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Ghost Canyon

(Frances Fisher, Seth Peterson, Barry Corbin, Christopher Atkins, Beth Grant, et al / DVD / NR / 2012 / Pasidg Productions)

Overview: 'Sedona's amazing all-star cast includes Frances Fisher (Titanic), Seth Peterson (Burn Notice), Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon), Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure), Lin Shaye (Insidious), and Beth Grant (The Artist). Written, directed and produced by Sedona resident Tommy Stovall, 'Sedona' portrays the profound personal transformations of two stressed-out visitors over the course of one life-altering day in Sedona, AZ.

DVD Verdict: As they say in the business, this is a charmingly-scripted, quietly-acted independent film. Writer/Directer Tommy Stovall has done an incredible job here in bringing the best out of some star cast members and joining them together seamlessly with some of the most incredible, breathtaking sweeping ariel and cinematic ground shots of Sedona itself.

As one of the main characters (Frances Fisher, doing her best rundown version of Marg Helgenberger from CSI) says at the beginning when asked if she is lost, "No, I'm not lost ... I just don't know where I am yet." And that sums up 'Sedona' (and the area too!) perfectly because it is so beautiful, so expansive that for huge chunks of time you wouldn't mind being lost out there. (Daylight hours only, of course!)

The story is so much fun, so light-hearted, and with the added elements incorporated of drama, comedy, and even a little bit of mystery, all the acting on show is excellent. Another plot has Seth Peterson and his family trying to connect, but when his young son wanders off, well, the appearance of a Native Indian begins to pull things into true focus.

Indeed, word has it that Sedona native Stovall based his directorial cast reactions on real people who live and work in Sedona. And in some cases, the actual residents were the actors! That aside, as you wouldn't know from watching them act; any of them, everyone played their roles to perfection. And my goodness, even the music was delightful and the perfect accompaniment to the film.

The mantra of the movie is 'Welcome to a place where you will find your truth ... whether you want to or not' and that's what happens to each set of visitors to Sedona. I mean, where else are you going to be carefully driving down a small town road and get rear-ended by a Biplane?! A lot of it is explained away as "The Vortex" that surrounds the town, but there's more to this story than meets the eye!

'Sedona' is a true feel-good story and one that you will enjoy. And trust me here, it WILL make you want to visit Sedona ... BUT, and for the record, there are no such things as coincidences!! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.