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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).
Fri, Oct 18 4:00 PM
Sat, Oct 19 4:00 PM
Sun, Oct 20 4:00 PM
Mon, Oct 21 4:00 PM
Wed, Oct 23 7:00 PM
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Aquarela

Victor Kossakovsky’s “Aquarela” poses a thought-provoking question: what would a movie feel like if its main character — its driving emotional heartbeat — was not human at all, but an element of nature? “Aquarela” takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Captured at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is the main character of “Aquarela”, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity. Spanning the globe, “Aquarela” unfolds as a fiercely lyrical, multi-sensorial experience that seeks to break the boundaries between human and nature. The film includes footage captured in seven different countries.
Mon, Oct 14 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Beethoven in the Movies

Verde Valley Sinfonietta and the Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) have a surprise event in store for Saturday, October 12. Called “Beethoven in the Movies,” it’s a collaboration that features live music performed on stage by the Sinfonietta with film clips that tie in with the music. The music is all by one of the world’s most renowned composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. The film clips are from five different movies about Beethoven. The event begins at 7:00 PM at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
Sat, Oct 12 7:00 PM
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Before You Know It

“Before You Know It” featured an award-winning, all-star ensemble cast, including Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Alec Baldwin, Hahhah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Mike Colter. A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters into a literal soap opera. Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family — her off-kilter actress sister Jackie (Jen Tullock), her eccentric playwright father Mel (Mandy Patinkin), and her deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Oona Yaffe) — and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.
Sat, Sep 21 4:00 PM
Sun, Sep 22 4:00 PM
Mon, Sep 23 4:00 PM
Wed, Sep 25 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Thu, Oct 3 7:00 PM
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Conversations: Religious Fundamentalism

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to introduce a speaker series, “Conversations”. This series will highlight 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, and in some cases controversial dialogue. The first event in the monthly “Conversations” series will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D Fisher Theatre. The featured speaker is Bjorn Krondorfer, PhD. His subject for the discussion is “Religious Fundamentalism in the Abrahamic Religions and Violence”. The discussion will be moderated by Sheila Nair, PhD, Professor of Political Science at NAU, and Elliott Greenberg.
Wed, Oct 16 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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David Crosby: Remember My Name

A triumph at Sundance, this inspired collaboration between director A.J. Eaton and producer Cameron Crowe coaxes Crosby, member of three major groups in music history (The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), into unflinching candor as the singer-songwriter confronts mortality and assesses the damage of earlier days. At the same time, his redemptive journey back to music is universally inspiring and uplifting, bearing an emotional impact that transcends the rock documentary genre. In the illuminating twilight of his days as a living legend, “Croz” has chosen living over the legend. He’s making less money but more music than ever, hitting the road despite serious health issues, surrounded by young players who have helped inspire a critically-acclaimed creative streak of fresh songs, albums, and performances. As a troubled talent but uncompromising and principled spirit whose voice has been harmoniously woven into the fabric of pop culture and music royalty
Fri, Sep 27 4:00 PM
Sat, Sep 28 4:00 PM
Mon, Sep 30 7:00 PM
Tue, Oct 1 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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Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” will show in Sedona on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone described it as “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” In “Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions.
Mon, Sep 23 7:00 PM
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Fantastic Fungi

Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet … today. When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, “Fantastic Fungi” brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. “Fantastic Fungi”, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. “Fantastic Fungi” is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of myceliumand its fruit — the mushroom. ,
Thu, Oct 17 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Flagstaff Premiere: After the Wedding

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the audience and critically-acclaimed new film “After the Wedding” on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres. “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.
Wed, Oct 9 7:00 PM
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Fleabag: National Theatre of London

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series “Fleabag”, broadcast to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Vicky Jones, this 80-minute play is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker) on the big screen in high definition. “Filthy, funny, snarky and touching.” — Daily Telegraph “Witty, filthy and supreme.” — Guardian “Never has being a modern woman seemed so painfully funny, brutal, and hopeless all at once.” — Atlantic
Sun, Oct 6 4:00 PM
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Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost

Sedona International Film Festival presents the Great Art on Screen series with “Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Great Art on Screen is a series of seven documentaries featuring an in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking art masters of their time. “Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost” traces the story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. The film is an exotic journey from Tahiti to the Marquesas Islands tracing a life story that has become legendary. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.
Tue, Oct 15 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Jay Myself

“Jay Myself” documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home — the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City. Jay Maisel purchased the 1898 Germania Bank Building in 1967 for $102,000. For forty-eight years, he lived in the building, alone, and then with his wife and daughter, using it as not only as his studio and home, but also as his personal museum of extraordinary things. A collector of anything and everything in which he found beauty, each floor of the building represented a cross section of his mind; for the bank was more than just Jay’s home.
Tue, Sep 24 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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