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Sedona Film Festival “Star Power”

Sedona Film Festival “Star Power”

OSCAR NOMINEES, FILMS WITH “STAR POWER” HIGHLIGHT 26TH ANNUAL SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SEDONA, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2020): Three feature documentaries nominated for Academy Awards, five films shortlisted for Oscar consideration and an impressive list of films with significant “star power” highlight the more than 170 films accepted into the 26th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 22 through March 1.

Films will be screened at three venues in Sedona: the Mary D. Fisher Theater, Harkins 6 and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School.

“This year’s lineup certainly stands among the most diverse, thoughtful and creative expression of filmmaking we’ve ever had,” said Sedona International Film Festival Artistic Director Patrick Schweiss. “The three screening committees spend countless hours watching, assessing and ranking more than 1,400 films that were submitted, and the decisions are never easy. I believe those decisions were even more difficult this year given the quality, content, production and sheer entertainment value of the films.”

Three Oscar-nominated documentary features – For Sama, The Cave and Honeyland, also nominated for Best International Film – are among 45 full-length documentaries selected for screening. Five films – The Apollo (documentary feature), Midnight Family (documentary feature), One Child Nation (documentary feature), Portrait of a Lady (Best International Feature) and Those Who Remained (Best International Feature) – were short-listed for Academy Award consideration.

“There are literally films for every interest, every taste and every issue,” Schweiss said. “The most compelling outcomes of every Sedona International Film Festival are the post-film conversations, both in the theaters with filmmakers and over dinner tables across the city. And that is what we want: conversation starters and conversation stimulators and we have them again this year.”

Among the films with acclaimed actors are Sanctuary (documentary feature) with Javier Bardem; Driveways (narrative feature) with Brian Dennehy; Standing Up, Falling Down (narrative feature) with Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz; Coda (narrative feature) starring Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes; Heartland (a narrative feature being screened as a sneak preview) with Mariel Hemingway, Frances Fisher and David Arquette; Foster Boy (narrative feature) with Matthew Modine; The Samuel Project (narrative feature) with Hal Linden; and The Truth (narrative feature), the closing-night film starring Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke.

The Festival officially opens Saturday, Feb. 22 with the sneak preview of Heartland at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, Feb. 29, Emmy-winning and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director and producer Rob Reiner will receive the festival’s prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work in front of and behind the camera and his commitment to the art of independent filmmaking. Reiner, who rose to fame as Mike “Meathead” Stivic on All in the Family,has been at the helm of award-winners including When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride and LBJ.

Also on opening day, actress and singer Lainie Kazan will return to the Sedona International Film Festival to introduce the 2019 film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog, written and directed by Lynn Roth. Shepherd is based on the award-winning and bestselling Israeli novel, “The Jewish Dog,” by Asher Kravitz.

On Friday, Feb. 28, there will be a special presentation by Bella Gaia, “a live concert that mixes music, dance and NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Bella Gaia is an award-winning unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space.

Priority Passes are now on sale. The Platinum All Access Priority Pass includes access to all Festival activities, films, events and parties and includes priority seating. The price for Sedona International Film Festival members is $1,193. Nonmembers pay $1,325. Gold Priority Passes, with priority tickets, seating to all films and a pass to one of the evening parties, are $562 for members and $625 for nonmembers.

Ticket Packs, which include tickets for any films plus preview nights two weeks prior to the festival, are $245 (member price) for the 20-ticket packs and $260 for nonmembers and $125 (member price) for 10-ticket packs and $135 for nonmembers.

Individual tickets, which go on sale on Feb. 17, are $15.

Sedona Film Festival memberships range from $75 for a basic membership to $50,000 for Film Star level, each with appropriate benefits.

For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.

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Contact: Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

26TH SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM LIST

NARRATIVE FEATURES

The American President

And Then We Danced

Babysplitters

Balloon

Being Dead

Cabarete

Coda

The Crossing

Driveways

The Etruscan Smile

Fiela’s Child

Foster Boy

From the Vine

The Garden Left Behind

God of the Piano

Hell of a Heartache

How About Adolf?

An Impossible Love

In Safe Hands

Incitement

Into Invisible Light

The Keeper

Martin Eden

Olympic Dreams

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Samuel Project

Senior Love Triangle

She’s in Portland

Shedding

Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog

The Silent Revolution

Someone, Somewhere

Sorry We Missed You

Standing Up, Falling Down

Tainted Canvas

Team Marco

Those Who Remained

The Truth

The Wall Between Us

¡Gaytino! Made in America

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Acid Horizon

Alan Magee: Art is Not a Solace

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

The Apollo

Botero

The Cave

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man

The Corporate Coup d’État

Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait

The Dog Doc

The Doors: Break On Through — A Celebration of Ray Manzarek

Eating Up Easter

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

For Sama

Fram

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words

Grit

HAK_MTL

A Home Called Nebraska

Honeyland

However Long

Human Nature

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Kifaru

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Medicating Normal

Microplastic Madness

Midnight Family

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy

Oli Otya?

One Child Nation

Picture Character

The Pollinators

Resistance Fighters

Return to Hardwick

Right to Harm

Sanctuary

Sea of Shadows

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

Thirst for Justice

To Be of Service

Toxic Beauty

WeRiseUP

A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Acuitzeramo

All Boys Die

Baby Kate

Blue Dress

Bright Side Up

Champion

Churubusco

Cookaphony

Demand Curve

Detained

Dying Breed

Entwined

Erin

Extra Innings

Feeling Flush

Flora

Free

Greed Incorporated

Human

In Colors

The Interview

InTime

The Last Supper

The Lessons Shorts Program

Locks

The Lost Weekend

Masters

Mother

Ms. Rossi

New York Rhapsody

Odd Bird

Oh My Stars

One Hot Day

Osuba

Overshare

The Perfumer

Pipe Dream

Portraitist

Postal

The Prisoner’s Song

Reflections

Relationship Deli

Resemblance

Ring

Silver Moon

Still Happy

The Still Life of Annika Myers

Thank You Kindly

Thin Walls

Today You, Tomorrow Me

Tree #3

TXT…

Utopia

Variables

The Watchmaker

The Way the Future Was

When You Know You Know: A Brief and Thorough Investigation Into Mysterious Sources of Glitter

Wish You Were There

Zugzwang

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

… And Then There’s Anthony Palmer

Alpharaoh

And The Brave Shall Rise

Ashes to Ashes

Band Geeks

Camp ALEC

Crescendo: Michael Fabiano On How Not To Remain Quiet

From Beacon To The Border

Ghost Mountain

The Last Harvest

Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses

Los Otros

Love is…

Minor Accident of War

Monsoon V

No Shame No Blame

YAH WAVE

ANIMATED SHORTS

Amaterasu

Mister Monster

Preheated

The Ribbon