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NOW SHOWING and COMING ATTRACTIONS at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre:

 
 
 

Good Kill
May 22-27


In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game — only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert.
 
When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan's nerves — and his relationship with his wife (January Jones) — begin to unravel. Revealing the psychological toll drone pilots endure as they are forced to witness the aftermath of their fight against insurgents, Andrew Niccol directs this riveting insider’s view of 21st-century warfare, in which operatives target enemies from half a world away.

 
 
Set during the greatest escalation of drone strikes, “Good Kill” is about the moral conflicts and dilemmas of using this new technology. But it’s very much a personal story. Tommy is becoming a casualty of a war he’s fighting from half a world away, all while in absolutely no danger.
 
“He is a pilot suffering from shell shock and grieving the death of those actually flying, while also feeling guilty that he’s so far away from the shells,” said director Niccol. “He is becoming disconnected from real life, relating more to the targets he’s watching, and their families, than his own family.”
 
“Good Kill” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 22-27. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, May 24, 25 and 27.

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 "Good Kill" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 103 minutes.
 


I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
May 22-27


For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch — and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping.
 
A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, “I Am Big Bird” features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.
 
Using current interviews and never-before-seen home videos capturing intimate moments from his life and career, “I Am Big Bird” peels away the instances that inspired his creation of characters that have influenced generations of children. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

 
 
Caroll can’t say goodbye to Big Bird because he is Big Bird. His experiences shaped Big Bird’s soul; Big Bird’s soul has guided people around the globe. As the film gently weaves between past and present, it becomes clear just how deep of an impact Caroll Spinney has had throughout the world.
 
“I Am Big Bird” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 22-27. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 22 and 23; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, May 25 and 27.  
 
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 "I Am Big Bird" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 90 minutes.
 


King John from the Stratford Festival
Sunday, May 24


The Stratford Festival’s renowned new production of “King John” makes its Sedona big-screen debut on Sunday, May 24. 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.
 
King John of England is visited by an ambassador from King Philip II of France, who demands that John relinquish his throne in favor of his young nephew Arthur, the son of John’s deceased elder brother, Geoffrey, and Constance, the Duchess of Brittany. Defying this challenge to the legitimacy of his rule, John declares war on France. Meanwhile, John is asked to resolve an inheritance dispute between two brothers, Robert Faulconbridge and his sibling, Philip, whom Robert believes to be the bastard son of John’s predecessor, King Richard I (commonly known as “Coeur-de-lion” or “Lionheart”).
 
John offers Philip, “the Bastard,” a knighthood if he will give up his claim to the Faulconbridge estate and follow him instead to the wars in France – a proposal that Philip readily accepts. Every war, however, takes unexpected turns, and as it turns out, France is not the only enemy with whom John will have to contend.
 
Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

 
Tom McCamus’s portrayal of King John was hailed by critics as both riveting and daring. One of Canada’s most versatile actors, he has given Stratford audiences a string of powerful performances, including Iachimo in Cymbeline, Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath, Le Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, and the title role in Richard III. Seana McKenna’s heart-breaking portrayal of Constance in “King John” is the latest in a string of unforgettable performances. During her distinguished career, Ms McKenna has played almost all of Shakespeare’s leading ladies.
 
Critics are raving about “King John”:
 
"Truly electric...the political machinations are delicious!" — Toronto Star  
 
"Director Carroll, who was nominated for two Tony Awards this year, has turned King John into the season’s must-see for Shakespeare aficionados." — Montreal Gazette
 
“If you have been longing to encounter greatness in the theatre, it’s waiting for you at the Stratford Festival.”Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. With the works of Shakespeare at its core, this acclaimed repertory theatre presents a seven-month season of a dozen or more plays in four venues, along with a Forum of events to enrich the play-going experience.
 
 “King John” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, May 24 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 "King John" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 51 minutes (including intermission)
 


I'm Still Here: Elaine Paige at the Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday, May 26


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud join cinemas around the globe to host the big screen premiere of “I’m Still Here — Elaine Paige at the Royal Albert Hall: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. The theatrical stage production will be featured in high definition on Tuesday, May 26 at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m.
 
ScreenLive presents a unique and ground-breaking evening in cinemas around the world, when the incomparable Elaine Paige brings her sellout farewell concert “I’m Still Here” from the Royal Albert Hall to the big screen, accompanied by a live performance and Q&A with Richard E. Grant.
 
Filmed for cinema, the concert features the BBC Concert Orchestra, with “The First Lady of British Musical Theatre” performing highlights from her extraordinary 50-year career, which included originating the roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess.
 
Full of great musical moments — including special guest tenor Gardar Thor Cortes — the evening will finish with a special treat for fans as Elaine creates all-new memories, performing and chatting from London with Richard E Grant, where she’ll be reflecting on her illustrious career.  

 
Award-winning Elaine Paige, actress, singer, producer, radio presenter, has made a unique and major contribution to the development and production of the stage musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation – Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy, Evita, Cats, Chess, Anything Goes, Piaf, Sunset Boulevard, The King & I, Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone and most recently Follies. She has defined them, set standards, and in 1995 was awarded an OBE for services to Musical Theatre by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
 
A thrilling live performer, Elaine has performed in concert all over the world; she has recorded 21 solo albums and earned eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs and has achieved chart topping hits including Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well which have become her signatures. Elaine also continues to be one of the star presenters on BBC Radio 2 with her own lunchtime show, Elaine Paige On Sunday, which is now in its 11th year and regularly attracts over 2 million listeners each week.

“I’m Still Here — Elaine Paige at the Royal Albert Hall” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, May 26 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. Tickets can also be ordered 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 "I'm Still Here: Elaine Paige" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 20 minutes.
 


Show Boat
Thursday, May 28


A little bit of Broadway comes to the red rocks when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big-screen debut of the Tony Award-winning musical “Show Boat” — a brand new, full-staged production from the San Francisco Opera House — premiering May 28. The musical premieres in high definition at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m.
 
“Show Boat” — a true classic of American musical theater — is a tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s. It is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is "a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long" (Chicago Classical Review).
 
The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as "Ol’ Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love," will sound glorious "under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John  DeMain" (Chicago Tribune). "No one should miss it" (Chicago Sun-Times).

 
 
According to General Director David Gockley, "Show Boat” will be done in grand theatrical fashion in the way the creators conceived. “The Opera House is — I believe — the appropriate venue for these great classic musicals that require full-voiced singing."
 
"One memorable song follows another, each an enduring thread in the fabric of American popular culture." – Chicago Tribune
 
Francesca Zambello's Show Boat offers "rollicking dance numbers and big crowd scenes, balanced by intimate emotion and sheer romance." – SF Chronicle

 
 
“Show Boat” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 28 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. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Show Boat" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 25 minutes.
 


The 100-Year-Old Man Who
Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
May 29-June 3


Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” abounds with irreverent charm.
 
After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya.
 
Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart. Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on the international best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

 
 
This delightfully charming and hilarious film is has been a hit with critics and audiences world-wide and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Mill Valley, Chicago and Florida Film Festivals.
 
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 29-June 3. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, May 29 and 31; 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2; and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3.  

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 100-Year-Old Man ..." and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 114 minutes.
 


The Salt of the Earth
May 30-June 3


“The Salt of the Earth” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the recent Oscars and was a major hit at the Cannes and Telluride Film Festivals, as well as other prestigious festivals around the world.  Oscar-nominated director Wim Wenders directs this stunningly beautiful film, along with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
 
For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.

 
 
Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.
 
Critics are raving about “The Salt of the Earth”. The New York Post calls it “magical and breathtaking!” Variety says the film is “a stunning visual ode!” Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times raves: “Superb! No matter how much or how little you know about the celebrated photographer Sebastião Salgado, this film will be a revelation!”
 
“The Salt of the Earth” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 30-June 3. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and Tuesday, June 2; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. 
 
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 Salt of the Earth" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 109 minutes.
 


B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Monday, June 1


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to honor the memory of blues legend B.B. King with the one-night-only debut of “B.B. King: The Life of Riley”, an award-winning documentary featuring a legendary cast of the music icons. The film will show Monday, June 1 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Experience the inspirational journey of survival for the very first time with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 15-time Grammy-winning artist Riley ‘B.B.’ King.
 
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” is the untold true American story of an orphan boy from the heart of the Mississippi Delta who rose to music stardom around the world and inspired a generation of fans against all odds.
 
King worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars were a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future ‘King of the Blues’.

 
 
Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whilst working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of the deep American south. Informative and visually stunning, “The Life of Riley” is the definitive document of a true American treasure.
 
“We all have idols,” said King. “Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.”
 
The documentary includes never-before-seen interviews with rock and music legends including U2’s Bono, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Raitt and many others.
 
“B.B. King: The Life of Riley” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Monday, June 1 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 "B.B. King: The Life of Riley" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 123 minutes.
 


Occupy the Farm
Thursday, June 4


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to continue its Premiere Series with the one-night-only debut of “Occupy the Farm”, an award-winning new documentary. The film will show Thursday, June 4 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
“Occupy the Farm” tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly owned research farm and plant it with two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development.
 
The film captures an intense conflict over one piece of land. Compelling characters on both sides of the battle create a remarkable narrative in which community members employ an ingenious strategy to confront a powerful institution in the effort to preserve public land for urban farming.

 
 
From preparing the soil to police raids, from lawsuits to overflowing harvests, “Occupy the Farm” reveals a determined community responding with a direct action to address a major social need: healthy food and access to public land.
 
“From the moment I arrived on the Gill Tract I knew that this was an important story and that the farmer’s strategy was new, unique and hopeful,” said Todd Darling, Director. “I am fortunate that these historic events played out in front of our cameras over the weeks and months that we followed them. It was like catching lightening in a bottle.”
 
“Riveting from the start! It illustrates the staggering extent to which corporate interests dictate policy and shape scientific research.” — Village Voice
 
“Sweeps up the viewer in a fast-paced, character-driven narrative.” — East Bay Express
 
“Empowering food for thought.” — Los Angeles Times
 
“Occupy the Farm” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Thursday, 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Occupy the Farm" and to order tickets online.

Film 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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