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2002 Sedona Film Fest - a Cinema Cultural Celebration

by Nadia Caillou

Celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultures as recorded on film when Sedona Cultural Park presents the Eighth-Annual Sedona International Film Festival scheduled for March 1, 2 and 3, 2002, featuring independent films spanning many nations and cultures. The Festival is held at Harkins Sedona Cinema, and the widely acclaimed Film Workshop again will be at the Sedona Red Rock High School auditorium.

The Festival celebrates red rock country’s rich cinematic history and plunges northern Arizona audiences into the world of independent film. In past years, many films screened at the Festival have received Oscar nominations or awards in many categories. Since its inception the Festival has featured cinema from around the world.

The Film Workshop each year is focused on a particular aspect of filmmaking and coordinated by Academy Award-winning sound designer Frank Warner. The two-day workshop stimulates the creative fires of student filmmakers, who compete for scholarships to attend this special educational program. Past topics include new technology (1997), editing (1998), sound (1999), scoring (2000), and visual effects (2001).

This year, the spotlight is on cinematography for emerging filmmakers. The Workshop, produced in cooperation with UofA Media Arts Department and Sedona’s Zaki Gordon Film Institute, will include numerous demonstrations and informal sessions with up to 12 industry professionals who donate their time and expertise for the students.

Northern Arizona University Women’s Studies Program brings its annual Reel Women series films as part of the schedule. Other state educational institutions that participate in the Workshop include Yavapai College, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Arizona State University-West.

Enchantment Resort is again the gala sponsor and the location to kick off the festivities with a gala/tribute evening, complete with a celebrity honoree, lively music and gourmet refreshments. The Festival will once again pay tribute to a major figure in American cinema with the Sedony Award. Past honorees include Oscar-winning composer Elmer Bernstein, actress/activist Marsha Hunt, actors Ted Danson, Dennis Weaver, Diane Ladd, Ann Miller, Donald O’Connor, Mary Steenburgen and Sean Young, along with Academy Award-winning sound designer Frank Warner, Arizona movie theatre developer and sponsor Dan Harkins, illustrator Robert McCall, and writer Arthur C. Clarke. The Sedony Award 2002 tributee will be announced before the gala.

Early order of season passes to Sedona Film Festival is highly recommended, due to the early demand for tickets as gifts before the holidays.

For more information or to place an order, contact the Park’s box office at (928) 203-4TIX or (800) 780-ARTS, or check out their Web site (www.sedonafilmfestival.com).

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