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Sedona International Film Festival: Cinematic Art Amid Red Rock Beauty

Program Number: 16974RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/25/2014 - 3/2/2014; 2/24/2015 - 3/1/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Film Festivals
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Engage in in-depth study of all aspects of cinema while attending the Sedona International Film Festival and Workshop. The Sedona Film Festival has achieved worldwide recognition as a lively showcase where enthusiastic audiences and the next generation of filmmakers come together to participate in an inspiring celebration of independent film.




Highlights

• Attend premieres of six first-run and independent films (pre-chosen by the festival director and screening committee because many films sell out in advance).
• Go behind the scenes for discussions with filmmakers, producers and actors in conjunction with the Sedona Film School.
• Exploration of this area famed for its red sandstone formations includes field trips to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Mexican-themed arts village of Tlaquepaque and the historic mining town of Jerome.



Activity Particulars

Walking a few blocks, some hilly and uneven terrain.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Sedona

Sedona was historically a rural ranching community in Oak Creek Canyon. Today, the sunny city attracts visitors to its red-rock cliffs and lush evergreens, international film festival, and lively art scene.



Accommodations
Modern hotel in Sedona with red-rock views, seasonal heated swimming pool and nearby hiking trails.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Garrett Roberts

From the historical to the cinematic to the dust-on-your-brow trail, Garrett Roberts knows the American West. His lectures invoke intrigue and humor to dispel the myths created by Hollywood’s western genre. Garrett replicates museum-quality 19th century leather equipment for theater, is an avid hiker, and enjoys singing jazz. He has also worked for Emmy award-winning wardrobe designer Michael Boyd and was the key costume designer for Stephen Spielberg’s “Into the West.”
 
Ken Mikell

Ken and Lynne Mikell play a wide range of traditional music, with particular attention to the Celtic roots of cowboy music. Using harp, guitar, recorder, fiddle, and harmonica, they animate and illuminate the music that followed the trail west. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, they have an extensive knowledge of the history of Western music and enjoy sharing it with audiences.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Sedona Super 8
  Sedona/Verde Valley 5 nights
 Sedona Super 8
Type: Hotel
  Description: Private and quiet off-highway location; red rock views
  Contact info: 2545 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336 USA
phone: 928-282-1533
web: www.sedonasuper8.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV and telephone; air-conditioning; mini-refrigerators.
  Facility amenities: Private patio area with heated outdoor pool( seasonal from about mid April to October); meeting room.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $75.00 Participants wishing to arrive early or stay over contact the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $75.00 Participants wishing to arrive early or stay over contact the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
On site registration, hotel lobby, 4:30 - 5:15 PM You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by 10:00 AM with hotel check-out at 11:00 AM You will be staying at Sedona Super 8 the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the duration of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sedona/Verde Valley
  Nearest city or town:  Sedona
  Nearest highway: I-17 (to south); I-40 (to north)
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix (100 miles)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details
 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Van Go Shuttle
phone: 866-448-2646
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Estimated $45, price does not include customary gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours (from Phoenix). 

 

Distance:

 

120

   

Van Go times shuttles to arrive in conjunction with program start/end times. Best to arrive into Phoenix Sky Harbor airport by 12:30 PM and book departures from PHX after 3:00 PM. Call shuttle company PRIOR to booking flights to aid in ease of travel transfers as Van Go offers just one shuttle departure time. Van Go picks up from all terminals at Phoenix airport and nearby airport hotels, and drops off at program hotel. Return shuttle departs immediately upon conclusion of program.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 800-448-7988
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $49; $47 (if internet reservation), price does not include driver gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Many shuttles daily from Phoenix International Airport to Sedona. Pick up shuttle just outside the terminal's baggage claim. RETURN: pick up at your hotel, drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. www.sedona-phoenix-shuttle.com. For ease of travel transfers, it is recommended that participants check shuttle schedules PRIOR to booking airfare.

 

Sedona, AZ to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Ace XPress Shuttle Co
phone: 928-639-3357
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $68, price does not include gratuity. Call for special pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

Scheduled as much as possible to your arrival in Phoenix. Pick up all terminals and nearby airport hotels, drop off at program hotel. RETURN: Scheduled as much as possible to your departure time from your hotel. Drop off at your terminal at Phoenix airport. Reservations required. Note: This shuttle company also provides service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Sedona Super 8 from I-40 Take I-40 to I-17 junction, exit 195, in Flagstaff, AZ. Exit onto I-17 south in Flagstaff and travel south for 3 miles to exit 337 for Highway 89A and Flagstaff airport. Turn right and immediately left at the stop sign to 89A south to Sedona. Follow 89A 27 miles down the twisting switchbacks and along the creek through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. Go half way around the traffic circle junction with Highway 179 to continue west on Hwy 89A. Continue approximately 2 miles to the Andante Drive traffic light and turn left. This is the entrance to the Super 8 parking lot.
  Sedona Super 8 from Phoenix Take I-10 to the junction with I-17. Proceed on I-17 north toward Flagstaff. Take exit 287 for Cottonwood. Turn west onto AZ Highway 260 and continue about 12 miles to Cottonwood, AZ. In Cottonwood, turn right at the US 89A junction and proceed about 21 miles to Sedona and the Andante Drive traffic light. Turn right into the parking lot of the Super 8.
Elevation Note: Lodging and most activity elevation 4500 to 5000 feet or below. Highest travel elevation 7000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in/Welcome and Orientation
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check in after 3:00 PM. Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM in the hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Introductions and orientation in the hotel meeting room following dinner. Get to know your fellow participants and review the weeks schedule and logistics. PLEASE NOTE: since the movie schedule does not come out until a month prior to the program, the following itinerary is just a guess as to the timing of things. The final schedule will contain all the components, but likely in a slightly different sequence.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Intro to Sedona/Behind The Scenes of the Festival/Two film screening
(Wednesday, February 26)

Note: The theater is 1/4 mile from the hotel and while most people walk, we do have a shuttle available for those that choose it.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: Following breakfast, our group will enjoy an introduction to Sedona talk and discuss Sedona's staring role in Hollywood movies.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple entrees to choose from including hot and cold sandwiches (vegetarian option daily), 1/2 sandwich and soup, chef or spinach salad, etc.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a talk discussing the behind the scenes process of the festival and how movies get selected. We will follow this with our FIRST festival screening which is entitled "Cas & Dylan". After a short break, we will then go to our SECOND festival screening, which is entitled: "Life According to Sam".
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. Participants will have multiple entrees to choose from with typical rotating selections to include Chicken Marsala, fish, prime rib, meat loaf, pastas, vegetarian options, etc.
 Evening: Nothing scheduled this evening as we will be having a late dinner following the movie.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Festival Workshop/Tour of sedona/Film festival screening
(Thursday, February 27)

Note: For the tour of Sedona we will be on our feet and walking short distances.The theater is 1/4 mile from the hotel and while most people walk, we do have a shuttle available for those that choose it.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: Film Festival workshop: As of this date, the festival workshop schedule has yet to be announced. If you desire to know specifics prior to your arrival please visit: www.roadscholar.org; and look at the "daily schedule" link in the "program details" of the program.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Following lunch, the group will spend a few hours enjoying many of Sedona's finest sites. Our field trip will take us to Airport Mesa, where we will get a 360 degree view of Sedona, and a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Chapel of The Holy Cross.

Followed immediately by our THIRD festival screening which is entitled: "The Only Real Game".
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Festival Workshop/ 2 Festival screenings.
(Friday, February 28)

Note: The theater is 1/4 mile from the hotel and while most people walk, we do have a shuttle available for those that choose it.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: Film Festival workshop: As of this date, the festival workshop schedule has yet to be announced. If you desire to know specifics prior to your arrival please visit: www.roadscholar.org; and look at the "daily schedule" link in the "program details" of the program.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will watch our FOURTH and FIFTH film selections entitled "Broken Circle Breakdown" and "Waiting For Mamu".
 Dinner: Dinner at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Evening: Tonight is left unscheduled as our second film of the afternoon does not get out of the theater until 7 PM followed by dinner.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip To Jerome/Festival screening
(Saturday, March 1)

Note: The trip to Jerome involves a short walk around the town.The theater is 1/4 mile from the hotel and while most people walk, we do have a shuttle available for those that choose it.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant. Multiple hot entrees to choose from including bacon and eggs, french toast and sausage, fruit bowl and yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
 Morning: This mornings field trip will take us to the historic mining town of Jerome. Once one of our countries largest copper producing mine, Jerome has gone from ghost town to artists mecca. Enjoy the ambiance of this picturesque town that sits atop Cleopatra Hill and has stretching views of the Verde Valley.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Ming House Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Our field trip concludes by 2:30PM and then we have a little free time until 5:40PM at which time we will see our SIXTH festival screening entitled "The Past".
 Dinner: Dinner at Golden Goose Restaurant, adjacent to the hotel. .
 Evening: Nothing scheduled tonight as will be having a late dinner following our movie.
   
Accommodations: Sedona Super 8
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program wrap up and departures.
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Golden Goose Restaurant.
 Morning: Program wrap up with departures in time for hotel check out by 11:00 AM. We will do a final reflection on the films and tally our ballots to determine what film is crowned "festival favorite".
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sedona/Verde Valley general
Points of interest within two hours of Sedona: In the Flagstaff area, 30 miles north: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; the Kachina Wilderness on the 12,600 ft high San Francisco Peaks; old downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66; Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; the New Age Sedona vortex offerings; Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations; the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ; Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park (2.5 hours north.)
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Short History of Film


Author: Wheeler Winston Dixon


Description: The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present. More than 250 rare stills and illustrations accompany the text, bringing readers face to face with many of the key players and films that have marked the industry. Compact and easily readable, this is the best one-stop source for the history of world film available to students, teachers, and general audiences alike.



Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water


Author: Reisner, Marc


Description: The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage. 608pp



Film History: An Introduction


Author: Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell


Description: Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies, Film History: An Introduction is a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental. As with the authors' bestselling Film Art: An Introduction (now in its eighth edition), concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic points of reference than competing books that rely on publicity stills. The third edition of Film History is thoroughly updated and includes the first comprehensive overviews of the impact of globalization and digital technology on the cinema. Any serious film scholar--professor, undergraduate, or graduate student--will want to read and keep Film History.



Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape


Author: Larry Lindahl


Description: This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.



The Southwest


Author: Lavender, David


Description: A historical and cultural overview, including discussions of present-day racial, conservation, and economic problems. Easy reading, fascinating history. 364pp





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