Kathryn Bigelow honored at SBIFF

Retrospective and evening devoted to 'Hurt Locker' helmer

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor "The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow as Outstanding Director of the Year.

The fest will offer a retrospective of her films and present an evening devoted to Bigelow on Feb. 8.

"Kathryn's custom of the first person perspective throughout her films, as seen in Point Break and Strange Days, had always made her films visceral and favorites of mine, but the culmination of this is The Hurt Locker - her crowning achievement. The fact that I'm able to honor a fellow alumnus of the Columbia Grad School is icing on the cake," SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said.

The SBIFF runs from Feb. 4-14.