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10:00 AM (87 min)
Bathtubs Over Broadway
When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a few vintage record albums that would change his life forever. Bizarre cast recordings — marked “internal use only” — revealed full-throated Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont, Xerox. Steve didn’t know much about musical theater, but these recordings delighted him in a way that nothing ever had. "Bathtubs Over Broadway" follows Steve on his quest to find all he can about this hidden world. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway.
1:00 PM (90 min)
The Push
"The Push" is an inspirational documentary about the power of never giving up. Grant Korgan is a world-class adventurer, nano-mechanics professional, and husband. On March 5, 2010, while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada back country, the Lake Tahoe native burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae, and suddenly added the world of spinal cord injury recovery to his list of pursuits. On January 17, 2012, along with two seasoned explorers, Grant attempted the insurmountable, and became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself — nearly 100 miles (the final degree of latitude) to the most inhospitable place on the planet — the bottom of the globe, the geographic South Pole. Grant and his guides reached their destination on the 100th anniversary of the first explorers to travel to the South Pole. Facing brutal elements, demanding topography and presumed physical limitations are just some of the challenges they faced along the journey. With this inspiration
4:00 PM (112 min)
Crime + Punishment
"Crime + Punishment" was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Amidst a landmark class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, "Crime + Punishment" intimately observes the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops known as “The NYPD 12” and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. Over four years of unprecedented access, the film cinematically exposes the interconnected stories of systemic injustice in New York City policing through the bold efforts of a group of active duty officers, an innocent young man stuck in Rikers and one unforgettable private investigator. They bravely risk their safety, careers and livelihoods to bring light to harmful policing practices which have plagued the precincts and streets of New York City for decades.
7:00 PM (85 min)
The Serengeti Rules
Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time — a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth — from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools — they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to re-imagine the world as it could and should be.
10:00 AM (119 min)
If Beale Street Could Talk
"If Beale Street Could Talk" is nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins) and Best Original Song (Nicholas Britell). Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ "If Beale Street Could Talk" is his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated. Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected she and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime h
1:00 PM (89 min)
Cold War
"Cold War" is nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski) and Best Cinematography (Lukasz Zal). "Cold War" is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times. The film is dedicated to director Pawel Pawlikowski’s parents, whose names the protagonists share.
4:00 PM (102 min)
Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition. "Mapplethorpe" offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.
7:00 PM (96 min)
Room for Rent
After her husband is killed in an accident, lonely Joyce finds herself destitute and facing an uncertain future. In an effort to make easy money, she turns her house into a Bed & Breakfast, exposing herself to people from an outside world and giving herself a new lease on life. She meets mysterious drifter Bob and takes him in as a long-term tenant. Captivated by his alluring bad boy image, Joyce becomes obsessed with her younger guest, making him the unwitting object of her deepest romantic fantasies. When a friend’s betrayal causes Joyce’s fantasy world to come crashing down, she seizes control of her own destiny with a deadly mission to finally get what she deserves, putting those around her in danger. Local filmmakers Tommy Stovall and Marc Sterling will open the 2019 Sedona International Film Festival with the world premiere of their latest film "Room for Rent", shot entirely in Sedona. This is their fourth film to screen at the festival. Their debut film "Hate Crime" won the