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Doris and Me: A Sentimental Journey
Jan. 29-31


Award-winning singer and entertainer Scott Dreier comes to Sedona with a musical tribute to Doris Day in his live theatrical production: “Doris and Me: A Sentimental Journey” — Jan. 29-31. This heartwarming, nostalgic live show will be presented by the Sedona International Film Festival at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
“Doris and Me” is one man's quirky, lovable obsession with music and movie icon and America’s sweetheart, Doris Day. As the ultimate, obsessed fan, Scott makes this more than your typical tribute show to a timeless artist, taking the audience with him on a sentimental journey to nostalgic times gone by.

 
As he lovingly shares through classic treasured songs, personal anecdotes, humor, heart, and many Doris Day stories and history, Dreier never lets us forget how much he loves her and why he has become Doris Day's biggest fan.
 
If you're a Doris Day fan, it's a must; if you're not, you'll be one by the end of the show.
 
Songs included in the show include: Sentimental Journey, It’s Magic, Secret Love, Que Sera, Sera, Everybody Loves A Lover and many more. Dreier — like Doris Day — is genuine and warm with a strong lilting vocal instrument and possessing an endearing charisma, with that famous 'sparkling smile' that will not quit on or off stage. He is the perfect entertainer to extol Doris Day and to sing her unforgettable music.

 
 
A hit with critics and audiences, “Doris and Me” is a Critic’s Pick from “Broadway World” and winner of the 2014 and 2014 “Eddon Award”— Best Male Solo Show.
 
“Superb! ‘Doris and Me’ is a nonstop delight … great music, wonderful storytelling, and plenty of nostalgia ... For the charismatic Dreier, it’s a tour-de-force vehicle!” — The Edge
 
“Charismatic charm and a phenomenal singing voice — Dreier is BRILLIANT! ‘Doris and Me’ is FLAWLESSLY FABULOUS from start to finish!” —The Tolucan Times
 
There will be three performances of “Doris and Me: A Sentimental Journey” Jan. 29-31. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29 and 30; and a 4 p.m. afternoon matinee on Saturday, Jan. 31.
 
Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Scott Dreier in the lobby after the show.
 
For tickets and performance information, call 928-282-1177 or click on the link below. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.

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

Production runtime is 90 minutes.
 


Still Life
Jan. 30-Feb. 5


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the inspirational and award-winning new film “Still Life” starring Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt. The film will show Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Life for the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) has always revolved around his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. Profoundly dedicated to his work, he believes that everyone deserves a dignified exit, and writes eulogies and organizes funerals for those who wouldn't have them otherwise.
 
When a new case — an elderly alcoholic in a flat directly opposite his own — hits him harder than usual, he journeys outside London to track down the man's long-abandoned daughter (Joanne Froggatt). Against the odds, the two lonely souls are drawn to each other – and John's outlook starts to open to life's possibilities.

 
 
“Still Life” is the second feature film directed by Uberto Pasolini, the successful producer of “The Full Monty”.
 
“Still Life” was inspired by real people and events. When Pasolini read about the men and women whose job it is to organize funerals for people who leave no one behind when they die, he recognized something both profound and universal.
 
“I was struck by the thought of all those lonely graves and empty funeral services,” he explains. “It’s a very powerful image. I began to think about loneliness and death and about what it means to be part of a community.”
 
“Still Life” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Feb. 2-3; and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5.  
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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

Film runtime is 93 minutes.
 


Sedona Poetry Slam
Jan. 31


Poets are invited to compete at the fourth Sedona Poetry Slam of the 2014-15, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3.

The featured poet is Roanna “Rowie” Shebala, a Native American spoken word artist of the Diné [Navajo] tribe, who will be representing Sedona at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in March.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

 

Shebala was born and raised on the Navajo Nation. Given the gift of storytelling from her father she combines story, poetry and performance. Shebala constantly brings the voice of her heritage into her performance, and written work often treading into spaces where hearing Native American voices is unlikely. Shebala has competed on four National Poetry Slam Teams, twice as a solo performer at the Women of the World Poetry Slam and once as an Individual World Poetry Slam competitor.

This year’s Women of the World Poetry Slam takes place in Albuquerque, N.M., where Shebala will compete among the top 72 women poets from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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. Contact Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam.

Tickets are $12. Call Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 282-1177 or click on the link below.

The slam is the fourth 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. There are seven slams in the regular season, six in Sedona and one in Clarkdale. The final Grand Poetry Slam takes place on June 6, to determine the team.

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 week-long 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.

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.

CLICK HERE to order tickets to Sedona Poetry Slam online.
 


Oscar-Nominated Shorts Programs
Feb. 2-5


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of The 2015 Oscar Shorts Programs Feb. 2-Feb. 5 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Now an annual film festival tradition, Sedona audiences will be able to see all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards before the Oscar telecast in late February. Both the Live Action Short Film nominees and the Animated Short Film nominees will be featured. (Short documentaries will be offered later in February.)
 

   

 

OSCAR LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM 2015
 
The Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts Program will include:
• Aya (Israel/France) - Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.
• Boogaloo and Graham (United Kingdom) - Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
• Butter Lamp (France/China) - A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.
• Parvaneh (Switzerland) - A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.
• The Phone Call (United Kingdom) - “The Phone Call” follows Heather, (played by Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
 
The Oscar Live Action Shorts Program will show: Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the OSCAR LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM online.

 
   

 
 
OSCAR ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM 2015
 
The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts Program will include:
• A Single Life (The Netherlands) - When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.
• Feast (USA) - “Feast”, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
• Me and My Moulton (Canada/Norway) - One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. “Me and My Moulton” provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”.
• The Bigger Picture (United Kingdom) - 'You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!' hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.
• The Dam Keeper (USA) – Set in a desolate future, one small town's survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.
 
The Oscar Animated Shorts Program will show: Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for the OSCAR ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM online.
 
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.
 


Big Eyes
Feb. 6-12


Amy Adams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Big Eyes”. The film was also nominated for two additional Golden Globes including Best Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Song.
 
From the whimsical mind of director Tim Burton, “Big Eyes” tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered though: Walter’s works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret. The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world.
 
A tale too incredible to be fiction, “Big Eyes” centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

 
 
“Big Eyes” is directed by Academy Award-nominee Tim Burton and written by Golden Globe winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
 
“There were a lot of reasons why we wanted to make this movie,” says Karaszewski. “We thought Margaret was a great female character that embodied the beginning of the Women’s Movement. It starts with her as a 1950’s housewife who does everything for her husband. Through the course of the story, she learns to stand up for herself.”
 
“Big Eyes” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Feb. 6-12. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6, 9 and 10; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8, 11 and 12.  

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 "Big Eyes" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 105 minutes.
 


Two Days One Night
Feb. 6-12


Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) stars in “Two Days One Night”, which garnered her a second Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
 
For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have teamed with a major international star — Marion Cotillar — and the result is another masterwork of humanism.  Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. 
 
Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance.  The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity.

 
 
Two-time winners of the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of the most acclaimed and deeply admired filmmakers at work today. Their deliberate, naturalistic movies slowly constrict as they follow seemingly ordinary characters who live on the edges of society.
 
“Two Days One Night” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Feb. 6-12. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7, 9 and 10; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 and 12.  
 
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 "Two Days One Night" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 95 minutes.
 


Elvira Madigan
Feb. 7


The Verde Valley Sinfonietta and the Sedona International Film Festival will present an encore of the classic film “Elvira Madigan” on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 4 pm at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.
 
“Elvira Madigan”, released in 1967, is still regarded as one of the most beautiful films ever produced. Based on a glorious yet heart wrenchingly tragic true story, this Swedish film has almost no dialogue. Instead, the story unfolds through incredible cinematography and an even more incredible soundtrack based mainly on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, which will be featured prominently in Verde Valley Sinfonietta’s February 15th concert (featuring piano soloist Rita Borden).
 
“Elvira Madigan” was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film.
Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away, but since Sixten deserted the army, he cannot find any job and the couple encounters many hardships. Moreover, while on the run, Sixten meets a friend who tries to convince him to come back to his country and family.

 
" ‘Elvira Madigan’ is indeed remarkably beautiful,” raved the late Roger Ebert. “Almost every frame would make a painting, and yet the film is alive and cinematic, not simply photographs of pretty pictures.”
 
Due to the immediate and continued high praise for the 1967 movie — a true ‘art film’ — Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 is quite often referred to as his Elvira Madigan concerto. The movie is a treasure many in this community will remember fondly, and a perfect introduction for Valentine’s Day, as well as for Sinfonietta’s concert ‘Love Is In The Music’ on February 15th.
 
“Elvira Madigan” will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $9 for Verde Valley Sinfonietta and 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 "Elvira Madigan" online.

Film runtime is 90 minutes.
 


Treasure Island: National Theatre of London
Feb. 8


The National Theatre of London continues its season with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story “Treasure Island” showing in Sedona on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre.
 
It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins.

 
 
Stevenson, the Scottish author of Treasure Island, began to tell one of the most gripping adventure stories ever written to entertain his stepson. It went on to be serialized in a children’s magazine, and was first published as a book in 1883.
 
Stevenson’s other books include Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but Treasure Island was perhaps the most iconic, and has been dramatized on stage, television and film. Some of the things that Stevenson imagined have become part of popular culture and what we now think of as ‘traditional’ pirate imagery: the dreaded ‘Black Spot’, the treasure map and the buried treasure all first appeared in his book, though sailors did often have parrots as pets, and primitive surgery on board meant that wooden legs were not unknown among real pirates.
 
“Treasure Island” is garnering raves from critics and audiences around the world, including 4- and 5-star reviews from every major publication in England.
 
“Spectacular. Daring. Fun for all the family.”  — Time Out
 
“An imaginative adaptation, which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book.” — Guardian
 
“An ingenious production. Technical wizardry abounds.” — Daily Mail
 
“Witty. Playful. A richly enjoyable show.” — Financial Times
 
“Treasure Island” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 8 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 see a trailer of "Treasure Island" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 2 hours, 30 minutes (including intermission).
 

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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