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Film Festival welcomes legendary actress and dancer Marge Champion for screenings of ‘Showboat’ on Sept. 7

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to welcome legendary actress and dancer Marge Champion to town for special screenings of “Showboat” on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne will be hosting the films and conducting live Q&A discussions with Ms. Champion following both screenings. Showtimes will be at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres. This is part of the film festival’s “Living Legends” series.

“This is a big coup for Sedona and for anyone who is a Marge Champion and ‘Showboat’ 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. Champion herself and enjoy a Q&A with classic movie master Robert Osborne goes beyond description. It is Hollywood movie magic at its finest … live, right here in Sedona!”

Riverboat entertainers find love, laughs and hardships as they sail along on the Cotton Blossom riverboat in “Showboat”, which was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Musical Score and Best Cinematography. Ms. Champion stars as Ellie May Shipley in the classic, lavish musical.

From novel to Broadway smash to three film versions to stage revivals, like “Old Man River”, “Showboat” just keeps rolling along. Produced by Arthur Freed and directed by George Sidney, this 1951 version of the saga of riverboat lives and loves has glorious stars (Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion) in Technicolor radiance. A made-from-scratch 170-foot paddle wheeler, timeless songs, extravagant dance numbers and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry, “Showboat” has stood the test of time and remains one of film’s — and Broadway’s — most beloved musical extravaganzas.

The Cotton Blossom, owned by the Hawk family, is the show boat where everyone comes for great musical entertainment down south. Julie Laverne and her husband are the stars of the show. After a snitch on board calls the local police about Julie (who’s half- African-American) being married to a white man, they are forced to leave the show boat because down South interracial marriages are forbidden. Magnolia Hawk becomes the new show boat attraction and her leading man is Gaylord Ravenal, a gambler. The two instantly fall in love and marry. Magnolia and Gaylord leave the Cotton Blossom for a whirl-wind honeymoon and begin to live in a fantasy world. Magnolia soon faces reality quickly, that gambling means more to Gaylord than anything else. Magnolia confronts Gaylord and after he gambles away their fortune he leaves her — not knowing she is pregnant. Magnolia is left penniless and pregnant, and is left to fend for herself, and make a new start. Two of her friends — dancers Ellie May Shipley and Frank Schultz (Marge and Gower Champion), take her to audition for stage manager Jake Green and help turn her life around.

A celebrated dancer, actress, and choreographer of stage, screen and TV, Marge Champion, together with her then-husband and partner Gower Champion, excelled at the “story dance”, a combination of dance and pantomime, which they performed to great renown on Broadway, in several films, and on television. Ms. Champion was a human figure model for the heroine of Disney’s animated “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), and later modeled for the blue fairy in “Pinocchio” (1940). She made her film debut in “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (1939) and went on to star in dozens of films, television shows and Broadway musicals. In 1975, Ms. Champion won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for creating the dances for the celebrated TV-movie “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom”.

Ms. Champion, who turns 91 just days before her Sedona appearance, is still dancing daily and is featured in the short film “Keep Dancing” which will play before both screenings of “Showboat”. After celebrated careers, legendary dancers Ms. Champion and Donald Saddler became friends while performing together in the Broadway Show Follies (2001). When the show closed, they decided to rent a private studio together where they have been choreographing and rehearsing original dances ever since. At 90+ years old, they continue to pursue their passion for life through their love and mastery of dance. “Keep Dancing” seamlessly blends 9 decades of archival film and photographs with present day footage to tell a story through dance of the passing of time and the process of aging.

“Keep Dancing” director, Greg Vander Veer, will join Ms. Champion and Mr. Osborne for the Q&A discussions.

The title sponsor of this special event 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.

“Showboat” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each or $9 for Film Sedona members. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 282-1177.

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

Sedona Film Festival’s 2010 Award Winners

Here are some treats from this year’s Sedona International Film Festival! See exclusive footage from the award ceremonies, presented by festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss.

Michael Moore accepts his first ever Lifetime Achievement Award:

Legendary comedy duo Stiller & Meara receive their Lifetime Achievement Award:

2010 Best Feature Film – “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story“, based on the true story of an unbreakable bond between a college professor (Richard Gere) and his loyal Akita:

2010 Best Independent Documentary – “The Elephant In The Living Room“, which exposes the controversial world of exotic animal ownership in the United States:

Check out the trailers for these two award-winning films here: Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, and here: The Elephant in the Living Room.

Michael Moore tribute at the Sedona International Film Festival

Promo shot from "Capitalism: A Love Story"Academy-Award winner Michael Moore is in the red rocks of Sedona! Tomorrow, Saturday February 27th at 2:10pm, he’ll be at the Sedona International Film Festival for one of the highlights of this year’s program, “A Conversation With Michael Moore“. Moore will be joined by his wife and producing partner Kathleen Glynn for the session, which will be hosted by Mary Fisher. One of the most outspoken and sometime controversial filmmakers of all time, Moore has opened the consciousness of the American public with his riveting, challenging and thought-provoking documentaries.

Following the Q&A, the festival will be screening Moore’s latest film “Capitalism: A Love Story” at 4:20pm. Moore will be on hand for another Q&A right after the film.

Robert Osborne hosts classic films at the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival

Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movies television network, returns by popular demand to the Sedona International Film Festival. Over the course of three days he will present three classic films as they were meant to be seen on the big screen! Osborne will introduce the films and will also host Q&A discussions following each screening.

Wednesday February 24th, 4:50pm
“The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1937) with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland

Thursday February 25th, 4:35pm
“A Place In The Sun” (1951) with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters

Friday February 26th, 4:35pm
“Leave Her To Heaven” (1945) with Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde and Vincent Price

To find out more about this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, visit the festival’s official site at sedonafilmfestival.com.

Get ready for the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival!

Michael Moore, special guest at the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival

Starting tomorrow, Harkins Sedona Six Theatres hosts the 16th annual Sedona International Film Festival! This year’s festival features special guests Michael Moore and TCM’s Robert Osborne. Enjoy 145 of the best independent films over six full days as Sedona proudly takes center stage from today until February 28th.

Tonight is Preview Night. The Arizona premiere of Italian documentary feature film “Terra Madre” is at 5:00pm followed by a special free event at 7:30, the Pachamama Alliance Presentation with Neal Rogin and Mark Dubois.

For more information, and to buy passes, visit sedonafilmfestival.com.

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.

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.

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 http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/ 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 http://www.sedona.tv/ 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 Sedona.tv 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!)

2006 Sedona International Film Festival

2005 Sedona International Film Festival

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