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No Letting Go
May 5

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the multiple award-winning film “No Letting Go” showing Thursday, May 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The premiere is one of the kick-off events of Mental Health Month.
 
“No Letting Go” will have a community conversation after both screenings with Rose Boerner, President of NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness, Sedona) and Lisa Moore, both with family members who have struggled with mental illness and who will share their personal stories about the challenges of a diagnosis and proper care for loved ones.
 
What would you do to save your child? Based on a true story and adapted from “Illness”, an award-winning short film, “No Letting Go” follows the journey of one family’s struggle to understand and cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their son, Tim. The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness.

 
Tim’s painful, yet invisible, struggle to cope with everyday life takes its toll on his parents and the well-being of his brothers. Anger, resentment and conflict arise as Tim’s parents desperately search for answers. As his symptoms become more and more debilitating, his parents are faced with painfully difficult choices that will change their lives forever.
 
Tim’s family must play an integral role in finding the help he desperately needs, but will it be too late? Will love, strength and courage prevail to reveal the resiliency of the human spirit?
 
“No Letting Go” is a powerful film that gives a voice to millions of families who suffer alone and in silence. This poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders, which affect one in five children in the United States every year. The pervasive stigma surrounding mental illness prevents people from seeking the help they need. Sharing stories using the power of film is an important step towards opening and erasing stigma.

 
“This films shines the deserving, dramatic, breathtaking light on mental illness,” says actress and activist Kathy Najimy.
 
Janet Susin, president of the National Association of Mental Illness Queens/Nassau calls “No Letting Go” a “hopeful film that anyone can identify with who has had their life turned upside down by a personal tragedy and struggled to find answers.”
 
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 the first week, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma the second week, suicide and depression the third week and creativity and the healing process the last week. Each week during the month, on Thursday, a relevant film will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in partnership with the Sedona Film Festival.
 
“No Letting Go” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "No Letting Go" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 103 minutes.
 


Miles Ahead
May 6-11

“Miles Ahead”, inspired by events in his life, is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut.
 
In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past.
 
A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”

 
 
The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late ‘70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
 
Critics are raving about “Miles Ahead”. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles times says, “The best performance of Cheadle’s decades-long career!” Richard Brody from The New Yorker says, “Cheadle is a majestic performer, whose acting captures something of Davis’ fierce, proud, volatile radiance.” And David Edelstein from New York Magazine calls the film “A must see! Cheadle is a wild-eyed, electrified Miles Davis!”

 
“Miles Ahead” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 6-11. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, May 6, 7 and 9; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8, 10 and 11.

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 "MILES AHEAD" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 100 minutes.
 


Louder Than Bombs
May 6-11

A star-studded ensemble cast is featured in the critically-acclaimed new film “Louder Than Bombs”, including Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan and David Strathairn.
 
Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) is a war photographer whose work has taken her to the most dangerous places in the world.  It is therefore tragic – and ironic – when she dies in a car accident a few miles from her safe and secure home in a New York suburb, leaving a grief-stricken husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and two sons, Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid), to mourn her sudden loss.
 
The story begins three years later, when a retrospective of Isabelle’s photography is in the works.  Gene enlists the help of Jonah, his elder son, who appears to be functional and in-control, but who is actually overwhelmed and confused by developments in his own life, including marriage and a new baby.  Gene is more concerned about Conrad, his teenage son, who seems to be more affected by the loss of his mother than his brother. Conrad has withdrawn into the world of computer games and fantasy, rejecting his father’s attempts to connect with him. Gene too is still struggling with the process of re-entry following his wife’s death. 

 
 
Everything is thrown into relief by the impending photo retrospective.  In examining Isabelle’s images, and reconsidering their memories of her place in their lives, Gene, Jonah, and Conrad confront important revelations about the woman they loved – and who loved them, in her own way.  Isabelle Reed was a complicated woman who lived – and died – by her choices.  Now, her husband and sons can learn from their memories, move forward, and find the confidence to make their own choices in life.  Most importantly, they understand that, even in her absence, the four of them remain a family.
 
“Louder Than Bombs” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 6-11. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Monday, May 6 and 9; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11.
 
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 "Louder Than Bombs" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 109 minutes.
 


Sedona Poetry Slam
May 7

Finales are great, but it's the penultimate event when pulses race, scores are settled and a path to total victory is decided.

The Sedona Poetry Slam hosts the penultimate slam of the season on Saturday, May 7. Poets are invited to compete at the fifth slam of the 2015-16 season, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to be part of the fun!

All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. Tickets are $12. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam.

To compete in the slam, poets will need three original poems, each lasting no longer than three minutes. No props, costumes nor musical accompaniment are permitted. The poets are 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.

Poets in the Sedona Poetry 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.

The prize money is funded in part by a donation from Verde Valley poetry supporters Jeanne and Jim Freeland.

The Sedona Poetry Slam will be hosted by Graham, who represented Northern Arizona on nine FlagSlam National Poetry Slams in 2001, 2004-06, 2010 and 2012-15. Graham has hosted the Sedona Poetry Slam since 2009.

The slam is the last regular slam of the 2015-16 season, which will culminate in selection of Sedona’s fifth National Poetry Slam Team, the foursome and alternate who will represent the city and the Verde Valley at the National Poetry Slam in Decatur, Ga., in August.  

The May 7 slam is the last one open to any competitor, and is the last chance poets have to earn a berth in the Grand Poetry Slam. The final Grand Poetry Slam takes place on May 28, to determine the team. The poets who make the team to represent Sedona will share the stage at the week-long National Poetry Slam with 350 of the top poets in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Sedona sent its five-poet first team to the 2012 NPS in Charlotte, N.C., its second to the 2013 NPS in Boston and Cambridge, Mass., and its third and fourth to Oakland, Calif.

For more information, visit foxthepoet.blogspot.com.


What is Poetry Slam?
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 and inspire the audience with their creativity.

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.

For more information, visit poetryslam.com or the PSi channel on YouTube.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the Sedona Poetry Slam online now.

Call 928-282-1177 to order tickets by phone or visit the theatre and festival box office at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona.
 


The Adventures of Pericles: The Stratford Festival
May 8

The Stratford Festival’s renowned new production of “The Adventures of Pericles” makes its Sedona big-screen debut on Sunday, May 8. 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.
 
A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and another snatches it away. This magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale, brought to the screen by the world-renowned Stratford Festival, is a delight for the eye and ear. Filled with music and brilliant spectacle, it follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of literature’s most poignant reunions.

 

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, has sailed to Antioch to seek the hand of King Antiochus’s daughter. To win her, he must solve a riddle posed by the king – but if he answers incorrectly, his life will be forfeit. Horrified by what the riddle reveals, Pericles flees back to Tyre, but soon realizes that Antiochus’s wrath will pursue him there. He travels to Tarsus, where he relieves a famine with supplies from his ship, but is then shipwrecked on the coast of Pentapolis, where he marries Thaisa, daughter of King Simonides. Learning that Antiochus has died, Pericles sets off homeward again with his bride. But their journey is disrupted by a storm at sea, with consequences that will take many years to reach their conclusion.

 
 
Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger, and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. “Moving and fun from beginning to end,” it is a story rarely told, and one you won’t soon forget.
 
“The Adventures of Pericles” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, May 8 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 Adventures of Pericles" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 38 minutes (including intermission)
 


Reparation
May 12

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the encore of the award-winning film “Reparation” showing Thursday, May 12 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The premiere is one of the kick-off events of Mental Health Month.
 
“Reparation” won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Drama at the Recent Sedona International Film Festival. It played to sold-out shows and rave reviews and is returning by popular demand for this special event. There will be a post-film discussion at both screenings.
 
A troubled Air Force veteran finds clues to his buried memories in his daughter's art, while confronted by a stranger looking for answers of his own. "Reparation" is a powerful new psychological thriller that delves deeply into how a family copes with the past, what really defines human bonds, and the common struggle to find balance.

 
The story swirls like a funnel cloud around Bob Stevens, a small-town, Indiana farmer with a three-year hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger claims to have been his best friend in the Air Force Police, Bob's peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. His entire family is caught in the storm, but none more than his eight year-old daughter who discovers that she has inherited her father’s missing years ... stowaways on her DNA.
 
As Charlotte comes to learn, “balance is everything.” That universal theme of balance is the soul of Reparation, a timely film that illuminates the issue of veterans living with post-traumatic stress in a thrilling new way.

 
Darlene Pagnucco (mother of a Navy Seal) and John Soderberg (Sculptor and Artist) will lead a discussion about their personal experiences with Veterans and the impact of PTSD and trauma on families. In addition, there will be a Skype conversation with the filmmaker, Kyle Ham (writer/director/producer).
 
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.
 
“Reparation” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 12 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 "Reparation" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 105 minutes.
 

 



Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
May 13-18

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” returns to Sedona by popular demand after a sold-out New York Film Critics Series premiere event in April. There will be four additional shows. Each screening will include a recorded Q&A with stars from the film and the director, hosted by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone Magazine.
 
“In order to write about life, you must first live it,” said Ernest Hemingway.

The first Hollywood film to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” is the true-life story of a young journalist who finds a father figure in legendary author Ernest Hemingway.  Their relationship began in the late 1950s when Ed Myers —then a junior reporter at The Miami Herald — wrote a fan letter to his idol. Myers thought he was being pranked when the larger than life Hemingway phoned the newsroom a week later, inviting him to Havana.
 
Hidden away at his private estate with his wife Mary, the elusive author mentors Myers in fishing, drinking and finding his voice while the Cuban Revolution boils up around them. In this turbulent landscape, observing an icon in his twilight years, Myers discovers his strength while recognizing that all of our heroes are human.
 
“Papa” is directed by Bob Yari, whose credits as a producer include the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Crash” and “The Illusionist”.  With its title derived from the Nobel Prize-winning novelist’s nickname, “Papa” is based on an autobiographical script by Denne Bart Petitclerc.  Giovanni Ribisi plays Ed Myers in the film. Theater and screen veteran Adrian Sparks portrays Hemingway; Joely Richardson is his wife, Mary. 


Join us for a special evening and sneak premiere of this new film, hosted by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone Magazine via satellite, and stay for the Q&A with the film’s stars Giovanni Ribisi and Adrian Sparks and director Bob Yari.
 
“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 13-18. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, May 13 and 15; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18.

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 "Papa: Hemingway in Cuba" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 109 minutes.
 



Race
May 13-18

“Race” is an award-winning, critically acclaimed film starring Academy Award-winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurt, along with Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis.
 
“Race” is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. He was thrust onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faced off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man's fight to become an Olympic legend.
 
“Race” tracks the journey of James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (portrayed by Stephan James of “Selma”). As a student and athlete in Depression-era America, Jesse bears the weight of family expectations, racial tension at his college Ohio State University, and his own high standards for competition.


 
 
At Ohio State University, Jesse finds a savvy coach and stalwart friend in Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis) — who is unafraid to push the young man to his limits. Bolstered by the love and support of Ruth Solomon (Shanice Banton), with whom he has a young daughter, Jesse's winning ways in intercollegiate competitions earn him a place on the U.S. Olympics team.
 
If there is to be a team going to the 1936 Olympics at all; the American Olympic committee weighs a boycott in protest against Hitler with committee president Jeremiah Mahoney (Academy Award-winner William Hurt) and millionaire industrialist Avery Brundage (Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons) debating the issue. Once Brundage prevails with the committee and U.S. participation is confirmed, Jesse enters a new racial and political minefield after he arrives in Berlin with his fellow athletes.

 
As filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (Carice van Houten of “Game of Thrones”) readies her cameras to record the games under the steely gaze of Nazi officials, Jesse reaffirms his determination to compete with excellence and honor. With the world watching, he will place in sharp relief his own country's history of racism as well as the Hitler regime's oppressiveness.
 
Forever defining what an athlete can accomplish, Jesse Owens races into history as an inspiration to millions, then and now.
 
“Race” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 13-18. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, May 13 and 15; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18.
 
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 "Race" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 134 minutes.




Yavapai College Film and Media Arts
Student Film and Screenplay Exhibition

May 14

The ingredients of good filmmaking, a sneak peek at scripts-in-the-making and a demonstration of the medium’s enormous historical and informative power will all be on display when the Yavapai College Film & Media Arts Program presents its FMA Student Film and Screenplay Exhibition, Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ. Admission is free.

The FMA Student Exhibition will begin by offering film buffs a chance to watch the script development process. Student screenwriters bring their recent pages out for an open “table read.” The event, which features actors performing selected student scenes aloud, lets instructor Jeff Wood’s FMA screenwriters hear and evaluate dialogue and storytelling as they hone their scripts for the camera.

The exhibition then moves to the other side of the camera, as Film & Media Arts Production students showcase their films from the previous year. FMA instructor Dave Lehleitner supervised production on a broad slate of styles, including comedies, dramas and films about personal discoveries and growth.


No filmmaking exhibition would be complete without a demonstration of the medium’s capacity to educate and inspire. That’s why Yavapai College’s FMA program will unveil two of their Service Learning documentary film projects:

• A client-based video, for the Friends of the Verde River Greenway, takes a Native American perspective on the history and habitats of the Verde River, including the local nonprofit’s efforts to protect it.

• Clips from a short historical documentary on Miss Lassie Lou Ahern, one of only 12 silent films stars living today.

The programs demonstrate the variety of training available through Yavapai College’s Film and Media Arts Program. Based at YC’s Verde Valley Campus — with classes taught in-person and on-line — the FMA program will offer certificate training in Film Production, Screenwriting and their newest program, Animation, this fall.

CLICK HERE to order your FREE tickets for this event online
Or call the Film Festival office at 928-282-1177 to order by phone.
 


Anthony Mazzella in Concert
May 14

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Guitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater for the fourth time on Saturday, May 14 at 7pm after SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performances last fall. He will be performing a new concert of original music as only Mazzella can deliver.
 
Ranked one of the best guitarists in the world, Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB's, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc.
 
Mazzella then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA. He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

 
Mazzella has also performed internationally at events for Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, The Mirage, Montage, Nike, Puma to name a few. He has opened for headlining artists, James Brown, Tower of Power, The Commodores, and Spyro Gyra. A notable performance was at The Vatican in Rome Italy where Mazzella lived for several years. His original music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Near Eastern, R&B, Celtic, Rock, New Age and Medieval.
 
Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Mazzella attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Pepe Romero, William Ackerman, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Mazzella was also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan.
 
If you are a fan of guitar music do not miss this world-class virtuoso! Be sure to watch some of Mazzella's video's on YouTube or his website www.anthonymazzella.com and get your tickets soon!
 
Anthony Mazzella in concert will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 7pm. Tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177 or to order online, click on the link below. You may also purchase tickets at the Sedona Film Festival office and Mary D. Fisher Theatre, located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the Anthony Mazzella Concert online now.
 

 


Monty Python and the Holy Grail
40th Anniversary Singalong Event
May 16


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a very special event: The “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Singalong showing twice on Monday, May 16 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The event is in honor and celebration of the 40th anniversary of this iconic classic comedy.
 
This is the first time “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” has been screened like this, giving audiences the opportunity to sing along with the Knights of the Round Table. Patrons can even costume-up for the screening (if they wish) with vocal chords primed for an epic singalong! Coconuts will even be available while supplies last!
 
The film has been digitally remastered to high definition plus will include a new Terry Gilliam feature: The Lost Animations.


 
 
Monty Python is on a medieval quest in their first feature film “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”.
 
England 932 A.D and King Arthur (Graham Chapman) accompanied by his trusty servant Patsy (Terry Gilliam) is seeking Knights to join his Round Table at Camelot. Arthur confronts two guards preoccupied with swallows, argues with a group of constitutional peasants, challenges a Black Knight who comes apart at the seams and witnesses the outing of a witch before enrolling his first knight, Bedevere the Wise (Terry Jones). Other knights follow: Sir Lancelot the Brave (John Cleese), Sir Galahad the Pure (Michael Palin) and the not-quite-so-brave Sir Robin (Eric Idle).
 
Avoiding the singing dancers of Camelot, Arthur and his Knights are inspired by God to quest together for the Holy Grail. But taunted and humiliated by the French, they decide go their separate ways.

 
Sir Robin is confronted by a Three-Headed Knight, Sir Lancelot hacks his way through a wedding to save a damsel in distress, Arthur and Bedevere, warned by a Soothsayer, meet the shrubbery loving Knights of Ni while Sir Galahad almost falls to the temptation of the virgins of Castle Anthrax. The Knights join up again and after an arduous journey encounter Tim the Enchanter who leads them to the cave, guarded by a foul creature, wherein an ancient inscription reveals the whereabouts of the Grail. The Bridge of Death claims its victims and only Arthur and Bedevere reach the final resting place of the Holy Grail, only to be thwarted by old adversaries.
 
Experience this classic comedy like you’ve never experienced it before — by being part of the show and singing along with the Knights of the Round Table!
 
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Singalong event will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, May 16 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 "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Singalong 40th Anniversary event and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 91 minutes.

 


Bridegroom
May 19


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the encore of the award-winning film “Bridegroom” showing Thursday, May 19 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The premiere is one of the kick-off events of Mental Health Month.
 
“Bridegroom” won the Independent Spirit Award at the 2014 Sedona International Film Festival and has won top awards at festivals around the world. It played to sold-out shows and rave reviews and is returning by popular demand for this special event.
 
Larry Rosenberg will do a short one-man performance prior to the movie and after the film, Glenn Scarpelli, Jennifer O’Brien and Alan Friedman will talk about the specific mental health issues that affect the LGBTQ community and how families that show stigma can affect those that are vulnerable and place them at an even high risk of trauma and suicide. Susan Hughes will moderate their discussion.


 
“Bridegroom” tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death — of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized — is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality and human rights like no speech or lecture ever will.
 
On the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen to You.” The video went viral and garnered over four million views to date.  Although it was a cathartic process for him and a tribute to the love of his life, more than anything, Shane wanted it to serve as a warning to other LGBT couples, and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry.

 
Director Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) compiles a remarkably vast amount of personal footage and photographs, giving the movie an intensely personal edge.
 
“Bridegroom” piercingly conveys the imperative of human and civil rights, and makes a plea to open hearts and minds that Tom and Shane’s love is no different than any others. It is a love story, unequaled.
 
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.
 
“Bridegroom” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, May 19 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 "Bridegroom" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 80 minutes.
 




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.
 

 

Sedona 24-Hour Theatre
May 21


Rome wasn't built in a day, but 24-Hour Theatre will be!

Yes, in just 24 hours, four one-act plays will be written, staged, and then performed at the Mary D. Fisher Theater on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

We will have an opportunity to enjoy a highlight of the cultural scene in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and many other cities — 24-hour Theatre — right here in Sedona!

Small teams of Sedona's most talented writers, directors, actors, artists, and songwriters will collaborate to create and perform four brand new plays, starting from scratch, within just one day.
 
The program's mission is to be an exciting community building, live theater experience and a fund-raising benefit for the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Scholarship fund, allowing people of all ages to share learning and community experiences who couldn't otherwise afford them.

The actors will gather on Friday night to audition, giving the playwrights and directors a chance to meet their casts and use them as guide for creating the plays.
 
While the actors and directors go home for some sleep, the playwrights will swing into action.  Each of them will use the late night hours to write a ten-minute play.  Topics may range from the slapstick and silly to the surprisingly thoughtful and moving.

In the morning, the directors will come back to pick up the scripts they will be bringing to life by the end of that day.  Soon after, the directors will meet with the actors for the first read-through of a play none of them has ever seen before (because it's hot off the printer).



Joining each performing group will be a songwriter, who has the rest of the day to compose an original song that he or she will perform before the play or that will be incorporated within the play.

These artists will spend the remainder of the day rehearsing, while set painters collaborate to paint a backdrop for each play, a visual background for the setting in which the dramatic action takes place.

Throughout the day a team of filmmakers will shoot bits and pieces of the activities at every stage of the production.  Just before show time, they will edit those clips into a coherent sequence and then show the film to the audience, so viewers can get a glimpse of how the four new plays they have just seen were put together.

On Saturday evening all of these collaborators will take a breath and share a meal, while the audience assembles at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre for this extraordinary event.   Then the curtain will open, and the show will go on, ending about an hour later, and followed by a viewing of the film and a Q&A with the writers, actors, directors, artists, and songwriters.

Coordinating this entire venture is a Sedona newcomer, Tammie McKenzie, Director of Theatre at Malone University in Ohio, where she has produced wildly popular 24-Hour Theatre projects annually for over 10 years.

There will be one performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Call 928-282-1177 for tickets or click on the link below.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for "Sedona 24-Hour Theater" online now.




Verdi Requiem Legends Concert
May 22

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the “Verdi Requiem” Legends Concert on Sunday, May 22 when it hosts the digitally restored, big screen encore of this magical event from Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.  
 
This extraordinary concert event features Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Leontyne Price (soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzosoprano) and Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass).
 
Originally performed at La Scala in 1967 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Toscanini’s death, this production with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala was presented in Moscow, Montreal and New York, in addition to Milan. It was recorded on film in 1967, with the young Luciano Pavarotti replacing Carlo Bergonzi.

 
It is one of Karajan’s earliest film productions (and his first color film); it reflects his innovativeness, especially in his choice of Henri-Georges Clouzot as director, the French creator of classic “films noirs” such as “Quai des Orfèvres” and “Wages of Fear”.
 
Together with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Verdi's Requiem ranks as one of the two supreme achievements in 19th-century liturgical music. Verdi revered the great Italian author Alessandro Manzoni. When Manzoni died on in May 1873, Verdi wrote to his publisher expressing his desire to compose a Requiem Mass. It was premiered on the first anniversary of Manzoni's death.
 
From the hushed reverence of the "Requiem Aeternam" to the raging fury of the "Dies Irae", and from the overwhelming power of the "Tuba Mirum" to the sobbing grief of the "Lacrimosa", the Requiem is a highly dramatic and emotional work. Verdi specified that it "must not be sung the way an opera is sung". A work of awesome   grandeur, it projects a compelling sincerity and honesty, even though Verdi was a non-observant Catholic.                                    
 
Relive the magic of Verdi’s Requiem in this one-night-only special encore event.
 
“Verdi Requiem” Legends Concert will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, May 22 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 order tickets for "Verdi Requiem" Legends Concert online.

Concert runtime is 85 minutes.
 


Art & Architecture in Cinema
"Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan"

May 23

Sedona International Film Festival presents the third feature in the new “Art & Architecture in Cinema” series: “Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan”. The event will show in Sedona on Monday, May 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This is the third 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.
 
Paris, the Louvre Museum. A spring morning. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting “La Belle Ferronière” is removed from the wall, packed and sent by plane to Milan where, on the occasion of EXPO 2015, the most important cultural event of the year will be inaugurated: “Leonardo 1452- 1519”, one of the most decisive exhibitions ever to be held on Leonardo.

 
 
This exhibition-event is the result of 6 years work by leading Leonardo experts, Pietro Marani and M. Teresa Fiorio, and is divided into 12 sections, retracing with scientific rigor the multiple paths travelled by the mind of the genius: the foundation of drawing, the role of nature and science, comparison between the arts, reflection on the ancients, the utopian projects, anatomy and mechanics, the unity of knowledge, images of the divine, myths over the centuries (starting with the success of the Mona Lisa), and so on.
 
At the end of the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci lived for eighteen years in Milan at the court of Ludovico Sforza, known as ‘Il Moro’. It was a long, important period in his life that left a lasting impression on the city. In spring 2015, Milan paid tribute to Leonardo by holding a large exhibition at the Palazzo Reale. Stemming from this exhibition came the film “Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan”, which uses a combination of documentary interviews and reenactments to tell the story of the renowned artist’s world and the treasures he left us.

 
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.
 
“Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, May 23 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 www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius in Milan" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 90 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 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)
 


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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