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17TH ANNUAL SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FEB. 20-27

145 FILMS, RITA RUDNER, JONATHAN WINTERS, RIP TORN, and MORE


Preview Premiere of “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Scheduled


From potential Oscar contenders to a big-screen showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “North By Northwest” and from comedians Rita Rudner and Jonathan Winters to character actors Rip Torn and David Rasche, the 17th annual Sedona International Film Festival brings it all together from Feb. 20-27.


Passes for the weeklong festival and workshop are now on sale.


Among the 145 full-length features, shorts, documentaries, animated films, foreign films, student films and diverse workshop presentations, the 2011 Festival will include A Tribute to Comedy with a full menu of films and appearances by actors, directors, screenwriters and producers.


Comedian Jonathan Winters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival — following a screening of a film featuring the renowned funny man, “Certifiably Jonathan” — in a presentation by fellow comic Rita Rudner. Rudner will also be honored when her new film screens. She and her husband, Martin Bergman, will screen their newest film, “Thanks”, at the Festival.


Character actor Rip Torn, an Academy Award and six-time Emmy nominee, also will be in Sedona where a tribute to his career is scheduled as well as the screening of a selection of his films.


A special preview premiere screening of “Sedona:  The Motion Picture” will kick-off the festival one night early on Saturday, Feb. 19.   The film, starring Francis Fisher, Barry Corbin and Beth Grant, was shot in and around Sedona and features a score by Ebony Tay (“Hate Crime”) performed by musicians from The Juilliard School.


The soundtrack was recorded in natural settings throughout Sedona, including in caves, to capture the indigenous sounds of the region. A live, pre-film concert will kick-off the festivities featuring music and musicians on the soundtrack.


In addition, the Festival will screen films including “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” a documentary featuring Oscar nominee, Emmy winner and musician Gary Sinise, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in “Forrest Gump” and as Detective Mac Taylor in “CSI: NY;” and David Rasche’s newest film, “Blue Eyes,” a gripping Brazilian drama about immigration.  Rasche will be in Sedona for the Festival.


Classic films selected by TCM host Robert Osborne for screening include “North by Northwest” starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason; William Wyler’s “The Heiress” with Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift; and the film noir “The Third Man” with Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles.


Also, the Festival will continue its focus on environmentally-focused films with the Sedona Green Sustainable Film Series which will include, among others still being chosen, “”Forks Over Knives,” which examines the claim that many diseases can be controlled or reversed by rejecting the current menu of animal-based and processed foods.


Films will be screened at the Harkins Cinema 6, in a special theater at the Sedona Rouge Resort where patrons can enjoy food and cocktails during the films and at the brand new Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona High School in West Sedona, a 750-seat theater.


Priority Platinum and Gold Passes and 10 and 20-ticket packages are on sale now.  Priority Pass holders are the first to be able to select tickets to the individual films as well as other benefits.


Platinum Passes are $695. Platinum Passes include priority tickets and seating, access to the Filmmaker/VIP Lounge and all receptions, parties, the Awards Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 27 and “Oscar on the Rocks,” a live Academy Awards telecast and celebration that evening.


Gold Priority Passes are $395. Gold Passes include priority tickets and seating to all films.


Ticket packages are $200 for the 20-ticket package, and members pay $180.  The 10-ticket package is $100. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $80.


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.

Individual film tickets will go on sale in February.

For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.

Contacts: Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director, Sedona International Film Festival, (928) 282-1177 and or Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040.




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