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For the first time, the Festival will open with a thrilling concert by The Larry Dunn Anthology Of Earth Wind & Fire on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. “Larry Dunn was the group’s musical director and former keyboard mastermind who wrote, produced and arranged many of the band’s legendary hits from 1972 to 1983 and performed on them all. Last year, he performed, produced and arranged three songs on Earth Wind & Fire’s latest album, "Now, Then & Forever"."

 

Orson WellesThe Festival will also offer more than 160 films—features, shorts, documentaries, animation, foreign and student films—plus personal appearances by Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Jane Seymour, John Waters, and Chris Lemmon who will discuss his father, Jack Lemmon. Richard Dreyfuss will be honored, and the festival will pay a tribute—the first festival tribute to Orson Welles on his 100th birthday.

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Lucky Stiff A Delightful, Hilarious, Feel Good Musical Farce Winning Raves

Lucky StiffLucky Stiff is about Harry Witherspoon (played by British actor Dominic Marsh), a likeable but down-on-his-luck British young man who will inherit $6 million from his deceased American Uncle Tony, whom he has never met. The only thing Harry has to do is take his uncle’s dead body to Monte Carlo for a week of fun, dancing, laughter, and gambling. And if he doesn’t fulfill his uncle’s wishes, the $6 million will go to a dog charity.

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MURDER, HE WRITES

peter-s-fischerPeter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson and William Link co-created that perennial hit Murder, She Wrote starring the great Angela Lansbury. The show was a hit for 11 years and won the Best TV Drama at the 1985 Golden Globe Awards. During the past 30 years, the show is still going strong with audiences in re-runs.

Mr. Fischer served as Executive Producer for the first seven years of the show and wrote more than 50 scripts. As producer, he won two Golden Globes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Best Television Drama and in 1985, received an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America.

After an illustrious 25-year career in network television, in 2011, Fischer turned to writing The Hollywood Murder Mysteries. This is a series of 16 novels written one book for each year, beginning in 1947 and ending in 1962. He has combined two of his great loves—writing mysteries and historic Hollywood—to create these unique mysteries.

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THE FIRST ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL - May 29-June 1

 

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVALAn exciting, new event will be held in Sedona, May 29-June 1. The first Illuminate Film Festival will feature mind-body-spirit films and documentaries, enlightening speakers and workshops, along with a "healing village" and a "view and do" experience that will deepen the film experiences for audiences.

The type of cinema that will be shown at the festival is "conscious cinema" as defined by Producer/Director David Christopher-Loya-Dojorquez: Life-offering work that holds human beings as sacred rather than expendable and encourages the audience to ponder existence more deeply than day-to-day routine.
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March 2014 Sedona International film Festival Great Success  


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“One ordinary person can do extraordinary things” is how Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival, summed up some of the effects of the exciting and deeply moving independent films shown during this year’s festival. While the festival may be over, the organization still offers a full schedule of independent films at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre 52 weeks, seven days a week, from 4-7 p.m. “There’s always something to do,” Pat stresses. Checkout their website at www.sedonafilmfestival.org for all the events planned throughout the year.
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Sedona International Film Festival Feb. 22-Mar. 2

Susan Sarandon, Shirley Knight, Ed Asner, Brad Paisley and others attending plus 160 films.

Screen-Shot-2014-02-15-at-9.25.10-AMIt's that fabulous time of the year. The exciting Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary February 22-March 2. Named the Fest to Impress by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival is considered one of the country's top film festivals by both filmmakers and audiences.

Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival, commented: To be approaching the 20th anniversary of the Sedona International Film Festival is an incredible milestone, not just for the Festival Board, but for the entire community because, the fact is, the community has stood with us through the entire two decades.
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Uncle George - Movie Buff Extraordinaire

January 2014

By Joanna Paxinou

Uncle-George-125pxEveryone should have an Uncle George. He was my father's brother, and when my Dad passed away, Uncle George truly became my second father. Growing up in mid-town Manhattan, he was there for every crisis and for every good time. During those difficult teenage years, he was there with a good, encouraging word...always making me feel better and special. Most of all, he shared his love of movies with me. Read More

 

 

 


Cesar’s Last Fast- Sundance Film Festival Documentary on Sunday, January 19, 2014

CesarsLastFast still1 EthelKennedy CesarChavez  byRobinBecker 2013-11-25An exceptional documentary on Cesar Chavez will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Feature Documentary Competition on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Temple Theater, Park City.

Sundance Synopsis: In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his "Fast for Life," a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, director Richard Ray Perez weaves together the larger story of Chavez's life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez's moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends and the world. Cesar's Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.

James Chressanthis, ASC, said: "In 1988 I was very fortunate to have filmed Cesar Chavez during his 36 day fast to bring world-wide attention to the dangers of pesticides. The lessons that Cesar taught us are even more relevant today given the plight of low wage workers everywhere and the threat to the environment, our air, our water, our food."


 December 2013 : Christmas In Conway 

The film, CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY. marks the 250th presentation of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It is a beautiful story of a deep love between Duncan and his beloved, but ailing wife, Suzy.

The film stars Andy Garcia, Oscar®, Emmy®, and multiple Golden Globe® award nominee, and Mary-Louise Parker, Emmy®, Tony, and double Golden Globe® award winner, as the loving, devoted couple, Duncan and Suzy. Mandy Moore is also cast as Suzy’s home-care nurse who finds love with a landscape designer played by Riley Smith.

Duncan’s deep love for prompts him to build a giant Ferris wheel in their backyard as a Christmas present to his wife. Because he proposed to Suzy on a Ferris wheel, Duncan wants to recreate that magical moment one more time. Read more


 November 2013

There was one incredible year in Hollywood that still stands today as unique. During this year, so many outstanding films were produced, many of which have become classics, are still favorites of many film buffs today.

The year was 1939, considered to be the most extraordinary year for Hollywood films. Some even call it the greatest year in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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 September 2013

watsonsA powerful and entertaining movie--THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM--will premiere on Friday, September 20 on the Hallmark Channel.

The film is about the Watsons, an African American family, that drives from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama to visit their grandmother during the summer of 1963. They are there when the horrific bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church kills four little girls...a tragic event that changes the family's lives and country forever.

This May, President Barack Obama honored the four girls--Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair--with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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July 2013

Fifty years ago, a horrific event changed our country. Four little girls were killed when a devastating bomb exploded in their church, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. A powerful new film THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – due to premiere on September 20 on the Hallmark Channel – tells the story and impact of this tragedy. Read more

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 June 2013 

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THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - Interview with cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

PAST INTERVIEWS


 

Monday February 14, 2001 - Sedona International Film Festival

2011 Sedona International Film FestivalEXCITING PLANS FOR THE SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL -- FEB. 20-27 

HEAR DIRECTOR PATRICK SCHWEISS TALK ABOUT THE FESTIVAL’S GREAT EVENTS

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It’s time for the hottest show in town ... the GREATEST celebration of the BEST in independent film from around the world…the Sedonal International Film Festival…Feb. 20-27, 2011. From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream ... one full week and more than 145 films!

Special guests “where the red carpet meets the red rocks,” include Nicholas Gage, Gary Sinise, Jonathan Winters, Rita Rudner, Rip Torn, David Rasche, Frances Fisher, and Phil Rosenthal.

Turner Classic Movies' host Robert Osborne returns to Sedona for his fourth straight year at the festival…at least by satellite! The dapper Osborne will present three classic Hollywood films for special screenings. They are NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE HEIRESS, and THE 3rd MAN. The showings will be accompanied with special recorded introductions just for Sedona Film Fest audiences, as Osborne will be busy hosting Cher for Turner Classics and the pre-Academy Awards coverage.

To order tickets, please visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com or call 928.282.1177.

 

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LEGENDARY STAR JANE POWELL TO BE HONORED BY SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JAN. 16 AND 18


SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL COMING FEB. 20-27

Sedona Film Festival 2011

 

Legendary star Jane Powell will be the guest of honor at the Sedona International Film Festival’s first annual “Leading Ladies Brunch” on Sunday, January 16. The brunch will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa in the Village of Oak Creek at 11 a.m. Ms. Powel will be honored for her contributions to film, television and the Broadway stage.

On Tuesday, January 18, Ms. Powell will be honored again with a special film screening of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” The event will include a retrospective of Ms. Powell’s career and a Q&A with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who will also present the star with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Showtime will be 7:00 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. This is part of the film festival’s “Living Legends” series.

“This is a big coup for Sedona and for anyone who is a Jane Powell and ‘Seven Brides’ fan,” said Patrick Schweiss, festival director. “To get to experience this film the way it was meant to be seen — on the big screen — and then get to meet Ms. Powell herself and enjoy a Q&A with classic movie master Robert Osborne goes beyond description.” This year’s Sedona International Film Festival will be held February 20-27.

Tickets for the “Leading Ladies Brunch” are $55 per person for Film Festival members and $65 for non-members. Your ticket includes this event AND a free ticket to the “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” screening on Tuesday, January 18. Call the Sedona International Film Festival at 282-1177 for tickets and more information or email your request to operations@SedonaFilmFestival.com.  You may also visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.com. All proceeds benefit the film festival’s scholarship and student film programs.

 

 

 

 

Press Release

NO SUBTITLES

SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY NOMINATED FOR EMMY®

NO SUBTITLES NECESSDARY: LASZLO AND VILMOS, a remarkable documentary directed and produced by James Chressanthis, ASC, and shown at the 2009 Sedona Film Festival, has been nominated for an Emmy Award in Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. The award will be presented on September 27 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The film is a great tribute to cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, film pioneers and great friends for 50 years who reinvented Hollywood filmmaking. The extraordinary documentary chronicles their lives and careers.

Jim will be traveling to Vladistock and Moscow, in Russia, and to Mongolia in September and October, where he will be screening his extraordinary documentary at American embassies and other venues, including film festivals. The screenings are part of the American Documentary Showcase, a cooperative venture sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the University Film & Video Association.

As cinematographer, Jim’s work spans the worlds of feature films, television movies, music videos, commercials and documentaries. He was Director of Photography and one of the directors of the CBS prime time hit series “Ghost Whisperers.” and re-shot the ending of the Academy Award-winning film CHICAGO. This is Jim’s third Emmy nomination. He was nominated twice before for FOUR MINUTES, the story of runner Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four-minute mile barrier, and for LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS, the widely acclaimed biography of the late star. In October 2001, Jim was the only cinematographer selected by DAILY VARIETY as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry. 

Learn more at http://chressanthis.com.

 

Special Events

OSCAR CONTENDERS, INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, FAMILY SERIES HIGHLIGHT 2010 SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FEB. 21-28

Sedona Film Festival 2010

With themes ranging from inspirational stories about overcoming loss to an impressive list of documentaries short listed for Academy Award consideration to several films submitted for Best Foreign Language consideration and three films produced by Arizonans, the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival will screen a highly diverse lineup of 140 films from Feb. 21-28 at three locations.

“There are a number of films that deal with loss and healing so beautifully and aesthetically that really touch your heart,” said Sedona Film Festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss.  “But the range of films we have this year is so compelling, it’s difficult not to get excited about every category including our new Family Series.  There are some remarkably creative people out there.”

Robert Osborne will screen and discuss three classic films during the Festival. And Michael Moore will appear as a special guest.
For more information, the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.sedonafilm.org or call 928-282-1177.

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Eddie Doyle - The Red MachineTHE RED MACHINE is one of the wonderful films that will be showcased at the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival Feb. 21-28.  STR's "At The Movies with Joanna' urges you to see this Interesting film that captures the feel and look of the 1930s so well. THE RED MACHINE, co-directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, takes place at the height of the Great Depression, when hotheaded Eddie Doyle (Donal Thoms-Cappello), an ace safecracker, is caught stealing. Facing prison, Eddie finds he's got an option. Help Lt. F. Ellis Coburn (Lee Perkins), a man with a problem only Eddie can solve. The Japanese Foreign Office has completely transformed its secret military codes, and the U.S. government isn't happy. A prominent Japanese diplomat holds the key to his country's secrets in the form of a mysterious machine. As Eddie and Coburn work together to pull off the heist of a lifetime, they find more to the job than they bargained for as things get personal. 

Writer/Directors Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm began their writing and directing career with a series of short films, including the mock 1933 newsreel, Gandhi at the Bat, which earned an honorable mention BAFTA at its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival, and Scene, the lead actor of which received a 2006 Scottish BAFTA for his performance.

 

 


NOSUBTITLES

PBS SHOWCASING TV PREMIERE OF “NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS DIRECTED BY JAMES CHRESSANTHIS ON NOVEMBER 17 AND 19

The film was featured in the 2009 Sedona International Film Festival, and James has been interviewed twice on “At the Movies with Joanna.”Besides touring the world for screenings of his great documentary, James Is currently Director of Photography and one of the directors of the CBS prime time hit series “Ghost Whisperers” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Be sure to watch the film – a magnificent tribute to two film pioneers and great friends.

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

PBS National Premier – Independent Lens

November 17 – 10:00 PM EST PST

(in Los Angeles Thursday November 19 – 9:00 PM PST)

To check local listings and for more info go to

New Web Site: Independent Lens – NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/no-subtitles-necessary/

 

The film is about groundbreaking cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. They took Hollywood by storm—escaping the brutal Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution and rising to fame with classic films like Easy Rider, Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter. Cinematographers Laszlo and Vilmos pioneered the “American New Wave,” defining innovative ways to tell stories. This is an intimate portrait of the 50-year journey of two giants of modern image making and their deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary.

 

 


Wizard Of Oz in HD
 
 

HI-DEF WIZARD OF OZ DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 23


In honor of its 70th anniversary, a new, high-definition Blu-ray version of THE WIZARD OF OZ will be shown nationwide for one night only – on Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m.

The event will include a special introduction by Robert Osborne, film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies who has been a guest on AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA.

This will be followed by TO OZ! THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC telling the story of how author L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel has become one of our most beloved films, featuring cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and musical outtakes.

On September 29th, THE WIZARD OF OZ 70TH ANNIVERSARY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION will be released on DVD with bonus features and collectibles.

The new version of THE WIZARD OF OZ sounds great! So check your local theaters to find out where it’s playing in your neighborhood. It promises to be a real treat whether you’ve seen the classic film before or not.

 

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About The Show

Joanna Paxinou is host of “At the Movies With Joanna” on Sedona Talk Radio. She reviews her favorite movies and stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era during the 1930s, 40s and 50s – as well as interesting and poignant independent films being produced today. Joanna will also interview luminaries in the field of entertainment. Stay tuned…

 

About Joanna

Joanna Paxinou

Joanna has been a film buff since she was a little girl growing up in New York City within walking distance of the great movie houses on Broadway. She has been an award-winnng business writer and has edited both fiction and non-fiction books. But her heart is still with films.

Joanna studied script writing for eight years in invitation-only workshops conducted by New York University faculty and is still studying writing with on-line courses at UCLA. She has co-written a film script, The Circle of Olympians...Return to Power and has two scripts optioned by an Los Angeles producer. Joanna also wrote a mystery entitled Killer in the House.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 3:30 Pacific - Director James Chressanthis Interview - PART 2

director_james-chressant-20Joanna will interview James Chressanthis, an extraordinary director/cinematographer with an exciting and extensive background. As cinematographer, his work spans the worlds of feature films, television movies, music videos, commercials and documentaries.

Jim is the director/cinematographer of the hit CBS TV show GHOST WHISPERER and re-shot the ending of the Academy Award-winning film CHICAGO. He has been Emmy nominated twice for FOUR MINUTES, the story of runner Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four-minute mile barrier, and for LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS, the widely acclaimed biography of the late star. In October 2001, Jim was the only cinematographer selected by DAILY VARIETY as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry.

Joanna’s interview will focus on Jim’s exciting documentary NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS, the story of a 50-year journey, an intimate portrait of two giants of modern image making and their deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary. The film follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Szigmond. As film students in Hungary, they shot footage of the Russian invasion of Budapest in 1956 and smuggled it out of the country. Barely escaping with their lives, they fled to America and settled in Hollywood where they rose to prominence in the late 60s and 70s with such films as EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES and DELIVERANCE.

During that time, working with directors Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Martin Scorsese, they helped define a new American film aesthetic and pioneered innovative, fearless ways to tell stories.

NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY will be shown at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival on Saturday, June 27 at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. To purchase tickets online at www.lagreekfilmfestival.org.

For more information and a listing of other film festivals where the documentary will be shown, visit www.laszloandvilmos.com.

 

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 Pacific - Director James Chressanthis Interview - PART 1

director_james-chressant-20Joanna will interview James Chressanthis, an extraordinary director/cinematographer with an exciting and extensive background. As cinematographer, his work spans the worlds of feature films, television movies, music videos, commercials and documentaries.

Jim is the director/cinematographer of the hit CBS TV show GHOST WHISPERER and re-shot the ending of the Academy Award-winning film CHICAGO. He has been Emmy nominated twice for FOUR MINUTES, the story of runner Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four-minute mile barrier, and for LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS, the widely acclaimed biography of the late star. In October 2001, Jim was the only cinematographer selected by DAILY VARIETY as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry.

Joanna’s interview will focus on Jim’s exciting documentary NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO & VILMOS, the story of a 50-year journey, an intimate portrait of two giants of modern image making and their deep bond of brotherhood that transcended every imaginable boundary. The film follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Szigmond. As film students in Hungary, they shot footage of the Russian invasion of Budapest in 1956 and smuggled it out of the country. Barely escaping with their lives, they fled to America and settled in Hollywood where they rose to prominence in the late 60s and 70s with such films as EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES and DELIVERANCE.

During that time, working with directors Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Martin Scorsese, they helped define a new American film aesthetic and pioneered innovative, fearless ways to tell stories.

NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival 2009 on April 26 and at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival June 25-28, 2009.

For more information and a listing of other film festivals where the documentary will be shown, visit www.laszloandvilmos.com.

 

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Friday March 27, 2009 at 12pm Pacific - Cass Warner, The Brothers Warner

The Brothers WarnerJoanna’s guest is Cass Warner, the granddaughter of Harry Warner, who with his brothers Jack, Abe and Sam, founded Warner Brothers, one of the greatest studios in Hollywood.

Cass will discuss her moving and intimate documentary, based on her book entitled THE BROTHERS WARNER – “the definitive story of a family who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience.”

Cass will also talk about her own company, The Sisters Warner, which she founded to “embody the original Warner Bros. credo to educate, entertain and enlighten.” Listen to this delightful and committed woman who has spent 30 years researching her family history to produce “The Brothers Warner.” It is the story of an extraordinary family and a tribute to a beloved grandfather that touches everyone who sees this film.

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Thursday March 6, 2009 - “The Village Barbershop”

The Village BarbershopJoanna Paxinou will interview Chris Ford, writer and director of the romantic comedy, “The Village Barbershop.” The film is being presented by the Sedona International Film Festival as part of its hugely popular Second Tuesday Cinema Series.

“This is a perfect heartfelt and touching film for us to feature right after our film festival. It is a testament to the resilience and humor of the human spirit,” said Sedona International Film Festival Executive Director Patrick Schweiss. “We are so fortunate to get to talk about the film with the writer and director.”

“The Village Barbershop” won the Audience Award as Best Feature at the Cinequest Film Festival. The film is the humorous, sweet story of a fading old man who has lost his way and a determined young woman looking to find hers. Two unlikely people offered a second chance in one unlikely place – the village barbershop. The film stars two-time Emmy Award-nominee John Ratzenberger of Cheers fame, Cindy Pickett from St. Elsewhere, and Shelly Cole from The Gilmore Girls who won the Best Actress Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

VARIETY: “This is precisely the sort of movie people who no longer go to movies often complain ‘they just don’t make anymore.’ “The Village Barbershop” is just as warm, humorous and ingratiating as it means to be, with solid work by all principal cast.”

Chris Ford: “I decided to figure out how to make “The Village Barbershop” while shooting some commercials with Ed Burns and his producing partner, Aaron Lubin, who casually insisted it wasn’t that hard for a first-time director to make his first feature film.” The DVD can be purchased at www.montereymedia.com.

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Thursday March 6, 2009 - “The Appearance of a Man”

The Appearance of a ManJoanna Paxinou will interview Daniel Pace, writer/director/editor/executive producer of the award-winning – and thought-provoking – independent film “The Appearance of a Man.” The film was one of only 150 films chosen from 900 submitted to the recent Sedona International Film Festival. “The Appearance of a Man” recently won two awards at the San Diego Film Festival: Daniel Pace won the Heineken’s Red Star Award for Outstanding Film, and the film’s lead actor and producer Michael Tassoni won the Award for Best Actor.

“The Appearance of a Man” is an intriguing, visually stunning story that begins on the night of March 13, 1997 when strange lights were seen in the Phoenix sky. An unknown, yet somehow vaguely recognized man appears in the streets of Phoenix, touching off a series of extraordinary events in the lives of those he encounters. The film explores the unknown, supernatural, and spiritual worlds, even blending passages of the Bible and ancient scripture with contemporary events. Daniel Pace explores the phenomenon of UFOs and the paranormal from a new perspective, guiding his characters through a journey of mystery and discovery.

The film has also won these awards: Best Director and Special Jury Award from the Orlando-Hispanic Film Festival; Best Feature by IndieFlix; and Best Cinematography by the Monaco Independent Film Festival.

For more information visit www.theappearenceofaman.com.

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Friday January 30, 2009 - The Sedona International Film Festival 2009

patandjoannafilmfestival09This week on "AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA," Joanna interviews Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the 15th Annual Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop to be held February 22 through March 1.

Hear about the exciting guests, workshops and film showings at this prestigious film festival. There will be a special tribute to Jane Seymour and James Keach; Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies and Hollywood Reporter columnist, makes his second appearance at the festival; showings of six days of exciting, innovative independent films; workshops, discussion groups, and much, much more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com or call 928-282-1177. Patrick Schweiss has also been on the Board of Directors of the Sedona Arts Festival for nine years, including three years as chairman, and is the founder and chairman of the festival's premiere fund-raising event, "An Evening at the Academy Awards," which will be held on Feb. 22 and is the official kick-off to the festival.

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At The Movies With Joanna from the 9th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival

Friday, September 19,2008 at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern)

Port Townsend Film Festival

 

Joanna interviews Peter Simpson, Artistic Director of the 9th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival in Washington.

Peter was part of the organizing committee of film lovers who decided to form their own film festival modeled after the popular Telluride, CO festival.

In 1999, Rocky Friedman, a highly respected local film lover who restored and operates Washington’s only remaining nickelodeon, was joined by Jim Ewing, Jim Westall, Linda Marie Yakush, a five-person operating committee – that included Peter – and more than 200 volunteers to form the Port Townsend Film Festival, a grand community effort that celebrates great films and filmmakers.

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Tuesday September 2, 2008 - at 4pm Pacific - 7pm Eastern

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise, beloved comedian, actor, chef and author, will join Sedona Talk Radio hosts Sonya Haramis and Joanna Paxinou in a special show on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm (PST), 7:00 pm (EST). Dom will be interviewed by Sonya, host of KEEPING THE PATH LIT, and Joanna who hosts AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA on www.sedonatalkradio.com.

In a warm, delightful interview, Dom will discuss his book, EAT THIS…AGAIN IT’LL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER!, share his love of cooking and food, his friendships with celebrities, as well as loving family memories of growing up in Brooklyn and his mother’s favorite recipes, who in trying times would say, “Eat this…you’ll feel better.”

The interview will be archived on Sedona Talk Radio, which is partnered with Blog Talk Radio that has about 3.3 million listeners per month.

Dom, a 12-year veteran of THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW and many film roles, including Mel Brooks comedies BLAZING SADDLES and SPACEBALLS and co-starring with his good friend, Burt Reynolds, in several movies, including Dom’s favorite THE END. Dom, also an author of children’s books, THE POUCH POTATO and NO PLACE LIKE HOME, is busy finishing his latest book, PIZZA ANYONE? www.bookmasters.com

Click here to view a You Tube Video for the appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Dom talks about this show during the interview.

Dom also hosts his own radio cooking segment every Saturday on the syndicated show ON THE HOUSE with the Carey Brothers. Visit www.domdeluise.com for more information.

Get ready to laugh!

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Friday August 22, 2008 -RIPPLE EFFECT director/writer Philippe Caland

Ripple Effect

 

Best Feature in the 2008 Sedona International Film Festival

Joanna interviews a very special guest on the next episode of “At the Movies with Joanna” -- Philippe Caland, director/writer/actor whose latest film, “Ripple Effect,” won the prestigious Directors’ Choice Award for Best Feature in the 2008 Sedona International Film Festival. Caland calls the film – which stars Forest Whittaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver – a labor of love, integrity, and an example of his commitment to “only make films that are a reflection of who I am.” Caland, who wrote the screenplay for the cult classic, “Boxing Helena,” will discuss “Ripple Effect,” a drama on “instant karma” and the “connectedness of life.” http://www.rippleeffectthemovie.com

The film is now playing at the Sedona Dream Theater. It will be shown at the Sedona Dream Theater on August 21, 23, 27 and 29. It’s a beautiful, moving, thought-provoking film that takes you on a spiritual journey and will stay with you long after you see it. Check www.sedonatheater.com for show times.

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Friday July 18, 2008 - Conversations with a Legend

A.C. Lyles

 

 

At The Movies With Joanna brings listeners a new feature...

 

"Conversations with
a Legend."

 

Her first legend is A.C. Lyles, renowned and beloved Hollywood insider who just celebrated his 90th birthday and 80 years with Paramount Pictures.

Tune in to listen to his stories about the Hollywood and stars of the Golden Era and his extraordinary career at Paramount.

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May 17, 2008 - Learn about Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis

“A Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis” will honor the legendary actress with an evening featuring clips of her indelible screen performances as well as onstage discussions with several of her colleagues and friends. The Tribute will be held May 1, 2008 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. (Sold Out) Hosted by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies.

Bette Davis received 10 Academy Award nominations and the Academy is honoring her again with "A Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis." Find out why.

Click the Play button to listen to AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA and learn about what else the Academy offers besides the Academy Awards. Joanna speaks with the Director of Special Events and Exhibitions, Ellen Harrington.

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February 25, 2008 - Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies

Robert Osborne

AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA this week features an interview with Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies and columnist with The Hollywood Reporter. They will discuss his first appearance at the Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop to be held February 27 through March 2.

Tune in to learn about the classic movies Robert will show and the discussion groups he will lead. This promises to be an entertaining show with a man who knows Hollywood from the inside.

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February 4, 2008 - The Sedona Film Festival

siff08-logo160x80_2.jpg This week on "AT THE MOVIES WITH JOANNA," Joanna interviews Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop to be held February 27 through March 2.

Listen in and learn about the exciting guests, workshops and film showings at this prestigious film festival where filmmakers and movie buffs interact while enjoying and experiencing the important and powerful world of independent films.

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Patrick Schweiss is Executive Director of the exciting and hugely successful Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop to be held February 29 through March 2. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the Sedona Arts Festival for nine years, including three years as chairman, and is the founder and chairman of the festival's premiere fund-raising event, "An Evening at the Academy Awards." This has become the largest funding source for the arts festival, enabling the organization to contribute more than $110,000 supporting youth art programs in the community.

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Humphrey BogartFebruary 24, 2008 - Humphrey Bogart

Listen as Joanna talks about a movie legend - Humphrey Bogart. This is your chance to learn about this most famous actor. Learn about the person. He was born in 1899, imagine! A fascintating insight into the his life.

"I found this to be so interesting. I now feel like I know Humphry Bogart as a person which gives me a greater appreciation of this amazing actor!"

- Daniel Stief, Creator of Sedona Talk Radio

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January 13, 2008 - Talking about the Movies with Daniel Stief

Listen as Joanna talks with Daniel Stief (the Creator of Sedona Talk Radio) about their movie experiences. Here Joanna share about an incredible movie show at the Paramount in New York.

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