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63 Up

The “Up Series” is an anthology of documentary films that have followed the lives of 14 British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Thus far the documentary has been eight films and now introducing the ninth installment, spanning over 63 years. Led by Emmy-nominated, DGA and BAFTA-award-winning director Michael Apted (Chronicles of Narnia, Amazing Grace) throughout the decades, this groundbreaking documentary anthology has now reached “63 Up”, gaining further illuminating insight into its premise of asking whether or not our adult lives are pre-determined by our earliest influences and the social class in which we are raised. An issue as relevant to our society now as when the series first appeared. “63 Up” film reveals more life-changing decisions, more shocking announcements and joy and tears in equal measure.
Fri, Jan 24 7:00 PM
Sun, Jan 26 7:00 PM
Wed, Jan 29 3:00 PM
Thu, Jan 30 3:00 PM
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A Hidden Life

Based on real events, from writer-director Terrence Malick, “A Hidden Life” is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keep his spirit alive. The relationship between Franz and his wife Fani endures. The film portrays their bond as deeply as Franz’s devotion to his cause. At every turn Fani is there for Franz — strong, unfaltering and supportive of his path while raising their daughters and running the farm alone. Malick’s film draws on actual letters exchanged between Franz and Fani while Jägerstätter was in prison. The story was little known outside of St. Radegund, and might never have been discovered, were it not for the research of Gordon Zahn, an American who visited the village in the 1970s.
Fri, Jan 24 3:00 PM
Sat, Jan 25 3:00 PM
Mon, Jan 27 3:00 PM
Wed, Jan 29 7:00 PM
Thu, Jan 30 7:00 PM
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All My Sons: National Theatre of London

The National Theatre of London continues its season with its acclaimed new production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” showing in Sedona on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama “All My Sons”. America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Sun, Jan 19 3:00 PM
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American Graffiti

“American Graffiti” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock 'n' roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle. “American Graffiti” also stars Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Beau Gentry, Harrison Ford and others. Join us for a nostalgic look at this timeless American classic that launched the careers of some of today’s biggest stars and directors!
Fri, Feb 7 7:00 PM
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An Evening with Julia Othmer

Hailing from Kansas City, Julia Othmer is a one of a kind piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her breathtaking live performances. “Perhaps the best way to explain Julia would be if Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, and Lyle Lovett had a musical orgy and let you watch behind a curtain of burning lace and a whiskey waterfall. I’ll bring the unfiltered cigarettes, you can bring your soul.” – Out of Print Magazine Her new album “Sound” – A collaboration with UK-based producer/composer James T. Lundie was released in April of 2019 to high praise. “Sound, sounds so good” writes Tim Finn of Elmore Magazine “It has stunningly sophisticated and dramatic architecture that’s rich in space and soaring in dynamics. Rife with layers, textures, melodies, and grooves.” The album’s first two singles- “Purple and Gray” & “Hungry Days” have over 275,00 views on You Tube alone and has been played on over 100 radio stations worldwide.
Fri, Mar 27 7:00 PM
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Ayurveda Unveiled

Filmmaker Gita Desai (Yoga Unveiled) takes us on an immersive journey into India’s eternal wisdom of wellbeing presented in the groundbreaking documentary “Ayurveda Unveiled”. At once a stunning cinematic experience and a definitive resource, “Ayurveda Unveiled” weaves together the history & essence of Ayurveda with a detailed examination of the underpinning philosophy, fundamental principles, and approaches to harmonizing our inner & outer world. With contributions from the world's leading thinkers and practitioners – including Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad and Robert Svoboda – amidst locations of intoxicating beauty, what emerges is a timeless and all-encompassing science for enhancing life.
Tue, Jan 28 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Sedona. For the sixth year, the Sedona International Film Festival is bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to red rock country. This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all. The Sedona tour stop has been expanded to two nights again this year: Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Each night will feature a different program of films. Audience members can attend either one of the nights or get a package discount to attend both evenings. Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Hot on the heels of the Festival held every fall in Banff, Canada, the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.
Tue, Mar 10 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 11 7:00 PM
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Mon, Jan 27 7:00 PM
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Conversations: Sex, Intimacy and the Senior Citizen

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to announce the fifth program in its "Conversations" series for the 2020 season. This series features distinguished professors from Northern Arizona University who are experts in their areas. Using a conversational format, the speakers will address controversial ideas, issues and topics, followed by Q&A. Please join us for an evening of intellectual banter, compelling discussion, and in some cases controversial dialogue. The next event in the monthly “Conversations” series will take place Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D Fisher Theatre. The featured speaker is Emily Patch, PhD. Her subject for the discussion is “Sex, Intimacy and the Senior Citizen”. The discussion will be moderated by Elliott Greenberg. Since the first studies on human sexuality in the 1940s, research has consistently demonstrated that sexual interest and activity and intimacy continue well into old age.
Wed, Feb 12 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 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 7:00 PM
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Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

Gauguin from the National Gallery, London” is a new 60-minute documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair, Colette). The film will be followed by a 30-minute private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, while it is currently on display in London. Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, the documentary will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary — and often problematic — artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. The film examines Gauguin’s legacy not only through the lens of art history, but also those of gender and post-colonial politics, reassessing the artist’s treatment of young indigenous women and his role in 19th century French colonialism. The private view of this first-ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits was filmed exclusively for cinemas in high definition with stunning close-ups. historian
Thu, Jan 23 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Giselle: Bolshoi Ballet 2020

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, Jan. 26 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Giselle” — a brand new production — from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 3:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Sedona audiences get to see the production the same day it premieres in Moscow! To kick-off the new year, one of the most exciting new productions of the Bolshoi’s season: Alexei Ratmansky's “Giselle” hits big screens around the world with a captured live broadcast via satellite. The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.
Sun, Jan 26 3:00 PM
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James Twyman: Brother Sun, Sister Moon

New York Times bestselling author and famed “Peace Troubadour” James Twyman will travel the United States penniless, performing his new musical based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi on the way to off-Broadway. He will be making a stop in Sedona with his musical “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” as part of his U.S. Tour on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival. James Twyman has always had a special affinity for St. Francis of Assisi. Now, Twyman will bring his stirring new musical on St. Francis “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” to Broadway in late February, and — with the beloved saint as his model — will travel a continent penniless, on foot and with whatever food, housing and further transportation that God will provide to get him there. Along the way, Twyman will perform the one-man show as St. Francis in Portland, Santa Barbara, Phoenix, Sedona, Santa Fe, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Tue, Jan 21 7:00 PM
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Larry and Leslie Latour: Songs & Stories of Life and Love

It's that time again! Celebrate Valentine's Day with Larry and Leslie Latour in their fifth annual Valentine's Day show, “Songs & Stories of Life and Love” for an always fun and poignant evening of song, Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Available is a new collection of their songs, Real Music Two, for your listening pleasure! Long-time singer/songwriters and Valentine's Day favorites Leslie and Larry will bring you an emotional and heartfelt collection of tunes about love and life's entanglements in the intimate setting that is the Mary D. Fisher Theater. As always, they will be spinning their original story songs into a reflection of their lives in love together, singing their two part harmonies and taking the audience on a heartfelt journey.
Fri, Feb 14 7:30 PM
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Met Live Opera: Agrippina

As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.
Sat, Mar 7 11:00 AM4:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Der Fliegende Holländer

Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut run, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik. Der Fliegende Holla¨nder is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation.
Sat, Mar 14 10:00 AM4:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Maria Stuarda

A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti’s drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting. A searingly dramatic setting of Friedrich Schiller’s play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I of England, Maria Stuarda had a troubled genesis, despite its musical and theatrical brilliance, and only recently achieved a place in the repertory. These two fearsome rivals embody different perceptions of royalty, which were very much in direct conflict at that moment in time, and the opera’s drama is true to history in a way the facts are not.
Sat, May 9 10:00 AM4:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Infused with the timeless melodies of the much-loved classics “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin,” and “My Man’s Gone Now,” the new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year.
Sat, Feb 1 11:00 AM4:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Tosca 2020

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her 16th Live in HD transmission, taking on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.
Sat, Apr 11 10:00 AM4:00 PM
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