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Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Love, Cecil’ premiere May 24
Famous production designer featured in new documentary at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special preview of the award-winning new documentary “Love, Cecil” on Thursday, May 24 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

See “Love, Cecil” in this special preview a month before it opens in New York and Los Angeles … right here in Sedona!

Cecil Beaton was probably best known for his production design for Oscar-winning films “Gigi” and “My Fair Lady” (especially the white and black Edwardian costumes for the unforgettable Ascot race), but his talents went far beyond that.

Beaton himself was frustrated by his wide-ranging interests and abilities –– as photographer, theatre and film designer, gifted diarist –– and wondered whether he would have done better to concentrate on just one field, but Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s film makes it clear that our culture would have been far less fortunate if he had.

Using previously unseen footage and stills, and with excerpts from his diaries wittily narrated by Rupert Everett, you get a sense of Beaton as the furthest from “just an ordinary, anonymous person,” his lifelong fear. His world is one of utter fascination –– from his work for Vogue, as a photographer in World War II, to his relationship with the Royal Family and his alleged affair with Greta Garbo (her picture was discovered in his bedroom among those of two of his male lovers).

“Love Cecil” won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

“One of the most engaging documentaries shown at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Love, Cecil” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 24 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.

Film Festival presents ‘The Guardians’ premiere May 25-31

Award-winning new drama debuts at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new drama “The Guardians” — showing May 25-31 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

France 1915: Men on the battlefield; women on the homefront.

“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I.

The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.

Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.

“Strikingly beautiful. Iris Bry’s performance is utterly magnetic.” — Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“A powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are gone or gone mad.” — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Xavier Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“The Guardians” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 25-31. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 29, 30 and 31.

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.

National Theatre of London’s ‘Julius Caesar’ premieres May 27

Sedona Film Festival hosts big-screen debut of new production at Fisher Theatre

 The National Theatre of London continues its season with its acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” showing in Sedona on Sunday, May 27 at 4 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

“A star-studded political cataclysm for our times. Ben Whishaw shines as Brutus. David Morrissey is electrifying as Mark Antony.” — Daily Telegraph

“Tremendously gripping. Unfolds like a chic, glossy spy thriller. Furiously exciting.” — Time Out

“A superb cast in a ferocious, immersive ‘Julius Caesar’. Michelle Fairley gives a rivetingly intelligent performance. This really is a Shakespeare for the 21st century.” — Sunday Times

“Julius Caesar” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, May 27 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.

Film Festival presents ‘The Guardians’ premiere May 25-31

Award-winning new drama debuts at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new drama “The Guardians” — showing May 25-31 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

France 1915: Men on the battlefield; women on the homefront.

“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I.

The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.

Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.

“Strikingly beautiful. Iris Bry’s performance is utterly magnetic.” — Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“A powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are gone or gone mad.” — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Xavier Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“The Guardians” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 25-31. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 29, 30 and 31.

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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“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I from acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”).

Film Festival presents ‘Let the Sunshine In’ premiere June 1-7

Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu star in film at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed new film “Let the Sunshine In” — starring Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu — showing June 1-7 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film — “Let the Sunshine In” — from acclaimed director Claire Denis.

Isabelle (Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. There’s a caddish banker (Xavier Beauvois) who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who’s working through his own hang-ups; and a sensitive fellow artist (Alex Descas) who’s skittish about commitment.

What reads like a standard romantic comedy premise is transformed, in the hands of master filmmaker Denis, into something altogether deeper, more poignant, and perceptive about the profound mysteries of love.

“The great Binoche performance of the decade!” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Luminous! Binoche delivers the sort of soul-baring performance we’ve come to expect, but with a humor and candor rare for even her.” — K. Austin Collins, Vanity Fair

“A sophisticated delight.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Exquisite!” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Let the Sunshine In” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre June 1-7. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, June 1, 2 and 6; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7.

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 ‘That Summer’ premiere June 4

Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote featured in new doc at Fisher Theatre 

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special preview of the award-winning new documentary “That Summer” on Monday, June 4 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Welcome to Grey Gardens … as you’ve never seen it before.

Three years before the Maysles’ landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale — the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a decaying dream world on Long Island — renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972.

For the first time ever, director Göran Olsson assembles this long-lost footage — featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote — into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots, and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons.

“To me, this film is very much a love story,” said director Göran Olsson. “The original footage reflects Peter Beard’s and Lee Radziwill’s relationship and the love and respect they had for their friends, including Big and Little Edie Beale. I hope it also reflects our own love and respect for the characters and the time.”

“The people in this film were so ahead of their time. It’s only today that the mainstream is starting to catch up to their concerns, their expressiveness and even their style,” added Olsson.

“There is a contradiction in the fascination of glamour and nostalgia and the desire for real social change that, in many ways, mimics the contradiction of everyday life itself. But there is also a possibility to combine the two, developed by thinkers, activists and artists in the last century. This film explores a facet of that,” says Olsson.

“This is, after all, a cast who made an epic contribution to the narrative of culture, and who were also prescient about the future — who understood how the commodification of images was changing our relationship to ourselves and the world — and who responded to this creatively.”

“That Summer” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, June 4 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 ‘The Most Unknown’ premiere June 5

Some of the universe’s toughest questions explored in documentary at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud present a one-night only special preview of the innovative new documentary “The Most Unknown” on Tuesday, June 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Most Unknown” is an innovative film that’s primed to reinvigorate love for scientific inquiry by exploring some of the universe’s toughest questions.

The film is an epic documentary that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?

By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn’t tackled, the film pushes the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. What emerges is a deeply human trip to the foundations of discovery and a powerful reminder that the unanswered questions are the most crucial ones to pose.

Directed by Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney and advised by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, “The Most Unknown” is an ambitious look at a side of science never before shown on screen.

“The film was something of an experiment; an attempt to break new ground in science storytelling while showcasing the work of remarkable scientists all over the world,” said director Ian Cheney.  “Our hypothesis as filmmakers was that in pairing up scientists from different disciplines, we might reveal the common languages of science, and provide a raw, human glimpse of what propels scientists into the unknown.”

“The process was a profound reminder of the deep human wondering that drives science forward; whether you’re rappelling into caves to seek elusive microbes, probing the center of the galaxy for clues to our planet’s origins, or teasing out the nature of consciousness itself, you’re expressing a very human curiosity to know what the heck is out there, and why.”

“The Most Unknown” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, June 5 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.

Teri Bays back in Sedona with ‘Joan Chittister’ show after performances of one-woman play in eight states

For 15 years Teri Bays’ beautiful voice was heard at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Though Sedona residents and visitors might miss her angelic voice, audience members across the country are thrilled to see her perform — and also hear her sing — in her one-woman play, “Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story”.

Now, Bays is bringing her show back home to Sedona for a one-night performance at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

A timely piece, “Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story” addresses issues around women, abuse, identity and overcoming adversity. Joan Chittister happens to be a Benedictine nun, an international speaker and author on subjects of peace, justice and women’s issues.

“Joan is a passionate and prophetic voice in the church today. It is the thrill of my life, to play this remarkable woman and speak her inspiring words,” said Bays.

One has to see the play to discover the connection between Chittister and Bays.  But as the threads of their lives are revealed, audience members begin to see themselves in the story as well.

“The show has changed a bit from the first performance, Teri explained.  “I added a song, I cut whole sections and changed the beginning.”

After reading the script Chittister wrote, “The work is seamlessly, artfully and movingly welded together. It’s a fresh and interesting approach to the notion of the universality of women today.  It has heart and substance … great praise.”

Recently Chittister herself saw the play.  When asked about that performance for Chittister, Bays said, “Performing ‘Joan Chittister’ the play for Joan Chittister was an emotional experience — for both of us.”

The Vatican tried to prevent Chittister from speaking in 2001, but she continues to be a sought-after speaker throughout the world, having written over sixty books and over seven hundred articles.

Teri Bays performed in several off-Broadway shows in New York City including “The Duplex” and starred in several leading roles including Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Anita in “West Side Story” and The Witch in “Into the Woods”.  Sedona residents might remember her playing opposite her Broadway-actor husband in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” at the Canyon Moon Theatre.  Teri has written a book and recorded two CDs in addition to this play.

Teri Bays’ “Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story” will be performed on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are $15. 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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