Film Festival promises great films, great parties and very special guests
Susan Sarandon to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Brad Paisley Planning Benefit Performance
Sedona AZ (December 3, 2013) – The Sedona International Film Festival will reach another milestone with its 20th annual celebration of independent filmmaking from Feb. 23 to March 2, 2014.
After nearly shutting its doors nine years ago because of severe financial challenges, the Sedona International Film Festival has established itself among the nation’s finest and most sought-after independent film festivals in the nation, consistently attracting the finest producers, directors, filmmakers, documentarians, screenwriters and actors to the weeklong event that brings more than 10,000 film lovers to Sedona’s world-famous red rocks.
Selections are underway for up to 160 films which will be presented in a range of categories and film series from World Cinema to Documentaries That Make a Difference and from Sedona Green to Family Films and Classics.
Among films that have already been accepted into the Festival: The Girl on the Bicycle from Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook; Forrest Whitaker’s new film, Repentances; Bridegroom from writer-producer-director Linda Bloodworth Thomason and her husband, Harry; and the premiere of These Storied Streets from producer Thomas Morgan.
Morgan also produced Waiting for Mamu, a remarkable documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet’s organization on those children. Pushpa, known as Mumu, was CNN’s Person of the Year.
Waiting for Mamu also will screen in Sedona and Morgan is expected at this year’s Festival. In addition, veteran actress Shirley Knight will be honored at the Festival and Academy Award winning producer Kathleen Glynn will be chairing the workshop committee.
Special events planned for 2014 include presentation of the Lifetime Achievement
Award to Susan Sarandon, whose recent attention has been focused on cause-related filmmaking, during “An Evening With Susan Sarandon.”
Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards to be presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
Country music star Brad Paisley, who has presented films at the Sedona International Film Festival in the past, will return this year to perform in a special benefit concert followed by a Q-and-A session.
Films are being screened by three committees: Documentary, Features and Short Films under the direction, respectively, of Connie Levinson, Keri Oskar and Denise Sturbbe, who is replacing longtime Sedona International Film Festival supporter and selection committee chair Sagan Lewis.
Films will run all day beginning Sunday, Feb. 23 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
The full list of films, presenters and panelists will be announced in late January. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.
Festival passes and ticket packages will be available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.com.
Platinum All-Access Passes are $900; Gold Priority Passes are $475; 20-ticket packages are $200, and10-ticket packages are $100. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $80.
Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on NEED DATE. 10 and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9 a.m. on NEED DATE. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on NEED DATE through a new, faster, more efficient ticketing system.
Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $65 for a basic membership. Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $130. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($275), Screenwriter ($550), Producer ($1,200), Auteur Society ($5,000) and Legacy ($10,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available on the website.
Packages, other than for full-time students, can be purchased online at www.sedonafilm.org or through the Festival Box office at (928) 282-1177. Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.