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Film Festival welcomes legendary actress and dancer Jane Powell for screening of ‘Seven Brides’ tonight!

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to welcome legendary actress and dancer Jane Powell to town for a special screening of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Turner Classic Movies host, Robert Osborne, will be hosting the film and conducting a live Q&A discussion with Ms. Powell following the screening. Showtime will be 7:00 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. This is part of the film festival’s “Living Legends” series.

“This is a big coup for Sedona and for anyone who is a Jane Powell and ‘Seven Brides’ fan,” said Patrick Schweiss, festival director. “To get to experience this film the way it was meant to be seen — on the big screen — and then get to meet Ms. Powell herself and enjoy a Q&A with classic movie master Robert Osborne goes beyond description.”

Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved in advance by calling 282-1177.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1955. It won the Oscar for Best Musical Score and won the hearts of movie lovers around the world. It has become one of the most endearing classic movie treasures and a timeless favorite of audiences for the past 55 years.

Adam Pontipee (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, comes to town to trade and announces to the shopkeepers that he is in the market for a wife. He quickly becomes enamored of Milly (Jane Powell), a pretty, hard-working young woman who cooks for the local boardinghouse. Explaining that the responsibilities of running a farm do not allow for a lengthy courtship, Adam proposes to Milly that same day, and they are married right away. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover his six brothers — all living in his cabin.

Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness: kidnap the women they want!

The legendary Jane Powell — a pert, petite musical film star of the late 1940s and 50s — began in films in 1944 after hosting her own radio show from the age of 11. Soon, she was at MGM as a perk teen in “A Date With Judy” (1948) and “Nancy Goes to Rio” (1950). With her chirpy girl-next-door charm and operatic singing voice, Powell was in some ways a successor to Deanna Durbin, who retired in 1948. She hit her stride in the early 1950s in such musical classics as Stanley Donen’s “Royal Wedding” (1951) — replacing the ailing Judy Garland — and as the lead in Donen’s “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” (1954). Powell’s last film at MGM was “Hit the Deck” in 1955 and her last starring film to date was “Enchanted Island” (1958).

Ms. Powell kept busy during the late 50s and early 60s on TV, including a remake of the Vincente Minnelli musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1959). She made a stage comeback when she replaced Debbie Reynolds on Broadway in the 1973 revival of the musical “Irene.”

Looking wonderful in her later years, Ms. Powell was a relaxed guest on interview specials recalling the MGM of old and was most welcome hosting a series airing classic movie musicals on PBS. In 2009 she toured with Robert Osborne and Michael Feinstein and a host of other leading ladies in a show which celebrated MGM movie musicals.

“Now, Mr. Osborne is poised to bring his dear friend and Hollywood legend Jane Powell to Sedona for the enjoyment of our audiences,” added Schweiss. “It is Hollywood movie magic at its finest … live, right here in Sedona … and in our brand new performing arts center!”

The title sponsor of this special event is Marion Herrman, one of the founders of the film festival and lifetime board members. The lodging host sponsor is L’Auberge de Sedona Resort. Additional support is provided by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona and the Sedona Community Foundation.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” will be shown at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each or $9 for Film Sedona members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 928.282.1177.

For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.

Sedona Film Festival hosts free premiere of family comedy ‘Nativity!’ on Dec. 10

Nativity poster
"Nativity!" is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of the true meaning of Christmas. The feel-good British comedy is great family entertainment that all ages will enjoy. The Sedona Film Festival is presenting the Arizona premiere of the film Friday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the new Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the exclusive Arizona premiere of the award-winning family holiday comedy “Nativity!” on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The new, state-of-the-art, 750-seat theater venue is located at Sedona Red Rock High School. The screenings are free and open to the public and are presented by the Sedona International Film Festival in this one-night-only special engagement. Free tickets are available now and can be reserved by calling 282-1177.

The film festival is proud to announce that this is “Community Appreciation Night” where everyone is admitted free of charge as a way of thanking Sedona for its year-round support of the film festival.

“This is our holiday gift to Sedona and our way of saying thank you for the generous support our members and this community has shown us all year long,” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “It is a fun, family-friendly film, appropriate for all ages, and we are proud to present it in the new, extraordinary Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food or cash donations for the Sedona Community Food Bank for this special event.

Produced by BBC Films and Family-Approved by the Dove Foundation, “Nativity!” is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of the true meaning of Christmas. Starring Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins, in the upcoming film “The Hobbit”, BBC TV´s “The Office” and PBS´ Masterpiece Mystery “Sherlock”) and Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”), the film is great family entertainment that all ages will enjoy.

Receiving tremendous box-office success during its theatrical release in the UK, the film was hailed by Variety as “entertainment that gives family fare a good name . . . will have a long future as a yuletide favorite.” “Nativity!” is a feel-good British comedy that will jingle everyone´s bells!

This holiday season, St. Bernadette’s Elementary School teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school’s musical nativity play. Competing against the fancy rival private school and his arch rival Gordon Shakespeare for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is, they haven’t spoken in years.

With one “little white lie” escalating events out of control he becomes a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.

Overnight, Maddens finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm comprising the mayor, the media, a posse of pushy parents, and an army of pint-sized potential Marys and Josephs.  All St Bernadette’s is floating on a cloud of stardust and the children are bursting with Christmas spirit.

But can Maddens possibly persuade Jennifer to bring Hollywood to Coventry and make their dreams come true or will his tangle of lies finally catch him out?

“This is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season with a laugh-out-loud, feel-good, joyous celebration of a movie that all ages can enjoy,” added Schweiss. “We promise a few holiday surprises and fun additions to the evening as well. We hope entire families will come and experience this great film in this extraordinary new venue.”

This free community appreciation film premiere is made possible from grants by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.

“Nativity!” will be shown at the Sedona Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Free tickets are available now and can be reserved by calling 928.282.1177 or by visiting the Sedona Film Festival office at 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, in West Sedona.  The lobby box office will open at 5 p.m. the night of the show. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.

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.