Sedona International Film Festival

Courtesy Sedona Interna-tional Film Festival

ANNE Heche and director Ken Kwapis on the set of Sexual Life.

Asner, Schroder and McCarthy will be in Sedona for the festival where last year the hit indie film What the Bleep to We Know debuted before taking off on a highly-acclaimed national run.

"The lineup of films for this year’s juried festival is, without question, the most exciting we’ve had over the past 11 years," Executive Director Pat Schweiss said. "There is certainly something for every taste and area of interest. Some are purely entertaining, some are incredibly through provoking, others may be deeply troubling based on their content, but the overall experience should be truly memorable."

Asner, who is the narrator of American Holocaust and plays a sheriff in Sleeping Dogs Lie, will be presented with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Friday Night "Cast Party" Gala for his contributions and commitment to independent films and his body of work. The event, at the Radisson Poco Diablo Resort is sponsored by Azadi Fine Rugs.

Past honorees are Ann Miller, Donald O’Connor, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Ladd, Amanda Plumber, Wendy Malick, Scott Baio and Jena Malone.

Schroder will present his film, Black Cloud, and McCarthy, who vaulted to fame as a member of the Brat Pack with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, will feature his short film, News For the Church.

Thursday’s official opening night film is Sexual Life, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play, La Ronde, and features Heche. This intellectual comedy of manners and modern sexual politics connects the lives of several people bound by issues of intimacy, sexual magnetism and commitment. Also in the cast are Dulé Hill, Azure Skye and Tom Everett Scott.

Friday’s feature film is Hate Crime by Sedona filmmaker Tommy Stovall. In the film, Robbie Levenson and Trey McCoy suddenly find themselves dealing with prejudice and hostility as their new neighbor, Chris Boyd, begins to threaten their lives because they are gay. It is a riveting and deeply moving story about the personal consequences of intolerance.

Films accepted into the festival are divided into four categories: features, documentaries, shorts and animation. All films will be shown at Sedona’s Harkins Theatres.

Individual priority passes are available for $250-$450 and include a variety of benefits from access to the Festival Greenroom to admission to the Premier Film Screening, Late Night Filmmaker Get Together, Cast Party, Filmmakers Only Soiree and the Awards Brunch.

Six film flex passes are $50. Passes are now on sale and can be purchased for the entire weekend. Tickets for the Friday night gala and the Sunday brunch are separate. Tickets for those events are $35 and $20, respectively.

Tickets purchased at the door will be $10 per film or you can enjoy maximum flexibility with a six film flex pass for $50 on festival weekend.

At the festival’s two-day Frank Warner Workshop, Friday and Saturday, among the seminar is a panel of respected and honored directors and producers will discuss life "In the Director’s Chair."

Panelists include Academy-Award winning director Joe Johnston (Hidalgo, October Sky, The Rocketeer), director Ron Underwood (City Slickers, Mighty Joe Young ), director John Schultz (currently in production on The Honeymooners for Paramount), Emmy-Award winning actor and director Joan Darling (Mom’s On Strike ), producer Forrest Murray (The Spitfire Grill, Bob Roberts and Love Crimes), director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein and Legally Blond 2), and directors Flavia Fontes and Dennis Smith.

The workshop is narrated by Academy-Award winner Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back). The workshop is scheduled Friday, March 4, at Red Rock High School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, at Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuition for the two-day workshop is $200. Student tuition, with valid high school or college student I.D. is $100.

March 3, the Arizona Screenwriters Association and the Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop present "Pitching Mini Boot Camp," a workshop designed to help participants learn the basics of "pitching" a screenplay from 12:30 to 5 p.m., March 3, at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The cost of the workshop is $10. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.arizonascreenwriters.com.

For more information about the 11th annual Sedona International Film Festival, visit http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com or call (928) 282-1177.

OFFICIAL 2005 SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Features

5th World; After the Apocalypse; And Finally, the Sea; Beat Angel; Bette Fredricks-A Life Lived; Black Cloud; Chaille Stovall Tribute; Cold Light; Dear Frankie; The Fallen; Hate Crime; Hooray for Mister Touchdown; In Your Hands; Mojados; NBT – Never Been Thawed; Old Boy; See This Movie; Sexual Life; Spin; Turtles Can Fly; White Rainbow; Zen Noir

Documentaries

American Holocaust; Artist of Resistance; Big Enough; Casting About; Circle of Justice; Cyclone Wedding; Edgar Cayce, The Beautiful Dreamer; Flip-Flotsam; Flowers From the Heartland; Homecoming; Human Shield; The Loss of Nameless Things; Mary Anthony: A Life in Motion; Dance; Paul Soldner: Playing With Fire; Peaceable Kingdom; Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton; Sea; The Same River Twice; Sacred Sacred; Searching for Angela Shelton; Slasher; Star Dreams; Witches in Exile; Z-Channel – A magnificent obsession

Shorts

The Act; After Twilight; All Consuming; Antebody; Bananas; Bicycles & Radios; The Big Thing; Boy-Next-Door; The Carpenter and his Clumsy Wife; Changing Room; The Cold War; Disturbing Leonard; Dolphin Legacy – The Resonance of Perfection; Donnie’s Tree; Evenfall; Exhibit 42; Exit 8A; Falling in Rhythm; Fields of Mudan; For Gracie; Honing the Edge; How to Ace an Intervention; Indio, USA; Journey; Katie Bar the Door; Killing Kevin; Lamia; Lift; Long Short Story; Love They Neighbor; The Maid of Honor; Mannequin Immigrants; Mile 55160; The Mojo Café; Mona Lisa; Moondance; Mr. Dramatic; My Beautiful; Myron; Natural Selection; News For The Church; A One Color System; One Nice Thing; The Pawn; Rift; Rules of the Game; Samuel DeMango; The Sky is Falling; Sleeping Dogs Lie; Staring at the Sun; Sunday Night Poets; Take Me Somewhere Nice; The Tao of Pong; Thanksgiving Day; There’s Something Out There; Tokyo Equinox; Valentina; We All Fall Down

Animation

Abscession; Animation Trip; The Balloon; Dear Sweet Emma; Flyaway; Fragile Machine; Let Go; Minotauromaquia; PUCA; Red Planet Blues; RockFish.

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