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5/28/2012 9:03:00 AM
Classic 'An American In Paris' kicks off Cinema Under the Stars on June 3

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present "Cinema Under the Stars - Musicals Under the Moon" at Tequa featuring the Academy Award-winning, rousing crowd-pleaser "An American In Paris" on Sunday, June 3. There will be one screening of the film outdoors at the Tequa Marketplace courtyard in the Village of Oak Creek. Tickets are only $7 each.

A live concert performance compliments of the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance and Studio Live will kick off the evening at 6:30 p.m. Come early, bring lawn chairs and blankets ... and celebrate music and the movies at the festival's first outdoor film of the summer season. "An American In Paris" will follow the concert at dusk.

"This promises to be an extraordinary night of music, film and fun as we celebrate summer with the first of our five planned 'cinema under the stars' classic film events," said festival director Patrick Schweiss. "Where else can you experience an incredible outdoor concert along with an award-winning classic film under the beautiful Sedona night skies?"

"An American In Paris" - starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant - won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Music. It was also nominated for Oscars for Best Director (Vincente Minelli) and Best Film Editing. The film has garnered a place in American cinema history as one of the top 100 classic films of all times, according to the American Film Institute.

"The lavish production numbers leave audience members tapping their feet and dancing in the aisles, which is why we thought it would be the perfect film to kick off our summer outdoor series," added Schweiss.

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly), an American World War II veteran, is now an exuberant expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend, Adam (Oscar Levant), is a struggling concert pianist who is a long time associate of a French singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary).

A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, but is more interested in Jerry than his art. Jerry remains oblivious to her feelings and falls in love with Lise (Leslie Caron), a French girl he meets at a restaurant. Lise loves him as well but she is already in a relationship with Henri, to whom she feels indebted for keeping her safe during World War II.

The story of the film is interspersed with dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to George Gershwin's music. Songs and music include "I Got Rhythm", "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise", " 'S Wonderful", and "Our Love is Here to Stay". The climax of the film is "The American in Paris" ballet, a 16 minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Tequa Marketplace restaurants. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and beach towels.

The title sponsor for the event is Tequa Marketplace. The series is also made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Sedona and the Sedona Community Foundation.

"An American In Paris" will be shown outdoors at Tequa Marketplace in "Cinema Under the Stars - Musicals Under the Moon" on Sunday, June 3, with a pre-film concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are all $7 each for this special event, and will be available at Tequa beginning at 5:30 p.m. that evening. Cash or checks only.

Advance tickets can be purchased or reserved in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite 3A in West Sedona, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit:

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