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Northern Arizona Tweet-Up July 2 at Hilton Sedona

Join fellow Tweeple to Discuss Best Practices, Travel Twitter Tips

Event Information:
Northern Arizona Tweet Up
Thursday, July 2, 2009 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, (928) 284-4040
90 Ridge Trail Dr. Sedona, AZ 86351

EDITORS NOTE: After co-hosting and coordinating Sedona’s 1st Tweet-Up in partnership with Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, we are excited to attend the 2nd Tweet-Up at the Hilton Sedona. We will be donating 2 Natural Wonders of Sedona DVDs for the raffle. This is a great opportunity to meet Tweeple, learn more about how to make Twitter work for your business and to have fun while networking with Sedona business professionals. We hope you will join us – we’d love to meet you! Follow us on Twitter @SedonaTV!

About Event:
Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa will host a tweet-up for the Northern Arizona Twitter community. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the people behind the tweets and discuss best practices. Additionally, Sheryl Curtis, the voice behind the Hilton Sedona Twitter account, will be sharing how to effectively use Twitter to enhance travel.

Twitterers can look forward to complimentary chorizo corn dogs, gourmet sliders and fresh strawberry lemonade, and may take advantage of the resort’s discounted happy hour menu items, including $5 beer, wine, and margaritas.

Any Twitters migrating to the Tweet Up can stay overnight at the resort for a special $79 rate. Call for your reservation 1-877-273-3762 and ask for the TWEET price. The Hilton Sedona is located 90 minutes north of Phoenix and you will stay in a two-room suite with separate living room and private patio or balcony, with breathtaking views of Sedona’s majestic red rocks or the Sedona Golf Resort.

About Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa:
A part of Hilton Worldwide Resorts, Guest room amenities include fireplace, flat screen televisions, minibar, high-speed Internet access, microwave oven, coffeemaker, and iron/ironing board. Guests can also enjoy three heated pools and two restaurants. The Hilton Sedona has the largest conference facilities in Northern Arizona with 20,500 square feet of meeting space. Complete meetings packages are available. The resort offers guests complimentary wireless internet access in all public spaces including the pool areas.

Sedona Events: Chamber Music Sedona Presents Acclaimed Piano Duo Valentina Lisitsa & Alexei Kuznetsoff 5/24

Musical Memorial Day Holiday In Sedona May 24

The sounds of world-class music will resound Memorial Day weekend in Sedona, welcoming visitors and residents alike, when internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns to Sedona for a 2:30pm concert Sunday, May 24 together with husband Alexei Kuznetsoff following their postponed Chamber Music Sedona performance March 15 when Ms. Lisitsa was invited to perform the Beethoven Emperor Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, stepping in for Helene Grimaud March 13, 14 and 15.

Ms. Lisitsa first appeared in Sedona in October 2007 with violinist Hilary Hahn. It was this association with Hahn at a March 2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Recital series concert that Ms. Lisitsa was invited to make her CSO debut. The May 24 program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven.
This brilliant young piano-duo from Ukraine came to the United States with an impressive list of competition prizes to its credit and is winning critical acclaim in the U.S. as gifted artists making a genuine contribution to the marvelous but, seldom-heard literature for two pianos. By the time Valentina and Alexei met at the Kiev Conservatory, they were both winners of numerous international, national and local solo and chamber music competitions. In 1990, after only a few weeks of preparation, Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff captured the first prize at the Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition.
In a recent review, The Dallas Morning News said, “Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff’s playing is all the grapevine said it was — miraculous. It is not simply that their ensemble skills are so uncommon; more to the point, these two bright, attractive performers manage to react as one while maintaining a flexibility of phrase and a freedom of gait commanded by few other duo-pianists.”
A pre-concert talk will take place from 1:15-1:55pm by Coconino Community College Music Instructor and pianist Chase Coleman in the Don Bosco Room at St. John Vianney Church immediately before the concert. Call 928.204.2415 for more information or visit for more information.
Ms. Lisitsa and Mr. Kuznetsoff will give a master class immediately following the concert for Northern Arizona pianists who have participated in the Quick-Bowman Piano Competition, held annually for eighteen years.

$35 reserved / seat specific ~ $25 general admission
Available by phone @ 928.204.2415

Also on line at

And at ticket outlets
Bashas’-Sedona, Rycus’ Corners-VOC
Arizona Music Pro and Cedar Music – FLAGSTAFF
Planet Video and Music – COTTONWOOD
Think For Ink – PRESCOTT

Chamber Music Sedona is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by the
Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Sedona, National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, foundation and corporate support and private contributions from members and businesses.

Sedona Events: Zaki Gordon Shorts Film Festival May 22-24

Don’t Miss the Zaki Gordon Institute’s Film Festival Experience!
May 22-24, 2009
Memorial Day weekend marks the 9th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival!
The Zaki Gordon Institute is proud to present short films from the Class of 2009 and more. The complete film festival experience is an exciting time with the premiere of over 20 short films, new projects from ZGI alumni and winners of the Arizona High School Media Competition all screening at the film festival.
Presenting a first look at films directed by this year’s graduates, the shorts program will also highlight, Student Films by Famous Directors. George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg all launched their film careers as students. Today their work inspires new filmmakers with films like Star Wars, Back to the Future and Close Encounters.

Documentaries Nurture Nature shorts film block gives a close up look at the powerful relationship between humanity and nature. Subjects include the Sea of Cortez, Lake Powell and Cornville, Ariz.
Film synopsis and schedule details will be posted one week prior to the film festival. Please note all films screen at least one time on Saturday and one time on Sunday.

Premiere Pass: Only $35
Don’t miss the opening celebration! Clearly the best value of the weekend, the Premiere Pass includes the biggest party of the weekend.
This year the celebration of filmmaking will take place on campus Friday evening. Casino games will provide the entertainment at this “filmanthropic” event. A great excuse to dress to the nines, the school will be transformed, taking guests back in time to a magical era of the classic casino lounges and the Rat Pack.
The evening will start at 6:30 and the winners will be announced at 9:30pm. A wine tasting demonstration will be presented by Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery. Fabulous food provided by Reds, Dahl & DiLuca and the Heartline Cafe and live classic jazz by Eric Williams.
Call Now to Make Your Reservations at 928-649-4288. Passes can be held at will call. If you would like to pick up your passes before the event the Box Office opens May 14, Monday – Friday, 1pm-5pm. Prizes for the Opening Night Incredible Getaway Package in Sedona, Adventure on the Grand Canyon Railroad and more…
For more information on the ZGI Film Festival May 22-24,
go to the Zaki Gordon website here.

First Friday at Sedona Arts Center Kicks Off 4th Annual Sedona Pin-up Show May 1st

First Friday at Sedona Arts Center
Beauty of Light Exhibit, Talented Poets, Pin-up Show

SEDONA, AZ. (April 22, 2008): Mark your calendars for the Sedona Arts Center’s First Friday Activities on May 1st, 5 – 8pm. The evening opens at 4:00pm for an hour of poetry at Poets Corner. Enjoy the return of two audience favorites: KC Baker from San Francisco and Amy Mae Calhoun from Prescott. Opening for them will be Lynn Heil from Sedona who will be reading his poetry publicly for the first time. Poets Corner performances will be followed by opening receptions from 5 – 8pm for the Center’s two new exhibits. Join us for evening of art and fun! Everyone is invited – no admission for the events.

The Fine Art Gallery’s May exhibit, “Beauty of Light,” is one that you do not want to miss. The show features the unique works of four talented member artists: Marlys K. Mallet and Michael Redhawk with their captivating Unison Series, amazing art quilts by Jane Defoe, beautiful ceramic art by Dennis Ott, and exquisite jewelry by Michael Redhawk. The exhibit will run through June 3rd ~ open daily from 10am – 5pm.

The 4th Annual Sedona Pin-Up Show, located in the Community Gallery, is a celebration of art in the raw – ready for you to find those pieces you cannot live without – and later enjoy the experience of choosing the matting and frames that will harmonize perfectly with your home or office decor. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime to buy a piece created by a local well-known artist or possibly one yet undiscovered at a very reasonable price. Everything in the show will be priced from $50 to $500 – something is bound to catch your eye – and match your pocketbook! This unusual and exciting exhibition runs for only three days! It opens with the reception on Friday, May 1st from 5 – 8pm and continues on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd from 10am – 5pm.

The Annual Pinup Show was organized four years ago to attract a wide variety of artists from all around the area. The show is unusual for Sedona and the Arts Center because it is non-juried and open to all artists of any level from Yavapai and Coconino Counties – including children.

Begin the evening with the Poetry Readings in the Sculpture Garden, join the revelry and buying frenzy at the 4th Annual Pin-up Show in the Community Gallery, and bask in the beauty of the unique creations by the featured artists in the Fine Art Gallery.

The Sedona Arts Center is located at State Route 89A & Art Barn Road in uptown Sedona. The Galleries are open daily from 10-5. For more information call 928-282-3809 or visit

Ground-breaking Sedona Event: Return of the Ancestors April 18-28

A historic event is about to take place right here in Sedona, Arizona.

It will impact the world for generations to come.

Many believe this event fulfills the ancient Mayan prophecies about the year 2012.

Be part of the Return of the Ancestors – a gathering of the indiginous elders of the world, coming together with one common goal…peace…on…Earth.

The Wisdom keepers and indigenous peoples from all over the earth are gathering in Sedona on April 18th -19th which many believe fulfills the ancient prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle where the Condor of the South unites with the Eagle of the North.

“The Institute for Cultural Awareness presents a historic International multicultural gathering and sacred pilgrimage welcoming Indigenous elders and future wisdom keepers representing the voice of Mother Earth, beginning Earth Day weekend, April 18-28, 2009 throughout Northern Arizona. The heart of the gathering will be the 4th reunion of the Continental Council of Indigenous Elders and Spiritual Guides of the Americas. The intention is to unite and share the invited wisdom keeper’s visions and prophesized ceremonies for peace and harmony for Mother Earth and all humanity.”

~ The Insititute for Cultural Awareness

This is one Sedona event you don’t want to miss.

Continued from The Insitute of Cultural Awareness:

Humanity has waited for the day of peace and harmony to reign in this world for hundreds of years. We are at a pivotal point where action needs to be taken. We must move in a new direction towards each individual seeking the healing of their ancestral memories to enable humanity to move forward. A proclamation will be made for the ancestral memories to be healed globally for all time and space.

We are now living in a time of our truth and an intertwined field of destiny mending the circle of life. Let us look at the truth: the tree of life, the seed of life, the flower of life. The world has awaited a renewed life’s plan. We look towards our grand elders and wisdom keepers’ Cosmovision for specific instructions and guidance towards the reconnection to the natural laws. The seen and unseen from the past, present and future unfold. Destiny brings us all to this point in time. The men and women of wisdom have returned. History and Herstory is unfolding in front of our very own eyes.

The Institute for Cultural Awareness’ goal is to sponsor 72 or more global spiritual/cultural leaders and 28 youth council leaders from around the world. These wisdom keepers will share a harvest of harmonic wisdom and understandings that will enable the world to fulfill the prophecies of the ancestors. This gathering’s commitment to ceremony as a focal point offers pilgrims of the world the privilege to witness councils sharing wisdom from their ancestors, songs and sacred ceremonies. This intention is to bring inspiration to the world thus birthing clear decisions and manifesting a conduit of hope for our children, the future wisdom keepers of the world.

Whether attending the gathering physically or through private ceremony, everyone is being called to participate in this historic and extraordinary event. Through humanity’s enlightenment, once again we will live in balance and harmony with Mother Earth. All is in divine timing!

One Mayan prophecy states, “At the time of the 12 Baktun and 13 Ahau is the time of the return of our ancestors and the return of the men of wisdom.” “That time is now,” says Grandfather Alejandro Cirilo Oxlaj, President of the National Mayan Council of Elders of Guatemala and President of the Continental Council of Indigenous Elders and Spiritual Guides of the Americas.
The Institute for Cultural Awareness is a 501c (3) non-profit corporation coordinating this monumental gathering. The vision of ICA is strong and motivated with a desire to build a better future for our children. Your support will provide a firm foundation to create a broader expression of service for humanity.

Our goal is to raise 1.5 million dollars for the Return of the Ancestors Gathering. To learn more about how you can support ICA and the preparations for this gathering, please feel free to contact ICA directly at 928-6463000 or visit our website:

Sedona Events – Celebrate Earth Day in the Red Rocks

Sedona, Arizona is one of the best places on Earth to celebrate Earth Day because we bring GREEN and RED together! Red rocks and green living meet in a city that hopes to be known for years to come as one of premiere eco-tourism destinations in the world. Travelers come to Sedona from all over the world to stay in eco-friendly resorts like Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, to shop at environmentally conscious businesses like New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, to cruise Sedona on electric toys, to dine at cafes that offer natural and organic selections like the Secret Garden Cafe and of course, to soak in the mystical energy of Sedona.

You’ll also find that those of us who call Sedona home are working hard to make our community greener through our schools, recycling centers, and plans for the future of our city. Sedona organizations like Keep Sedona Beautiful and Sustainable Arizona work tirelessly together for the future of our planet and our city. In fact, right now Sedona’s celebrating Water Awareness for the entire month of April!

Its pretty easy to appreciate and honor our sacred Earth when surrounded by the reverent beauty of towering red rock mountains. Sedona is a city unlike any other in the world and we’ve been going green for awhile now so each year, there’s more and more ways to celebrate Earth Day.

Here are just a few of the Sedona events going on this next week so pick your environmentally-friendly, sustainable, recyclable, organic green event find the green in this beautiful red city!

City of Sedona Earth Day Celebration at Posse Grounds
9 am – 1 pm

The City of Sedona will hold the 2nd annual Earth Day Event at the Posse Grounds community area. Come out and show your support for the Earth! The first 150 attendees will receive complimentary reusable grocery bags courtesy of local Sedona grocery stores. There will be interesting and informative vendors on site giving out information on sustainability and green living. Live music performances will be happening so bring a blanket and enjoy some relaxing time on the grass out in the sunshine. Please remember that dogs on leashes are welcome, but please pick up after your pet. Organized games for children will be held at 11 am, with prizes for those that participate. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 282-7098 or visit the city website.

Return of the Ancestors
Sedona Red Rock High School soccer field, 9 am – 5 pm

Honoring Earth Day Weekend. The Return of the Ancestors Gathering will take place at the Sedona Red Rock High School soccer field. For a complete schedule of events, check out the website.

Scroll down to the blog before this one for more info on Return of the Ancestors!

Sedona International Film Festival Presents “Pirate for the Sea”, Environmentally Conscious Film
Tuesday 4/21 at Harkin’s Theatres, 4 pm and 7 pm

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Arizona Premiere of “Pirate for the Sea” on Tuesday, April 21. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres. The film is the second in a five-week “Premiere Series” that will continue every Tuesday through mid-May.

“Pirate for the Sea” had its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last fall and has gone on to play numerous prestigious festivals around the world (including the Berlin and Seattle International Film Festivals), and has won “Best Feature Documentary” at the Boulder International Film Festival, the “Environmental Award” at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, and was a nominee for the “Social Justice Award” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The writer/director/producer of the film, Ron Colby, and the co-producer Patricia van Ryker will be in Sedona to host the premiere and conduct a Q&A; discussion following both screenings.
“This is the perfect film for us to feature on the eve of Earth Day, and it is one of the most environmentally thought-provoking films you’ll see,” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “It is an important and timely film about a very powerful topic that needs to be brought to the attention of the entire world.”

Celebrate Earth Day in Sedona – where red rocks meet green living! For a complete listing of annual Sedona events, click here.

"March"ing into Spring – Upcoming Sedona & Verde Valley Events with VIDEOS

It happens every year. February blows by like a crisp winter wind, March 1st arrives and its as if overnight Sedona and the Verde Valley come to life in anticipation of Spring. Suddenly, a plethora of events come flooding out into the sunshine along with thousands of people coming from near and far to enjoy them.

We’ve compiled a list of upcoming events, new and old, to whet your pallette for Springtime, inspirational art, and the melodies of Sedona’s diverse arts and culture scene.

So come out of hibernation – the weather is IDEAL! We’ve got unbelievable 60 and 70 degree weather with limitless blue skies and sunshine, red rocks and fun – and we’ve got something for everyone!

Sedona Gallery Association First Friday Evening in the Galleries
Friday, March 6th 5-8 p.m.

Every month Sedona’s finest galleries roll out the red carpet, local wines, appeteasers and featured artists for the First Friday Evening in the Galleries Event. This month nearly every gallery on the tour has a special exhibit or artist reception where you’re likely to meet the artists behind the artwork. The best way to tour the SGA Galleries is to hop on the Sedona Trolley – they’ll take you from gallery to gallery so you can skip the driving and safely enjoy a few sips of the local vinos offered.

Sedona Gallery Association Video from

The Sedona Gallery AssociationThe best video clips are right here

Must-see galleries on your tour this month should include…

El Prado Gallery “Women to Watch” Exhibit
Located in Tlaquepaque
View El Prado’s Video Web Page on here.

“El Prado celebrates National Women’s History Month with women artists who are destined to become future legends in fine art. New works from gallery favorites will include Sally Kimp, Kate Starling, Claudette Barker, Linda Demetre and Leslie Thompson. And, we always like to surprise our guests with some new young lady kicking up the dust with their artistic flair.”

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Sedona El Prado Gallery Art VideoFor more funny videos, click here

James Ratliff Gallery
Located in Hozho Plaza on Gallery Row
View James Ratliff Gallery’s Video Web Page on here.

The James Ratliff Gallery will be featuring a one-time jewelry trunk show showcasing the jewelry artists Patti Polk and Matt Nelson. From

Mountain Trails Gallery
Located in Tlaquepaque

Mountain Trails Gallery will be highlighting the works of Western Bronze Artist Dustin Payne.

The Sedona Arts Center 29th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
Located in Uptown Sedona
View Sedona Arts Center’s Video Web Page on here.

This popular exhibition will feature juried works in all sizes, mediums, and price ranges showing works of emerging and professional artists. Prizes to be Awarded!

Preceding the Juried Members Exhibition the Poets Corner 2009 Season Opener will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Sculpture Garden at the Sedona Arts Center. Hosted by NORAZ Founder Christopher Lane watch out for poet Chris Linfors, Sedona Red Rock High School’s David Black, and poets from Sinagua High School Flagstaff. PLUS performance poets from Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff will be entertaining the crowd. This is going to be a fun one!

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For more information on the Sedona Gallery Association & the First Friday Evening in the Galleries visit

1st Saturday Jerome Art Walk
Saturday, March 7th 5-8 p.m.

Meander through the streets of Jerome’s historic shopping & art district to visit over 20 galleries on the 1st Saturday Art Walk. This monthly event takes place on the first Saturday of every month & this month several of the galleries are offering artist receptions, exhibitions, live music, drinks and hors deourves.

Geoffrey Roth Masriera & Bagues Trunk Show
Friday & Saturday March 6th & 7th
View Geoffrey Roth’s Video Web Page on here.

Masriera and Bagues Jewelry Trunk Show at Geoffrey Roth Geoffrey Roth, under the Bell Tower in Tlaquepaque, is hosting a trunk show for the Masriera and Bagues jewelry lines from Barcelona, Spain, Friday, March 6th and all day Saturday, March 7th. The jewelry store has carried these two fabulous lines for several years. However, this is the first time we will have the two complete lines available for the public. Please join us for a wine reception on Friday, March 6th, from 5pm to 8pm and an all day showing from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, March 7th. From

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Sedona Sounds comes to Stakes & Sticks Thursday Nights
Located in Los Abrigados Resort & Spa at 160 Portal Lane adjacent to Tlaquepaque.
Learn more about Stakes & Sticks on their video web page on here.

Come get the karaoke groove on at Shef’s Bar in Stakes & Sticks Sports Bar and Celebrity Grill Thursdays from 9 p.m. until midnight. Every Thursday, Shef’s Bar in Stakes & Sticks transforms from sports bar gaming venue to the forum for falsettos, the stage for sopranos, the arena for altos, the tavern for tenors and the best bar for bass. People throug
hout Sedona and the Verde Valley have been requesting DJ Bobby Russell’s “you name it, I’ve got it” catalog of music, anxious to croon, cry or cackle their way through all types of genre, all types of songs. Now, as Russell hands over the microphone and Shef’s Bar becomes Shef’s Studio, people can become the stars they’ve dreamt of being.

Fore more information on the events and businesses featured here, come explore the first-ever online video portal to Sedona & Northern Arizona . This ground-breaking new website features over 100 exciting and informative videos on everything to see & do in Sedona from Sedona lodging and restaurants to galleries, tours & activities.

Sedona Int'l Film Fest – "Ones to Watch" – Pt I

It’s Film Fest time and the hardest part of making it through this “grueling” week of non-stop films is picking the right films to watch.

Decisions, decisions! If only we could see them all!

As an FYI, films in the prime evening slots around 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. are usually the “must-sees” on the Film Fest Director and Screeners’ lists. They are also usually the first to sell out so if you want to see one, go to and get your tickets now.

For those who like a well-rounded meal of film “soulfood” a healthy mix of daytime and evening films might satisfy your cravings. We’ve combined a list of film descriptions and trailers to help you decide which of the films will make your must-see list.

Don’t forget to take time to come up for air in between films – for a list of things to see & do between films scroll down to the next post. Also, if you’re in Sedona this week, be sure to tune into RED ROCK TV CHANNEL 16 anytime day or night for our Virtual Tour of What to See & Do in Sedona! Or visit to view our online video portal to Sedona with over 100 videos.

New York Lately
Harkins 5 Saturday, February 28, 2009 – 7:30 PM

The movie trailer for New York Lately hints at a complex intertwining of relationships and the ever present pursuit of happiness. See for yourself!

New York Lately is a feature film drama following multiple characters as they weave through their daily lives struggling to find happiness. However, happiness to each of them is defined differently. The effect is a sprawling mosaic of New york City and its everyday people, living everday lives.

Buddha’s Lost Children
Harkins 6 Saturday, February 28, 2009 – 11:35 AM

The movie trailer on YouTube has been viewed worldwide over 27,000 times – that’s gotta say somethin’!

Buddha’s Lost Children covers a year in the life of a small roving monastic community in northern Thailand. The film is more than just a portrait of a monk and his novices, touching on larger, more universal themes. One particular goal was to explore the nature of compassion, and what it actually means. The film is also a ‘coming of age’ story, and looks to capture the struggle of youth coming to knowledge of itself.

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
Sedona Red Rock H.S. Saturday, February 28, 2009 – 8:00 PM

Though nine out of ten Americans claim a belief in God, public expression of faith is more contentious than ever. Even as discussion of religion floods the media like never before, the rhetoric is divisive and hyper. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is an energetic, accessible documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America. In the tradition of “entertaining documentaries” like Super Size Me, Bowling For Columbine and What the Bleep Do We Know?, Lord, Save Us From Your Followers, employs the language of pop culture to create a provocative, funny and redemptive viewing experience.

The Garden
Harkins 1 Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – 3:15 PM
Nominated for an Academy Award® for “Best Documentary, Features”

From the ashes of the Los Angeles riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. South Central Farmers have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. Now bulldozers threaten its future. The Garden is an unflinching look at the struggle between these urban farmers and the City of Los Angeles and a powerful developer who want to evict them and build warehouses.

We’ll keep you up to date this week on more films that are the “ones to watch”! Check back often!

Remember, enjoy the show and Sedona, too!

Sedona International Film Festival – Enjoy the Show! (And make sure you see Sedona, too!)

The Sedona International Film Festival officially kicked off tonight with a new addition to the week’s festivities, the “Oscars on the Rocks” hosted by Harkin’s Theatres. Independent film lovers cheered wildly as the film of the year, Slumdog Millionaire took home EIGHT little gold men. What a fitting start to the week ahead, sure to be jam-packed with dozens of inspiring films, exciting festivities, celebrity sightings, workshops and more.

The Sedona International Film Festival gives film lovers a rare opportunity to rub elbows with filmmakers, directors, actors, and cinematographers from all over the world. Imagine, for example, if you could watch Slumdog Millionaire and then as the credits rolled, in walked Frieda Pinto, Dev Patel and Danny Boyle to answer your questions on their inspiration and involvement in the movie.

Although Slumdog is not on the Sedona Film Festival ticket this week, many exciting Oscar-nominated films following in its footsteps will be screened over a course of 6 solid days of non-stop film-euphoria. Actors Jane Seymour, James Keach, Robert Osborne, and Marla Sokoloff will also be in Sedona for the screenings of their new movies so keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings. Previous celebrity attendees have included Ned Beatty, Nick Nolte, Ed Asner, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Lainie Kazaan to name a few.

If you plan to live on popcorn and nachos all week long so you won’t miss a single film, read ahead to see how you can squeeze a little “Sedona” into your week as well. If you’d like to catch a flavor of the Film Fest, pick a film and attend – it’s impossible not to get caught up in the contagious enthusiasm of the week. Scroll down for a complete list of this week’s festivities.

Be forewarned, many films have already SOLD OUT or will soon so head straight to to book your tickets now if you want to attend!

Before, After or In-between Films, Squeeze in a Little Bit of Sedona
(Within walking or short-driving distance of the Film Festival)

  • SHOPPING: Right next door to Harkin’s Theater is the Art Mart of Sedona featuring the works of dozens of local artists and retailers. Discover handmade jewelry, designer women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, home decor and more at artist direct prices. The highly sought-after Sedona International Film Festival Posters will also be available at the Art Mart.

  • EATS: Java Love Cafe is the place where the locals go for fresh coffee roasted right on site, gourmet breakfast and lunch choices at deli prices, wi-fi, and nightly entertainment. I heard a rumor they were getting a liquor license soon so you might even be able to grab a brew while you’re there! Looking for a local brew, specialty pizzas and delectable desserts? Try Picazzo’s of Sedona where PIZZA IS ART! My favorite is The Vortex which is a step-up from a supreme-style pizza. For an appetizer, try “Mama’s Meatballs”, for dessert – yes, you are required to order dessert – you MUST try a giant cookie fresh out of the oven, covered in ice cream and gooey chocolate topping. Part of the proceeds from your delightful cookie purchase go to support Breast Cancer Research!

  • HEALTH & DINING: New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, FESTIVAL SPONSORS – the best Natural Health Food and Sedona’s favorite deli. Choose from breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties off the menu or grab a healthy snack from the Salad Bar or Grocery Department.

  • FUN: Jeep Tours! You can’t come to Sedona and NOT go on a jeep tour of the red rock country! There’s no better way to see the hoodoos, spires and formations of Sedona’s beautiful red rocks. Last year, Pink Jeep was offering pick-up and drop-off in the Harkin’s Theater parking lot. Will they be there again this year? If not, just call 282-5000.

  • Want to learn more about Sedona in general? Visit or watch our Sedona Overview video below:

Film Festival Schedule of Events for the Rest of the Week:

Monday, Feb. 23 is Preview Night with a reception at the theatre. The Festival officially begins Tuesday, Feb. 24 with a full day of screenings, a tribute to Seymour and Keach and the Opening Night Party at Sedona Rouge.

Screenings continue the rest of the week with Osborne’s Classic Series starting Wednesday, Feb. 25 with Singin’ In the Rain. A Meet the Filmmakers Reception is scheduled that evening at the Festival Pavilion, sponsored by the Sedona Film Office/Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday, Feb. 27, the “Cast Party” Gala and Honoree Tribute is scheduled at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. A filmmaker party on Saturday, Feb. 28 promises to be an exciting gathering of the “who’s who” of the festival.

Festival award-winners will be announced at the annual Awards Brunch at L’Auberge de Sedona on Sunday, March 1. A very special closing night film is planned for Sunday, March 1 followed by the closing ceremonies at Reds Restaurant at Sedona Rouge.

Tickets can be purchased online at our Purchase Passes Link or by calling 928.282.1177.
For additional information, call 928.282.1177.

2009 Sedona International Film Festival begins Feb. 22

From Host of “Out & About with Megan” Megan Aronson:
The Sedona Interntaional Film Festival is a week long blockbuster event at Harkin’s Theater. It gets bigger and bigger every year. The films are always amazing, thought-provoking films for the thoughtful mind that enjoys “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” style films like the latest independent hit Slumdog Millionaire. You can see 1 movie or 20, meet the filmmakers and actors, attend workshops, gala events and much more. I always enjoy the Gala event each year. I’ve had the rare opportunity to interview some pretty big celebrities like Nick Nolte, Ed Asner, Ned Beatty, Lainie Kazaan (she played the Mom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Rick Schroeder and more. Celebrity guest appearances this year include James Osbourne from TMC, Jane Seymour (who was just here promoting her art work and the new Camp Soaring Eagle in November too!), James Keach, and many more.

Here are the links to “Out & About” recaps of previous year’s Film Fests! Be sure to check back for more info on the 2009 Flim Fest.

Hilarious interview with Ed Asner…and I get star-struck with Ricky Schroeder (of course I used to have a crush on him!);/out&about;_filmfest.htm

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2005 Sedona International Film Festival;/out&about15.htm;

Tickets are already selling out on many of their feature films so reserve your tickets online NOW at