Highlighting this year’s Sedona Film Festival will be a screening of American Graffiti and a reunion of some of the actors who appeared in the popular 1973 film directed by George Lucas. The screening will be hosted by Mackenzie Phillips (Carol) and Cindy Williams (Laurie), and will feature Beau Gentry (Ants) and Candy Clark (Debbie), among others. Also screening will be James Franco’s new film, Memoria with Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann and also featuring Franco. Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H will present his one-man global-warming themed show Dr. Keeling’s Curve and will be introduced by his wife, Shelley Fabares (Coach, The Donna Reed Show). A performance by Roslyn Kind, Barbra Streisand’s younger sister is scheduled and Gene Kelly: The Legacy presented by Kelly’s’ wife, Patricia Ward Kelly is also scheduled.
The Sedona International Film Festival will feature the premiere screening of a new documentary about the band: Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago on Feb. 20.
“We are working on securing even more special guests, but having Chicago open our Festival is very, very special,” said Sedona International Film Festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss. “The film selection process is underway, but we’re off to an incredible start with Memoria, Mike Farrell’s one-man show and performances by Patricia Kelly and Roslyn Kind. Another spectacular Festival is taking shape.” Films are currently being screened by three committees: Documentary, Features and Short Films under the direction, respectively, of Connie Levinson, Keri Oskar and Denise Strubbe.
Established among the nation’s most sought-after independent film festivals by filmmakers, the Sedona International Film Festival brings more than 10,000 film lovers to Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. Selections are underway for films in a range of categories from World Cinema to Documentaries that Make a Difference and from Sedona Green to Family Films and Classics. Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 20 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.
Advanced-sale Platinum All-Access Passes are $840 with Sedona International Film Festival members paying $798 before Dec. 31. After Jan. 1, 2016, the cost is $1,050. Gold Priority Passes are $416 (members: $395) before Dec. 31 and $520 after; 20-ticket packages are $205 (members: $195) before Dec. 31 and $215 after; 10-ticket packages are $105 (members: $100) before Dec. 31 and $110 after. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $90. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 1. 10- and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 8. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 15. 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), Director ($2,500), Auteur ($5,000), Marquee ($10,000), Executive Producer ($15,000), Indie Angel ($25,000) and Film Star ($50,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels.
Full information is available on the Sedona Film Festival website. Packages, other than for full-time students, are available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.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.org.