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

Please see the film and program descriptions below the schedule grid.
 

 

 

A Long Way Down
July 18-23


Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, “A Long Way Down” stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots as four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined so they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.
 
A comic tale tackling the twin taboo subjects of suicide and depression? It may sound like risky terrain for best-selling author Nick Hornby to tread, but he tackled it sensitively and successfully in his funny, sad and strikingly humane novel A Long Way Down. Hornby’s audacious story mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who meet atop a London building. Moving between each of the four voices, Hornby recounts the quartet’s misadventures as they agree to suspend their plans temporarily, forge a dysfunctional family unit and opt to give living one more chance.

 
 
“A Long Way Down” is a movie that delivers a positive message of hope, while being funny, unpredictable and with complex characters that are really interesting to follow. It’s about four very different people coming together in an unusual fusion of personalities — something that people will find that compelling and resonant.
 
“A Long Way Down” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 18-23. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-23.

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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "A Long Way Down" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 96 minutes.
 


Song of the New Earth
July 18-23


After a successful Southwest premiere at the Illuminate Film Festival, the feature documentary film “Song of the New Earth” will return to Sedona by popular demand. Producer Betsy Chasse (“What the Bleep Do We Know!?”) will be present for a Q&A on opening night, July 18.
 
“Song of the New Earth” features the ardent quest of sound healer, psychotherapist and sonic shaman Tom Kenyon to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through the power of sound.
 
“Song of the New Earth” provides viewers with a distinctive and intimate portrait of Kenyon’s quirky yet rare talent—as a self-proclaimed neo-pagan – Taoist - Tibetan Buddhist – agnostic - quantum physicist – mystic— he transcends conventional musical forms by chanting or "toning" using his nearly four octave range voice that takes audiences on sound journeys to deeper states of consciousness.  His rare ability to brilliantly decipher the healing science of sound results in a mesmerizing, and transformational film.

 
 
“Song of the New Earth” also explores the cutting edge scientific research proving that sound shifts brain states and can promote dramatic healing not only for ourselves but for our precious planet earth. Kenyon explains how sound vibration speaks to our souls and bodies by opening a door that bridges our cognitive thinking; catapulting us towards often discovering the miraculous.
 
A transcendent, celestial experience, this unique film transports viewers through Kenyon’s divine gift.      
 
“Song of the New Earth” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 18-23. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20; and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-23.  
 
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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Song of the New Earth" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 87 minutes.
 


Citizen Koch
One night only: July 24


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere series with the one-night-only debut of the award-winning documentary “Citizen Koch” on Thursday, July 24. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying do not have the people’s best interests at heart?
 
In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine) follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. “Citizen Koch” investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when their families become collateral damage in the GOP fight to take organized labor out at the knees. Alternately terrifying and funny, “Citizen Koch” is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times.

 
 
The filmmakers break down the politically-motivated maneuvering behind the Supreme Court case that changed the way our democracy works, making way for the 2010 midterm elections that ushered in a new wave of ultraconservative Tea Party politicians. The Tea Party positioned itself as a citizen-powered, homegrown movement borne from sheer patriotism, but was actually one of the most well-funded and corporately-orchestrated political operations in history. Republicans capitalized on this new era with huge gains not just in Washington, DC, but across the country taking control of 29 governorships, and 26 state legislatures, including sweeps in the critical presidential swing states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

 
Wisconsin’s newly elected Governor Scott Walker, a rising star in the GOP and a 2016 presidential contender, declared Wisconsin “open for business” and began doling out tax breaks to large corporations and millionaires, while eliminating collective bargaining rights and reducing pension contributions and health benefits for state employees. Wisconsin, the filmmakers discovered, had become a testing ground for the Tea Party’s larger plan to kneecap their political opponents in both state and federal elections, regardless of the cost to voters, Republicans and Democrats alike.
 
“Citizen Koch” tells the story of the changing American political landscape through the eyes of three Wisconsin state employees, all lifelong Republicans, who suddenly find their party taking direct aim at them, stripping away the economic ground their families have built and depended on for generations. Aided by a PR blitz by out-of-state Tea Party groups, Walker successfully shifts the blame for the country’s financial problems away from Wall Street’s wild west practices and onto school teachers, sanitation workers, prison guards and nurses – many of whom were the very voters who elected him to office.
 
“Citizen Koch” asks a defining question: will big money destroy not only the Republican Party, but our democracy itself?
 
“Citizen Koch” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, July 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.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Citizen Koch" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 86 minutes.
 


Belle
July 25-31


Critics and audiences are raving about “Belle” — the inspiring true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in 18th century England.
 
Belle leads an unusual life, unknown to others like her.  She is at once a spirited young woman caught up in the marriage games and status-seeking of the era as well as an outsider whose identity forbids her from being treated as an equal in society.  But when she falls for the fiery young legal apprentice, John Davinier (Sam Reid), in the midst of the landmark Zong ship trial — which rivets the world’s attention to slavery’s inhumanity — Belle faces choices unlike any woman of her time.  As she weighs the desires of her heart against social rank, and society’s prejudices against her own self-worth, she inspires those around her to imagine a freer world to come.

 
 
“Belle transforms from a girl who says, ‘As you wish, sir,’ to a woman who says, ‘As I wish – this is what I need, this is what is important to me,’” says director Amma Asante.  “She does so not because she is a privileged young woman who wants more, but because she is a woman saying, ‘I want equality in my household and in the world.’” 
 
“Belle” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 25-31. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 25, 26 and 28; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 27, 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.

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

Film runtime is 105 minutes.
 


Life Itself
July 25-30


Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) present “Life Itself” — an award-winning documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. The film is — by turns — personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.
 
Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, “Life Itself” explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
 
The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to Roger and Chaz during the final four months of his life. In that time, they captured Roger’s fighting spirit, his sharp sense of humor, and the ways he directly inspired filmmakers, family and fans. The response to Roger’s unexpected passing in April 2013 was immense and profoundly moving — front page news not just in Chicago, but worldwide. Influential filmmakers and politicians reflected on Roger’s legacy – everyone from Spike Lee, and Michael Moore to President Obama, who said, “When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us some place magical.” Roger was an avid supporter of independent film, and an early champion of the work of iconic filmmakers, and “Life Itself” interview subjects, such as Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Martin Scorsese.

 
 
Roger himself became an iconic force when he joined with Gene Siskel to create one of the longest running, most influential television shows in history, making Chicago the cultural center of film criticism. The film features candid and insightful interviews with many of the principal producers of the show, along with the first ever feature documentary interview with Siskel’s wife, Marlene.
 
In the wake of Roger’s illness and disability, Roger’s writing grew creatively and in importance — transcending film criticism. Using his blog, and social media, Roger became a must-read commentator, thoughtfully addressing the political and social issues of our time. His public defiance of cancer and the resulting disfigurement literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease, and brought inspiration to countless thousands in the disabled community and beyond.
 
Despite his "leave of presence," his body of work stands as a great populist monument, accessible inspiration for the next generations of film lovers. “Life Itself” gives a definitive document of the flesh and blood man who forever changed what it meant to be at the movies: Roger Ebert.
 
“Life Itself” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 25-30. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 25, 26 and 28; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 and 30.  
 
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 "Life Itself" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 118 minutes.
 


God's Not Dead
Sunday, July 27


Presented by the Sedona Faith And Family Film Festival
 
SUNDAY, July 27, 2014
TWO SHOWINGS: 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM
at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre
 
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words "God Is Dead" on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. GOD'S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
 
Ticket Donation - $5.00 Each
 
Call or Text to Reserve Advance Tickets
Laura Aronson 928-300-1477

 
Visit us at:  www.FB.com/FaithAndFamilySedona

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of the film.
 


I Sing Walt Whitman!
Live show starring John Slade
Tuesday, July 29


Using a great writer's own words in the tradition of Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight!” and Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson in “Belle of Amherst”, actor John Slade embodies another titan in American literature in “I Sing Walt Whitman!” The live, one-man show is coming to the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre for one performance only on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
 
While Mark Twain was easily the funniest and Emily Dickinson the most enigmatic, Walt Whitman’s voice may well be the most inspiring. Whitman lived in an age even more politically and spiritually divided than our own. Yet even after witnessing the carnage of America’s civil war and the assassination of its greatest president, he never lost his optimism. Refreshingly free of the cynicism of our postmodern age, Whitman believed that “even a mouse is a miracle,” that love is the binding force of the Universe, and that human consciousness is “surely headed somewhere” and will only continue to evolve and awaken.
 
“I Sing Walt Whitman!” is part lecture, part stage show and part Chautauqua-tent revival meeting — where people can hear Brother Walt singing, chanting, and  rapping his hopeful and startlingly modern world view. John’s script employs Whitman’s own delicious words to convey the poet’s hopeful message, and one of the unique features of this one-man concert play is that actor John Slade has actually set many of Whitman’s rolling verses to music!
 
Whitman called them his songs, and his poems recall the Songs of Solomon, gospel choirs, and the theatrical Italian operas that he loved. A century before Carl Sagan, Ken Wilber, and Barbara Marx-Hubbard, Walt Whitman was already teaching us to see the world through “evolutionary eyes.”

 
John Slade has a theatre arts professional for over 40 years.  As a student at the University of Michigan, he wrote plays under the tutelage of Arthur Miller’s mentor, Dr. Kenneth Rowe, and four of his plays won national writing awards.  With classmate Gilda Radner, he founded the East Bound Mound, a “floating repertory company” which juxtaposed drama, comedy and music and was, according to Radner, a forerunner of Saturday Night Live. He later graduated with high honors from the USC School of Theatre, received his teaching credential in English from LAUSD, and his masters in theatre education from Northern Colorado University.
 
By age 23 he was Artistic Director of the Gristmill Playhouse, a professional stock company in Andover, New Jersey, and was resident actor at Baltimore Center Stage. Since moving west, he has acted at theatres throughout Southern California, including the title role in Shakespeare’s King John, which won Dramalogue, Drama Circle and L.A. Weekly awards, and Satan in Vaclav Havel’s retelling of Faust, Temptation, at the Mark Taper Forum. He has twice played the redoubtable King Lear; Friar in Romeo and Juliet, Cassius in Julius Caesar and Prospero in the rock-and-roll Tempest parody, Return to the Forbidden Planet.  He also played Clive Bell in Catherine Ann Jones’ On the Edge: The Last Days of Virginia Woolf at Theatre 150, and Scanlon in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Rubicon Theater.  In addition to numerous guest star roles on network television during the era of “Hill Street Blues” and “L.A. Law,” John has acted in such films as Slam Dance, Titanic and L.A. Confidential.
 
There will be one performance of “I Sing Walt Whitman!” on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with John Slade as Walt Whitman in the lobby after the show.
 
For tickets and performance information, call 928-282-1177 or click on the link below. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to order tickets online now.

Production runtime is 90 minutes.
 


The Grand Seduction
Aug. 1-5


“The Grand Seduction” — starring Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch — is a hit with audiences and critics around the globe. Pete Hammond, from Movieline, raves “Grand Indeed! An absolute treat! Hilarious, heartfelt and not to be missed under any circumstances!”
 
A small fishing village must secure a lucrative business contract to escape a financial slump. Their odds are slim as a town doctor is needed to land the contract and they’ve been searching for years. After the mayor skips town, resident Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) takes it upon himself to find his village a doctor.

 
 
When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) lands in their lap, the townsfolk rally together to seduce him into staying beyond his one month trial. The ever creative Murray deploys varying ranges of subterfuge. He taps Paul’s phone, fabricates a love interest, and forces the entire village to learn how to play cricket, Paul’s favorite sport.
 
As the month grows, so too does Paul’s fondness for the village, clueless that everything he loves is an elaborate scheme. With the decision for the contract looming, Murray’s grand seduction faces collapse from both guilt and revelation, potentially crushing both the dreams of the small village and the hope of a young doctor.
 
“The Grand Seduction” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 1-5. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-3; and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5.  

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 Grand Seduction" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 112 minutes.
 


Venus in Fur
Aug. 1-5


Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, “Venus in Fur” is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski.
 
Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in — a whirlwind of erratic and (it turns out) erotic energy.
 
At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared — or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.

 
 
Critics are raving about “Venus in Fur”, calling it “mischievous, lip-smacking entertainment” (the Hollywood Reporter); “Glorious, hugely entertaining, extremely funny and wonderfully witty” (Time Out New York and The Observer).
 
“Venus in Fur” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 1-5. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-3; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5.  
 
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 "Venus in Fur" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 95 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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