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Saturday February 18 2017
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Fanny's Journey
Based on a true story, "Fanny's Journey" is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these eleven children attempt tp do the impossible: reach the Swiss border and freedom.
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The Million Dollar Duck
"The Million Dollar Duck" is a documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program. "In music you have the Grammys. If you're an actor, it's the Oscars. If you're a wildlife artist, it's winning the Federal Duck Stamp Contest." — Mark Anderson, 2004 Federal Duck Stamp winner, New York Times
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By Sidney Lumet
Film legend Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) tells his own story in a never-before-seen interview shot in 2008. With candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. The documentary features clips from Lumet’s films – 44 films made in 50 years – including "Serpico", "Dog Day Afternoon", "12 Angry Men", "Network" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski ("Afternoon of a Faun", "The Loving Story") combines these elements to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. "By Sydney Lumet" reveals the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet’s strongly moral tales capture the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: how does one behave to others and to oneself?
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Newtown
Twenty months after the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, CT that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is a complex psychological web of tragic aftermath in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. Kim A. Snyder's searing "Newtown" documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.
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Born to Rewild
Follow ultra trekker, John Davis, on his 8 month journey as he hikes, bikes, and paddles 5000 miles from Mexico to Canada to bring awareness to the obstacles that wildlife faces as it tries to move from one area to another. His mission is to bring conservation groups, public land agencies, and private land owners together to create a continuous wildlife corridor across the spine of the continent.
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Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
"Underfire" is the remarkable story of WWII infantryman and photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night. The film discusses the timeless ethical issues surrounding war photography and how images shape public perceptions of conflict featuring contributions from Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times photographer Tyler Hicks, Anne Tucker, curator of the Fine Art Museum of Houston, James Estrin, of the Times, and John Morris, former photo editor of Life Magazine and Robert Capa.
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29+1
It’s 2005 and Christy – born and raised in Hong Kong – is a week away from turning 30. Her job is stressful, her relationship stuck, her parents aging and annoying.Joyce — also a week shy of her 30th birthday — leads a vastly different lifestyle in Hong Kong. She’s in a dead-end job and has never been in love. With her indomitable optimism she takes off on a trip to fulfill a childhood dream. When Christy is suddenly evicted from her apartment she temporarily moves into Joyce’s while she’s away. Though the two have never met and are as different as night and day, Joyce enables Christy to ‘know’ her in unique and touching ways. Director Kearen Pang has skillfully adapted her extremely successful stage play, graciously opening her heart to wider audiences in this sensitive, uplifting film.
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Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Bruce Hornsby will open the 2017 Sedona International Film Festival with a performance with is band — The Noisemakers — on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s three-decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” — the title track of his 1986 debut album — became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. Throughout this period, Hornsby has maintained the integrity, virtuosity and artistic curiosity that have been his hallmarks.
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Under the Same Sun
"Under the Same Sun" shares the story of Karim Jamal, a confused and injured young man, who accidentally stumbles into a village of Hindu and Muslim orphaned children near the medieval town of Jaisalmer, India while on his journey to reunite with his family. Through the spirit and innocence of these children, who adopt Karim into their family, he discovers a new sense of brotherhood, compassion and humanity, which compels him to re-examine his ultimate goal and purpose in life.
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