Featuring over 125 feature films, documentaries, animated works, and short films, The 16th Annual Sedona International Film Festival kicked off yesterday and will continue its run through February 28th. The festival has a wealth of special programs that make it a worthwhile trip for a day even. There will be daily free seminars beginning Tuesday February 23rd for filmmakers focusing on many aspects of the filmmaking process. There will a retrospective of the films of Festival Honoree Michael Moore and he will be there for several events. Another special program will be a presentation of three classic films by Turner Classic Movies’ Robert Osborne as he will be in attendance presenting the films and having Q & A discussion sessions following the screenings. The Sedona Green Event will be a large part of the festival as well, bringing attention to sustainability in the film industry, in Arizona, and around the world.
The free filmmaking seminars will begin on Tuesday and be open to the public with spaces limited to a first come, first serve basis. The first seminars on Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on how to get funding with industry veteran Morrie Warshawski. On Thursday, the focus will shift to how to get distribution and get your film out there with Bay Area professionals George Rush and Lise Swenson. Friday and Saturday will be very full days with seminars most of the day including panels with Debbie Brubaker, Kathleen Glynn (produces Michael Moore’s films), and sustainability experts such as Don Piper and Greg Peterson. Check here for the schedule and times for events.
Festival Honoree Michael Moore comes to Sedona with a full arsenal of his films on the 20th Anniversary of Roger and Me, including that film, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story, and more. He will be attending several events at the festival including two “Discussions with Michael Moore”. No matter what you think about his politics, Moore is one of the most important filmmakers in the industry, trying to shed light on the disgusting nature of some of this country’s institutions. Check here for more on Moore’s events.
TCM’s Robert Osborne will also be in attendance to show three classic films with an introduction and Q & A sessions following the screenings. Osborne is one of the film world’s foremost preservationists as well as a man who has forgotten more about film than most will ever know. Screening will be The Adventures of Robin Hood, A Place in the Sun, and Leave Her to Heaven. Check here for more on this program.
The Sedona Green Event will focus on sustainable practices that will allow for future generations to enjoy the environment as much as we do now. The panel discussions will have a wide range of sustainability experts from the world of filmmaking, academia, law, lobbyists, and more. The festival itself has taken steps to be more environmentally conscious, setting up things like water stations where one can refill there bottles, clearly marked and plentiful recycling bins instead of just the standard garbage cans at most events, and anything else they can do to make SIFF a greener event. More on the panels and events for this can be found here.
Check back tomorrow for a preview of some of the impressive lineup of films that will be screening over the course of the next week. Head over to the main site for The Sedona International Film Festival for more information.
For more info:
The 16th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
Turner Classic Movies
Michael Moore’s website