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Film Festival presents ‘Pope Francis’ premiere July 13-18

Important award-winning documentary debuts in Sedona at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed new documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” — by acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Wim Wenders — showing July 13-18 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Hope is a universal message.

For the first time in history, experience an intimate conversation with the Pope about how to make a better world.

Wim Wenders’ new documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.

From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace.

Wenders — the maker of “Wings of Desire” and documentaries such as “Buena Vista Social Club” and “Pina” — was given unprecedented access to Pope Francis over a two-year period for “A Man of His Word.” The film revolves around a long dialogue with the pontiff, who answers questions about the chief global challenges facing the world today.

“I really hope that the film speaks to all sorts of Christians and non-Christians,” Wenders says.

“Working with the pope,” he added, “filled me with hope that religion could be taken more seriously again in many parts of the world as something open and as something helping humanity forward.”

“Pope Frances: A Man of His Word” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 13-18. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 13, 14 and 16; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18.

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.

Film Festival presents ‘American Animals’ premiere July 13-18

Critically-acclaimed film based on a true story debuts in Sedona at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed new heist film “American Animals” showing July 13-18 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“American Animals” is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own.

The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists — suffering. His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the same town, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way.

Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college Library. Enlisting two more friends, accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks.

Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.

“An incredible, take-your-jaw-off-the-floor heist story.” — Time Out New York

“Extraordinary and dazzling!” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Heart-pounding.” — Variety

“Electrifying.” — Vogue

“American Animals” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 13-18. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 13, 14 and 15; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18.

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.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Evolution of Organic’ July 19

Important and timely documentary premieres at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special premiere of the important new documentary “Evolution of Organic” on Thursday, July 19 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: “Evolution of Organic” — narrated by Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand.

“Evolution of Organic” is the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food.

By now, organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years.

“Evolution of Organic” is not just a history, but looks to exciting and important futures:

• The next generation who are broadening organic into no-till and urban farms; Latino growers and eco-fashion; even raising salmon in flooded rice fields.

• Carbon farming as a solution to climate change, taking carbon out of the air and putting it in the ground where it belongs – “The best news on the planet”.

• What lies “beyond organic,” from soil microbiology as the new frontier to visions of a regenerative agriculture that restores everything from the ecosphere to the human spirit.

“We are fortunate to be the first, among all the films on food and farming, to tell the story of the organic movement,” said filmmaker Mark Kitchell. “It’s such a popular subject, people care so much about where their food comes from and how it is grown. This film is perfect for that audience. It gives them organic past present and future, all in an entertaining 87-minute package. It is funny and engaging as well as informative and illuminating.”

“Evolution of Organic” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, July 19 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.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Mountain’ premiere July 20-24

Willem Defoe narrates breathtaking new cinematic odyssey at Fisher Theatre

 The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed and breathtaking new documentary “Mountain” — narrated by Academy Award-nominee Willem Defoe — showing July 20-24 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Mountain” is an epic odyssey through the Earth’s most awesome landscapes, showing the spellbinding force of high places – and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams. The film is a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom.

“Mountain” is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty. How then have mountains come to hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?

By the time Mount Everest was vanquished in the mid- twentieth century, mountaineering had become a quest for mastery rather than a search for mystery. Mountains were seen as adversaries to be overcome; places where fear could be taken to the edge – or beyond.

Millions are now enchanted by the magic of mountains. And where once their remoteness protected their purity, mountains have today become theatres for recreation: managed and commodified as parks and playgrounds.

But mountains are so much more than an escape, or an enemy to be overcome. Their greatest value lies in their power to inspire wonder and awe: to remind us of the limits of our schemes and ambition.

“A sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty.” — Janine Israel, The Guardian

“A ravishing feat of vertiginous filmmaking…should be seen only on the big screen.” — Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter

“Mountain” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 20-24. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24.

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.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘The King’ premiere July 20-26

All-star cast featured in Elvis Presley musical road trip at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed audience sensation “The King” — featuring an all-star cast — showing July 20-26 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film “The King” takes Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.

From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American dream and a penetrating look at how we got here.

A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and not, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.

“Poetically, we wanted the film’s cast of characters to reflect the rich tapestry of the American family, expressing themselves in words and, at times, in song inside Elvis’ Rolls,” said filmmaker Eugene Jarecki. “ ‘The King’ is both an Elvis film and a film about the American experience, so we chose people who could speak to either of these in a deep and authentic way.”

“The King” is far more than a musical biopic; it’s a penetrating portrait of America at a critical time in the nation’s history and an unflinching investigation into the state of the American dream.

“The King” traces Elvis’ rise and fall from the Deep South to New York, Las Vegas, and countless points between. Alongside this, the film examines America in parallel, from her auspicious founding to her own struggles with excess power up to the acute challenges of today.

“Wildly ambitious, thoroughly entertaining.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Perceptive and probing … ‘The King’ is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it’s headed…The movie’s final minutes come at you like a lightning bolt.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Time

“By the end we’re looking at Elvis, America and ourselves with new eyes.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“A hunk-a, hunk-a burning zeitgeist, the kind of movie that just might shake you from your sleep at night weeks later.” — Andrew Lapin, NPR

“If you think Eugene Jarecki’s fascinating and provocative new documentary, ‘The King’, is just another biopic on Elvis Presley, you should think again.” — Pete Hammond, Deadline

“The King” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 20-26. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Thursday, July 20, 21 and 26; and 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, July 22 and 23.

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.

Festival presents Met Opera encore of ‘Turandot’ on July 21

Summer encore series will feature popular Met Operas returning to the big screen

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “Turandot” (from the 2015/2016 season) on Saturday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production stars the great dramatic soprano Nina Stemme as Turandot, the icy Chinese princess who has renounced all men. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the unknown prince who solves Turandot’s riddles and wins her love. Soprano Anita Hartig sings Liù, the faithful slave girl who gives her life to save Calàf, and bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk is the fallen King Timur. Paolo Carignani conducts.

ACT I 

Legendary Peking. Any prince seeking to marry Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If he fails, he will die. Among the crowd, Calàf discovers his long-lost father, Timur. As the latest failed suitor goes to his death, the crowd calls upon the princess to spare him, but Turandot orders the execution to proceed. Transfixed by her beauty, Calàf decides to win her. Timur and the slave girl Liù, as well as the ministers Ping, Pang, and Pong, try to discourage him.Calàf is determined nonetheless.

ACT II 

Ping, Pang, and Pong dream of their country homes, but the noise of the crowd gathering calls them back to reality. Turandot arrives for the riddle ceremony. After Calàf answers all three correctly, the princess begs her father not to give her to the stranger. Calàf offers Turandot a challenge of his own: If she can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life. 

ACT III 

Ping, Pang, and Pong try to bribe Calàf to leave the city. Soldiers drag in Liù and Timur. Despite being tortured, Liù refuses to reveal the stranger’s identity. She snatches a dagger and kills herself. Turandot confronts Calàf, who impetuously kisses her. Turandot finally feels emotions, and sure of winning her, Calàf reveals his identity. Before the court, Turandot declares that the stranger’s name is Love.

The Met Live Opera’s “Turandot” encore will be presented on Saturday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, 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.

Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ premieres July 22

New play series from London’s Vaudeville Theatre debuts at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the season of Oscar Wilde productions from London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The series continues with “Lady Windermere’s Fan” showing in Sedona on Sunday, July 22 at 4 p.m. on screen at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy “Lady Windermere’s Fan”, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington and Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, making her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.

This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?

First performed in 1892, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.

“Gloriously funny!” — Broadway World

“Absolutely Fan-ulous!” — Metro

“Samantha Spiro is splendid.” — The Independent

“Saunders is stonkingly good.” — The Times

Other remaining titles in the Oscar Wilde season that will be premiering in Sedona include: “An Ideal Husband” (August 19) and “The Importance of Being Earnest” (January 6).

Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, July 22 at 4:00 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.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’ on July 24

Film Festival brings important and timely new film to Sedona for special premiere

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the premiere of the award-winning and important new film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be a community discussion following the film screening.

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a film and movement for hope and healing.

At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later he is on a mission to use his story to help others find hope and stay alive. This film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery we are creating significant awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive, heal and #BeHereTomorrow!

The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

“This film shows my journey to better understand the effects of my suicide attempt on my family, friends and the first responders who saved my life,” says Hines. “My hope is the film will get people talking so those struggling can find ways to connect and heal”

“This film will save lives. ‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’ is a marvel of inspiration, a film that should be seen by anyone who has known despair, and anyone who is or has been close to someone in a suicidal crisis.” — Dr John Draper, Director National Suicide Prevention Lifeline USA

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. followed by a community discussion, hosted by the Mental Health Coalition of the Verde Valley. 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.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Pulp Fiction’ July 25

Festival and film celebrate 25 years with flashback screening at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, we are rolling back the clock and bringing encore screenings of hit films from 25 years ago to the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on the 25th of each month! And better yet … we are rolling back the tickets to the admission price of 25 years ago for these special events: just $4.25 each!

This special year-long celebration continues with the anniversary screening of “Pulp Fiction” on Wednesday, July 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“This is our way of celebrating our 25th Anniversary Season all year long and a way for us to say THANK YOU to this community for supporting our festival for 25 years,” said executive director Patrick Schweiss.

“Pulp Fiction” was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Quentin Tarantino), Best Actor (John Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It won the Oscar for Best Screenplay.

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption in “Pulp Fiction”.

Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents.

“Whatever you call it, ‘Pulp Fiction’ is indisputably great.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Brilliantly written and unfathomably cool, this would make a good case for the most quotable crime movie of all time.” — Ian Freer, Empire

“This movie boasts groundbreaking direction, cinematography, screenwriting, soundtrack and extraordinary performances (particularly by Thurman, Travolta and Jackson).” — Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media

“Pulp Fiction” — the 25th Anniversary Celebration — will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, July 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are rolled back to the price of 25 years ago: only $4.25 each. 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.

Anthony Mazzella “Legends of Guitar” concert at Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 26

Guitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be performing his “Legends of Guitar” concert at the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm. Check out his brand new show, including some new song additions!

Music lovers take notice! It doesn’t get much more perfect than this. Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is a dazzling spectacle featuring one of the most highly-skilled musical artists in the country channeling the raw power of living and deceased guitar legends with multiple instruments on stage.

One thing is for certain: Mazzella is highly aware of the seductive relationship between the guitarist, his instrument and its hypnotic effect on the audience. “When I play, my guitar becomes an extension of my body,” says Mazzella. “My movements during an epic song are a sensual visual, no doubt. I feel like a guitarist has to be passionate about playing, because it is the hardest instrument to play well.”

Mazzella’s skill easily matches the legends he pays tribute to: Carlos Santana, U2’s “The Edge” and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, to name a few. Like all the greats, he has labored since childhood to master his craft.

The guitarist’s storytelling is equally engaging. His original inspiration came as a young boy when Mazzella’s ear tuned out the vocalists altogether. “I only listened to the guitar parts on my records. I often had no idea what the singer was singing about. Guitarists are the mad-scientist composers of the band, the rest of the band falls in behind them,” said Mazzella.

From The Who’s Pete Townsend to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Mazzella saw his destiny in rock idols. His show includes a taste of Iron Maiden — flamenco style, that is — and jaw-dropping renditions of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” and “Little Wing”, as well as classic tunes from Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Beatles and Chris Isaak

Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is more cutting-edge than imitation, a powerhouse creative spectacle that is equivalent to seeing all the guitar greats in one room at their peak. He can seamlessly weave a rich tapestry of hard-driving rhythms paired with delicate and soaring guitar leads in a passion-filled blend of musical bliss

Mazzella has also performed internationally at events for Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, The Mirage, Montage, Nike, Puma to name a few. He has opened for headlining artists, James Brown, Tower of Power, The Commodores, and Spyro Gyra. A notable performance was at The Vatican in Rome Italy where Mazzella lived for several years. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Near Eastern, R&B, Celtic, Rock, New Age and Medieval. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Pepe Romero, William Ackerman, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others.

If you are a fan of guitar music do not miss this world-class virtuoso and his extraordinary “Legends of Guitar” concert!

Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” concert will take place on Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177 or to order online, visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. You may also purchase tickets at the Sedona Film Festival office and Mary D. Fisher Theatre, located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is a dazzling spectacle featuring one of the most highly-skilled musical artists in the country channeling the raw power of living and deceased guitar legends with multiple instruments on stage.

 

 

 

 

 

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