A trip to Hollywood in the next week may be out of the question, but a daylong jaunt to Sedona could yield just as many star sightings. Nicholas Cage, Gary Sinise, Rip Torn, Jonathan Winters, Frances Fisher and Rita Rudner are among the celebrities expected to be in the Red Rock getaway town for this week's Sedona Film Festival.
The 17-year-old festival will screen 145 shorts, documentaries, animated movies and full-length feature films over the next seven days, mostly at the Harkins Sedona 6 movie theater. Tickets to individual films are available for $9-$12 at the Harkins box office.
Actor Nicholas Cage will discuss his film roles and directorial experiences at 5 p.m. Friday. The event is sold out, but festival organizers say "rush" tickets may be available five minutes prior to the event.
Oscar nominee Rip Torn, who has nearly 100 film credits and another 80-some television roles to his name, will appear at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Saturday. The character actor is expected to speak about his career and screen movies from his own cannon of work. Tickets are still available.
In addition, comedian Jonathan Winters will receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival, presented by comedian Rita Rudner. Rudner and spouse Martin Bergman will attend a Sedona screening of her new film, "Thanks."
• "Sedona: The Motion Picture," starring Frances Fisher and Barry Corbin and shot in and around Sedona, will screen several times.
• "Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good," a documentary about Gary Sinise's band.
• "Exporting Raymond," director Phil Rosenthal's experiences making "Voroniny," the Russian-language version of "Everybody Loves Raymond." Rosenthal will be in Sedona.
• "100 Voices: A Journey Home," by Ed Asner's son, Matthew, who will be in attendance. The film follows 72 cantors visiting Poland, where cantorial music was decimated by the Holocaust.
• "Arpaio's America," a documentary by the Stanford University Law School which examines immigration enforcement in Maricopa County.
• Sedona Green, a lineup of eight environmentally focused films, plus free lectures on sustainability and a kick-off Locavore Reception at the Sedona Rouge Resort.
• Screenings of three classic movies hand-picked for the festival by Turner Classic Movies film expert Robert Osborne: "North by Northwest," "The Heiress" and "The 3rd Man." Osborne will give introductions, recorded just for Sedona Film Fest audiences, before each film via satellite.
The festival wraps up with a free awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. It will feature a look back at the festival week with video footage of filmmakers, celebrity and VIP guests, and audiences. At 6 p.m. that night, the venue will host "Oscars on the Rocks," a big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards ceremony live on ABC. Tickets for that event are $9-$12.