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"From Mozart to Gershwin and More" Concert

The Red Rocks Music Festival is proud to partner with the Sedona International Film Festival to present a special concert at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. The concert — “From Mozart to Gershwin and More” — will include selections by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor, Gershwin and Webern. Featured artists and musicians are: • David Ehrlich, violin — Fine Arts Outreach Fellow, VA Tech • Yibin Li, violin — Faculty at Julliard & Mannes Music Schools • Christopher Mckay, principal viola — The Phoenix Symphony • Jan Simiz, assist. principal cello — The Phoenix Symphony • Alex Laing, principal clarinet — the Phoenix Symphony The program will include selections from Mozart Clarinet quintet, K. 581, written in 1789 and is one of the earliest and best known works written for the clarinet and a string quartet.
Sun, Sep 8 3:00 PM
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42nd Street: The Musical

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, “42nd Street”, comes cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical. The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!) Filmed in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble.
Fri, Jun 7 4:00 PM
Sat, Jun 8 4:00 PM
Tue, Jun 11 7:00 PM
Wed, Jun 12 7:00 PM
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Agave: The Spirit of a Nation

At this special event, guests will have the opportunity to watch “Agave: The Spirit of a Nation” and are invited to sample Mezcales and Tequilas from Mexico between the film screenings. This will be a treat for all the senses, as we take a journey to explore the culture of México through film and fine tequila. The brands of samples represented include: El Tesoro, Mezcal Vago and Tequila Fortaleza, among others. This expressive documentary explores the fastest trending spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal. This journey takes us to the world’s most biodiverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers — Carlos, Graciela and Aquilino — in this burgeoning renaissance. From a bootstrap ambition to carrying on a father’s legacy, their successes and sacrifices unfurl in this interweaved story.
Thu, May 23 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” is a never-before-seen film of the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album “Amazing Grace” at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972. The album would become the highest-selling album of Franklin’s career and the most successful gospel album of all time. Aretha Franklin had originally been signed to Columbia Records by John Hammond, who also signed Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. When her Columbia career failed to ignite, Atlantic Records signed her, and under the guidance of Jerry Wexler, Franklin’s career was transformed. Starting in 1967, her string of hits — “I Never Loved A Man”, “Respect”, “Baby I Love You”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “Don’t Play That Song” — kept Atlantic Records at the top of both the Pop and R&B charts. Franklin’s success disguised the fact that the label was losing touch with its R&B heritage following the death of Otis Redding and Ray Charles’ defection to a rival company.
Fri, Jun 14 4:00 PM
Sun, Jun 16 4:00 PM
Mon, Jun 17 4:00 PM
Wed, Jun 19 7:00 PM
Thu, Jun 20 7:00 PM
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Anthony Mazzella: Legends of Guitar

Music lovers take notice! It doesn’t get much more perfect than this. Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” show is a dazzling spectacle featuring one of the most highly-skilled musical artists in the country channeling the raw power of living and deceased guitar legends with multiple instruments on stage. One thing is for certain: Mazzella is highly aware of the seductive relationship between the guitarist, his instrument and its hypnotic effect on the audience. “When I play, my guitar becomes an extension of my body,” says Mazzella. “My movements during an epic song are a sensual visual, no doubt. I feel like a guitarist has to be passionate about playing, because it is the hardest instrument to play well.” Mazzella’s skill easily matches the legends he pays tribute to: Carlos Santana, U2’s “The Edge” and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, to name a few. Like all the greats, he has labored since childhood to master his craft.
Thu, May 30 7:30 PM
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As You Like It: Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s extraordinary new production of “As You Like It” makes its Sedona big-screen debut on Sunday, May 26. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the high-definition premiere of William Shakespeare’s renowned play from its home in Stratford-Upon-Avon. There will be one show at 3 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness? Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
Sun, May 26 3:00 PM
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Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n' Roll

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world to present a one-night premiere of “Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll” on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll” tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound. “Asbury Park” returns Asbury sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after-hours club where they got their start.
Wed, May 22 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Ask Dr. Ruth

“Ask Dr. Ruth” chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution. Ryan White is the director of “Ask Dr. Ruth”. Most recently, White directed “The Keepers”, a 7-part Emmy-nominated documentary series for Netflix, and HBO's “The Case Against 8”, which won the Directing Award at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. White's additional films include “Serena”, “Good Ol’ Freda” and “Pelada”.
Fri, May 31 4:00 PM
Sat, Jun 1 4:00 PM
Mon, Jun 3 4:00 PM
Tue, Jun 4 7:00 PM
Wed, Jun 5 7:00 PM
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Coriolanus: Stratford Festival

Staged at the Stratford Festival and named on many 2018 year-end critics “best of” lists, the Stratford Festival’s “riveting” and “exhilarating” (The New York Times) production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”, has been called “the show of the decade — a landmark production for the Stratford Festival … maybe for William Shakespeare, too” (The Globe and Mail), and “the greatest contemporary staging of this play that I have ever seen” (Chicago Tribune). The production is directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage and stars André Sills, “a magnetic and imposing actor” (The New York Times), with a stellar cast delivering “performances that send shivers down the spine” (The Globe and Mail). Lepage takes the story of the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.
Sun, Jun 9 3:00 PM
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Halston

America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business. “Halston” captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America." Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and writer Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Iman. What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.
Tue, Jun 18 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Hampstead

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson star in this sparklingly witty, London-set romance based on the inspiring true story of a man’s against-all-odds fight to save his home. Though Emily (Diane Keaton) and Donald (Brendan Gleeson) live in the same idyllic London neighborhood of Hampstead, the worlds they inhabit could not be more different. She is an American widow occupying a posh apartment she can no longer afford and filling her time with charity work as she struggles to figure out a next step. He is a gruff Irish loner who lives off the land in a makeshift cabin and wants nothing more than to be left in peace. When his home is threatened by greedy real estate developers, Emily believes she has found her new cause — but gets more than she bargained for when unexpected romance blossoms. Based on an inspiring true story, Hampstead is a buoyant, sparklingly witty tale of two underdogs who took on the system and showed a nation that heart is where the home is.
Fri, Jun 14 7:00 PM
Sat, Jun 15 7:00 PM
Sun, Jun 16 7:00 PM
Mon, Jun 17 7:00 PM
Wed, Jun 19 4:00 PM
Thu, Jun 20 4:00 PM
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Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary “Meeting Gorbachev” — filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews — provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years. One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that ... opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.”
Fri, May 24 7:00 PM
Sun, May 26 7:00 PM
Mon, May 27 7:00 PM
Tue, May 28 4:00 PM
Wed, May 29 4:00 PM
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Much Ado About Nothing: LIVE!

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival (FlagShakes) is proud to open its 2019 season with Shakespeare’s beloved classic “Much Ado About Nothing” and a special live performance at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m., co-presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. In the aftermath of war, returning soldiers discover that finding love and building their lives anew is a journey that can take some unexpected turns. Now bitter rivals, former lovers Benedick and Beatrice lock horns in a battle for supremacy of wit, while Beatrice’s family is ripped apart by betrayal. Add a bumbling detective, a prince in disguise, scheming villains, and passionate young lovers and you have Shakespeare’s warmest, funniest comedy. Returning fans will recognize director Jesse James Kamps’ work from last summer’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Delightfully witty, Kamps’ directorial style captures all the ribaldry of the Bard himself.
Sat, Jun 15 2:00 PM
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Nureyev

This striking documentary — “Nureyev” — from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. “Nureyev” charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film features never-before-seen footage and contextualizes not just the man, but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. A quarter of a century after Nureyev’s death, his story has never been more relevant. His defection to the West is symbolic as Russia and the West struggle once more to reconcile conflicting values. As we obsess over celebrity, Nureyev’s status as a global icon in an age before social media is doubly significant.
Sun, Jun 2 4:00 PM
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Red Joan

Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench stars in “Red Joan” alongside a stellar ensemble cast, including Sophie Cookson and Tom Hughes. The film is directed by Trevor Nunn. There are two sides to every traitor’s story. Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story.
Fri, May 24 4:00 PM
Sat, May 25 4:00 PM
Mon, May 27 4:00 PM
Tue, May 28 7:00 PM
Wed, May 29 7:00 PM
Thu, May 30 4:00 PM
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Sedona Poetry Slam - May

The Sedona Poetry Slam brings high-energy, competitive spoken word to the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. A poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays, judged by the audience. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. 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. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. 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.
Sat, May 25 7:30 PM
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Storm Boy

“Storm Boy” features an award-winning ensemble cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, Finn Little, Trevor Jamison, Morgana Davies and Erik Thomson. “Storm Boy” is a beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. Thiele’s novella, which tells the story of a young boy and his extraordinary friendship with an orphaned pelican on South Australia’s remote Coorong National Park, has enchanted and moved Australians for over half a century. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley (Geoffrey Rush), a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
Sat, Jun 1 7:00 PM
Sun, Jun 2 7:00 PM
Mon, Jun 3 7:00 PM
Tue, Jun 4 4:00 PM
Wed, Jun 5 4:00 PM
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T Sisters In Concert

The indie folk trio the T Sisters — from Oakland, CA — will perform in concert at the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater on Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm. The Sedona performance, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival, is part of the group’s World Tour, including the Middle East, North Africa and the United States. Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies. This past spring, the T’s journeyed to Nashville to create a compelling EP with renowned artist/producer Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers. While T Sisters’ prior releases delved into personal themes, this project represents a more mature and reflective chapter for the sisters, exploring deeper subjects of societal division.
Thu, Jun 13 7:00 PM
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The Cat Rescuers

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Verde Valley Humane Society to present the premiere of the award-winning film “The Cat Rescuers” showing Thursday, June 6 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be a community discussion following both film screenings. At the heart of “The Cat Rescuers” is a question many of us have faced: what to do to help unowned cats struggling outdoors? For Sassee, Claire, Tara and Stu, all busy full-time professionals who live in Brooklyn, the answer was clear: they must help. At first none of them knew what they were doing, but they soon learned the tricks of the trade and, to their shock, discovered the problem was bigger than they had imagined: at least 500,000 abandoned and feral cats on NYC’s streets and the city doing little to address the problem. “The Cat Rescuers” follows Sassee, Claire, Tara and Stu night and day as they hit the streets, backyards and alleys of Brooklyn to save feline lives.
Thu, Jun 6 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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The Mustang

“The Mustang” stars Matthias Schoenaearts, Bruce Dern and Jason Mitchell. Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) is halfway through serving an 11-year sentence for domestic violence at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, when he is selected to participate in an “outdoor maintenance” program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Soon, Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program and paired with a particularly difficult buckskin who mirrors his symptoms of aggression, fear and anxiety. As Roman struggles to come to terms with his newfound responsibilities, he’s also painfully reminded of his tragic past. His pregnant 16-year-old daughter Martha (Gideon Adlon) visits to ask him to sign emancipation papers that will allow her to inherit her grandmother’s house. Father and child are long estranged, and although Roman senses that Martha is headed down the wrong path, he’s ill-equipped to connect with her from behind bars.
Fri, Jun 7 7:00 PM
Sat, Jun 8 7:00 PM
Sun, Jun 9 7:00 PM
Tue, Jun 11 4:00 PM
Wed, Jun 12 4:00 PM
Thu, Jun 13 4:00 PM
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