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Comedian Dan Nainan - LIVE!
Three shows: Oct. 24-26


He has performed for President Obama and Hillary Clinton and alongside legendary comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Brad Garrett, Bob Saget, Tim Conway and Garry Shandling, and now world-renowned stand-up comedian Dan Nainan is bringing his outrageous show to Sedona! There will be three performances Oct. 24-26, on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.
 
International comedy star Dan Nainan got his start by taking a comedy class to get over the nervousness of speaking on stage. In his job as a demo engineer with Intel Corporation, Dan toured the world with CEO Andy Grove, demonstrating the latest technology for audiences numbering into the thousands.
 
After leaving Intel to pursue comedy full time, Dan has toured as a feature act with Robert Schimmel and Russell Peters.

 
 
A 100% clean comedian, Dan has performed at charity events, corporate functions, weddings, private parties, colleges, casinos, cruise ships and at the top comedy clubs in the country.
 
Known as “the Indian-Japanese stand-up comedian who makes presidents and world leaders cringe with laughter”, Dan has performed all over the United States, as well as in Aruba, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and multiple tours of India.  He attended the inauguration of President Obama as a guest of US Congressman Mike Honda, and he also performed at three inaugural events in Washington. He also performed at the first TED conference in India, and he recently performed on the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon live from Las Vegas along with Carrot Top and Penn and Teller.

 
 
Dan has been seen on NBC's "Last Comic Standing", on A&E, Nickelodeon and on various television commercials.  Dan also does character voices on radio stations all over America, and is best known for his Bill Clinton impression.   He performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver as a guest of Congressman Honda.
 
He was recently profiled in the New York Times, and a major literary agent in New York saw the article and signed him to a book deal about his transition from Intel to stand-up comedy.   
 
There will be three performances of Dan Nainan’s comedy show Oct. 24-26. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25; and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Dan Nainan in the lobby after the show.
 
Click on the link below for tickets or call 928-282-1177 for performance information or to order tickets by phone. 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 to Comedian Dan Nainan online.

Show runtime is 80-90 minutes.
 
 

The Drop
Oct. 24-29


“The Drop” is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award-nominated director of “Bullhead”, and starring James Gandolfini in his final performance.
 
The discovery of an abandoned puppy leads a lonely bartender out of his constricted world in “The Drop” — a riveting journey through a rarely seen side of working-class Brooklyn. The first film written by best-selling author Dennis Lehane, “The Drop” sets an unusual love story against the volatile backdrop of organized crime’s unbreakable grip on the small pubs and taverns used as money-laundering “drops.”
 
Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) slings drinks in his Cousin Marv’s (James Gandolfini) bar and looks the other way whenever Brooklyn crime bosses use the place as a temporary bank for their ill-gotten gains. He keeps to himself, attending Mass daily at the old neighborhood parish church, but never taking Communion.
 
 
 
Bob’s simple life becomes much more complicated when he discovers an abandoned pit bull puppy in a trash can. Turning to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help, he nurses the puppy back to health, as their mutual concern for the dog sparks an unexpected attraction between them. But when Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), the dog’s original owner and Nadia’s abusive ex-boyfriend, tries to reclaim both of them, and a robbery at the bar puts Bob in the crosshairs of the Chechen crime boss who owns it, Bob is forced to face the shocking truth about the people he thinks he knows best—including himself.
 
Bob finds himself entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
 
“The Drop” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 24-29. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Oct. 24, 25 and 27; and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 28-29.  

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 Drop" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 107 minutes.
 


Days and Nights
Oct. 25-29


“Days and Nights” features a stellar, award-winning ensemble cast including Allison Janney, Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Russell Means and more.
 
“Days and Nights” is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter (Christian Camargo) to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend.

The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (Jean Reno) and the estate's custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance) — the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young.
 
During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.

 
“Days and Nights” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 25-29. Showtimes will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25; 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26; and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 28-29. 
 
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 "Days and Nights" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 92 minutes.
 


Now: In the Wings on a World Stage
Oct. 26


Academy Award-winners Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes have teamed up for a special theatrical event: “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”. The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of award-winning new production showing one time only: Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage”. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Richard III.”
 
Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III.
 
“Now” chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards for their work on “American Beauty”.

 
 
“Now” is a close, backstage look at the total experience of being an actor and what it takes to form a company — from rehearsing every day and beginning to create a role with your director, crew and fellow actors to going on tour and spending a year together on the road in many different cultures and countries.
 
“There are a multitude of challenges that come with being in a new theatre in an unknown city every few weeks,” said Kevin Spacey. “There were some tears, but also a lot of laughs. Sharing these unforgettable moments as well as practicing our craft across three continents over ten months time brought us together as a family.”
 
“Our journey took us from London to the deserts of Doha, across the Great Wall of China, through Istanbul, Singapore, Sydney, Naples, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong and ultimately brought us to New York City.”
 
“We called the film ‘Now’ not only because it is the first word of the first sentence of ‘Richard III’ (‘Now is the winter of our discontent’), but also because it illustrates how the film puts you in the present tense, into the live moment onstage and brings the audience on the journey alongside us,” added Spacey.
 
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 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 "NOW" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 97 minutes.
 


Amadeus
Oct. 27


Chamber Music Sedona and the Sedona International Film Festival will present an encore of the film “Amadeus” Monday, Oct. 27, 7pm at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. The film is an adaptation of the stage play “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer which is a variation of Alexander Pushkin’s play Mozart I Salieri. It is the extraordinary story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told by Antonio Salieri – Mozart’s peer and secret rival.
 
“Amadeus” was nominated for 53 awards and received 40, including Best Picture in its eight Academy Awards sweep, four BAFTA Awards, four Golden Globes, and a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award. In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked Amadeus 53rd on its 100 Years... 100 Movies list. The film stars F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri, Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elizabeth Berridge as Constanze Mozart and Roy Dotrice as Leopold Mozart, Amadeus’ father.

 

The story of “Amadeus” begins in 1823 as the elderly Antonio Salieri attempts suicide by slitting his throat while loudly begging forgiveness for having killed Mozart in 1791.
 
Placed in a lunatic asylum for the act, Salieri is visited by Father Vogler (Richard Frank), a young priest who seeks to take his confession. Salieri is sullen and uninterested but eventually warms to the priest and launches into a long "confession" about his relationship with Mozart. The film ends as Salieri finishes recounting his story to the visibly shaken young priest. Salieri concludes that God killed Mozart rather than allow Salieri to share in even an ounce of his glory, and that he is consigned to be the "patron saint of mediocrity". Salieri absolves the priest of his own mediocrity and blesses his fellow patients as he is taken away in his wheelchair. The last sound heard before the credits roll is Mozart's high-pitched laughter.
 
Tickets to the film Amadeus are $12 for the general public and $9 for CMS and SIFF 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 "Amadeus" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 160 minutes.
 


The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Two shows: Oct. 30


Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades — returns to the big screen in Sedona on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement for two shows: 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Feel free to dress in costume — if you wish — and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music — a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” — starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.

 
 
This classic, cultural institution — and a world-wide phenomenon since 1975 — concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby.
 
Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.

 
With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation: a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid. With the addition of colored dyes and some assistance from the weather, Frank brings to life a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life.
 
Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn't get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. When Frank kills the biker, it's clear that Brad and Janet will be guests for the night, and that they may be next on Frank's list — whether for murder or carnal delights is uncertain.
 
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 and 7 p.m. Guests may dress in costume, if they wish. 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 Rocky Horror Picture Show" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 100 minutes.
 


Tracks
Oct. 31-Nov. 4


From the Oscar-winning producers of “The Kings Speech” comes “Tracks” — starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, directed by John Curran.
 
“Tracks” is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska). Robyn’s phenomenal solo trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and on to the Indian Ocean saw her traverse nearly 2,000 miles of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert accompanied only by her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels.
 
Charismatic young New Yorker and National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) travelled from the other end of the earth to capture, at intervals, this epic and remarkable journey into one of the world's last great wildernesses. Robyn reluctantly agreed to a visiting photographer in return for much needed trip funding and could only see Rick’s visits as intruding on her solitude and compromising everything the journey meant to her. However, this uneasy relationship between two very different people would slowly develop into an unlikely and enduring friendship.

 
 
Set against one of the wildest, most dangerous and most breathtaking backdrops on the planet, this unprecedented journey pushed Robyn to her physical and emotional limits and taught her that sometimes we have to detach from the world to feel connected to it. In witnessing this extraordinary journey, we realize that the impossible is within reach of us all.
 
“Tracks” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1; and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3 and 4.  

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 "Tracks" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 102 minutes.
 


Pride
Oct. 31-Nov. 4


An all-star, award-winning ensemble cast is featured in the sensational new film “Pride”, including Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Dominic West and Paddy Considine. Critics and audiences are raving about the film calling it “brilliantly entertaining” (The New Yorker) and “an irresistible crowd-pleaser with infectious energy” (Variety).
 
“Pride” is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

 
 
“Don’t try to resist! ‘Pride’ will make you cheer!” raves Vanity Fair. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “warmhearted and enormously satisfying”, and Rolling Stone Magazine calls it “an emotional knockout!”
 
“Pride” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2; and 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 3 and 4. 
 
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 "Pride" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 120 minutes.
 


Sedona Poetry Slam
Saturday, Nov. 1


Poets and audience members are invited to the first Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2014-15, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
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 poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. The prize is funded in part by a donation from Verde Valley poetry supporters Jeanne and Jim Freeland.
 
The slam is the first the 2014-15 season, which will culminate in selection of Sedona's fourth National Poetry Slam Team, the foursome and alternate who will represent the city at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, Calif., in August. Poets in the slam come from as far away as Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, competing against adult poets from Sedona and Cottonwood, college poets from Northern Arizona University, and youth poets from Sedona Red Rock High School's Young Voices Be Heard slam group.

 
 
There will be seven slams in the regular season, six in Sedona and one in Clarkdale. The final Grand Poetry Slam takes place next spring, to determine the team.
 
Slam poets will need three original poems, each lasting no longer than three minutes. No props, costumes nor musical accompaniment are permitted.
 
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.
 
Poets who want to compete should purchase a ticket in case the roster is filled before they arrive.
 
The local poets will share the stage with 350 of the top poets in the United States, Canada and Europe, pouring out their words in a weeklong explosion of expression. Sedona sent its five-poet 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 to Oakland, Calif., in August.
 
The slam will be hosted by Sedona poet Christopher Fox Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on seven FlagSlam National Poetry Slams in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009.
 
Tickets are $12.
 
Contact Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the Sedona Poetry Slam online now.
 
What is Poetry Slam?
Founded in Chicago in 1984 by construction worker Marc Smith, poetry slam is a competitive artistic sport. Poetry slams are judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience who assign numerical value to individual poets' contents and performances. Poetry slam has become an international artistic sport, with more than 100 major poetry slams in the United States, Canada, Australia and Western Europe.
 


Monsters: A Theatrical Debut
Sunday, Nov. 2


The Mary D. Fisher Theatre — in partnership with the Theatrikos Theatre Company of Flagstaff and Canyon Moon Theatre Company of Sedona — is bringing a debut play by Seth Muller, “Monsters,” which will be performed as a dramatic reading by some of Flagstaff’s most talented actors. Mary Guaraldi, who founded and ran Canyon Moon in Sedona, directs this fun and twisted dark comedy.
 
“Monsters” features six interconnected stories that show us some kind of creature we know, such as a vampire, werewolf, zombie or demon. But the presence of the monster quickly takes a backseat with a sharp twist or big dollop of irony. Often the tricky sides of human nature become more the monsters than the creatures themselves. Think of them as contemporary versions of the kinds of stories seen on television shows such as “Twilight Zone” or “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
 
“I first started exploring this play idea when my then-four-year-old daughter asked me if there are any such things as monsters in the world,” Muller said. “I was hung up on this question because I wanted to say no, as she was referring more to the fairytale and Hollywood variety. But there are dangers and dangerous people to caution our children about. And the monsters of fairytales often exist as some kind of instruction to this. So, I started to chart some writing on this idea of a play series where each one had a literal and figurative monster lurking somewhere.”

 
Muller explained that the word monster comes from an Old French word “monstre,” that means “to show.” Some speculation on the origin traces it to a time when the church brought around displays of sinners, such as prostitutes, to “show” what happened when a person sinned. They were done up to look grotesque and became the “monstres” or “monsters.” Muller noted that it “sounded a lot like an early version of the cautionary tale, and the display sounded an awful lot like theatre.” It turns that “monster” also gives us the words “demonstrate” and “demonstration.” And Muller likes to point to the “demon” that hides in those words.
 
“Monsters” includes stories about a vampire who preys on a corrupt congressman; a drama that unfolds in a house while an apocalypse roils outside the front door; a couple in denial about their young son’s very unusual behavior when they visit the preschool’s director; and a father dealing with a single daughter’s insolence and how it threatens to unleash his own demons.

 
The 17 roles are handled wonderfully by seven seasoned actors who take on multiple characters as a troupe. Jessalyn Carpino, Gill Green, Joshua Heredia, Don Olson, Nick Rabe, and Linda and Tony Sutera have all taken the stage in productions at Theatrikos. As director, Guaraldi brings more than 30 years of professional theatrical experience to this premiere show.
 
“Monsters” will be performed as a dramatic reading at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 or $10 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 "Monsters" online now.
 


DamNation: Celebrating Wilderness Film Event
Wednesday, Nov. 5


The Sedona Film Festival and Sedona Friends of the Forest are jointly hosting a one-day-only film event honoring the 50th year of the National Wilderness Preservation Act and the 20th year of each host organization. The Nov. 5th event will feature documentary films sure to entertain and stimulate conversation.
 
Two films exploring the condition and future of our nation's and region's rivers will be presented on Nov. 5, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.  Feature documentary film "DamNation" and documentary short "Quartzite's Fall: A Wilderness Tale" challenge the premise of engineering the "naturalness" out of American waterways.  Attitudes and policies toward dams, reservoirs and rivers are undergoing examination.  The value of natural watersheds is emerging. And not without controversy.

 
 
“DamNation” — a powerful film odyssey across America — explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. “DamNation’s” majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
 
The screening of “DamNation” will be preceded by the short film “Quartzite’s Fall: A Wilderness Tale”. The destruction of a legendary class V+ white water rapid is investigated in this award-winning short film. Federal Agents arrest eight men for blowing up Quartzite Falls, the most dangerous rapid in Arizona's Salt River Canyon. As the story behind the crime unravels, their defense, to make a deadly place safer, sparks new debate about the survival of Wilderness in the United States.
 
A discussion will follow each showing, featuring experts from the USDA Forest Service and Northern Arizona University. 

 
The year 2014 marks the 50th year of the Wilderness Preservation Act.  Since 1964, nearly 110 million acres — representing 5 percent of the area of the United States — comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System.  The act defined wilderness as an area where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.
 
Among the issues and challenges connected to wilderness preservation, water resources and watersheds are of particular relevance to the southwest.  In our own vicinity, the decommissioning of the Irving and Childs power plants in the Fossil Creek Wilderness Area was one of the first projects in the nation involving disengagement of a hydroelectric dam and restoration of a waterway to natural conditions. Local experts will speak to this and other regional waterway challenges in question and answer sessions following the films. 
 
Event cohost Sedona Friends of the Forest is marking 20 years of service as a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the USDA Forest Service in maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural and cultural resources and scenic beauty of our forest lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations.  Friends of the Forest volunteers will be on hand to speak about the opportunities for involvement in these local efforts.
 
“DamNation” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival or Friends of the Forest 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 "DamNation" and to order tickets online.
 


The Case Against 8
Thursday, Nov. 6


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere “Docs That Make A Difference” series with the one-night-only debut of “The Case Against 8” on Thursday, Nov. 6. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Battles are won because they are fought. “The Case Against 8” takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Five years in the making, the film chronicles the struggle that helped pave the way for marriage equality battles nationwide, with behind-the-scenes access to the two California couples seeking the right to marry and the legal team of conservative Ted Olson and liberal David Boies, who previously faced off as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore.
 
“The Case Against 8” provides a definitive account of the battle that effectively ended marriage discrimination in California and took the issue of marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court.

  
 
“The Case Against 8” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning a Directing Award.
 
Critics and audiences are raving about “The Case Against 8”:
 
“A stirring civil rights film that is both cogent and emotionally charged ... grips from start to finish..." The Hollywood Reporter

"Engrossing and emotional..." — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"Lucid, balanced and relentlessly informative. Spellbinding stuff."  — Evening Standard (UK)

"An emotional tour of history in the making..." — Indiewire
 

“The Case Against 8” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 6 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 "The Case Against 8" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 109 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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