Susan Sarandon, Mariel Hemingway Among Sedona Int'l Film Festival Special Guests
With consistent community backing to ensure success and a forward-driving strategy to build an industry-wide reputation based on the overall Sedona experience for filmmakers, the public and sponsors, the Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a powerful lineup of nearly 160 features, documentaries, shorts and special guests, Feb. 22 to March 2.
Film screening committees reviewed more than 1,000 films from around the world in making the final selections that will be shown on six screens at three venues surrounded by Sedona's world-famous red rocks and hospitality.
Wide-ranging documentary subjects include The Joe Show about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Waiting for Mamu, a film by Morgan Spurlock and Susan Sarandon about the CNN 2012 Hero of the Year, Pushpa, and Toxic Hot Seat from Robert Redford's son, Jamie, about the toxic effect of fire retardant chemicals surrounding us.
Among the features are Le Chef, a French comedy film starring Jean Reno; Cas & Dylan, a comedy directed by Jason Priestly about a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) planning to check out on his own terms who takes a reluctant detour and winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-year old girl; The Letters, a new film about Mother Teresa based on her real-life letters starring Juliet Stevenson, Max Von Sydow and Rutger Hauer; and Girl on a Bicycle, a German comedy about an Italian driving a Paris tour bus with a German fiancée, a French wife and two Australian children who call him "Papa." TV, film and stage star Ed Asner will be in Sedona to introduce The Letters, directed by his friend, William Riead.
This year's Festival also includes the premiere of These Storied Streets from producer Thomas Morgan.
Morgan also produced Waiting for Mamu, a remarkable documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet's organization on those children. Pushpa, known as Mamu, was CNN's 2012 Person of the Year.
Waiting for Mamu also will screen in Sedona and Morgan will be on hand with his business partner Susan Sarandon, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in a special presentation during "An Evening With Susan Sarandon."
The full list of films can be accessed at www.sedonafilmfestival.org.
Veteran screen actress Mariel Hemingway will present her film, Running From Crazy, a documentary examining her personal journey as the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. The film stars Jack Hemingway, Langley Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway.