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A Midsummer Night's Dream: National Theatre

The National Theatre of London continues its season with its acclaimed new production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” showing in Sedona on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations — with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy was captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
Sun, Nov 10 3:00 PM
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A Prayer for Compassion

The film’s director and producer, Thomas Jackson, will be in Sedona to host the special event and will have a Q&A discussion after the film screening. “A Prayer for Compassion” — which was recently selected by a plant-based publication as one of the 21 Must-Watch Vegan Documentaries that will inspire people to change the world in 2019 — strives to motivate and encourage those already on a religious or spiritual path to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. The film follows Thomas on a quest across America, to Morocco for the UN World Climate Conference, and throughout the Indian subcontinent, asking the questions, “Can compassion grow to include all beings and how will people of faith respond to the call to include all of the planet’s inhabitants in a circle of respect, caring and love?”
Sun, Oct 27 7:00 PM
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After the Wedding

“After the Wedding” features an award-winning ensemble cast including Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Billy Crudup. As if driven by an inescapable force, Isabel (Michelle Williams) has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. With funds running dry, a potential donor — who requires she travel from India to New York to deliver a presentation in-person — contacts Isabel. At first balking at the demand of an uncommitted philanthropist, she relents, and travels to a city she deliberately hasn't returned to in over two decades. Once in New York, Isabel lands uncomfortably in the sight line of the orphanage's possible benefactor, Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a multi-millionaire media mogul accustomed to getting what she wants. From the glittering skyscraper where she runs her successful business, to the glorious Oyster Bay estate, where she lives happily with her artist husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), 21-year-old daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn).
Sun, Oct 20 4:00 PM
Mon, Oct 21 4:00 PM
Wed, Oct 23 7:00 PM
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Becoming More Visible

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance and PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley to present the premiere of “Becoming More Visible” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. This special screening of “Becoming More Visible” is presented in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Come early for a pre-film reception hosted by Unify Sedona, and stay after the film for a Q&A and community conversation. Challenged by how to identify since early childhood, four fearless transgender young adults defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible.
Wed, Nov 20 4:00 PM
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Before Stonewall

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance and PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley to present the premiere of “Before Stonewall” on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Come early for a pre-film reception hosted by Unify Sedona, and stay after the film for a Q&A and community conversation. In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's LGBT community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay liberation movement had begun. Newly restored for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, “Before Stonewall” pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic story of survival, love, persecution and resistance experienced by LGBT Americans since the early 1900's. Revealing and often humorous, this widely-acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement.
Sun, Nov 10 7:00 PM
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Cracked Up

This screening of “Cracked Up” will be followed by a community discussion led by the Mental Health Coalition of the Verde Valley. In “Cracked Up”, director Michelle Esrick’s Award-winning documentary, we witness the impact that childhood trauma can have across a lifetime through the incredibly courageous and personal story of comedian, actor and Saturday Night Live legend Darrell Hammond. Renowned for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and hundreds more, Hammond wowed SNL audiences for a record-breaking 14 seasons. Although Hammond performed brilliantly on live TV, behind the scenes he suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury and addictions, symptoms which were misdiagnosed by over 40 doctors as mental illnesses, including: multiple personality disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia. Not until a suicide attempt that brought Hammond together with Dr. Nabil Kotbi, was he properly diagnosed and treated.
Tue, Oct 22 7:00 PM
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Deconstructing the 1963 Beatles

From “Love Me Do” to “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Deconstructing the 1963 Beatles” traces the Beatles remarkable story through the year of 1963 as they create their first hit singles and albums, including “Please Please Me” and “She Loves You”. In late 1962, the Beatles stepped into EMI studios for the first time, meeting producer George Martin and beginning an unparalleled and remarkable recording career. Over the next eighteen months, they would release four number one singles (including “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and two number one albums while becoming worldwide superstars. In “Deconstructing the 1963 Beatles”, historian and composer Scott Freiman explores the music that helped launch Beatlemania. Freiman combines his love of The Beatles with his experience as a composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures about the creative process of The Beatles.
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 7:00 PM
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Deconstructing the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

Sedona International Film Festival is proud to be the official host of “Deconstructing the Beatles”, joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special series. “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour” will show in Sedona on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour” explores the music written for the Magical Mystery Tour TV show, as well as the additional songs that appeared on the 1967 LP. In 1967, The Beatles embarked on an ambitious project, writing and directing a one-hour film, Magical Mystery Tour. The music written for the film is some of The Beatles' psychedelic best. In “Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour”, music historian, composter and Beatles enthusiast Scott Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and other selections.
Mon, Feb 10, 2020 7:00 PM
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Deconstructing The Beatles: The Birth of The Beatles

Sedona International Film Festival is proud to be the official host of “Deconstructing the Beatles”, joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special series. “Deconstructing The Beatles: The Birth of The Beatles” will show in Sedona on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. In the late 1950s, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey were just four Liverpudlian teenagers who decided to play music. With no formal training and no ability to read or write music, they tried to emulate their American rock heroes. Within a few years, they would change music history (and the world) forever. Historian and composer Scott Freiman traces the birth of the Beatles from their days as the Quarrymen to their first visit to EMI Studios and the recording of “Love Me Do.” Freiman combines his love of The Beatles with his experience as a composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures about the creative process
Mon, Dec 16 7:00 PM
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Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver

Sedona International Film Festival is proud to be the official host of the “Deconstructing the Beatles” series, joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special event. “Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver” will show in Sedona on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. In “Deconstructing The Beatles: Revolver”, composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their seminal 1966 album, Revolver. In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs, such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been before.
Mon, Oct 21 7:00 PM
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Deconstructing The Beatles: Rubber Soul

Sedona International Film Festival is proud to be the official host of the “Deconstructing the Beatles” series, joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special event. “Deconstructing The Beatles: Rubber Soul” will show in Sedona on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. In October 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task—produce a new album of original music for a Christmas release. Within one month, The Beatles had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums — Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides of the single, as well as the album, hit number one on the charts. In “Deconstructing The Beatles: Rubber Soul”, composer/producer Scott Freiman walks Beatles fans young and old through the creation of Rubber Soul.
Mon, Nov 18 7:00 PM
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Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest

Across 2017/2018 Depeche Mode embarked on their Global Spirit Tour, in which they performed to more than 3 million fans at 115 shows across the globe. This new visually-striking film, directed by award-winning filmmaker and longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn, captures the energy and spectacle of the band’s performance from the tour along with a deeper look into how their music and shows have been woven into the fabric of their fans’ lives. Through the deeply emotional stories of six special Depeche Mode fans, the film shows not only how and why the band’s popularity and relevance has continued to grow over the course of their career, but provides a unique look into music’s incredible power to build communities, enable people to overcome adversity, and create connections across the boundaries of language, location, gender, age, and circumstance. Artfully shot and expertly edited, “Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest” goes beyond the typical concert film.
Tue, Nov 26 7:00 PM
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Edie

Believing that it’s never too late, newly widowed Edie embarks on a trip to the Scottish Highlands to fulfill her dream of climbing the intimidating Mt. Suilven, striking up a friendship with a young climber along the way. Following the death of her husband, Edie (Sheila Hancock) breaks free from years of his control and rebels against her daughter’s wish for her to move into assisted living by embarking on an adventure she and her father had always longed for: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world famous Mt. Suilven. Along the way, she hires young camping shop owner Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) to be her guide. Despite the generational differences between them, Jonny encourages Edie to fulfill her dream.
Fri, Oct 25 4:00 PM7:00 PM
Mon, Oct 28 4:00 PM
Wed, Oct 30 4:00 PM
Thu, Oct 31 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is the origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving. “Fiddler” is the first in-depth documentary film that chronicles the life and themes of this iconic offering of American theater and culture. The goal of our documentary is to understand why the story of Tevye the milkman is reborn again and again as beloved entertainment and cultural touchstone the world over. Opening in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” held the record for the longest running musical for almost 10 years, won nine Tony Awards, and spawned five Broadway revivals. The show is still performed more than any other show, from middle schools in inner cities to high schools in rural America, around the world from grand state theaters in Japan and Vienna to Johannesburg and Mexico City.
Mon, Nov 4 7:00 PM
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Golda's Balcony, The Film

Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters (including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers and, of course, Golda Meir herself), in one of the greatest acting performances of the last 50 years — now captured on film for all time, in this brand new motion picture, "Golda’s Balcony, The Film". Never has the whole Jewish century been dramatized with such heart, dazzle, and sheer jaw-dropping artistry, than in this 85-minute movie which has become, perhaps, the 'Cinderella Film' of the 2019-20 Jewish Film Festival season. In this final masterpiece (brilliantly directed by Scott Schwartz) by William Gibson, author of "The Miracle Worker," the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th Century. In “Golda’s Balcony, The Film”, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph.
Sat, Nov 2 7:00 PM
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Halloween Brew-Ha-Ha

Halloween fun is brewing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks … and all those ready for a good time! Bring out your inner ghoul and join us for a Halloween Brew-Ha-Ha and costume party at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m. Conjure up your Halloween spirit and come enjoy the “spirits” of the season at Sedona’s adult Halloween party presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. It promises to be an event not to be missed! Halloween isn’t just for kids … Come enjoy craft beer brews from local breweries, “witch’s brew” (toxic and non-toxic), wine, Halloween-themed eats and treats and much more. In addition, there will be a costume contest with prizes awarded for the best costume, scariest costume, most original costume and best couple’s costume. The theatre, courtyard and film festival offices will be decked out in ghoulish Halloween style. Come early for photo-ops and to get in on the “spirit”!
Mon, Oct 28 6:00 PM
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Hansard: National Theatre

The National Theatre of London continues its season with its acclaimed new production of “Hansard” showing in Sedona on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Hansard; noun: The official report of all parliamentary debates. See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings, in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.
Sun, Nov 24 4:00 PM
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It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound. Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, Blue Note records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. “It Must Schwing!” tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.
Sun, Nov 3 7:00 PM
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Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies

“Laddie” is the story of the most influential movie mogul you’ve never heard of: Alan Ladd, Jr. Alan Ladd, Jr. — known to friends and colleagues as Laddie — is the understated studio chief and Oscar-winning producer behind “Star Wars”, “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Braveheart” and a staggering 157 more. During his 50+ year career, garnering more than fifty Academy Award wins and over 150 nominations, Laddie worked with world-famous filmmakers and actors — many of whom became household names on his watch — and brought to life some of the most influential films of our time. In “Laddie: The Man Behind The Movies”, his daughter Amanda Ladd-Jones endeavors to better understand her father — to see him not just as “Dad," the man who spent the majority of her childhood at the office, but the way his collaborators do, as a doyen of modern American cinema.
Tue, Oct 29 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Leonardo: The Works

Exhibition on Screen offers an unprecedented look at arguably the world’s most celebrated artist: Leonardo da Vinci. Premiering in cinemas for a strictly limited run, “Leonardo: The Works” is part of the global celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. Many feature films have showcased the genius of Leonardo but none have ever examined in such detail the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings will be at the core of “Leonardo: The Works”, captured in staggering high-definition as never seen in cinemas – until now. Notably, the film presents every single painting attributed to Leonardo, offering unparalleled access for the first time. Amidst this collection of masterpieces, cinema-goers will marvel at The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks and what is widely considered the most famous artwork of all time – The Mona Lisa.
Tue, Nov 12 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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