The local kickoff event at the Sedona Performing Arts Center for this year’s Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF), “An Afternoon with Bruce Babbitt,” attracted a large, enthusiastic audience. Prior to hearing Secretary Babbitt speak, SIFF screened a new movie, “Red Rock State Park”, now showing to visitors at the park. Local filmmakers Bryan Reinhart, director, and Ron Melmon, producer, created this inspiring short documentary. Funding was made possible by the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park.
The park owes its existence to Bruce Babbitt. He negotiated a way for the State of Arizona to procure the land and create what we now enjoy as Red Rock State Park.
That existence was threatened in 2010 when Arizona’s fiscal crisis nearly caused Red Rock State Park to be closed and sold. Faced with this prospect, Benefactors of Red Rock State Park stepped up, raised $145,000, and thereby saved this precious riparian habitat for the public.