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

 
 


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.
 


Ted Grussing Discussion: Part 3
The Abstract and the Imagined ... the artist unleashed
Nov. 1
 
Sedona Philosophy Circle is proud to present a three-part discussion series with local photographer Ted Grussing. The final program in the series will take place on Saturday, November 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and is entitled: “The Abstract and the Imagined … the artist unleashed.”
 
This discussion focuses on how photography and art intersect. People strive to make their mark in society, and yet they yearn to feel connected to the cosmos. We love nature just as it is, still we are driven to create. These impulses meld in the final program of this series. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to view Ted’s work in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

 
Ted Grussing has been sharing his photography with friends and admirers for over 12 years. His work has been published in Arizona Highways, Sojourn, Momentum, appears on Sedona.Biz, his Verde Independent Blog, of course his own blog, and has been used by the Grand Canyon Trust, National Park Conservation Association, National Park Service, Arizona Geological Survey, Arizona Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Sedona Airport Authority, and for many other commercial and charitable causes, including Philosophy in the Public Interest.
 
Ted’s range is expansive and includes the whimsical, serene, and awe-inspiring. The images, however, do not stand alone. They are accompanied by stories from his life and inspirational quotes, most often from Max Ehrmann. What we see and what we read influences the way we see the world. Ted’s work encourages people to see nature and one another with love and wonder. Much more than an art, Ted’s work is an approach to life. His 1,500+ fans write him often for sharing his talent and wisdom.

Join us for a chance to talk with Ted about his work while viewing it at the intimate Mary D. Fisher Community Theatre.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at the link below or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.
 
For questions about the series and the Sedona Philosophy Circle, please call 928-274-8737 or email info@sedonaphilosophycircle.com.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for "Ted Grussing: Part 3" online.
 


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.
 


AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda
Friday, Nov. 7


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere series with the one-night-only encore of “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda” on Friday, Nov. 7. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
After a successful Southwest premiere at the Illuminate Film Festival — where it played to two sold-out screenings and won the audience choice award for Best Film — “AWAKE” will return to Sedona by popular demand for this very special event.
 
“AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda” is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

 
 
Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.
 
Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. “AWAKE” is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.
 
 
 
“Compelling… enough to make a modern soul look inwards."  — The New York Times
 
“The film tapped into Yogananda's humanity in a way that was profoundly moving and inspiring to me." — Ram Dass
 
“Beautifully made… so rich and full of light" — Mariel Hemingway
 
“Yogananda was truly one of the great spiritual masters. He shone a light that continues to bless millions of us living on the earth today." — Marianne Williamson
 
“AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Nov. 7 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 "AWAKE" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 87 minutes.
 


Big Apple Circus - Metamorphosis
Saturday Nov. 8


Hurry, hurry! Fly away to the magical ring, to the circus — the Big Apple Circus — where an All-New Show — “METAMORPHOSIS” — with astonishing acts and startling transformations will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top!
 
On Saturday, Nov. 8, New York’s original one-ring circus for the first time in its 37 year history — will beam a performance for all ages into hundreds of movie theaters around the world, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. There will be two shows at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. Children and teens are admitted free of charge, and adult tickets are only $5 each and will benefit the Food Pantry at Sedona Red Rock High School.
 
Captured live from its home venue under the big top at Lincoln Center in New York, METAMORPHOSIS features performers from the U.S., Russia, France and Mongolia, in an array of classical circus artistry such as clowning, juggling, acrobatics and equestrianism. Cinema audiences will experience a very intimate live circus event.

 
 
Soar on wings of artifice and illusion to a dreamscape domain where nothing is impossible!
 
Appearing before your very eyes: The thrilling flyers of the trapeze, swooping and swirling through circus skies! The razzle-dazzle of the rolla-bolla, an act that teeters right on the edge of equilibrium! The dynamo of the diabolo, the whirling double–tops of the Big Top! An aerial space-age acrobatic adventure — an ascent to amazement! The risky rhythms of the Risley team, twisting and turning, topsy-turvy! The cadenzas of camels and horses, and the exuberance of playful pooches, out to dazzle with delight! The cunning conjurors of the quick-change act, defying belief and inspiring awe! The incredible flexible limbs of the contortionist in an act that will literally bend your imagination! And Francesco the Clown, captivating the crowd with his musical merriment and gentle humor.
 
Under the direction of maestro Rob Slowik, the renowned Big Apple Band provides as always the live and glorious tunes of the sawdust spectacular. And finally, our irrepressible, magnificent Ringmaster, the illustrious and incomparable John Kennedy Kane will summon the spirits of the circus universe to immerse you in the wonder, the joy and the astounding magic of “METAMORPHOSIS”!

 
 
For 37 years, Big Apple Circus — New York’s original one-ring circus — has been delighting audiences of all ages under its Big Top by presenting the finest in live family entertainment featuring world-class circus artistry. Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating communities with the joy and wonder of a classical circus.
 
This big-screen performance — free for children and teens — is made possible by a generous donation from Earle Weatherwax in loving memory of Georgia Frontiere.
 
The Big Apple Circus — “Metamorphosis” — will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. (live simulcast) and 2:00 p.m. (recorded encore). Tickets are FREE for children and teens; adult tickets are only $5 each and will benefit the Food Pantry at Sedona Red Rock High School.
 
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 "Big Apple Circus - Metamorphosis" online.

Production runtime is 2 hours.
 


Sedona Jewish Film Festival
Nov. 8-12


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the third annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival Nov. 8-12 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
The program will feature the best of Jewish cinema, including 8 award-winning films representing six foreign countries and the United States plus a selection of award-winning short films. The five-day event will include both narrative and documentary features. In addition, there will be a Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y simulcast as part of the festival offerings.
 
  

CUPCAKES — Opening Night Film
Preceded by HANNAH COHEN’S HOLY COMMUNION
Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, six diverse best friends gather to watch the wildly popular UniverSong competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry—and to cheer up their friend whose boyfriend has broken up with her—they create their own song and record it on a mobile phone. Unbeknownst to them, their performance is seen by the UniverSong judges and is selected as Israel’s entry for next year’s competition. With a soundtrack provided by multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy from Scissor Sisters, this hilarious comedy is a refreshing ode to music and friendship.
 
The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who was a tour guide and worked for the Israel Television Broadcasting Authority at the exciting time when Israel won for best song at the EuroVision Song Competition.
 
 

Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion: Hannah watches as her friends walk by her house in their finest white dresses. They tell her they are going to take their first Holy Communion. She wants to join them–the only problem is she’s Jewish! Set in Dublin in the 1970s, this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland as seen through the eyes of spirited seven-year-old Hannah Cohen. An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of the story lies in its simplicity, humor, and the universal desire to fit in.

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

 
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of "Machal" — volunteers from abroad — this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. Above and Beyond is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the Israel War of Independence, the film brings together new interviews with pilots from the '48 War, as well President Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.  Above and Beyond examines the motivations of the foreign volunteers – Jews and non-Jews, some Zionists, many others not. It recounts the personal stories of the young pilots, whose experiences in Israel were life altering. Ultimately, the film taps into universal themes of courage, commitment, and sacrifice. At a time when a fledgling nation was under attack, a tiny band of airmen answered the call for help. They risked their citizenship, their futures, and even their lives. Above and Beyond finally gives them their due.  

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

Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y:
WORLD RELIGIONS: SPOTLIGHT ON JUDAISM

Sunday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Can religion be defined? Join our award-winning scholars — Jack Miles, Susannah Heschel and Professor David Biale — as they tell a new story: traveling from prehistory to the present day illuminating how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, with a focus on Judaism. How has this great civilization and religion been absorbed and altered, understood and misunderstood?

CLICK HERE for more information and to order tickets to "92Y: World Religions".
 
 

 
TRANSIT
Monday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m.

From the perspectives of several main characters, Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms over their precarious lives. Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael—a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance. Most endangered in the situation is Janet’s four-year old nephew, Joshua, whom Janet and Yael watch over because the boy’s father, Moises, must work out of town during the week as a caregiver. Joshua is the most vulnerable to the deportation law because he is under the age of five and therefore must be kept hidden otherwise he risks being seen by the immigration authorities, who regularly patrol the neighborhood. The film also explores the life of a young lady, Tina, who arrives to start a new life in Israel.

Transit examines universal dilemmas of what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one's home and in a foreign land.

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

 
THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM
Preceded by MOSES ON THE MESA

Monday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Portraits of two beloved icons — Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel — are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit. Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem's work. Now 90, Bikel has played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and he has animated Aleichem's work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author. The film combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's remarkable life and work. A pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of indelible characters. His Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor's Son, and Menachem Mendl — "shtetl Jews" for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin — remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org.

 
Moses on the Mesa is inspired by the real life of Solomon Bibo, a young Jewish man from Germany who came to the Wild West in the 1800s to join his brother in their mercantile business. He learned to ride a horse, to shoot a gun, to play poker with outlaws, and to make friends with the “Indians” from his grandfather’s tall tales. He married a beautiful Acoma woman, battled against crooked government agents, and became the governor of the indigenous Acoma Pueblo. Life threw him many curves after that: he fought for progress, but lost to tradition; his friends turned against him; great earthquakes and great depressions wiped him out—and he always fought back, always remained a Jew: a Moses on the Mesa.
 
Writer/director Paul Ratner is scheduled to join us for a Q&A after the film.

CLICK HERE to order tickets for "Theodore Bikel" online.
 


 
24 DAYS
Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 4:00 p.m.

In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom. French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most “wrenching and politically astute” films to come out of France (Screen Daily). Based on a book co-written by Ilan’s mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady’s cinematic adaptation offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal, the violent world of the gang of Barbarians, and the harrowing experience of his family waiting and hoping the police would save their son. For 24 days the police, insistent upon handling the case as a normal for-ransom kidnapping rather than as a hate crime, fail to recognize the anti-Semitic hatred of his abductors. Many opportunities to save Ilan are missed or squandered as his family receives nearly 700 phone calls, insults, threats, photographs, and sound recordings of their tortured son.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "24 Days" and to order tickets online.
 


RUN BOY RUN
Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m.

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. Escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, nine-year old Srulik flees to the woods. There, he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the harsh onset of winter drive him back to civilization. Taken in by a kindhearted farmer’s wife, he is given shelter and a new identity. Passing himself off as Jurek, a Christian war orphan, the intrepid boy traverses the countryside from village to village, working as a farmhand under an ever-present threat of persecution. Some will help him survive and others will betray him. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek’s harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript. An unforgettable cinematic experience featuring exceptional performances, arresting cinematography, and transcendent musical score, “Run Boy Run” is directed by Oscar-winner Pepe Danquart and based on the bestselling novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev.

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

RUE MANDAR
Preceded by REVERENCE
Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 4:00 p.m.

Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall. Add a Yiddishkeit community in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and top it off with an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses. What you get in the assured hands of director Idit Cébula is the charmingly poignant French film Rue Mandar. For elder brother Charles, sister Rosemonde, and youngest sibling Emma, their widowed mother’s funeral marks the end of an era. Brought together after years of separation, they are soon squabbling about religious tradition, each other, and what to do with their parents’ apartment at 13 Rue Mandar. Rue Mandar reminds us that the messy, sometimes humorous, and often bittersweet business of death can lead to new beginnings.

 
Reverence dissects the meaning and context behind branded kippahs (scull caps or, in Yiddish, yarmulkes) and the concept of faith in a modern world while exploring the societal and religious norms that these garments may challenge, focusing on the notion of "fitting in" and "standing out" within the Reform and Conservative Jewish communities.
 
Filmmaker Collin Kornfeind is scheduled to join us for a Q&A after the film.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Rue Mandar" and to order tickets online.
 
 
 
OPERATION SUNFLOWER — Closing night film
Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half, they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles toward any point in Israel. Against the time that is running out, a political, scientific and human drama is being reconstructed. The drama took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950s-60s. Operation Sunflower also deals with the dilemma involving the commitment of the Jewish People around the world toward the State of Israel and how far will they go to help the Jewish State. The story that unfolds in the film, in the words of one of the characters, "was mythical."

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

The Sedona Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by the Cultural Committee of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley; The Gold Team: Andy and Cindy Golding of Century 21-Sexton Realty; Rabbi Alicia and Itzhak Magal; and an anonymous donor.
 
Tickets for each show are $12 general admission, 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 the full calendar and to order tickets online.
 
 

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
Thursday, Nov. 13


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere series with the one-night-only debut of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” on Thursday, Nov. 13. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Campbell was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians.
 
In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. He and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis — the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.

 
 
This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
 
The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

 
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” was directed and produced by James Keach, producer of the multiple Academy Award-nominated biopic “Walk the Line”.
 
“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 13 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 "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 104 minutes.
 


Live Theatre!
Brad Zinn: The Great Comedians
Nov. 14-16


In the honored theatrical tradition of one-man shows such as Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!, James Whitmore in Will Rogers, USA, and Frank Gorshin in Say Goodnight, Gracie, comes Brad Zinn’s “The Great Comedians”.
 
World-renowned impressionist, entertainer and comedian Brad Zinn is bringing his outrageous show to Sedona! There will be three performances Nov. 14-16, on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.
 
Brad Zinn’s "The Great Comedians" is a heartfelt salute to his childhood heroes that includes generous portions of comedy, music, juggling, magic, rope spinning, audience participation, and extended impersonations of Johnny Carson, George Burns, Jack Benny, and Will Rogers. Brad’s impressions also include W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Durante, George Jessel, Fred Allen, and Red Skelton.
 
“The Great Comedians” is sure to be the happiest and most lighthearted 90 minutes of theatre you have ever experienced. Over 200 laughs, 23 classic comedians, one performer on stage.

The central theme of The Great Comedians is one man’s childhood journey to becoming an entertainer, inspired by the Golden Age of Television, and the veteran entertainers who populated the airwaves. Brad lovingly and authentically keeps alive the high traditions of the original creators of American humor. The show is more than just laughs, though. Brad reveals the warm wit, wisdom, and life-affirming philosophies that elevated these performers into permanent icons of American culture.
 
“The Great Comedians” celebrates the diversity of American pop culture humor of the 20th Century. The show bridges generations with hilarity and clean, timeless laughs and offers an enlightening glimpse into show business history. The play makes a powerful emotional connection with those who remember, while delivering a thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience for everyone.

 
Brad began his acting career at the age of five and his five decades of stage experience are showcased in this one completely unique, unforgettable presentation. Brad has performed “The Great Comedians” for more than fourteen years to international critical and audience acclaim.
 
Brenda Zinn offers an intriguing performance of Vaudeville style Sand Painting as a pre-show warm-up, then assumes the offstage role of stage manager for the balance of the presentation. Vaudeville style Sand Painting has not been seen in over two generations!
 
There will be three performances of Brad Zinn’s “The Great Comedians” Nov. 14-16. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15; and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Brad 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 the show and to order tickets online.

Production 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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