Sedona Film Festival Presents Plethora of Cinematic Treats For Fall 2017

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Get ready Sedona locals and visiting moviegoers for some great big-screen entertainment because the Sedona Film Festival is presenting a plethora of movies sure to satisfy the palette of those who appreciate film. The Sedona Film Festival prides itself on providing some of the best movie fare in northern Arizona. Read on to learn more and buy tickets for these great cinematic presentations.

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12th anniversary season of THE MET: Live in HD!

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The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Met Live Opera: Live in HD series for the 2017-18. Once again, the festival will host the productions via satellite at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.

Each opera will be shown LIVE and then repeated later that day as an encore. Season ticket holders will have the option of choosing the live performance or the encore (or can mix and match for scheduling convenience).

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on Oct. 7, with a new production of Bellini’s “Norma” directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Live in HD audiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met’s 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s “Norma” starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel”; Rossini’s “Semiramide”, which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon”, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role. In addition to the productions new to Live in HD, audiences can see the Met’s new stagings of Puccini’s “Tosca”, starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Griogolo; Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” set in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. The season will also feature Mozart’s full-length German opera “Die Zauberflöte” conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine; Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore”, starring Pretty Yende in her first Met performances as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani reprising Nemorino, and Puccini’s “La Bohème” featuring Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers, Mimì and Rodolfo.

Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features.

The 2017-18 Met Live in HD series dates are:

The Exterminating Angel: November 18, 2017

Tosca: January 27, 2018

L’Elisir d’Amore: February 10, 2018

Semiramide: March 10, 2018

La Bohéme: March 17, 2018

Così fan tutte: March 31, 2018

Luisa Miller: April 14, 2018

Cendrillon: April 28, 2018

In addition to the Met Live Opera season, there will be a special holiday encore presentation of “Hansel and Gretel” on Dec. 9. The encore is specially priced and is not part of the opera season package.

Tickets for each opera are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for full-time students. Season tickets are also available for just $20 per opera, when purchased as a package. For more information, please call the Sedona International Film Festival at 928-282-1177 or visit the office at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona. Information and tickets are also available at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘DOCtoberFest’ Oct. 20-26
Six award-winning documentaries featured in weeklong celebration at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its new “DOCtoberFest” series, featuring six award-winning documentaries premiering over seven days at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, Oct. 20-26. This is the festival’s way of celebrating some of the best documentaries making the festival and art house theater circuit around the world currently, as well as giving a taste of the caliber of films to expect at the upcoming 24th annual film festival in February.

The six featured films include: “The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille”, “California Typewriter”, “The Pulitzer at 100”, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”, “From the Ashes” and “The Last Animals”. Each film will screen twice.

The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille
Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 and 7 p.m.

In 1923, pioneer filmmaker Cecil. B. DeMille built the largest set in movie history for his silent (and early Technicolor) epic, “The Ten Commandments”. It was called “The City of the Pharaoh.” When filming was completed, DeMille ordered that the entire edifice be dismantled and secretly buried. And there it lay, forgotten, for the next 60 years — the “lost city of Cecil B. DeMille.”In 1983, a group of determined film buffs — inspired by a cryptic clue in DeMille’s posthumously published Autobiography — located the remains of the set.

When filmmaker Peter Brosnan heard that there were ancient Egyptian Sphinxes buried somewhere in the California Dunes, it sparked his imagination and he embarked on what turned out to be a thirty-year battle to prove the existence of these Sphinxes and the discovery of the Lost City. “The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille” is a compelling story about two obsessed men. One, Cecil B. DeMille, who invented the way stories are told via the moving image and told the story of Moses twice; and, the other, Peter Brosnan obsessed with proving the existence of an ancient city in the middle of nowhere.

Enjoy the film and stay for the post-show Q&A discussion with producer Daniel Coplan (live) and co-producer/director Peter Brosnan (via Skype) after both shows.

California Typewriter
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 7 p.m.

“California Typewriter” is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.

In this magnificent filmic essay, director Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various obsessives celebrate the physicality of the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.

In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

The Pulitzer at 100
Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

For a century, the Pulitzer Prizes have remained the gold standard of excellence for a nation. The Pulitzers focus attention on what is best in journalism and the arts. “The Pulitzer at 100” explores the importance of words and language in a free democracy. Behind the honors are extraordinary people. Their stories are riveting: power, immigration, race and identity are all central themes. The Pulitzer celebrates storytelling at its best, and this film reveals the courage and struggles to get at truth. Vietnam, Katrina, 9/11; newspapers are indeed the first draft of history.

Pulitzer-winning work is read by an impressive list of Hollywood A-listers: Martin Scorsese, Natalie Portman, Helen Mirren, Liev Schieber, Jonathan Lithgow and Yara Shahidi. The many first person stories, as told by the artists and journalist themselves, without narration are riveting. We discover the intense stories behind some of the century’s best artistic creations.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Monday, Oct. 23 at 4 and 7 p.m.

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

“Wasted!” exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes — all of them delicious — to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century. The film shows how any action can lead to new ways of using more food, feeding more people, curbing environmental damage, stimulating technology and business, and ultimately improving the health and well-being of all citizens worldwide.

From the Ashes
Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 and 7 p.m.

From National Geographic Documentary Films, “From the Ashes” captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration.

From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

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The Last Animals
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 4 and 7 p.m.

“The Last Animals” is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

For three years, war photographer and first-time director Kate Brooks documented the plight of the Northern White Rhinoceros in the midst of a global wildlife trafficking crisis. When she started filming, there were just seven left in the world. Today there are only three.

“The Last Animals” is a sweeping and sobering film about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the last animals. The film reveals the tentacles of this illicit and nefarious business, which despite its devastating impact, often seems as elusive as a ghost.

“DOCtoberFest” will run Oct. 20-26 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets for each of the films are $12 general admission, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Film Festival hosts Ballet in Cinema: ‘Le Corsaire’ Oct. 22
Bolshoi Ballet production from Moscow debuts on the big screen at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, Oct. 22 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Le Corsaire” from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 3:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Le Corsaire” features music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Marius Petipa. The cast includes the Bolshoi’s principal dancers and soloists, accompanied by the corps de ballet from the Bolshoi.

Amidst a bustling Turkish market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lankedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.

Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions.

Complete with a magnificent awe-inspiring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.

“Le Corsaire” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

 

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Martin Luther’s great adventure story comes alive in “A Return to Grace” — a vivid portrayal of the penniless monk’s quest for truth a movement that would re-shape the church, and the world.

Festival presents ‘A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy’ Oct. 22
The extraordinary life of Martin Luther featured in film at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a one-show only special Northern Arizona premiere of “A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy” on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Martin Luther’s great adventure story comes alive in this vivid portrayal of the penniless monk’s quest for truth a movement that would re-shape the church, and the world. Perhaps the most faithful movie about Luther’s life ever made, the film does not shy away from the deep questions and answers that mark Luther as one of the most influential people of the last thousand years.

Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world in the 1500s — with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day.

“A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy” tells the great adventure story of his life. The film is packed with political intrigue, kidnappings, secret hideouts, and life-or-death showdowns. At the same time, it examines his quest for truth — questions we all must face — including “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?”

Filmed in historic locations across Europe, this film brings Luther’s story to life with exquisite attention to detail.

This screening of “A Return to Grace” is co-presented by Peace Lutheran in Cottonwood.

“A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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Film Festival presents ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan and Callum Turner star in film at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “The Only Living Boy in New York” — featuring an award-winning, all-star ensemble cast — showing Oct. 27-Nov. 2 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Only Living Boy in New York” stars Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner and Kiersey Clemons.

Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress in the sharp and witty coming-of-age story “The Only Living Boy in New York”.

Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey.

Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.

“Sensational. The cast is uniformly superb. A smart, sexy and sophisticated entertainment!” — Pete Hammond, Deadline

“A welcome oasis of intelligence.” — David Noh, Film Journal International

“The Only Living Boy in New York” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 27-Nov. 2. Showtimes will be 4 on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 27, 28, 30 and Nov. 1; 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31; and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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Discover Arts: ‘Raphael: The Lord of the Arts’ premieres in Sedona Oct. 29

Sedona Film Festival hosts big-screen presentation of art series at Mary D. Fisher theatre

Sedona International Film Festival presents the Discover Arts series with “Raphael: The Lord of the Arts”. The event will show in Sedona on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Raphael: The Lord of the Arts” is the first film adaptation of the life and work of one of the most famous artists in the world — Raphael Sanzio.

Few figures in the history of art have lived a life so full of intensity and fascination quite like Raphael Sanzio. He died aged just 37 and yet managed to leave an indelible mark on art. In a well-balanced dialogue between historical reconstructions and artistic commentary, the film retraces the most significant moments of Raphael’s life.

Expert contributions delivered with feeling by great art historians Antonio Paolucci, Vincenzo Farinella and Antonio Natali, enrich the story of the life and work of the artist. The film is set in 20 locations, two of which are major exclusives — the Vatican Logge and Cardinal Bibbiena’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace — and shows over 70 works of art, among the most famous and most representative of Raphael’s entire work.

Raphael’s life was as unforgettable as his art, and this film tries to tell the story of it by retracing his steps from the early days in Urbino to the glorious period spent in Rome, which represent the peak of his life and career as well as its epilogue.  It is an intimate dialogue between the artist’s life and his work, unfolding through interesting, expert commentary from famous art historians, and fine historical reconstructions, veritable tableau vivants inspired by 18th Century paintings depicting Raphael during the most important moments of his life.

The film starts off from the family home in Urbino, where Raphael as a child learned the first rudiments of art, and then move on to the Palazzo Ducale, where as a young boy he first came into contact with the great masterpieces of the era.

The journey continues through to Florence and the unforgettable years in that city when you could meet both Michelangelo and Leonardo at the same time, and where Raphael produced a series of famous Madonnas, from Madonna del Cardellino (Madonna of the Goldfinch) to the Belle Jardinière (Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist).

And, ultimately, theater audiences end up in Rome, the city that consecrated his art and made him a legend for all time.  In the Vatican, the film celebrates the famous works that are part of the Vatican Museums: the Raphael Rooms, the Madonna of Foligno, the Coronation of the Virgin and the famous Transfiguration. We are also taken to exclusive rooms inside the Apostolic Palace, private places not open to the public, that make an impressive visual impact: the Vatican Logge and the apartment of Cardinal Bibbiena.

Beauty comes to life in a crescendo through the brushwork and enduring genius of one of the most talented artists the world has ever known in “Raphael: The Lord of the Arts”.

The festival is proud to be the official host of the Discover Arts series, joining hundreds of theatres around the globe for this special exhibition on screen. Cinema guests can now enjoy unprecedented high definition access into the lives of renowned artists, their art and the fabulous museums and galleries that are the custodians of such masterpieces.

“Raphael: The Lord of the Arts” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

Outrageous ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ returns to the big screen Oct. 30

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Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades — returns to the big screen in Sedona on Monday, Oct. 30. The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Feel free to dress in costume — if you wish — and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music — a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” — starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.

This classic, cultural institution — and a world-wide phenomenon since 1975 — concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby.

Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.

With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation: a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid. With the addition of colored dyes and some assistance from the weather, Frank brings to life a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life.

Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn’t get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. When Frank kills the biker, it’s clear that Brad and Janet will be guests for the night, and that they may be next on Frank’s list — whether for murder or carnal delights is uncertain.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Guests may dress in costume, if they wish. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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Live one-man shows!

‘Houdini: His Life, His Magic’ and ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ by world-renowned entertainer and impressionist Duffy Hudson live at the Fisher Theatre Nov. 1-2

World-renowned actor, entertainer and impressionist Duffy Hudson is bringing his award-winning live shows “Houdini: His Life, His Magic” and “Edgar Allan Poe: In the Shadow of the Raven” to Sedona. There will be one performance of each show on Nov. 1 and 2, on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

HOUDINI: HIS LIFE, HIS MAGIC

Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Experience the life and magic of the great Harry Houdini. Join actor Duffy Hudson as he takes you on a mysterious adventure through the life of one of America’s most mysterious and fascinating personalities. It will be magic and fun for the entire family.

In this fascinating one-man show, The Great Houdini shares his secrets of success, his obsession with magic, the occult and the amazing stunts that drove him to an early grave.

Will the show include elements of Houdini’s life? Of course it will. Will the show include escapes and magic? Of course it will.  Will the show captivate the young, the old and everyone in between? Of course it will.

EDGAR ALLEN POE: IN THE SHADOW OF THE RAVEN

Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

In the shadow of the Raven begins as Edgar Allan Poe rises from the scene of his mysterious death and pieces together the events of his life.

Using a combination of biographical information and some of Poe’s most frightening works (The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart) Hudson creates a haunting portrayal of one of America’s best-known and enigmatic poets.

Duffy Hudson has performed Edgar Allan Poe over 1,000 times to more than 300 standing ovations. He has recently been honored with the title “Voice of Poe” for the Poe House and Museum in Fordham, NY.

ABOUT DUFFY HUDSON

Duffy Hudson is an actor, director, writer, teacher and filmmaker. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City where he attended the Circle in the Square Theater School, on Broadway. He began his New York career working backstage with Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director Center Theatre Group) on several Broadway productions including Present Laughter with George C. Scott.

He has performed in hundreds of plays both on and off Broadway, including The Misanthrope and Enemies, Whores of Heaven, Riddley Walker, Nana, Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Biderbecks Last Drunk (Samuel French Award Winner) and Report To The Academy, which he performed at The Actors Studio.

Duffy has directed over 300 theatrical pieces, including, workshop productions with Brooke Shields, the The Three Sisters with Jessica Lange, Don Johnson and Tatum O’Neal, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf with Marlo Thomas.

“Houdini: His Life, His Magic” will be performed live on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. “Edgar Allan Poe: In the Shadow of the Raven” will be performed live on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.

Tickets for each show are $15 general admission and $13 for film festival members. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Duffy Hudson in the lobby after the show.

Visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org for tickets and performance information or call 928-282-1177. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.

 

 

 

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