The Sedona International Film Festival is the official, exclusive Northern Arizona home for the New York Film Critics monthly series debuting new films weeks prior to their theatrical release. The series is hosted by Rolling Stone magazine’s Peter Travers via satellite, and features a Q-and-A with the filmmaker and stars from the film each month.

The October premiere event will feature the debut of “The Journey is the Destination” — the true story of Dan Eldon, one of the youngest photographic stringers in Africa — for one show, one night only Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

Claudia Puig from USA Today will host and introduce the film, and the Q-and-A following will feature Maria Bello, one of the stars of the film, plus director Bronwen Hughes and Eldon’s mother, Kathy Eldon.

“The Journey is the Destination” is inspired by the true story of Eldon, a charismatic young activist, artist, photographer and adventurer. By the age of 22, Eldon traveled to 42 countries, created a series of fine art journals that would become international best sellers, worked in refugee camps, opened a business, became the youngest staff photojournalist at Reuters, fell in love and accumulated more life experience than most in a lifetime.

Visually stunning and wildly inspiring, “The Journey is the Destination” follows a young man’s tumultuous coming of age, his exploration of love and his struggle to create positive change in an increasingly violent and dangerous world. Eldon was a person who woke up every day with the drive to make the world a little better before he went to sleep.

Eldon was covering the violent famine in Somalia when, on July 12, U.S. Marines made the fateful mistake of bombing what they mistakenly thought was a council of warlords in Mogadishu. Many innocent lives were lost, and in the ensuing riot, Eldon and three other journalists were killed.

Eldon was a bright light, extinguished at a young age. But a collection of his journals, “The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon” by Chronicle Books, has ignited sparks in millions around the world. This film — an exuberant yet moving tribute to him — will inspire viewers to live more fully, love more and realize that in giving, they receive, and of course, that the journey is truly the destination.

The New York Film Critics Series premiere of “The Journey is the Destination” will take place at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. All tickets are $12 for this event. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information. Both the theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Visit for more information.