Santa Barbara fest sets slate

The ninth annual Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival, set to unspool March 4-13 , will present more than 100 feature and short films, including nine world premieres and six U.S. preems.

Opening night attraction will be the bow of John Thomas’ “Healer,” a comedic drama starring Tyrone Power Jr., John Johnston, David McCallum, Delane Matthews and Turhan Bey, and written by Santa Barbaran Russ Reina.

Closing night feature will be Francois Girard’s acclaimed Canadian entry “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould.”

There will be three special events: an evening with Alfre Woodard, including a screening of “Passion Fish”; a salute to Buddy Rogers, featuring a showing of the 1927 silent “My Best Girl,” the only film he made with his wife Mary Pickford; and a Screenwriters on Writing seminar featuring Oscar nominee Jeff Arch, Fay Kanin, Lawrence Konner, Callie Khouri, Frank Pierson and David W. Rintels.

World premieres on tap are: Severo Perez’s “… And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him”; Laurie Zimelman Schneider and Sascha Schneider’s “Chuppa: The Wedding Canopy”; Whitney Ransick’s “Handgun” starring Treat Williams and Seymour Cassel; Librado Barocio’s boxing docu “Latin Legends”; Steven Esteb’s docu “Living With …”; Steven Surjik’s “Mary Silliman’s War”; Donald Reiker’s “Mona Must Die,” with Marianne Sagebrecht; Tia Brelis’ “Trading Mom” toplining Sissy Spacek, Anna Chlumsky and Maureen Stapleton; and Jim Becket’s “Natural Causes,” with Linda Purl, Ali MacGraw and Will Patton. U.S. preems number Stewart Main and Peter Wells’ “Desperate Remedies” from New Zealand; Aaron Kim Johnston’s “For the Moment” from Canada; Leslie Megahey’s U.K./French co-production “The Hour of the Pig”; Christopher Monger’s British “Just Like a Woman”; Paul Harather’s “Indien” from Austria; Yale Strom’s docu “The Last Klezmer”; and David Borthwick’s “The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb” from the U.K.

Attendance is expected to be about 25,000.

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