Five filmmakers gathered at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23 to discuss the challenges of being a woman while working in a male-dominated industry. The panel was part of the Sedona International Film Festival’s Filmmaker Conversations series and was moderated by Susie Singer Carter, writer and director of the narrative short “My Mom and The Girl.”

She was joined by Jennifer Kramer, creator of the feature film “The Sand Box,” Deborah LaVine, director of the narrative feature “Wild Prairie Rose,” Monika Wilczynska, creator of the short film “Who I Am,” and Katie Stjernholm, writer, director and producer of the documentary short “Edges.”

John Paul DeJoria’s message is simple. Regardless if you have $1,000 in your bank account or $1 billion, everyone can do their part to help their fellow man and the planet whether through their time or donations.

DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Products and Patron tequila, has promised to give away at least half his fortune — currently estimated at $3.3 billion — to charitable organizations while he is alive or shortly after his death.

At times you’ll hear someone say, “That person was meant to have that job.” Patrick Schweiss is one of those people.

For the last 13 years Schweiss has been the face — and executive director — of the Sedona International Film Festival. During the nine-day event he is everywhere and approaches each film, special appearance or concert with the same enthusiasm and showmanship.

Peter Marshall is best known for saying things like “circle gets the square” while calling on celebrities to answer a variety of crazy questions for a vamped up version of tic tac toe.

But that stint as host of the popular “Hollywood Squares” makes up just a small portion of his nearly 76 years in showbiz. His true passion — singing — was on full display during a live performance on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. He was one of the featured guests at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, which concludes this weekend.

“Prodigy” will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 25. The star of the film is Savannah Liles, a Sedona native now living in Los Angeles with her mother. At 11 years old, Savannah has already had an impressive acting career and is now celebrating her first feature-length film hitting the big screen.

In “Prodigy,” Liles plays Ellie, a borderline sociopathic girl locked in a maximum security facility. A psychologist is commissioned to work with her and soon discovers her dark past as well as outstanding intelligence. The two engage in a psychological chess match under the vigilant observation of experts staggered by Ellie’s case — a match that soon turns into a perilous situation.

With a combined 175 years in showbiz — not to mention 19 Emmy Awards among the three — Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner and Valerie Harper know how to keep an audience laughing.

They did just that on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center before a sold-out crowd. It was part of “Cloris on Comedy,” which kicked off the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival. That night Leachman also received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Look up the term “self-made millionaire” — or billionaire in this case — and chances are you’ll find John Paul DeJoria.

While his name may not be familiar to some, the businesses he’s helped create are familiar to most. And as a result of his success, in recent years he’s pledged to give away a large portion of his $3 billion fortune to those in need. That’s something he knows a thing or two about as he twice found himself homeless before turning a $700 dream into a business empire.

DeJoria is the focus of a documentary titled “Good Fortune,” which will be shown at the Sedona International Film Festival. DeJoria will be on hand to introduce and talk about the film during a screening on Saturday,

After nearly seven decades in showbiz, Cloris Leachman doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The actress — who has won a record eight Emmy Awards — will be on hand for this year’s Sedona International Film Festival. There, she will be presented the Lifetime Achievement award. She will help kick off the festival on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center with Cloris on Comedy beginning at 6 p.m.

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