METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at the 2005 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held earlier today (Feb. 26) in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, California.
The Independent Spirit Awards honor films whose funding comes at least in part from sources outside of the major Hollywood studios.
Winners were chosen by the 9,000-member nonprofit Independent Feature Project/Los Angeles, which includes actors, directors, writers and other industry professionals.
Other films competing for the Best Documentary honors were "Bright Leaves", "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed", "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust" and "Tarnation".
"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" documents the turbulent making of METALLICA's last album, "St. Anger". "Some Kind of Monster" also resulted in a book, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", written by co-director Joe Berlinger.
METALLICA are currently taking time off but hope to begin working on a new album later this year.