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Sedona Interna!onal Film Fes!val 123
No Limits
Canada | 2016 | 79 min • Documentary Feature
Director:
John Zaritsky
It was the worst drug disaster in history. A “wonder
drug” seda!ve called Thalidomide was mass distrib‐
uted around the world by the German company
Chemie Grünenthal — aggressively marketed as
totally non‐toxic and claiming to be completely
harmless for pregnant mothers experiencing
morning sickness. In reality it killed and malformed
thousands of babies. Many of them had short arms
or legs, or no arms or legs at all. Many were blind or
deaf, or had severe damage to their brains or organs.
Now, almost 60 years a#er the drug was unleashed
on an unsuspec!ng public, a class ac!on lawsuit in
Australia finally unveils the hidden truth.
The feature documentary "No Limits" follows the
tragic story through the remarkable life affirming
journeys of survivors around the world, as they grow
from children to adults, determined to succeed, s!ll
wai!ng for adequate support and compensa!on from
their governments, the drug’s distributors and the
drug’s manufacturer, Grünenthal. Academy Award
winning director John Zaritsky picks‐up the stories of
Thalidomide survivors for his third film on the subject
and finally unveils a sinister and long hidden complic‐
ity by the drug manufacturer.
Preceded By:
Injec!on
USA | 2016 | 14 min • Narra!ve Short
Director/Writer:
Michael Urbanski
Producers:
Michael Urbanski, Megan Lee Joy, Jillian
Martelli, David Blue
Cast:
Julie McNiven, David Blue, Jim Beaver, Tracie
Thoms, Be%na Devin
When a mysterious serum is delivered to her door,
Claudia Fischer enlists the help of her scien!st
brother to determine its contents. The results bear
a striking resemblance to the research he's been
conduc!ng for the past decade.
Sun, Feb 19 | 9:20am
Harkins 6
Tue, Feb 21 | 12:20pm
Harkins 6
Total Running Time: 1:33
Obit
USA | 2016 | 93 min • Documentary Feature
Director:
Vanessa Gould
Producers:
Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould
Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at
The New York Times deposits the details of three or
four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory –
each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war,
poli!cs, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes
on in the obits. There are only a handful of editorial
obituary writers in the world, and none are be'er
than at The Times, where obits have become some
of the best wri!ng in journalism. Documentary sto‐
rytelling in print. First dra#s of contemporary his‐
tory. Mirrors of life’s great variety, humor and
pathos. Neatly framed vigne'es of worlds that will
vanish along with their notable stars.
"Obit" is the first documentary to look into the
world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit
desk at The Times. The film invites some of the
most essen!al ques!ons we ask ourselves about
life, memory and the inevitable passage of !me.
What do we choose to remember? What never
dies?
Preceded By:
Coming to Terms
Spain | 2015 | 13 min • Narra!ve Short
Director/Writer:
David Bertran
Producers:
Yolanda Centeno, David Bertran, Phyllis
Larrymore‐Kelly, Gabriela Dorini, Cesar B. Saura
Cast:
Carissa Bazler, Wya' Greene, Michael Maino,
Nancy Daly
Having to face the death of their father, Eddie and
Sally try to do their best in understanding the con‐
cept of death. At their tender age of 8 and 10, they
fully rely on their religious father’s teachings. When
life in Heaven seems ideal, they make a decision
that nobody could have expected.
Thu, Feb 23 | 3pm
Harkins 1
Sat, Feb 25 | 3:20pm
Harkins 6
Total Running Time: 1:46
Nuts!
USA | 2016 | 79 min • Documentary Feature
Director:
Penny Lane
Producers:
James Belfer, Caitlin Mae Burke, Penny
Lane, Daniel Shepard
Writer:
Thom Stylinski
"Nuts" is a feature length documentary (directed by
Penny Lane) about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an
eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression‐
era America with a goat tes!cle impotence cure
and a million wa' radio sta!on.
Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival
footage, and a hilariously unreliable narrator, "Nuts"
traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to
the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in De‐
pression‐era America. Along the way, he transplants
tens of thousands of goat tes!cles; amasses an
enormous fortune; is (sort of) elected Governor of
Kansas; builds the world’s most powerful radio sta‐
!on; invents junk mail, the infomercial, the sound‐
truck and Border Radio; hosts some epic par!es;
and annoys the heck out of the establishment, un!l
finally his audacious ac!ons force the federal gov‐
ernment to create regula!ons to stop him.
How he does it, and what happens when it all
comes crashing down, is the story of “Nuts”!
Preceded By:
The Memories Sta!on
USA | 2016 | 17 min • Documentary Short
Director:
Derek Frank
A short portrait of Boston radio legend Bob Bi'ner
whom The Boston Phoenix weekly called "The Last
Auteur of Terrestrial Radio". Bob owns and is the
sole programmer of four, listener supported, radio
sta!ons all of which play his carefully curated blend
of American popular music from the 40s through
the 80s.
Tue, Feb 21 | 3:20pm
Harkins 6
Fri, Feb 24 | 12pm
Harkins 1
Total Running Time: 1:36
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