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Close Will Attend Hollywood Costume pARTy Opening

Six-time Academy Award® nominee, actress and producer Glenn Close, will be the guest of honor for the ninth annual pARTy hosted at Phoenix Art Museum on March 22. The gala will celebrate the opening and final scheduled stop of the international Hollywood Costume exhibit and attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the show before it opens to the public on March 26.

A world-class exhibition that originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume showcases more than 100 iconic Hollywood costumes throughout a century of cinema, many of which have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of studio archives. As part of the exhibit, two costumes worn by Close will be on view – the gray and black houndstooth skirt and jacket worn by Cruella de Vil in “102 Dalmatians” and the 18th century inspired gown of Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil from “Dangerous Liaisons.”

In addition to costumes from Hollywood film characters, there will also be two gowns worn by Close on display as part of a second exhibit, Hollywood Red Carpet. The Giorgio Armani silk gown worn as the nominee for Best Actress Award for “Fatal Attraction” (1988), and the dark green Zac Posen gown and jacket worn as a nominee for Best Actress in the film, “Albert Nobbs” (2011).

Attendees of the pARTy will enjoy a first-class event where every detail is meticulously planned. From world-renown ‘get on the floor and dance’ band ensembles, to contemporary cuisine that will engage one’s culinary senses; the pARTy is truly an experience that should not be missed.

To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, contact Jan Nesburg at 602-257-2101. Tickets are $750 per person and tables start at $7,500.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Hollywood Costume at Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org/hollywoodtickets.

Phoenix Symphony Contest

Spielberg Joins Williams with The Phoenix Symphony

Five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner John Williams joins The Phoenix Symphony to conduct an unforgettable evening of music from the movies, featuring selections from some of his most popular and iconic scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more.  During this special appearance on September 28, 2013, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg joins Williams to host the second half of the evening, presenting selections from their remarkable forty-year artistic collaboration, including selected film clips projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Experience the magic of music and cinema with two great maestros of the movies!

When John Williams and Steven Spielberg met in 1972, Williams had nearly 20 years of film and TV scoring behind him and Spielberg was a 25 year-old television director about to shoot his first theatrical feature. When they agreed to work together, arguably the most successful film music partnership in Hollywood history was born. Their first film together was The Sugarland Express and the partnership has continued over the years with such popular and iconic films as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln and more. Williams has composed the scores for 26 out of the 27 feature films that Spielberg has directed.

“John Williams and Steven Spielberg are two of the greatest American icons of our generation and tremendously important to the film industry. Their music and films are iconic and recognized the world over. This is a very special night and those lucky enough to attend will never forget the magic created on stage.” Said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It is an honor to have legends like John Williams and Steven Spielberg grace our stage at Symphony Hall and we will be forever grateful for their generosity to the Symphony and our community.”

In a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and twenty-one Grammy Awards. In total, Williams has forty-eight Academy Award nominations, making him the second most-nominated person after Walt Disney. He has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln, and the first three Harry Potter films.

Steven Spielberg is one of the film industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers of all time. He is collectively the top-grossing director in the business, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise, and Jurassic Park. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner and a two-time Directors Guild of America winner.

Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg are generously donating their services, and all proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs.

Sponsorships are available and tickets can be purchased online at www.phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999.

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159 films selected for Sedona Film Festival

The 26 film screeners who reviewed nearly 1,000 films for the 19th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 23 to March 3, have selected the final 159 for the week-long event.

Films this year in the documentary, feature and short film categories cover a range of subjects from Last Will. & Testament about William Shakespeare to Avenue Rats Lost Downtown, a documentary about homeless kids in Seattle to A Virus Called Fear which focuses on how fear controls us to even a short list of films for fans of the macabre.

“People who come to the Festival with an independent film spirit and expectation will be very pleased,” said Sagan Lewis, who chairs the selection committee.  “Every film we’ve chosen has a special quality about it, whether it’s in the message, the theme, cinematography, acting or directing, we believe it will be obvious why the film was chosen.”

Among the changes this year is a larger number of short films that the committee matched up with the larger and longer films.

“There were many short films that we felt were important to show,” Lewis explained.  “We try to match the short films thematically with the larger films and this year we had a great number that afforded us that opportunity.  There were dozens of films that were perfect matches.”

The lineup also includes a number of films with Arizona connections, among them five films from the Sedona Film School (formerly the Zaki Gordon Institute) ranging from Avenue Rats Lost Downtown to the comedy Dinner with Alex and Kate to Dead West about zombies and cowboys.

Other Arizona connections include Orchestrating Community, a film about the Flagstaff City Orchestra and Vectors of Autism, the fascinating story of a Cornville resident Laura Nagle’s 57-year journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.

In between is a Family Series of movies including the Disney classic, Mary Poppins; an Australian award-winning film, Red Dog, a true story; and even Bones Brigade, “the best movie ever made about skateboarding,” Lewis said.  Mary Poppins’ choreographer Dee Dee Wood will be in Sedona for the film and to make presentations to schools in the community.

British actress Joan Collins, perhaps best known as Alexis Carrington in the popular 1980s television show Dynasty, Collins’ career spans more than 60 years in film, television and stage.  She made her Hollywood debut in Howard Hawks’ Land of the Pharaohs in 1955 and appeared in Island in the Sun in 1957.

Collins has selected Rally Round the Flag, Boys! with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Decadence for screening.

Festival passes and ticket packages are now available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org. Films will run all day beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. State Route 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. State Route 89A, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

Workshops and panel discussions featuring a wide range of topics for filmmakers and film lovers organized by Academy Award-winning producer and Sedona Film Festival board member Kathleen Glynn (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 911) include Screenwriting, Young Filmmakers – Getting Started, Art Into Activism and Women in Film.   Roundtables also will be conducted on topics including producing, directing, financing and marketing independent films as well as on sustainability and the roles of filmmakers and artists in social change and activism.

The full list of presenters and panelists will be announced in late January. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

The Festival’s schedule of special events includes an opening-night concert (Saturday, Feb. 23) with 3-time Grammy winner Keb Mo at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School; the kick-off to the Sedona Green Series and World Cinema Series (Sunday, Feb. 24) and Oscars on the Rocks (Feb. 24), a live viewing of the Academy Awards ceremony from Hollywood; the Premiere Night Party at Reds (Tuesday, Feb. 26) at the Sedona Rouge; the Sedona Green Sustainable Roundtable (Saturday, March 2) and the premiere of “Awakening World” with special guest honoree Marianne Williamson (Friday, March 1) at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, and the Awards Celebration Brunch (Sunday, March 3) at the Poco Diablo Resort.

Priority Platinum and Gold Passes and 10 and 20-ticket packages are on sale.  Priority Pass holders are the first to be able to select tickets to the individual films as well as other benefits including being first to be admitted into the theater for screenings.

Platinum All-Access Passes are $900; Gold Priority Passes are $475; 20-ticket packages are $200, and 10-ticket packages are $100. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $80.

Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4.  10 and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11.  Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $65 for a basic membership.  Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $130. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($275), Screenwriter ($550), Producer ($1,200), Auteur Society ($5,000) and Legacy ($10,000).  Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels.  Full information is available on the website.

Packages, other than for full-time students, can be purchased online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org or through the Festival Box office at (928) 282-1177.  Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.

For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

2013 SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Documentaries:

5 Broken Cameras,

The Announcement,

Ave Rats Lost Downtown,

Awakening World,

Benny the Barber,

Beyond This Place,

Bidder 70,

Big Boys Gone Bananas!,

Bones Brigade,

Breathe Life,

A Brotherhood Reforged,

Carbon Nation,

Chasing Ice,

Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange,

Code of the West,

The Color of Moonlight,

Death By China 2.0,

DESERT DREAMS: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert,

Do You Really Want to Know?,

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,

Ethel,

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story,

The Flat,

Forgotten Fur,

Go Ganges!,

The Highest Cost,

How to Survive a Plague,

HOZHO The Beauty Way,

The Imposter,

The Invisible War,

Journey to Planet X,

The Kings of BBQ Barbecue Kuwait,

Last Will. & Testament,

Mayan Blue,

Meet the Fokkens,

Missing Home,

Mission of Mermaids,

My Father and The Man In Black,

One Life,

Orchestrating Community,

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey,

Paul Williams: Still Alive,

Running Wild:  The Life of Dayton O. Hyde,

Sacred Journey of the Heart,

Shenandoah,

The Shift of the Ages,

Still,

Stolen Seas,

Streams of Consequence,

Sweet Dreams,

Tailings,

Trash Dance,

Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged,

Vectors of Autism: About Laura Nagle,

A Virus Called Fear,

We’re Different, My Baby,

Who Cares About Kelsey?,

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,

The World Before Her,

World Circus.

Feature Films

3 Days of Normal,

Amour,

Any Day Now,

Anyone Out There,

Asmaa,

Baikonur,

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,

Chinese Take Away,

Chittagong,

Comes A Bright Day,

Common People,

Decadence,

Dedication,

The Discoverers,

Downtown Express,

Eliot and Me,

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,

The Girl,

Hank and Asha,

Hello! How Are You?,

The Hunt,

It’s Not You, It’s Me,

King of Devil’s Island,

Least Among Saints,

Leonie,

Liberal Arts,

Lore,

Mary Poppins,

Missed Connections,

No God, No Master,

One Small Hitch,

Passionflower,

Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!,

Red Dog,

Rust and Bone,

Savannah,

Shouting Secrets,

Shun Li and the Poet,

Stand Off,

Teddy Bear,

Upside Down,

Valley of Saints,

Violeta Went To Heaven,

The Woman in the Fifth.

Short Films

Abiogenesis,

And The Sky Will Never Be The Same Again,

Any Moment Now,

Arthur and the Bunnies,

ASAD,

Baggage,

The Balibo Night,

Bardo Light,

The Batting Cage,

A Better Place Than This,

Blackwood,

Boo!,

Bunny,

Check Out,

The Color of Christmas,

The Dance,

Dead West,

A Dinner With Alex and Kate,

The End of the World,

Enough.,

Falling Up,

The Future,

Green Acres,

Happy Birthday

Happy Voodoo,

A House, A Home,

The Invention (El Invento),

It’s Really That Simple,

Karen Returns Something to Scott,

The Lake (El Lago),

The Lesson,

Light Me Up,

Like Father,

Lisa,

Little Dad,

No Habla,

(notes on) Biology,

Of Teaching Killer Whales Compassion,

Old Angel,

Pear,

Peoria,

Plush,

Portrait,

Proposal,

Remember To Breathe,

SHAYA,

Song of the Spindle,

Stalled,

Summer Bummer,

Tailed,

The Things My Father Never Taught Me,

A Thousand Empty Glasses,

To The Last Drop,

Wolf Dog Tales,

The Worst Day Ever.

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159 films selected for Sedona Film Festival

The 26 film screeners who reviewed nearly 1,000 films for the 19th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 23 to March 3, have selected the final 159 for the week-long event.

Films this year in the documentary, feature and short film categories cover a range of subjects from Last Will. & Testament about William Shakespeare to Avenue Rats Lost Downtown, a documentary about homeless kids in Seattle to A Virus Called Fear which focuses on how fear controls us to even a short list of films for fans of the macabre.

“People who come to the Festival with an independent film spirit and expectation will be very pleased,” said Sagan Lewis, who chairs the selection committee.  “Every film we’ve chosen has a special quality about it, whether it’s in the message, the theme, cinematography, acting or directing, we believe it will be obvious why the film was chosen.”

Among the changes this year is a larger number of short films that the committee matched up with the larger and longer films.

“There were many short films that we felt were important to show,” Lewis explained.  “We try to match the short films thematically with the larger films and this year we had a great number that afforded us that opportunity.  There were dozens of films that were perfect matches.”

The lineup also includes a number of films with Arizona connections, among them five films from the Sedona Film School (formerly the Zaki Gordon Institute) ranging from Avenue Rats Lost Downtown to the comedy Dinner with Alex and Kate to Dead West about zombies and cowboys.

Other Arizona connections include Orchestrating Community, a film about the Flagstaff City Orchestra and Vectors of Autism, the fascinating story of a Cornville resident Laura Nagle’s 57-year journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.

In between is a Family Series of movies including the Disney classic, Mary Poppins; an Australian award-winning film, Red Dog, a true story; and even Bones Brigade, “the best movie ever made about skateboarding,” Lewis said.  Mary Poppins’ choreographer Dee Dee Wood will be in Sedona for the film and to make presentations to schools in the community.

British actress Joan Collins, perhaps best known as Alexis Carrington in the popular 1980s television show Dynasty, Collins’ career spans more than 60 years in film, television and stage.  She made her Hollywood debut in Howard Hawks’ Land of the Pharaohs in 1955 and appeared in Island in the Sun in 1957.

Collins has selected Rally Round the Flag, Boys! with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and Decadence for screening.

Festival passes and ticket packages are now available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org. Films will run all day beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. State Route 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. State Route 89A, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

Workshops and panel discussions featuring a wide range of topics for filmmakers and film lovers organized by Academy Award-winning producer and Sedona Film Festival board member Kathleen Glynn (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 911) include Screenwriting, Young Filmmakers – Getting Started, Art Into Activism and Women in Film.   Roundtables also will be conducted on topics including producing, directing, financing and marketing independent films as well as on sustainability and the roles of filmmakers and artists in social change and activism.

The full list of presenters and panelists will be announced in late January. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

The Festival’s schedule of special events includes an opening-night concert (Saturday, Feb. 23) with 3-time Grammy winner Keb Mo at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School; the kick-off to the Sedona Green Series and World Cinema Series (Sunday, Feb. 24) and Oscars on the Rocks (Feb. 24), a live viewing of the Academy Awards ceremony from Hollywood; the Premiere Night Party at Reds (Tuesday, Feb. 26) at the Sedona Rouge; the Sedona Green Sustainable Roundtable (Saturday, March 2) and the premiere of “Awakening World” with special guest honoree Marianne Williamson (Friday, March 1) at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, and the Awards Celebration Brunch (Sunday, March 3) at the Poco Diablo Resort.

Priority Platinum and Gold Passes and 10 and 20-ticket packages are on sale.  Priority Pass holders are the first to be able to select tickets to the individual films as well as other benefits including being first to be admitted into the theater for screenings.

Platinum All-Access Passes are $900; Gold Priority Passes are $475; 20-ticket packages are $200, and 10-ticket packages are $100. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $80.

Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4.  10 and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11.  Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 18, 10 a.m.

Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $65 for a basic membership.  Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $130. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($275), Screenwriter ($550), Producer ($1,200), Auteur Society ($5,000) and Legacy ($10,000).  Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels.  Full information is available on the website.

Packages, other than for full-time students, can be purchased online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org or through the Festival Box office at (928) 282-1177.  Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.

For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

2013 SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Documentaries:

5 Broken Cameras,

The Announcement,

Ave Rats Lost Downtown,

Awakening World,

Benny the Barber,

Beyond This Place,

Bidder 70,

Big Boys Gone Bananas!,

Bones Brigade,

Breathe Life,

A Brotherhood Reforged,

Carbon Nation,

Chasing Ice,

Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange,

Code of the West,

The Color of Moonlight,

Death By China 2.0,

DESERT DREAMS: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert,

Do You Really Want to Know?,

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,

Ethel,

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story,

The Flat,

Forgotten Fur,

Go Ganges!,

The Highest Cost,

How to Survive a Plague,

HOZHO The Beauty Way,

The Imposter,

The Invisible War,

Journey to Planet X,

The Kings of BBQ Barbecue Kuwait,

Last Will. & Testament,

Mayan Blue,

Meet the Fokkens,

Missing Home,

Mission of Mermaids,

My Father and The Man In Black,

One Life,

Orchestrating Community,

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey,

Paul Williams: Still Alive,

Running Wild:  The Life of Dayton O. Hyde,

Sacred Journey of the Heart,

Shenandoah,

The Shift of the Ages,

Still,

Stolen Seas,

Streams of Consequence,

Sweet Dreams,

Tailings,

Trash Dance,

Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged,

Vectors of Autism: About Laura Nagle,

A Virus Called Fear,

We’re Different, My Baby,

Who Cares About Kelsey?,

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,

The World Before Her,

World Circus.

Feature Films

3 Days of Normal,

Amour,

Any Day Now,

Anyone Out There,

Asmaa,

Baikonur,

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,

Chinese Take Away,

Chittagong,

Comes A Bright Day,

Common People,

Decadence,

Dedication,

The Discoverers,

Downtown Express,

Eliot and Me,

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,

The Girl,

Hank and Asha,

Hello! How Are You?,

The Hunt,

It’s Not You, It’s Me,

King of Devil’s Island,

Least Among Saints,

Leonie,

Liberal Arts,

Lore,

Mary Poppins,

Missed Connections,

No God, No Master,

One Small Hitch,

Passionflower,

Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!,

Red Dog,

Rust and Bone,

Savannah,

Shouting Secrets,

Shun Li and the Poet,

Stand Off,

Teddy Bear,

Upside Down,

Valley of Saints,

Violeta Went To Heaven,

The Woman in the Fifth.

Short Films

Abiogenesis,

And The Sky Will Never Be The Same Again,

Any Moment Now,

Arthur and the Bunnies,

ASAD,

Baggage,

The Balibo Night,

Bardo Light,

The Batting Cage,

A Better Place Than This,

Blackwood,

Boo!,

Bunny,

Check Out,

The Color of Christmas,

The Dance,

Dead West,

A Dinner With Alex and Kate,

The End of the World,

Enough.,

Falling Up,

The Future,

Green Acres,

Happy Birthday

Happy Voodoo,

A House, A Home,

The Invention (El Invento),

It’s Really That Simple,

Karen Returns Something to Scott,

The Lake (El Lago),

The Lesson,

Light Me Up,

Like Father,

Lisa,

Little Dad,

No Habla,

(notes on) Biology,

Of Teaching Killer Whales Compassion,

Old Angel,

Pear,

Peoria,

Plush,

Portrait,

Proposal,

Remember To Breathe,

SHAYA,

Song of the Spindle,

Stalled,

Summer Bummer,

Tailed,

The Things My Father Never Taught Me,

A Thousand Empty Glasses,

To The Last Drop,

Wolf Dog Tales,

The Worst Day Ever.