An advertising executive is snagged by metaphysical forces in Sedona. Frances Fisher stars as Tammy Johnson, an energetic go-getter who is compelled to open her heart and change her life. Tommy Stovall writes and directs this lighthearted New Age comedy.
On her way from Portland to Phoenix to pitch a new contract, Tammy takes a wrong turn and ends up in Sedona. Clutching her cell phone, she assures her business partner that “I’m not lost! I just don’t know where I’m going.”
Tammy almost hits a young boy who wanders into the road. He is startled but unhurt. In a miracle moment, she’ll meet father and son again.
When a small plane makes an emergency landing, it forces Tammy off the road. Sidelined by a broken axle, she seeks help. Today just happens to be her birthday.
Spiritual tune up
Infuriated by the long wait at a local garage, Tammy seeks coffee while she meets some eccentric locals. Reluctantly, she agrees to get a pedicure from intuitive spiritualist Deb Lovejoy (Beth Grant, wide-eyed, loving and spot on).
Caring coffee shop owner Pierce (Christopher Atkins) transcends the film’s wacky stereotypes with grounded wisdom.
As bizarre misfortune continues, Tammy remembers a heart ache from her youth. Confronting a homeless woman Claire “da lune” (Lin Shaye), she is forced to surrender and accept healing.
A red balloon and kismet
Meanwhile across town, vacationing attorney Scott (Seth Peterson) and his partner Eddie (Matthew J. Williamson) argue during a hike with their sons Denny (Trevor Sterling Stovall) and Jeremy (Rand Schwenke). Eddie wants Scott to turn off his cell phone so he can really appreciate his family.
When 7-year-old Denny disappears, the family begins a frenzied search. A local guide Chuck (Tatanka Means) helps them look. Scott begins to reevaluate his priorities. Director Stovall achieves a natural, heartfelt portrayal of a gay family.
Weaving whimsy and depth
Fisher (Unforgiven; Titanic) achieves marvelous depth as a headstrong businesswoman embracing her gentle, vulnerable side. Peterson (Providence; Burn Notice) is intense as a dad who realizes he wants his son to be happy, not “perfect.”
The plot is skillfully woven with synchronicities and flashbacks. Filmed in just 21 days, Sedona is a gem in the rough.
Sedona 2011 / NR / 1 hour, 30 min
Cast Overview: Frances Fisher, Seth Peterson, Beth Grant, Matthew J. Williamson, Trevor Sterling Stovall, Rand Schwenke, Christopher Atkins, Kylee Cochran, Barry Corbin, Tatanka Means, Lin Shaye
Director: Tommy Stovall
Genre: Dramedy, Indie Comedy, Adventure