‘Cinema Under the Stars’ featuring ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ and tribute to Roy Rogers highlights Reelin’ at the Ranch on Sept. 24

Screening of classic film headlines annual film festival event with an old west flair; meet Roy Rogers’ daughter who will host event and special Q&A

What do a classic Roy Rogers film, a special VIP guest, starlight and the Old West have in common? They are all part of festivities at the eighth annual Reelin’ at the Ranch fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 24, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

Throw in some fine artists and fine art auction, raffle, cinema under the stars and dinner by one of Sedona’s finest restaurants and you have the makings of a very special evening of film and festivities.  Experience Hollywood style and the spirit of the Old West in the unmatched ambiance of the Indian Creek Ranch!

In honor of the Arizona centennial and the 100th Anniversary of Roy Rogers’ birth, the event will feature “cinema under the stars” with his classic film “Don’t Fence Me In”. Rogers’ daughter, Cheryl Barnett, will host the film and Q&A discussion. She and her husband Larry will be the festival’s distinguished honored guests. Cheryl will share stories of her father and growing up in her famous Western household.

A lady reporter travels West to dig up the truth about a long dead bandit in “Don’t Fence Me In”, directed by John English.

Spread Magazine investigative photographer Toni Ames (Dale Evans) is tricked by her editor, Jack Chandler (Robert Livingston), into going out West to investigate the legend of Wildcat Kelly, an infamous outlaw who was killed forty years earlier. Although a $50,000 reward was paid to the two men who brought in Kelly’s body, an old man named Sam McCoy has told one of Chandler’s reporters that the man who was buried was not Kelly.

Toni begins her investigation in a small town called Twin Wells, where she meets an old cowpoke, “Gabby” Whitaker (George Hayes), who claims that he knew Kelly. Toni follows Gabby to the R Barr Dude Ranch, which he runs with his pal, Roy Rogers, who quickly becomes irritated by Toni’s snooping. As the days pass, Toni deduces that Gabby is Kelly, and despite Roy’s pleas that Gabby has gone straight, and that to expose him now will only cause trouble, Toni prints the story with photographs of Gabby. Chaos and good old Western fun ensue as the mystery leads the investigation to the Westward Ho Resort and a band of entertainers who decide to get involved.

“We are so honored to have Roy’s daughter Cheryl here for this special event.” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “She is anxious to share her stories about her famous parents as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roy’s birth.”

“We are making it a total Wild West event — think diamonds and denim!” added Schweiss. “Bring out your inner cowboy! Put on your best Western attire and join us for a fun-filled evening celebrating Roy Rogers, Arizona and the West!”

Schweiss and the festival events team, headed by Beverly Hurff, promise a few surprises to celebrate this special evening.

Earle Weatherwax will again host this year’s event at Georgia and Earle’s Indian Creek Ranch in Cornville. He is a supporter, board member and friend of the Sedona International Film Festival.

Reelin’ at the Ranch will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. In addition to a great classic film, guests will enjoy a lavish western dinner, wine tastings featuring Arizona Stronghold Vineyards (the official wine of the Arizona Centennial), auction, raffle and much more fun around the ranch.

The evening’s dinner is being prepared and donated by Reds Restaurant at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. Executive Chef Ron Moler is preparing a special wild west menu just for the occasion. Sedona Rouge is the title sponsor for this very special evening.

Schweiss encourages people to get their tickets reserved early, due to the popularity of the event. There are only 250 seats available.

Tickets for Reelin’ at the Ranch are $110 per person, or $100 for Film Sedona members. Call the Sedona International Film Festival at 282-1177 for tickets and more information. You may also visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.

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