'Chair' takes American Spirit award

SANTA BARBARA — World preems dominated the awards for the 22nd edition of the Santa Barbara film festival, announced Sunday.

Fest’s American Spirit award went to “Man In The Chair,” headlining ¬†Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano. Logan Smalley’s doc on wheelchair-bound teen Darius West, “Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life,” received aud laurels.

Top international feature prize-winner was Jan Hrebejk’s latest wide-ranging comedy-drama, “Beauty in Trouble,” while Gold Vision Award was handed to a pair of pics, Adam Green’s and Joel David Moore’s world-preem debut, “Spiral,” and Alante Alfandari’s French mystery, “Fissures.”

Repping fest’s growing Ibero-American selection was Nueva Vision winner, “DarkBlueAlmostBlack,” by Spanish helmer Daniel Sanchez Arevalo.

Direct from its smash Sundance preem, Dan Klores’ “Crazy Love” nabbed best doc, while a pair of docs–Petricia Foulkrod’s “The Ground Truth” and James Wood’s “Crude Impact”–shared in Fund for Santa Barbara’s social justice award.

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