Sedona Film Fest - a Cinema Cultural Celebration
by Nadia Caillou
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).