After nearly shutting its doors nine years ago because of severe financial challenges, the Sedona International Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary from February 23 to March 2, 2014. Selections are underway for up to 160 films which will screen at the upcoming festival.  Films that have already been accepted into the Festival include THE GIRL ON THE BICYCLE from Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook;  Forrest Whitaker’s new film, REPENTANCES; BRIDEGROOM from writer-producer-director Linda Bloodworth Thomason and her husband, Harry; and the premiere of THESE STORIED STREETS from producer Thomas Morgan. Morgan also produced WAITING FOR MAMU, a  documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet’s organization on those children.  

Special events planned include presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Susan Sarandon, actress Shirley Knight will be honored at the Festival, a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards to be presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Country music star Brad Paisley, who has presented films at the Sedona International Film Festival in the past, will return this year to perform in a special benefit concert followed by a Q-and-A session.

 via sedona.biz

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