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Sedona Film Festival Opens Saturday

Featuring 160 films, special guests Susan Sarandon, CNN 2012 Hero of the Year Mariel Hemingway, and Brad Paisley

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

Films From The Joe Show to Waiting for Mamu and Toxic Hot Seat to Le Chef 

The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a powerful lineup of nearly 160 features, documentaries, shorts and special guests, February 22 to March 2. 

Film screening committees reviewed more than 1,000 films from around the world in making the final selections that will be shown on six screens at three venues surrounded by Sedona’s world-famous red rocks and hospitality. 

Wide-ranging documentary subjects include The Joe Show about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Waiting for Mamu, a film by Morgan Spurlock and Susan Sarandon about the CNN 2012 Hero of the Year, Pushpa, and Toxic Hot Seat from Robert Redford’s son, Jamie, about the toxic effect of fire retardant chemicals surrounding us.

Mariel HemingwayAmong the features are Le Chef, a French comedy film starring Jean Reno; Cas & Dylan, a comedy directed by Jason Priestly about a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) planning to check out on his own terms who takes a reluctant detour and winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-yuear old girl; The Letters, a new film about Mother Teresa based on her real-life letters starring Juliet Stevenson, Max Von Sydow and Rutger Hauer; and Girl on a Bicycle, a German comedy about an Italian driving a Paris tour bus with a German fiancée, a French wife and two Australian children who call him “Papa.” TV, film and stage star Ed Asner will be in Sedona to introduce The Letters, directed by his friend, William Riead.

This year’s Festival also includes 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 Mamu, was CNN’s 2012 Person of the Year. Waiting for Mamu also will screen in Sedona and Morgan will be on hand with his business partner Susan Sarandon, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in a special presentation during “An Evening With Susan Sarandon.” The full list of films can be accessed at

SIFF-Schedule-Banner2Veteran screen actress Mariel Hemingway will present her film, Running From Crazy, a documentary examining her personal journey as the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. The film stars Jack Hemingway, Langley Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway. The Festival also will welcome Emmy Award nominee Stefanie Powers who will present her one-woman show. In addition, veteran actress Shirley Knight will be honored at the Festival and Academy Award winning producer Kathleen Glynn will be hosting the Filmmaker Conversations Series. Full details of Festival workshops will be announced shortly. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards 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, whose films have been screened in Sedona, will make a special appearance and present a new project, followed by a Q-and-A session.

Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 22 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.
Platinum All-Access Passes are $990; Gold Priority Passes are $490; 20-ticket packages are $210, and 10-ticket packages are $105. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $85. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. 10- and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 17 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, are available online at 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.
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“The Dame” Live at Sedona’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona International Film Festival
“The Dame” On the Rocks!
August 8th – 11th, 2013

Don’t delay, make your plans today to attend the outrageous, live theatrical event “The Dame” on the Rocks, taking place at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, Arizona, August 8th – 11th, 2013!

Award-winning Dame Edna impersonator Scott F. Mason celebrates over ten years of impersonating Dame Edna and has performed his impersonation throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Broadway, Florida, Las Vegas, and DC. Now, his show is touring around the country and Sedona is one of the stops!

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Sedona, AZ – Special Event Exhibition: Art on Screen

Sedona International Film Festival
Exhibition: Art on Screen
The Work of Renowned Artist Edvard Munch
July 21st, 2013

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Sedona Arts Center to present Exhibition: Art on Screen on Sunday, July 21st, when it hosts the big screen premiere of the work of renowned artist Edvard Munch. There will be one show only at 2:00 pm. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

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‘Grateful Dawg’ Kicks off the 2013 Sedona Bluegrass Festival

Seventh Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival Event
Screening of the 2000 Documentary “Grateful Dawg”
June 5th, 2013

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Chamber Music Sedona to kick off the Seventh Annual Bluegrass Festival  with the presentation of  “Grateful Dawg” on the big screen on Wednesday, June 5th,2013!

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Fun Things to do this Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona
Weekend Happenings
March 1st – 3rd, 2013

Sedona Film Festival ~ Archaeology ~ First Friday Gallery Tour ~ Entertainment

It is going to be another fun weekend in Sedona, Arizona! You can explore the galleries of Sedona and Jerome at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tours and  the Jerome Art Walk. The Sedona International Film Festival will still be taking place until March 3rd, and if that is not enough, Friday marks the beginning of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Month!

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An Evening with Joan Collins in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona International Film Festival
Spend “An Evening with Joan Collins”
February 27th, 2013

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to offer you a chance to “Spend an Evening” with Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee Joan Collins this  Wednesday, February 27th, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center! Joan will share the stories and secrets of her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing personalities in her internationally acclaimed one-woman show.

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This Weeks Sedona, Arizona Entertainment Guide

Sedona, Arizona
Entertainment Guide
February 25th – March 3rd, 2013

The 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival is in full swing this week with great films, workshops and some very special events including a very special evening with Joan Collins on February 27th.

Olde Sedona Bar and Grill will have live music Thursday, February 28th,  featuring Decker and the Chimney Choir followed by The Izzies on Friday!

On Friday, March 1st, Don’t miss your opportunity to fill your evening with laughter when Jamaica’s #1 Comedienne Matilda and her sidekick, Second City trained, Patrick Murray take the stage at Sound Bites Grill. And on Saturday,  March 2nd, Studio Live Sedona will be featuring two unique performances by DanceSpirit .

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