23rd Sedona International Film Festival - page 167

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Vegas Baby
USA | 2016 | 77 min • Documentary Feature
Amanda Micheli
Execu!ve Producers:
Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy
Serin Marshall, Amanda Micheli
Oscar‐nominated director Amanda Micheli's
provoca"ve and suspenseful documentary follows
several aspiring parents who desperately want to
have a baby but are struggling with infer"lity and
the high cost of treatments. They place themselves
in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual
contest, which offers a prize of a free round of in‐
vitro fer"liza"on — with no guarantee of success.
Contestants post video entries online telling their
stories, coun"ng on the votes of strangers to make
their dreams of becoming parents true.
IVF can be cripplingly expensive and is rarely covered
by insurance in the United States. So while exposing
private pain online to win a contest is a brutal propo‐
si"on, many infer"le couples consider this a gamble
worth taking. Through this controversial contest,
“Vegas Baby” navigates the complexi"es of Amer‐
ica's burgeoning fer"lity industry and unveils the
class disparity within a topic that is o$en clouded by
judgment and stereotypes. Micheli paints an in"‐
mate portrait of the diverse individuals — from a
devoutly Catholic La"no couple in Texas to a lesbian
Lady Gaga Impersonator in New York — determined
to have a baby against all odds.
Preceded By:
The Immaculate Misconcep!on
United Kingdom | 2015 | 25 min • Narra"ve Short
Michael Geoghegan
Russell Cur"s
Michael Geoghegan, Simon Riley
Orliath Feenan, Georgia Simipson
Sinead, underage, pregnant and a virgin who lives
with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the ma‐
triarch of this dysfunc"onal family and a pious
Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth pro‐
claimed immaculate
Sun, Feb 19 | 6:20pm
Harkins 6
Mon, Feb 20 | 12:20pm
Harkins 6
Total Running Time: 1:42
Spain | 2015 | 90 min • Narra"ve Feature
Jose Skaf
A$er the accidental death of Jonas’ family in an
abandoned mine in a mysterious place lost in the
mountains, he devotes himself to a dangerous job
under a magnet at the foundry. The work in this
place will make him develop an amazing power that
he’ll try to hide from everyone else. Un"l the day
he meets Marta, who also seems to keep secrets.
Together, they will find evidence that their love
ones were in fact murdered because they knew
that there was life beyond their natural boundaries.
All the inhabitants, manipulated by their despo"c
leaders, during genera"ons, ignore there is an alter‐
na"ve to the life they are living.
Jonas, torn apart by feelings of guilt and revenge,
will come up with a plan to save Marta who’s in se‐
rious danger if she doesn’t escape on the exact date
when they have their only fes"vity in the whole
year. In order to gain back freedom for all the in‐
habitants, Jonas will have to accept that his curse is
in fact a unique gi$ to save the community from
their leaders and maybe a second chance in love.
Sun, Feb 19 | 12:10pm
Harkins 2
Tue, Feb 21 | 9am
Harkins 1
Total Running Time: 1:30
Voyagers Without Trace
USA | 2015 | 80 min • Documentary Feature
Ian McCluskey
A mysterious sign, a lost diary, a daring journey
down canyons of the West and across France in
search of three voyagers from 1938. Three young
Parisians arrived in the American West with kayaks,
cameras, and beer. They had a bold, even foolhardy
plan: be the first to take kayaks down the wild
Green and Colorado rivers. They recorded their
journey, crea"ng the first adventure film shot in
vivid color. But the reels go unseen for 75 years,
un"l director Ian McCluskey spots a photo of the
trio on a roadside marker. His curiosity sends him
on a historical treasure hunt, learning to paddle the
same waters and searching for clues.
What led an explorer, his new bride, and his best
friend halfway around the world on the eve of
World War II? What secrets do flooded canyons
and a weathered journal s"ll hold? Ian traces the
trio's wake back to Europe, uncovering unexpected
connec"ons to the French Resistance, the advent of
the French Riviera, and the possibili"es that free‐
spirited risk‐taking offers to all.
Sun, Feb 19 | 12pm
Sedona Performing Arts Center
Wed, Feb 22 | 6:15pm
Harkins 5
Total Running Time: 1:20
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