Sedona Film Festival

Join us at the Sedona Film Festival

Meet VP of SolarWorks Matthew Bonnstetter founder of Sedona Green film series and and sustainable Round Table Talks with executive director Patrick Schueiss and past board chair Tim Colletti at the following events:


We have exciting films, programs and discussions planned for Sedona Green: Sustainability Programs at the Sedona International Film Festival.  
This year we are “greening” the festival and we are excited to expand our “SUSTAINABLE” film series in addition to panel discussions and special Sedona Green events. Just look for the Sustainable Film Series/Sedona Green logo which will denote these films and special events. 
In addition to terrific films on sustainability, our team has worked to be a “greener” festival with bio-degradable products whenever possible and clearly accessible recycling bins for attendees. We will keep pressing further on assuring that SIFF operates as “greenly” as possible!

This year, the Festival will begin its preview weekend with two thought-provoking films and sustainability conversations. Sedona Green and Sustainable Arizona have put together a panel of filmmakers, educators, and sustainability experts to lead dialogues on film, its impacts and the key issues of the day.

Michael Nash is an award-winning Irish-American filmmaker best known for Climate Refugees and Fuel. Nash will bring a sequence from Climate Refugees to introduce his talk about  climate change and its current impacts.  

Dr. Stefan Sommer is professor of ecology and sustainability at NAU. He also is an award-winning producer of several films including A River Reborn, the story of Fossil Creek. 

Andrea Houchard, also from NAU, is the leader of philosophy in the public interest, a program that helps communities deal with challenging issues.  

Amy Coplan is professor of philosophy of film at the University of California at Fullerton. She studies how films influence thought and actions.  

John Neville is the president of Sustainable Arizona and is an award-winning writer and producer specializing in sustainable development.

Matthew Bonnstetter, Vice President at SolarWorks and board member of Sustainable Arizona, will moderate the discussions.

Revenge of the Electric Car
Saturday, February 18 at 3 pm
at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

Revenge of the Electric Car will kick off the Sedona Green Film Series for 2012.  Narrated by Tim Robbins, this lively film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.  

Panel Discussion following the film screening:
The Power of Film to Change Hearts and Minds

The panel will engage the audience in a dialogue on the power of film to change hearts and minds. Come talk with the filmmakers and other experts about your experiences with film and how they may have changed your lives or influenced our society and our culture.

The Big Fix
Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm
at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

The Big Fix is a film that begins with an exposé of the events that lead to the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster. As the information floods in, the film delves deeply into the corruption surrounding the powerful in the halls of government and business. While this film is a well-documented indictment of the status quo, the community conversation which follows the film will be anything but negative. 

Panel Discussion following the film screening:
Taking positive action: 
What you should know, what you can do

Our panel of experts will look at some of the challenges we are facing in Sedona and the country and talk about ways each of us can take positive action to improve our own quality of life. Come join the panel to share your thoughts on how we can come together to help make our communities more resilient.

Monday, Feb. 20
Sedona Green Locavore Reception   
9:00 p.m. at Reds at Sedona Rouge
Co-sponsored by Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa and New Frontiers

Join us for these timely, important films that are part of our Sedona Green lineup:

Revenge of the Electric Car                                  The Big Fix                                  Acquainted With the Night


If A Tree Falls                                       So Right So Smart                                              The Whale

  Windfall                                                  You've Been Trumped                             The Mono Lake Story

Chasing Water                                           Among Giants                                           An Ecology of Mind

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