Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona Performing Arts Center
10:00 AM (117 min)
"Django" is the story of Django Reinhardt, famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943. The Nazis had a strong hatred not only for gypsies but for jazz music, which they considered ‘American’ and ‘black’.While at the pinnacle of his art, Django Reinhardt — the brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing — plays to standing-room-only crowds. Meanwhile his gypsy brethren are being persecuted throughout Europe. His life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour in Germany. As the threat of persecution intensifies, being famous becomes very dangerous.
1:00 PM (91 min)
Being with Animals
Is it possible to talk with animals? Following this question, the filmmaker explores different forms of communication between humans and animals. She wants to calm down her excited dog Bina and learn how to communicate with her nonverbal. The journey leads her from Switzerland to England and to Arizona. She meets an animal communicator — Sedona's own Maia Kincaid — two horse teachers, a biologist, an animal therapist and the founder of "The Trust Technique“. On eye level with dogs, horses, cats, dolphins and a goat, she uncovers their authentic, sensitive ways of being and learns a lot from Bina and other animal companions.
4:00 PM (95 min)
Award-Winning Shorts
Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts and Sunderland Shorts Film Festivals, has brought a selection of films from Wash, DC in a program called “Award-Winning Shorts”. Through his recent work at festivals around the globe, Jon has collected a series of award-winning and audience-praised short films specifically for the warm, welcoming, and sophisticated film lovers of the Sedona International Film Festival.
7:00 PM (112 min)
The Insult
In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another."The Insult" is a courtroom drama that illustrates how a verbal insult can literally escalate into a major political issue, even war. "The Insult" is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
10:00 AM (92 min)
The Last Animals
“The Last Animals” is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet's last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa's front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.For three years, war photographer and first-time director Kate Brooks documented the plight of the Northern White Rhinoceros in the midst of a global wildlife trafficking crisis. When she started filming, there were just seven left in the world. Today there are only three.“The Last Animals” is a sweeping and sobering film about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the last animals. The
1:00 PM (97 min)
The Drawer Boy
Miles, a young theater actor from Toronto, arrives in rural Ontario at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with the two farmers in order to gather stories about rural life and write a play abut it. All three of their lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed. "The Drawer Boy" is based on the play by Michael Healey and is one of the most produced plays in Canada and the U.S.A.Although the clash between rural shrewdness and urban naiveté initially makes this film a comedy, the story ultimately evolves into a compelling drama of loyal friendship, lost love and abiding devotion. "The Drawer Boy" was the winner of the Grand Prize Narrative Feature at the Heartland Film Festival 2017.
4:00 PM (108 min)
The Big Fix
"The Big Fix” — the movie that starred Richard Dreyfuss as a former Berkley radical turned private detective — is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release in 2018. Based on the novel by Roger L. Simon (who also wrote the screenplay) and directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, the cast includes John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham, Ron Rifkin, Susan Anspach, and Bonnie Bedalia. Misfit private investigator and single father Moses Wine (Richard Dreyfuss) is tapped by his former college flame, Lila Shay (Susan Anspach), to dig into a political smear attack on the campaign she oversees. What starts out as a seemingly run-of-the-mill attempt at dirty politics evolves into a plot involving an unsolved murder; former 1960s radical leader Howard Eppis (F. Murray Abraham), who has settled into suburban life; and a terrorist plan to explode a Los Angeles freeway.Dreyfuss produced with his childhood friend, Carl Borack, a friendship that’s endured since 6th grade and still continues to this day. At the t
7:00 PM (103 min)
The Great White Hope
In the first decade of the 20th century, boxer Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) beats Frank Brady in Reno and becomes the first black heavyweight champion of the world. To the consternation of his common-law wife Clara and the militant Scipio, the irrepressible fighter takes as his mistress white divorcée Eleanor Bachman (Jane Alexander). After crossing the Illinois-Wisconsin state line with Eleanor, Jefferson is arrested in a hotel, charged under the Mann Act, and sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary at Joliet. Disguised as a member of a black baseball team, however, Jefferson escapes to Canada. Accompanied by Eleanor he travels to London, where he is refused a license to fight. In Paris he beats his white opponent so badly that no one will challenge him. A pariah, he journeys to Germany. In Budapest the boxer is so reduced in circumstances as to play the title role in a cabaret performance of Uncle Tom's Cabin. "The Great White Hope" was nominated for two Academy Award