Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2009 Sedona International Film Festival...

From February 24 through March 1, 2009, my sister Melissa Kosar and I were at the Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona. Her film The Doll Hospital was one of 140 films for the 2009 Official Selection. The film showed twice, once on Friday and once on Sunday, and it was very well recieved by all who viewed the film.

In 2008, The Doll Hospital won 2nd Place in Lifetime Movie Network's Every Woman's Film Competition, and received Fan Favorite in the same competition on MyLifetime.com thanks to all your votes and support!

Due to our schedule with the Film Festival, we were not able to go on any hikes or jeep excursions, however, we did make it to several of Sedona's renowned art galleries, and most importantly, we met some amazing filmmakers, talented actors, saw 28 wonderful films, and made many new friends. Overall it was a great time!!

Here are some pictures from the week...

(Above) Now Showing: The Doll Hospital by Melissa Kosar.

(Above) There was a question and answer following the films. Melissa's short film preceeded the feature Nothing Really Matters, an amazing film by Jean-Marc Piché (pictured above on the left).

(Above) Melissa and I had the priveledge of meeting Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) who was there with a film she acted in Play The Game.

Melissa and I with Jim Colletti (Chair, Board of Directors for Sedona International Film Festival) at one of the afterparties for filmmakers.

(Above) Melissa and I with Actor/Director Giancarlo Esposito (Gospel Hill).

(Above) Melissa and I with Director Marc Kess (Mildred Richards).
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(Above) Melissa and I with Filmmaker Dan Merchant (Lord Save Us From Your Followers).

(Above) Melissa and I withe the same Orson Welles' camera he used for Citizen Kane. (click image to enlarge)

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Here are a couple panaramic photos I took of the scenery, . . . what a backdrop!
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Also, if you get the chance, watch the following films...

The Doll Hospital, Sebastian's Voodoo, Nothing Really Matters, The Great Buck Howard, The Baker, Play the Game, An Unlikely Weapon, Gospel Hill, Mildred Richards, Lord Save Us From Your Followers, Daniel Finds his Walking Stick, Sunshine Cleaning, Bending Space: Georges Rousse and The Durham Project, and The Suicide Tourist.

These films (listed in no special order) are a great mix from light hearted and funny to dark and depressing. There were so many others we wanted to see but were unable to.

The Doll Hospital image @ Melissa Kosar

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