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Elvis & Nixon
May 20-25


“Elvis & Nixon” features an award-winning ensemble cast, including Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon, along with Johnny Knoxville, Alex Pettyfer and Colin Hanks.
 
In 1970, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) flies to Washington D.C. with the goal of convincing President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to deputize him as a federal agent-at-large. Showing up unannounced at the Northwest Gate of the White House with his buddy Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), Presley persuades awe-struck guards to hand deliver a letter to Nixon requesting a secret meeting.
 
White House staffers Egil “Bud” Krogh (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) tell the president that a sit-down with Elvis during an election year could generate good PR, but Nixon is in no mood to humor the legendary rocker.

 
 
Undeterred, Jerry and Elvis’ sidekick Sonny (Johnny Knoxville) re-group with Krogh and Chapin to hatch a deal: Elvis will sign an autograph for Nixon’s daughter Julie in exchange for face time with the president. Prior to making his grand entrance, Presley is instructed in a litany of White House protocols, which he quickly disregards. To Nixon’s surprise and the astonishment of his nervous aides, the pair bond over their shared contempt of counterculture.
 
Based on an actual encounter that took place on December 21, 1970, “Elvis & Nixon” hilariously re-imagines the unlikely meeting between rocker and politician as dramatized by two of America’s finest actors. The film tells the untold story behind this revealing yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
 
“One of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen this year!” raves Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Whip smart! Michael Shannon is hilarious. Kevin Spacey builds one of the best Nixons ever captured onscreen. Wickedly funny!”
 
“Elvis & Nixon” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 20-25. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, May 20 and 22; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25.

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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Elvis & Nixon" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 87 minutes.
 


The Family Fang
May 20-25


Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman and Christopher Walken star in “The Family Fang”, based on the acclaimed best-selling novel by Kevin Wilson and adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Davis Lindsay-Abaire.
 
Though they live on opposite sides of the country, Annie (Nicole Kidman) and her brother Baxter (Jason Bateman) live parallel — and highly problematic — lives. She is an actress whose recent antics make her more visible in the tabloids than on-screen, and he is a down-on-his-luck writer whose latest far-fetched freelance gig has landed him in the hospital with a head injury.  Because of this mishap, Annie and Baxter must return home to their eccentric parents, Caleb and Camille Fang, (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) for a period of recovery and reconciliation. And, the reason these siblings are so messed up is that Caleb and Camille are no ordinary parents, and nothing about growing up in the Family Fang has prepared Annie and Baxter for life in the real world.

 
 
Widely respected and acclaimed by the avant-garde, the Fangs are radical, subversive performance artists whose disruptive “creations” consistently shock and disturb the public while delighting aficionados of art.  From earliest childhood, the Fang children have been performers — and pawns — in their parents’ provocative pieces, and they have grown up with a surplus of stimulation but a shortage of stability. Needless to say, they are ambivalent about reuniting with their parents. 
 
Out of the blue, Caleb and Camille go missing, and every bit of evidence indicates that they have been victims of foul play.  The police fear the worst, but Annie believes that this is yet another Fang “performance" — that her parents have faked their death to create another bizarre “work of art.”   Piecing together a puzzle from assorted childhood memories, these grown-up children go on a hunt, hoping to learn the truth about what really happened to their father and mother.  Along the way, they may also discover the truth about themselves.
 
“Beautiful! Richly captivating! The performances of the four leads could scarcely be better!” raves David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter. Rex Reed calls the film “a delight!” And John Powers from Vogue calls it “Tartly funny! Bateman and Kidman shine!”
 
“The Family Fang” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 20-25. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25.
 
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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Family Fang" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 105 minutes.
 
 


Touched With Fire
May 26

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed film “Touched With Fire” showing Thursday, May 26 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The premiere is one of the final events of Mental Health Month.
 
“Touched with Fire” stars Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.
 
Inspired by the film maker's own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut which also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman.  The film is produced by Jeremy Alter and Kristina Nikolova and executive produced by Spike Lee.

 
 
Critics are raving about “Touched With Fire” calling the film a masterful drama with an impact unlike anything else. “An important, incredibly powerful film!” says the Chicago Sun-Times. Variety calls the film “”Sensitively detailed and emotionally compelling!” And The Huffington Post raves that it is “Katie Holmes’ best performance in years!”
 
Following the movie screenings, there will be a community conversation with local poets and artists who will talk about the fine line between mental illness and creativity.
 
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is participating in May’s National Mental Health Awareness Month with an extensive series of local programs to increase the awareness of and dialogue about mental illness. The theme for May is “Hope, Help and Healing”, a month of stories, opportunities, experiences, learning, performances and film. Each week during the month has a special focus including youth and families, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma, suicide and depression, and creativity and the healing process.
 
“Touched With Fire” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 26 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Touched With Fire" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 106 minutes.
 


The Man Who Knew Infinity
May 27-June 1

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” — starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel —showing May 27-June 1 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.
 
This is Ramanujan’s story as seen through Hardy’s eyes.
 
Hardy recognizes the originality and brilliance of Ramanujan’s raw talent, and despite the skepticism of his colleagues, undertakes bringing Ramanujan to Cambridge so that his theories can be explored.
 
Ramanujan leaves his culture, community, and his wife, Janaki (Devika Bhise), to travel across the seas to England. Under the guidance of his sophisticated and eccentric mentor, G.H. Hardy, Ramanujan’s work evolves in ways that unbeknownst to him will revolutionize mathematics and transform how scientists explain the world. Hardy fights tirelessly to get Ramanujan the recognition and respect he deserves, but in reality he is as much an outcast in the traditional culture of Cambridge as he was among his peers in India. Over the course of five years, Ramanujan faces intense adversity and fights illness to formally prove his theorems so that his work will finally be seen and believed in by a mathematical establishment that is not prepared for his unconventional methods.

 
 
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” is the improbable true story of a unique genius whose pivotal theories propelled him from obscurity, and how he fought tirelessly to show the world the genius of his mind.
 
The New York Post calls the film “Inspiring”, and the NYC Movie Guru calls it “A triumph! Mesmerizing!” and raves, “Dev Patel gives the best performance of his career!”
 
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 27-June 1. Showtimes will be 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27; 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28; 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 29; and 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.
 
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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Man Who Knew Infinity" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 108 minutes.
 


Sedona Poetry GRAND SLAM
May 28

On Saturday, May 28, the best poets in Arizona will compete in the 2016 Sedona Poetry Grand Slam, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3. The event is the biggest poetry slam of the year because the winners will go on to the national competition. Poets competed at six slams over the last eight months, earning points through wins just to be able to compete on the Grand Slam stage.

The slam is the climax the 2016 season, when the audience will select the foursome and alternate to officially represent Sedona and the Verde Valley at the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, Ga., in August. Poets in the slam come from as far away as Phoenix and Flagstaff, competing against adult poets from Sedona, college poets from Northern Arizona University, and youth poets from Sedona Red Rock High School's Young Voices Be Heard slam group.

Sedona sent its first team to the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C., its second to the 2013 NPS in Boston and Cambridge, Mass., and its third and fourth to Oakland last two years.

The Sedona Poetry Grand Slam will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on 10 FlagSlam National Poetry Slams between 2001 and 2016.Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009.


Some of the 12 top poets who will compete on May 28 include:

Josh Wiss
Josh Wiss is a 25-year-old poet who is bound to a lifestyle constant creativity. He attended his first poetry slam in fall 2010 and has been addicted to the art form ever since. A self-proclaimed “feeler,” Wiss lives life riding the oscillating waves of a water sign. He has dedicated his life to embracing the purity of existence and trying to transcribe experiences through a variety of expressive mediums. Whether he is plucking ukulele strings, painting vibrant panels or pouring poetry onto pages, Wiss attempts to completely envelop himself in each of his works. His poetry is raw and often reflects an optimistic side of his personality. Obsessed with bold colors and blowing bubbles, a childlike energy inhabits his performances. Wiss has been to the National Poetry Slam on both the Sedona and Flagstaff teams in previous years.

Evan Dissinger
Evan Dissinger is 25 years old and currently living in West Sedona. He has been involved with slam poetry since 2008 and has been on three national teams; 2008 with FlagSlam and again in 2012 and 2015 as a member of team Sedona. Dissinger lives with one cat and is often found hunched over a canvas or cruising on a skateboard when not at his restaurant day job. Dissinger is an inquisitive Aquarius with a unique interpretation of the world around him. Dissinger caries a timid boldness that can be found reflected in his art.

The Klute
Phoenix-area crackpot Jerome du Bois once said of The Klute: "You have one of the blackest hearts I've ever had the misfortune to glimpse," so in 2007, The Klute received an upgrade. With the implantation of a freestyle bioprosthesis, The Klute now has "superior flow characteristics." His heart remains blacker than ever. The Klute, part man, part machine, all of him sarcastic, is a fixture of the Arizona poetry scene, having been on five National Slam Poetry Teams from Mesa (2002-2003, 2005-2006, and 2010) and five from Phoenix (2008-2009, 2012-2014), and is the winningest slam poet in the state. He has been published in anthologies by Write Bloody and Sergeant Press. He's a one-man psy-ops campaign bringing the system down from inside. He buys low and sells high. He keeps the Grim Reaper on speed dial and his absinthe on ice.

Rowie Shebala
Roanna "Rowie" Shebala, a Native American spoken word artist, of the Diné – Navajo – Tribe was born and raised on the Navajo Nation. Given the gift of storytelling from her father she combines story, poetry, and performance. Shebala constantly brings the voice of her heritage into her performance, and written work often treading into spaces where hearing native voices is unlikely. In doing so, she hopes to reframe what it means to be a Native person for the masses, point out the appropriation of her people's culture, and reclaim an identity that has perverted by heavily edited versions of history, the invisibilization of indigenous peoples today, and the use of those people as caricatures for mass amusement. Shebala represented Sedona at the Women of the World Poetry Slam last year and performed as a featured guest poet at New York City's Lincoln Center in August.

Valence
Tyler "Valence" Sirvinskas is a performance poet and new media artist based in Arizona. Spoken word, performance art, electronic music, and visual art are all elements of Valence's artistic vision. In 2011, he began competing in poetry slams, and represented Flagstaff at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. In 2012, he won the Sedona Grand Slam, and in 2013 secured a spot on the Sedona National Poetry Slam Team. Valence has lived in Arizona for the last decade, but was born in and spent his childhood in Chicago. Part of the last generation to know first-hand what life was like before the internet, Valence is grateful for anything that makes people silence their smartphones. In the future, Valence has plans for touring, various projects, and a new style of performance art that combines spoken word with live video and music. At only 24 years of age, he's still somewhat green but definitely done screwing around.

Kaycee Pearson
A recent graduate of Sedona Red Rock High School, Kaycee Pearson is the younger sister of Claire Pearson, who has been on three Flagstaff National Poetry Slam teams, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and represented Flagstaff at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Kaycee Pearson is equally talented and recently had her poetry published in "Petrogyphs: Lucid Dreams," the annual SRRHS literary book. "It wouldn't be a Sedona Poetry Slam without a Pearson at the helm," Graham said.

FlagSlam team members will perform between rounds at the Sedona Poetry Grand Slam. Tickets are $12.

Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays.

All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. Any poem is a "slam" poem if performed in a competition. All poets get three minutes per round to entertain their audience with their creativity. The poets will be judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam.

At Nationals, the Sedona National Poetry Slam Team will share the stage with 300 of the top poets in the United States, Canada and Europe. While the highlight of the event in the competition, the week is filled with writing workshops, featured performances, themed readings and a handful of "underground" poetry competitions.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for Sedona Poetry GRAND SLAM online now.
 


The Taming of the Shrew: The Stratford Festival
May 29

The Stratford Festival’s renowned new production of “The Taming of the Shrew” makes its Sedona big-screen debut on Sunday, May 29. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the high-definition premiere from its home in Canada’s prestigious festival. There will be one show at 3 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Courtship or conquest? The breakdown of a defiant spirit or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love?
 
From the world-renowned Stratford Festival, this scintillating production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” will stir your emotions as you follow the love story of Katherina and Petruchio – the feisty lovers at the center of Shakespeare’s most pointed social commentary.

 
 
After a quarrel with a troupe of players, a poor and opinionated drunkard named Christopher Sly falls into a stupor. While he is unconscious, the players take the opportunity to play a practical joke on him, and upon his waking they persuade him that he is not who he thinks he is but an aristocratic lord, newly recovered from madness, who for many years has been under the delusion of poverty.
 
To further the pretence, the actors perform a play for Sly’s entertainment. In the comedy they present, a wealthy widower, Baptista Minola, has two daughters: the highly eligible Bianca and her older sister, Katherina, whose reputation for ill humor has earned her the appellation of “shrew.” To the frustration of Bianca’s three suitors, Lucentio, Gremio and Hortensio, Baptista has decreed that no one can marry her till Katherina has been taken off his hands. But then along comes Petruchio, who is determined to do whatever it takes to make Katherina – his “Kate,” as he calls her – accept him as her husband.

 
 
Deborah Hay gives a “performance for the ages” as the Shrew, and Ben Carlson is the perfect counterpoint as her plotting suitor, creating a chemistry that sets the stage alight.
 
“There are performances people boast about having seen for decades. Deborah Hay’s Katherina will be one of them ... a performance for the ages.” — Toronto Star
 
“The Taming of the Shrew” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, May 29 at 3:00 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. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Taming of the Shrew" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 53 minutes (including intermission)
 


How to Let Go of the World and
Love All the Things the Climate Can't Change

May 31

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed film “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things the Climate Can’t Change” showing one day only: Tuesday, May 31 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The Sedona premiere is a stop on the film’s nation-wide “Let Go and Love Tour”.
 
In “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change”, Academy Award-nominated director Josh Fox (“Gasland”) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change — the greatest threat our world has ever known.

 
 
Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
 
“How to Let Go of the World” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. The film was just awarded the 2016 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy and has been invited to screen at the Telluride Mountain Festival, DC Environmental Festival, Cleveland International, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale, Hot Docs, among many others.

 
 
Let Go and Love Tour: A Road to Climate Justice
More than just a film, “How To Let Go Of The World And Love The Things Climate Can’t Change” is intended to be a launch pad for education and action in communities. Josh Fox plans to tour the film to 100 towns and cities in the U.S. and across the world that are cited as “Hot Spots” for fossil fuel infrastructure to engage with residents in protecting their lives and land from the encroaching gas industry.
 
With experts, artists, and concrete resources including toolkits, counterproposal support, and connections to investors to finance their counter-proposals, the “Let Go and Love Tour” will help communities lead a renewable energy revolution, one community at a time.
 
“How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, May 31 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "How to Let Go of the World" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 125 minutes.
 

 



Illuminate Film Festival
June 1-5

Come be inspired. Tap into your heart at the third annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival, where people like you will gather to play, laugh and cry as we watch with wonder our 25 mind-stretching films in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, June 1-5. Together, let's help create mankind's greatest leap to awakened consciousness - through cinema.

Enjoy FIVE DAYS of life-affirming, evocative and engaging films. Ponder your existence, experience radical transformation, and meet trailblazers in the emerging genre of conscious cinema.

Start with our fabulous Launch Party and movie under the stars. Then hit the red carpet for the gala screenings of Maya Angelou and Still I Rise and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. Don't miss the hilarious Love, Sweat and Tears followed by the presentation of our FIRST EVER Conscious Visionary Award to Michael Bernard Beckwith.

Be the first to see - and hear the buzz about - the Festival's ten world premieres and sneak peeks with appearances by renowned healer Teal Swan and kirtan sensation Jai Uttal.

Deepen your sacred journey with films featuring luminaries Thich Nhat Hanh, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, Nassim Haramein and Moby, as well as film favorites Morgan Freeman, Joaquin Phoenix and Joan Rivers.

We're not just cinema! ILLUMINATE will also share with you more than 50 expert practitioners, healers, performers, musicians and new thought leaders. We offer Reel Healing "View and Do" post-screening events that encourage audiences to more deeply integrate a movie's message into their lives. Last but not least, we connect you with the world's film industry leaders in our Conscious Film Convergence, where we focus on increasing the quality, quantity and availability of conscious cinema worldwide.

Get illuminated! View the full lineup, and purchase your festival passes and tickets at illuminatefilmfestival.com.

CLICK HERE to visit the Illuminate Film Festival website to order tickets.




Sunset Song
June 3-8

“Sunset Song” is Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, is told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today.
 
Set in a rural community, “Sunset Song” is driven by the young heroine Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn) and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan Tavendale (Kevin Guthrie) and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future.
 
“Sunset Song” is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies’ unflinching poetic realism.

 
 
Critics are raving about “Sunset Song”. Richard Brody from The New Yorker calls the film “Superb! Sensual and glowingly lyrical. A grand-scale melodrama compressed into the quietly burning point of a single soul.”
 
David Ehrlich from IndieWire raves, “A miracle! A film that demands to be seen! Agyness Deyn gives a performance for the ages!”
 
Tom Huddleston from Time Out New York calls the film “Stirring and gorgeous! The sheer visual grandeur sweeps you along!”

 
“Sunset Song” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre June 3-8. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Monday, June 3 and 6; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7 and 8.

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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Sunset Song" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 135 minutes.
 


The Congressman
June 4-8

“The Congressman” is a film that understands the politics that’s dominated 2016 all too well. Treat Williams headlines a stellar cast (including George Hamilton, Ryan Merriman and Elizabeth Marvel) as Maine Congressman Charlie Winship, who’s having a bad day. After being caught on video refusing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America.
 
Newly divorced, attacked by corrupt lobbyists and betrayed by a member of his staff, Charlie finds his life spiraling out of control. The once idealistic Vietnam combat marine has become disheartened by the corruption and special interests that have enveloped the nation’s capital. 

 
 
Something in Charlie’s life is about to change and he finds inspiration in the most unlikely of places. He just may be able regain his sense of purpose through the example of rugged and self-reliant constituents fighting to save their way of life on a remote island.
 
“The Congressman” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre June 4-8. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4, 7 and 8; and 4 p.m. on Monday, June 6.
 
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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Congressman" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 98 minutes.
 


Seve: The Movie
June 9

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the acclaimed film “Seve: The Movie” showing one day only: Thursday, June 9 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Legends are born to win.
 
Despite being blocked at almost every turn in pursuit of the sport he loved, Seve Ballesteros fought against adversity to become the most spectacular and charismatic golfer to ever play the game. 
 
“Seve: The Movie” combines dramatic recreations with electrifying archive footage to tell his incredible rags to riches story; from humble beginnings on the beaches of Spain where at age six he taught himself the game with a broken 3 iron strapped to a stick to becoming world number one and the greatest golfer of a generation. 
 
“Seve” features interviews with: Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and others. 

 
 
From the audacious chip-shot between the greenside bunkers on the final hole of the 1976 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, through the infamous “car park” shot at Royal Lytham in 1979, the iconic celebration on the Old Course’s 18th green in 1984 and the exquisite chip he lipped out on Royal Lytham’s 18th in 1988, the full range of Ballesteros’ peerless virtuosity is on display. Also worth more than one rewind is the man on his knees under a bush with a 3-wood, fashioning a deliberately snap-hooked shot that few would imagine let alone try. As a suitably awed Tiger Woods says: “I couldn’t pull off the shots I saw Seve hit. But I watched him pull them off again and again and again.”

 
“ ‘Seve’ is moving in a way that sports movies rarely are," raves Geoffrey Mcnab, of the Independent.
 
“Seve: The Movie” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, June 9 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Seve: The Movie" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 124 minutes.
 


Berlin Philharmonic's Wagner and Bruckner Concert
June 11

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to host the big screen premiere of the Berlin Philharmonic in Cinemas at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The Berlin Philharmonic presents a program of Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner, conducted by Andris Nelsons, on screen in high definition in Sedona on Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m.
 
The concert will include Wagner’s Parsifal: Prelude and Good Fridays Spell and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor.
 
Andris Nelsons "seems to draw the best from every orchestra he works with,” wrote The New York Times and now this outstanding interpreter of Richard Wagner will conduct a new production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2016. In advance, he presents the Prelude and the Karfreitagszauber to the audiences of the Berlin Philharmonic. This will be followed by Anton Bruckner’s heroic Third Symphony, dedicated to Wagner “with the most profound respect”, in which Bruckner’s unique sound, inspired by the organ, unfolds its full and majestic potential for the first time.
 
Nelsons says that Richard Wagner is his favorite composer. “Wagner’s music goes beyond the intellect, beyond an explanation in words. It is transcendental. When I conduct this music, I feel like I’m in a perfect world,” the conductor expressed in an interview. In 2010 he debuted at the Bayreuth Festival with Lohengrin; it is also planned that he conducts the new production of Parsifal in the summer of 2016.

 
His Berlin concerts give a delicious taste of this event: the orchestra will perform the Prelude to the First Act and the Karfreitagszauber from its Third Act. Wagner called this sacred festival drama with its religious symbolism and expressive musical language his “farewell to the world work”. The powerful theme of redemption experiences boundless grandeur, taking the audience on a heartfelt voyage to a splendid musical summit. The work’s premiere in July 1882 earned Wagner one last great success a few months before his death.
 
Anton Bruckner greatly revered Wagner, referring to him as the “master of all masters”. Bruckner dedicated his monumental Third Symphony, in which the composer linked together concepts of the First and Second, to his great role model Richard Wagner, “the unattainable, world-famous and sublime master of poetry and music, with the most profound respect”.
 
The Berlin Philharmonic’s performance of Wagner and Bruckner will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, June 11 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 the link below. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the Berlin Philharmonic's Wagner and Bruckner Concert online.

Production runtime is 145 minutes (including intermission)
 


The Three Stars in Munich Concert
June 12

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the “The Three Stars in Munich” Concert on Sunday, June 12, featuring three of opera’s most legendary performers: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Thomas Hampson. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.  
 
The superstars of classical music are together for the first time at the Königsplatz, Munich for one night only. They will be joined by special guests Elena Zhidkova and Ildar Abdrazakov.

 
 
The Munich Königsplatz, with its elegant classical buildings, is a unique, picturesque performance space. With this rare meeting of opera superstars, the square transforms into an opera house under the open sky, and creates an atmospheric setting for its 15,000-strong audience.
 
Anna Netrebko joins Jonas Kaufmann and Thomas Hampson at the cultural heart of Munich for an open-air evening of celebrated arias, duets and opera scenes by Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Bizet, Offenbach, Lehár and more accompanied by the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava conducted by Claudio Vandelli. 

 
Featured operas include Aida, Attila, Don Carlo, Manon Lescaut, Faust, La Boheme, Otello, Turandot, Granada and more.             
 
Enjoy the musical genius of these legendary performers in this one-night-only special concert event.
 
“The Three Stars in Munich” Concert will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, June 12 at 4 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Three Stars in Munich" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 113 minutes.
 


Art & Architecture in Cinema
"Renoir: Revered and Reviled"

June 20

Sedona International Film Festival presents the fourth feature in the new “Art & Architecture in Cinema” series: “Renoir: Revered and Reviled”. The event will show in Sedona on Monday, June 20 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This is the fourth in a series of seven featured programs.
 
The festival is proud to be the official host of the new 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 not only the custodians of such masterpieces, but works of art in their own right.
 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world’s favorites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film — based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia — examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today.

 
Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century — Picasso and Matisse. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
 
This curated collection of acclaimed films will give audiences around the U.S. an intimate and informed experience with some of the world's leading artists and masterpieces. This series will bring the great artistic treasures of the world to audiences who may not have direct access. With the highest quality productions and unrivaled expert narration, this is as close to a museum experience as any culture lover could hope for.

 
 
“Renoir: Revered and Reviled” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, June 20 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 the link below. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Renoir: Revered and Reviled" and to order tickets online.

Program runtime is 90 minutes.
 

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A
in West Sedona (between BMO Harris Bank and CoffeePot Restaurant)


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