreaking vision." The prize includes an offer for worldwide distribution by York Entertainment.

The second recipient was the French film "Fissures," directed by Alante Alfandari.

The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish and Latin American film went to Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's "DarkBlueAlmostBlack."

The award for Best Documentary was taken by Dan Klores' "Crazy Love," which had its world premiere at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award, earmarked for a docu that addresses social justice issues, went to two films, Patricia Foulkrod's Iraq docu "The Ground Truth" and James Wood's oil docu "Crude Impact."

The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film was given to Yan England's "Moi," while the Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation was bestowed on Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything Will Be OK."