What do a Hollywood heartthrob, a film retrospective, moonlight, starlight and the Old West have in common? They are all part of festivities at the ninth annual "Reelin' at the Ranch: An Evening with Tab Hunter" event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 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!
"An Evening with Tab Hunter" will feature a special film retrospective and conversation with celebrity guest, Tab Hunter. A product of Hollywood's golden age, Tab became Hollywood's golden boy. His first starring role, at the tender age of 19, was opposite Linda Darnell in the romantic South Seas adventure Island of Desire. An instant success, Tab went on to star in over 50 major motion pictures, including Battle Cry, The Pleasure of His Company, That Kind of Woman, Gunman's Walk, They Came to Cordura, Ride the Wild Surf, The Loved One, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, and the Academy Award-nominated Damn Yankees.
A few of Tab's leading ladies include Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood, Gwen Verdon, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Basinger and Michelle Pfeiffer. Multi-talented Tab also enjoyed a very successful recording career that culminated with one of the top records of the rock and roll era. His recording of Young Love zoomed to number one on the charts worldwide (knocking Elvis out of the top spot) and remained there for 12 weeks straight.
Tab subsequently starred in his own television series for NBC, was nominated for an Emmy for his performance opposite Geraldine Page in Playhouse 90's Portrait of a Murderer and has guest starred in over two hundred television series episodes. He also appeared on Broadway with Tallulah Bankhead in Tennessee Williams's The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.
Tab can now also add best-selling author to his list of credits. His recently published autobiography "Tab Hunter Confidential" became a national best seller and garnered critical raves. Tab will do a book-signing at the Reelin' at the Ranch event, and guests will receive a personalized, signed copy of "Tab Hunter Confidential" included with their tickets.
"We are so honored to have Tab here for this special event and to celebrate his legendary stage and screen career in this grand setting." said festival director Patrick Schweiss. "He is excited to share his behind-the-scenes stories about his life on- and off-camera."
Schweiss and the festival events team, headed by Beverly Hurff, promise a few surprises to celebrate this special evening.
"We are making it a total Wild West event - think diamonds and denim!" said Hurff. "Bring out your inner cowboy! Put on your best Western attire and join us for a fun-filled evening celebrating Tab Hunter and the movies!"
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. 22. 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 film festival), 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.
Tickets for Reelin' at the Ranch are $115 per person, or $105 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.