Sedona Film Festival Presents Plethora of Cinematic Treats For Winter2017

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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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Season tickets are now on sale for the

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:

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.

 

 

Sedona Film Festival hosts premiere of ‘Last Flag Flying’ Jan. 12-17

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne star in new film at Fisher Theatr

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the acclaimed new film “Last Flag Flying” — starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne — showing Jan. 12-17 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.

In 2003, thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps Medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the east coast to his home in Suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

“Last Flag Flying” was written and directed by five-time Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater.

“A triumph!” — Peter Travers, Rolling Ston

“A film that earns its stripes, its laughs and tears in every way.” — Pete Hammond, Deadline

“One of the very best films of the year!” — Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com

“Steve Carell just soared into the Oscar race.” — Patrick Ryan, USA Today

“A poignant portrait of honor and the bonds of brotherhood.” — Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

“A sincere and funny Valentine to everyday American life.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Last Flag Flying” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 12-17. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12; 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14; and 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 17.

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. 

PHOTO CAPTION:

In 2003, thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps Medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

 

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘78/52’ premiere with director Jan. 12-13

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Film features Hitchcock’s famous shower scene from ‘Psycho’ at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a special premiere of the award-winning new documentary “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” for two shows only: Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Alexandre Philippe, the director of “78/52”, will be in Sedona to host the film and conduct a Q&A discussion after both screenings

The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, “Psycho” redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience.

Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans — including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich — director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

“Captivating. Does full justice to how ‘Psycho’ changed the heartbeat of the world.” — Variety

“A landmark documentary. Exceptional and provocative.” — Leonard Maltin

“Mother would be proud: ‘78/52’ hacks thrillingly into cinema’s most infamous murder.” — The Village Voice

“Fifty-seven years after its initial release shocked an entire generation of unsuspecting moviegoers, “Psycho” remains one of the most intensely discussed and analyzed movies of all time,” said director Alexandre Philippe. “ ‘78/52’ explores that intangible “cinematic space” between the shots, and delves into Hitchcock’s genius in unprecedented fashion, to become the first feature-length investigation into the art, craft, and influence of a single extraordinary scene–one which forever changed the course of popular cinema, and continues to inspire some of the greatest filmmakers of our time.”

“If ‘Psycho’ changed the way people shower, it’s safe to say that after watching ‘78/52’, you will never look at the shower scene the same way again,” added Philippe.

Writer and Director Alexandre Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written, directed and produced numerous award- winning films and documentaries. He harbors a lifelong passion for Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. At the tender age of 12, he hosted a weekly Hitchcock film series for his parents and their friends in Geneva, Switzerland; and his passion for the Master of Suspense has grown exponentially ever since. He has conducted numerous film analysis and dramatic writing seminars and workshops at schools, universities, film festivals, and museums around the world — often with a focus on Hitchcock’s groundbreaking techniques.

Join Alexandre Philippe for this very special Sedona premiere of “78/52” and stay for an eye-opening, thought-provoking Q&A. He will be in person at both the Friday and Saturday screenings.

“78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 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.

PHOTO CAPTION:

With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, “Psycho” redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘The Opera House’ premiere Jan. 13

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Behind-the-scenes documentary chronicles the Met Live Opera’s beginnings

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join hundreds of theaters around the world to present a one-day only special premiere of “The Opera House” on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Opera House” — a new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke — surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York.

Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.

Among the notable figures in the film are famed soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra; Rudolf Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager, who engineered the move from the old house to the new one; Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center; and Wallace Harrison, whose quest for architectural glory was never fully realized.

“The Opera House” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 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. 

PHOTO CAPTION:

“The Opera House” — a new film by multiple Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke — surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York.

 

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Bob Dylan: Trouble No More’ Jan. 15

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Critically-acclaimed new documentary debuts at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special premiere of the award-winning new music documentary “Bob Dylan: Trouble No More” on Monday, Jan. 15 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Bob Dylan: Trouble No More” showcases Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, which encompassed three LPs: 1979’s Slow Train Coming, 1980’s Saved and 1981’s Shot of Love. The movie, which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival, includes rare and previously unseen footage captured at Dylan’s Toronto and Buffalo, New York concerts from late April and early May, 1980.

For the performances included in the film, the folk-rock icon’s backing band included keyboardists Spooner Oldham and Terry Young, Little Feat guitarist Fred Tackett, bassist Tim Drummond, drummer Jim Keltner and vocalists Clydie King, Gwen Evans, Mona Lisa Young, Regina McCrary and Mary Elizabeth Bridges.

Jennifer Lebeau directed the film, which features previously unseen footage of the band rehearsing. The film also features Michael Shannon.

“Bob Dylan: Trouble No More” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Jan. 15 at 4 and 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.

PHOTO CAPTION:
“Bob Dylan: Trouble No More” showcases Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, which encompassed three LPs: 1979’s Slow Train Coming, 1980’s Saved and 1981’s Shot of Love.

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