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Oscar Winners Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), Don Black (Born Free), Kathryn Glynn (Bowling for Columbine), Robert Moresco (Crash) Will Be in Sedona

Sedona AZ (January 24, 2012): Official selections for the 18th Annual Sedona International Film Festival run the gamut from Oscar winners to Oscar hopefuls, full-length feature premiers, shorts, documentaries about chess master Bobby Fischer, actress-comedienne Carol Channing and jazz icon Marian McPartland and classic films featuring Better Davis, Paul Newman and Kathryn Hepburn.

The 145 films will be screened at four locations throughout Sedona from Feb. 18-26 including the new Mary D. Fisher Theater, which will be inaugurated during the Festival and serve as the official screening venue for Sedona International Film Festival films throughout the year.

Legendary director Peter Bogdanovich will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. His Oscar-winning film, The Last Picture Show, will open the Festival at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop. The Sedona Green kickoff event will feature the Revenge of the Electric Car at 3 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center followed by a sustainable solutions roundtable and discussion.

The full schedule of films starts Sunday, Feb. 19 on three screens at Harkins Sedona 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A; at a special theater at the Sedona Rouge, 2250 W. State Route 89A, and at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. State Route 89A at the Festival headquarters.

Among the highlights of the Festival will be the screening of the Emilio Estevez-Martin Sheen production, The Way; the premier of Lea Thompson’s new film, The Trouble With the Truth; the premier of The Trouble With Cali, a new film starring and directed by Paul Sorvino with a cameo appearance by Mira Sorvino and written by Amanda Sorvino; a selection of films featuring the music of Oscar winning lyricist Don Black (Born Free; Diamonds Are Forever; To Sir, With Love) and a tribute to Frank Warner, who won the Oscar for sound in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and was the founder of the Sedona International Film Festival’s workshop series.

Thompson, Black and the Sorvino family will be in Sedona during the Festival.

Warner passed away last year.

“The Festival this year is bittersweet for so many of us,” said Executive Director Patrick Schweiss. “We have one of the strongest, most diverse and creative selection of films ever during a year when one of the most important contributors to our Festival will not be with us. Frank’s reputation and credibility was key to attracting leading producers, directors and screenwriters to participate in our workshops. He has left quite a legacy.”

New to the Festival this year is the Wednesday “Jazz Stretch” on Feb. 22 in partnership with AZ Music Fest featuring The Brubeck Brothers Quartet at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The concert will be preceded by a special screening of In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.

In addition to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Richard Dreyfuss), TCM host Robert Osborne has selected three classic films for screening: All About Eve (1950, Bette Davis), Hud (1963, Paul Newman) and Summertime (1955, Kathryn Hepburn). Osborne had planned to attend the Festival again, but a scheduling conflict will keep him away. He will provide taped introductions to each film.

Among other films selected for the Festival:

  • Being Elmo: the man behind the Muppet Elmo, Kevin Clash, who will be at the Festival;
  • Apache 8: an Arizona-produced documentary that tells the story of an all-women firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
  • When Cancer Returns: a motivational documentary by Phoenix filmmaker Karen Frye focusing on Sedona residnet Mary Schnack, who battled cancer seven times in the past 15 years.
  • Bullied to Silence: a provocative feature documentary that gives voice to the bullied child.
  • What If Cannabis Cured Cancer: a documentary that ask the question: Could the chemicals found in marijuana prevent and even heal several deadly cancers?
  • Inuk: inspired by a true story and featuring nonprofessional Inuit actors, it is the coming-of-age story of a 16-year old Inuk raised in Greenland and torn between the violence of his alcoholic parents and the dreams of creating an Inuit rock band.

The full list of films is below. The full schedule of films and locations can be found at www.sedonafilmfestival.com.

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 $ $750; Gold Priority Passes, $425; 20-ticket packages, $200; and 10-ticket packages, $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.sedonafilmfestival.com 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.

2012 Sedona International Film Festival Official Selections

ANIMATION

The Birds Upstairs; My Hometown.

DOCUMENTARIES

Acquainted With the Night; The Activist Within; Anna, Emma and the Condors; Apache 8; Becoming Santa; Being Elmo; The Big Fix; Bobby Fischer Against the World; Carol Channing: Larger Than Life; The Carrier; Crime After Crime; An Ecology of Mind; An Encounter with Simone Weil; Farm To Trailer; Finding Joe; From the Ground Up; Granito; Holy Wars; Hot Coffee; If a Tree Falls; In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland; In Times of War: Ray Parker’s Story; The Iron Bird; Kaziah the Goat Woman; L’Amour Fou; The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club; The Loving Story; Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000; Missrepresentation; The Mono Lake Story; Mulberry Child; Nicky’s Family; Pray the Devil Back to Hell; The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz; Revenge of the Electric Car; So Right So Smart; Stitched, The Film; The Stopwatch Gang; Tina Mion – Behind the Studio Door; Unheralded; We Are Not Extinct; We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins; The Whale; What If Cannabis Cured Cancer; When Cancer Returns; Windfall; Wish Me Away; With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story; Wolves Unleashed; You’ve Been Trumped.

NARRATIVE FEATURES

25 Hill; All About Eve; Annabelle & Bear; The Athlete (Atletu); Born Free; Brother’s Keeper; Cellmates; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Close To Me; Cracks; Crash; A Dangerous Method; Diamonds Are Forever; The Dream Play; Elena; Elevate; Happy, Happy; The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch; Hermano; Hud; Inuk; Jun-ai; La Rafle; The Last Picture Show; Losing Control; The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone; Lula, Son of Brazil; More Than Frybread; My Last Day Without You; My Piece of the Pie (Ma Part Du Gateau); Puzzle (Rompecabezas) Quill; Restoration; The Robber; Rumble of the Stones (El Rumor de las Piedras); Shuffle; Sironia; Sophie; Summertime; They All Laughed; To Sir, With Love; The Trouble With Cali; The Trouble With The Truth; Turn Me On, Dammit!; The Way; The Wedding Party; The Women on the 6th Floor; Wuthering Heights.

SHORTS

40 Years; Among Giants; Apricots (Mish Mush); Bread & Kisses; Cataplexy; Chasing Water; Christel Clear; The Couple; Crescendo; The Dancer; Deep Blue Breath; Dora’s Husband; A Finger, Two Dots Then Me; Flight of the Melvin; The Gold Mine (La Mina de Oro); Good Luck, Mr. Gorski; Grandmothers (Abuelas); Henry; Homecoming; I Want to Be Tom Savini; Leviticus: God’s Law; The Lift; Lighthearted Boy (Pizzangrillo); Love at First Sight; The Maiden and The Princess; The Mirror (Le Miroir); Missile Crisis; Play by Play; The Road Home; Rosie Takes The Train; Sailcloth; A Salton Soul; Scraps; The Sea Is All I Know; The Sleepy Count; Spiritus; Symmetry; Thief; Time Freak; Two; Waking Eloise; White Space; Wrigley and King.