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Award-winning thriller ‘Winter’s Bone’ premieres in Sedona Oct. 19

Winter's Bone poster
“Winter’s Bone” features Ashlee Thompson as Ashlee, Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly and Isaiah Stone as Sonny. Ree struggles to keep her siblings together as she hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth about their missing father.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the exclusive Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning thriller “Winter’s Bone” on Tuesday, Oct. 19.  There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres and is part of the festival’s Tuesday “Best of Fest” Cinema Series.

Winner of more than 20 international awards in prestigious film festivals around the world, “Winter’s Bone” has been garnered the attention of critics and audiences around the world and quickly has catapulted to the best-reviewed, highest rated film of the season. USA Today raves “Four Stars! A riveting thriller” and says that Jennifer Lawrence, the film’s star, deserves an Oscar nomination. Entertainment Weekly calls the film “Grade A! One of the most true-blooded epics of Americana you’re ever likely to see.” The Wall Street Journal touts the film as “Spectacular! A classic.”

Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade, but anywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She refuses to listen.

Ree pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, “Winter’s Bone” is directed by Debra Granik and adapted for the screen by Granik and Anne Rosellini. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee and Tate Taylor.

“I read ‘Winter’s Bone’ in one sitting. I had not done that with any book in a long time. I wanted to see how this girl, Ree, was going to survive,” said director Debra Granik. “It felt like an old fashioned type of tale, with a character I couldn’t help but root for, and with an atmosphere my mind was actively trying to conjure.”

“Ree is focused on her commitment to see her brother and sister through their childhoods. She is willing to fight to keep her family from falling apart. I see her as a lioness trying to protect her pride. She is also a teenager who experiences helpless feelings when adults around her make deadly choices, and are drawn down into a way of life that destroys them,” added Granik.

“Like many a movie hero, Ree must struggle. We don’t get to see much of her teenage side.  Throughout the story she is single-minded in what she needs to do. The search for her father is all-consuming. In this heightened context, we see that Ree does not take “no” for an answer. In matters of justice, I love characters who don’t take no. I want to know how they get that resolve. We may not know what fuels Ree, but we want to witness a girl who shows this much strength of character.”

“ ‘Winter’s Bone’ is what we’ve been waiting for: a haunting film  that grabs hold and won’t let go,” raves the New Yorker. “Suspenseful, surprising and subtle with as memorable and vivid a heroine as you are likely to see,” says The New York Times.

The Associated Press calls “Winter’s Bone” a masterpiece, and New York Magazine calls the film “Incredibly powerful! The year’s most stirring film.” The film is rated R and has a runtime of 100 minutes.

The title sponsor for this event is Art for Sedona’s Sake. The series is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.

“Winter’s Bone” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets 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 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 http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/ 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 www.sedona.tv 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!