I just got a note from Barbara Smalley, mother of Darius Goes West director Logan Smalley, that the little documentary that could (which is, as I've previously raved, one my my fave indie films of the year) won both the Best Documentary (juried) award and yet another audience award at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival, which just wrapped. I've lost track at this point of how many audience awards Darius has won, but I think it's worth noting that the film was up against some tough competition for the juried award; other films competing in that category included The Devil Came on Horseback and For the Bible Tells Me So, either one of which could end up on the Oscar shortlist.

Barbara reports that Darius Weems and twelve of his friends attended the fest, held in Birmingham, Alabama, that Saturday night's screening at the Civil Rights Institute's theater was standing room only, with people turned away, and that the film got a standing ovation at the end. When one of Darius's friends mentioned Darius had just turned 18 on Thursday, the crowd sang him "Happy Birthday." What a nice reception for a great film and a great young man.

I hope the good folks at the Academy are paying attention to this film. With the remarkable audience response it's generated at fest after fest this year, Darius Goes West deserves Oscar consideration, and I hope it gets it. If you've not yet had a chance to catch the film yourself, you have lots of opportunities coming up. The film is slated to play six fests in the near future, and also has a 14-city tour that just started. Check the film's official website to see if Darius is rolling into a theater near you, and if it is, don't miss the chance to catch it.

Get more info on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which Darius is fighting, right here, and on Charley's Fund, the designated charity for profits from the film, over on the Charley's Fund website.