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SEDONA, Ariz. (Jan. xx, 2010):  With themes ranging from inspirational stories about overcoming loss to an impressive list of documentaries short listed for Academy Award consideration to several films submitted for Best Foreign Language consideration and three films produced by Arizonans, the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival will screen a highly diverse lineup of 140 films from Feb. 21-28 at three locations.

            “There are a number of films that deal with loss and healing so beautifully and aesthetically that really touch your heart,” said Sedona Film Festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss.  “But the range of films we have this year is so compelling, it’s difficult not to get excited about every category including our new Family Series.  There are some remarkably creative people out there.”

Films will be screened at Harkins Theatre, 2081 W. Highway 89A in Sedona, at The Rouge Theatre, above Red’s Restaurant across the street from the Harkins Theatres, and at Studio Live, a specially designed space a half-block from the theatres.

            Films short-listed for the Oscars include “Burma VJ “ from England, a 2009 Sundance Film Festival selection about a tenacious band of Burmese reporters exposing the repressive regime controlling their country; “Garbage Dreams,” winner of the Best Documentary at the Vail and Hollywood Film Festivals, that follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village on the outskirts of Cairo; “Which Way Home,” which premiered on HBO and showed the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourceful as they try to make their way to the U.S.; and “Sergio” based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power's groundbreaking biography, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World.

            Also on the schedule is “Kavi,” winner of the Student Academy Award Gold Medal for best short narrative.  “Kavi,” the USC thesis film by Greg Helvey, is a 19-minute fictional account of a young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to work as a modern-day slave.

            In addition to feature films by Aiden Quinn (“A Shine of Rainbows”), Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan (“The Greatest”), Barry Levinson (“PollliWood”), Connie Stevens (“Saving Grace B. Jones”), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Jerome resident Maynard James Keenan (“Blood Into Wine”) about making wine in Arizona, the Festival will screen several films with strong Arizona connections including:

            • “Smile Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story” by Paradise Valley resident Lee Storey that exposes  the real roots of the organization that never came across through the happy faces on stage.

            • “When the World Breaks,” by Scottsdale filmmaker Joe Mundo  about the “greatest generation” featuring interviews with the likes of Phyllis Diller, Jerry Stiller, Buzz Aldrin and Jesse Jackson, among others.

            • “Rising:  The Art of John Waddell” by Marlo Bendau who was intrigued by the Cornville artist’s concept for a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City which will be screened as an audience test at the Festival.

            TCM host Robert Osborne will screen and discuss three classic films during the Festival:  “The Adventures of Robin Hood”  (1938) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland; “A Place in the Sun” (1951) with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters; and “Leave Her to Heaven” (1945) with Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde and Vincent Price.

Festival week opens on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 22 with the annual Festival Kick-Off Preview Nights and receptions at Reds Restaurant. The Festival officially begins Tuesday, Feb. 23 with a full day of screenings, Quinn’s latest film and the Opening Night Party.  The Festival’s popular Gala and VIP Tribute will be held on Friday, Feb. 26 at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. The awards brunch is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 28 at L’Auberge de Sedona.  The rest of the week’s schedule will be announced soon.

            Screenings continue the rest of the week with Osborne’s Classic Series starting Wednesday, Feb. 24 with “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”   “A Place in the Sun” will show on Thursday, Feb. 25 and “Leave Her to Heaven” will screen on Friday.

            The Sedona International Film Festival Workshop and Panel Discussion will cover a range of subjects with presentations by industry experts, award winners, directors, producers, cinematographers and screenwriters.

Advance-sale packages can be purchased online at or by calling (928) 282-1177.   Advanced-sale packages begin at $95 for members for a 10-ticket package; $190 for members for a 20-ticket package; $300 for members’ Gold Priority Pass and $520 for Platinum All Access Priority Pass. Group discounts also are available.  Non-member passes are $100 for 10-ticket packages, $200 for 20-ticket packages, $375 for Gold Priority Pass and $650 for Platinum.

            For additional information, visit or call (928) 282-1177.


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