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20 Feet from Stardom

Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a “Festival Flashback” of “20 Feet from Stardom” on Tuesday, May 11 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The rousing and inspiring “20 Feet from Stardom” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards. Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time. Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling film “20 Feet from Stardom”, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
Tue, May 11 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Albert Nobbs

“Albert Nobbs” received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Glenn Close, Best Supporting Actress for Janet McTeer and Best Achievement in Makeup. The actresses also received Golden Globe nominations in the same categories, and the film garnered a third Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Glenn Close stars in this emotional and thought-provoking tale. “Albert Nobbs” boasts an all-star ensemble supporting cast, including Mia Wasikowska, Janet McTeer, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. In 19th-century Ireland, painfully shy butler Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) hides an incredible secret: He is really a she. Terrified that someone will discover her identity, Albert keeps a very low profile, until the arrival of Hubert Page (Janet McTeer) registers a sea change in Albert's life.
Thu, May 27 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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An Evening with Whitney Shay

‘An evening with Whitney Shay’ - A chance to see one of the most dynamic female performers in the Blues music world today. With sparkly dresses, fiery tresses, and a talent only rivaled by her unstoppable hustle, Whitney Shay is one #busylittlesinger! This four-time San Diego music award winner (including Artist of the Year in 2019), and Blues Music Awards nominee is scorching stages at home, and internationally throughout Europe & South America. Although Covid paused the lives of many, Whitney along with internationally acclaimed guitarist Laura Chavez are incredibly excited to be making their Arizona debut on June 25, 2021 at the Mary Fisher Theatre. Ms. Shay’s latest release on Ruf Records “Stand Up!” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues charts while reaching #1 on the Roots Music Report in 2020.
Fri, Jun 25 7:00 PM
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Anthony Mazzella: Legends of Guitar

On Saturday, May 29 — Memorial Day Weekend — Anthony Mazzella’s “Legends of Guitar” concert will be rocking the Mary Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Anthony has added new songs to his repertoire so be sure to come hear his latest interpretations of guitar classics. “Legends of Guitar” is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legendary guitarists whose music is featured in the show are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jimi Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2), Pete Townsend (The Who), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), George Harrison (The Beatles), Segovia and more.
Sat, May 29 7:00 PM
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2021

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Sedona. For the seventh 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, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5 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. The festival will be observing CDC guidelines and reserved seating at a limited capacity, requiring masks for entering and exiting the theaters and with additional health and safety protocols in place.
Tue, May 4 7:00 PM
Wed, May 5 7:00 PM
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Carmen on the Lake

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “Carmen on the Lake” from the magnificent Bregenz Lake Stage in Austria. There will be one show on Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz, George Bizet’s “Carmen” is a story of passion, destiny, and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera, and the Toreador Song. Experience “Carmen” like never before — recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage. This production of “Carmen” is directed by Kasper Holten, Director of the Opera at the Royal Opera House in London.
Sat, Jun 5 1:00 PM
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Collective

“Collective” is nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Documentary Feature Film and Best International Feature Film — at this year’s Oscars. “Collective” is a gripping, real-time docu-thriller that follows a heroic team of journalists as they expose shocking corruption in the Romanian national health-care system. After an explosive fire claims the lives of 27 people at Bucharest nightclub, Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive care in facilities that are “better than in Germany.” Weeks later, a rising causality count leads intrepid reporters at the Sports Gazette to investigate. Just as a crucial tip exposes Hexi Pharma, a local firm’s culpability, the firm’s owner dies under mysterious circumstances and the health minister quietly resigns amid the uproar. But this is only the first chapter in a thrilling, ever-twisting exposé.
Fri, Apr 16 1:00 PM
Sun, Apr 18 4:00 PM
Tue, Apr 20 1:00 PM
Wed, Apr 21 7:00 PM
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Cottonwood Premiere: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood! “Monday Movies on Main” will resume again on Monday, April 26, with the Cottonwood premiere of “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts. The film festival and OTCA have created a safe environment to enjoy films on the big screen, following all CDC guidelines and safety protocols. The OTCA has been set up with special physically-distanced seating arrangements and will be limited to 50 attendees. Special cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing measures will be taken; and masks or facial coverings will be required of all attendees, staff and volunteers. Movie concessions will be available, including beer, wine, soft drinks, water, popcorn and a selection of movie candy.
Mon, Apr 26 7:00 PM
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Crip Camp

“Crip Camp” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars. In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened — a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills — exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Fri, Apr 16 4:00 PM
Sat, Apr 17 4:00 PM
Sun, Apr 18 7:00 PM
Wed, Apr 21 1:00 PM
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Four Good Days

Director Rodrigo García is a master of empathy, and his confident direction guides two exceptionally nuanced performances by Glenn Close and Mila Kunis in this powerful film inspired by a true story. A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse in “Four Good Days” — an emotional rollercoaster of hope and codependency that plots the damage done to one family among millions in this American age of addiction. When Deb (Glenn Close) gets a surprise knock on her front door one evening, she barely recognizes her own adult daughter standing on the porch. Molly (Mila Kunis) has been transformed by yet another year of homelessness and addiction. She is toothless, ragged, emaciated and shaking from withdrawal symptoms — and now she begs Deb for one final chance to help her get clean.
Fri, Apr 30 4:00 PM
Sat, May 1 4:00 PM
Sun, May 2 7:00 PM
Tue, May 4 4:00 PM
Thu, May 6 7:00 PM
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Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown

“Her Majesty Mrs. Brown” is the final film in a month-long tribute to Dame Judi Dench with a special “Judi-Judi-Judi” series featuring a different Judi Dench film every Monday. “Her Majesty Mrs. Brown” garnered two Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading role for Judi Dench and Best Makeup. Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Mr. John Brown (Sir Billy Connolly), who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis. While on an extended stay at Balmoral Castle and still in mourning over the death of her beloved Prince Albert, Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) meets Mr. John Brown (Sir Billy Connolly), a member of her household staff — who adores her — and thinks the time has come for her to start living a normal life.
Mon, May 3 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Moffie

Oliver Hermanus explores the toxic masculinity of Apartheid-era South Africa and the twin forces of racism and homophobia that fed it in “Moffie” – a powerful drama about a young gay military conscript trying to remain invisible. To be a mo?e is to be weak, e?eminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a con?ict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more di?cult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.
Fri, Apr 23 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 24 7:00 PM
Wed, Apr 28 4:00 PM
Thu, Apr 29 4:00 PM
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Monday

A spark on a Friday can lead to a sizzling weekend fling, but what happens when you get to the inevitable Monday? Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. The chemistry between them is undeniable. When Chloe’s time in Greece is drawing to a close, she decides to give up her high-flying job back home and explore whether one weekend’s passion can blossom into something more. Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ new film “Monday” is a fun, sensuous romance about how love gets in the way of life, and life gets in the way of love. “Crackles with energy and stings with honesty.” – Screen Daily "Exhilarating, Brilliant, Unfiltered." – Cineuropa “Sensual, funny, and above all honest.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Fri, Apr 23 4:00 PM
Sat, Apr 24 4:00 PM
Sun, Apr 25 1:00 PM
Wed, Apr 28 7:00 PM
Thu, Apr 29 7:00 PM
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My Octopus Teacher

“My Octopus Teacher” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars. Shot over eight years, with 3000 hours of footage, “My Octopus Teacher” documents a never-before-seen unique friendship and interaction between a human and an octopus. After years spent filming some of the planet’s most dangerous animals, Craig Foster was burned out and depressed, his family relationships in turmoil. He decided to put a halt to his career to reconnect with his own roots — the magical underwater world of the kelp forest off the coast of his hometown, Cape Town, South Africa. For nearly a decade, Craig went diving daily in the icy cold waters, ditching wetsuit and scuba rig in one of the most predator dense places on earth. The common octopus he met and tracked became first his subject, then his teacher, showing him things no human had ever witnessed.
Fri, Apr 16 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 17 7:00 PM
Mon, Apr 19 1:00 PM
Tue, Apr 20 4:00 PM
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Notes on a Scandal

“Notes on a Scandal” is the third film in a month-long tribute to Dame Judi Dench with a special “Judi-Judi-Judi” series in April featuring a different Judi Dench film every Monday. “Notes on a Scandal” garnered four Academy Award nominations, including Best Leading Actress for Judi Dench, Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. One woman’s mistake is another’s opportunity. Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), a veteran teacher at St. George's, senses a kindred spirit in Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), the school's new art teacher. The younger woman's charisma intensely draws in the older, and the two become friends. Then Barbara — who is trapped in a stately-yet-suffocating marriage to her husband (Bill Nighy) — learns of Sheba's affair with a teenage student and becomes the keeper of the explosive secret. Now, her intentions with this new "friend" go well beyond a platonic friendship.
Mon, Apr 19 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Oscars on the Rocks

Enjoy Tinseltown’s brightest stars on Hollywood’s biggest night LIVE right here in Sedona on Sunday, April 25 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 5 p.m. Join in the fun and festivities of “Oscars on the Rocks”, the official spot to catch the 93rd Annual Academy Awards on the big screen. You will feel like you are right in the midst of the Oscar action. Roll out the red carpet, make your Oscar picks and join your fellow movie-lovers for a night out on the town. Think you can pick the winners of the big night? Find out how your picks stack up against the Academy’s when you join the pick-the-winner contest. The evening will also include trivia contests, movie quotes and more! Get decked out in your Hollywood finest … or come as you are! It is Oscar night Sedona-style! Who knows what surprises we’ll have in store!
Sun, Apr 25 5:00 PM
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Rockabye Worlds

The Sedona International Film Festival proudly presents the premier of Rockabye Worlds, a live one-man modern musical written and composed by Paolo Scardina at the Mary D Fisher Theater, Sunday, May 30 at 4:00 and 7:00 pm. The show will have an encore return on Saturday, July 3 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Rockabye Worlds is performed by Paolo Scardina, an accomplished pianist, vocalist, composer, songwriter, and choreographer, who enacts the roles of seven characters, while playing live on a magical music box, a stage piano! This musical creation integrates the artforms of songwriting, composing, piano playing, acting and choreography into a one-man show that audiences rarely see, in a contemporary jazz style that will make you smile out loud and weep with wonder.
Sun, May 30 4:00 PM7:00 PM
Sat, Jul 3 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Seeding Change

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a special Earth Day premiere of the inspiring new film “Seeding Change” on Thursday, April 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be a bonus recorded on-screen conversation following both screenings featuring the filmmakers and special guests. Over the past two decades, a new breed of mission-driven business has risen, led by the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Their diverse companies follow a philosophy known as the Triple Bottom Line, one that measures success socially, environmentally, and economically. At the core of these enterprises, a new vision exists to create solutions through their supply chains, branding, and products. Whether they are fighting poverty through Fair Trade job creation, protecting biodiversity and rainforests, or regenerating topsoil through organic and sustainable agriculture, these businesses offer an opportunity for viewers to cast a vote through their purchases.
Thu, Apr 22 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Sound of Freedom

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Coalition Against Human Trafficking - Northern Arizona to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “Sound of Freedom” on Wednesday and Thursday, May 19 and 20 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Showtimes will be 4 and 7 p.m. each day. Break the silence. Save the children. "Sound of Freedom" is an inspiring story based on true events that sheds light on the grim reality of child sex trafficking. It is the true story of a man who risks everything to bring a ray of light and hope to the most hidden corners of our world, seeking to save children chained in the dark. It is not just a movie, "Sound of Freedom" is a cinematic experience that will be part of a global movement, destined to end the trafficking of minors. The film tells the story of Tim Ballard, a former CIA operative, who quits his job as a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to save children from cartels and human traffickers.
Wed, May 19 4:00 PM7:00 PM
Thu, May 20 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Go inside the hearts and minds of the “Sesame Street” creators, artists, and educators who established one of the most influential and enduring children’s series in television history. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and over 20 original interviews, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” introduces audiences to a gang of visionaries who set out to entertain and educate young minds by harnessing the power of television with furry characters, catchy songs, and a diverse cast. Cast members featured in the film include: Jim Henson, Jon Stone, Joan Ganz Cooney, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Bob McGrath, Matt Robinson, Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado.
Fri, Apr 30 7:00 PM
Sat, May 1 7:00 PM
Sun, May 2 4:00 PM
Wed, May 5 4:00 PM
Thu, May 6 4:00 PM
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