Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Sedona on March 14

Sedona Film Festival hosts world-wide traveling tour at Performing Arts Center

Banff Film Festival Sedona
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Sedona. This years World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments. The tour will make a stop in Sedona on one night only: Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to Sedona. For the second year, the Sedona International Film Festival is bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure and mountain culture to red rock country. This years World Tour features the best mountain films this year, showcasing amazing filmmaking talent from the world over to an audience that spans the globe.

The tour will make a stop in Sedona on one night only: Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

The Banff Centres Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe.

Like every year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival brings exciting program to the screen, allowing everyone to experience these inspiring stories that drive us to keep exploring our world outside, said Patrick Schweiss, director of the tour host Sedona Film Festival.

The 2016 World Tour features a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline-packed action sports into sharp focus. You will experience an evening of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival, and audiences across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand and Antarctica get to enjoy it all, too.

Award-winning films and audience favorites from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Sedonas tour stop will feature films such as:
Eclipse The odds are low, the risks are high photographer Reuben Krabbe is determined to capture a photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. But the weathers bad, the guide is sketchy, the pressure is massive and the skiers just want to ski.
Reel Rock 10 Long considered impossible, coveted by many and attempted by a few, the Fitz Traverse has fueled the imaginations of climbers in Patagonia for decades. Tracing the iconic skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy and its six satellite peaks, it spans four miles and 13,000 feet across snow and ice-covered rock, with epic route finding and endless rapelling. Seizing their chance during a rare extended weather window, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold went big. The pair completed the first ascent in a five-day push during February 2014.
Nature Rx Is life a little too mundane or overwhelming? Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Maybe Nature Rx is just the ticket.
Denali There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times. A collaboration between Ben Knight, Skip Armstrong and Ben Moon.
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta Join award-winning photographer Tim Kemple and ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb for an expedition to Icelands Vatnajkull Glacier to discover new ways to push the boundaries of climbing ice.
Salween Spring Travis Winn has been running rivers in China for 15 years. Hes explored first descents, but also watched rivers disappear behind dams. Now hes founded a rafting company to bring Chinese to see their rivers before theyre gone. Salween Spring is Traviss meditation on change, personal struggle, and kayaking along Chinas frontier.
Womens Speed Ascent Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter knew that the women’s speed record for the ascent of The Nose on El Cap was theirs for the taking. Crushing the old record after just a few days of attempts, Mayan and Libby put their names in the record book of the infamous route in the Yosemite National Park.
Plus some additional surprises and award-winners!

Join the Sedona International Film Festival and film and adventure enthusiasts when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Sedona, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center (995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road) on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stop in Sedona is made possible by a generous grant from the Leo & Rhea Fay Fruhman Foundation.

Tickets are $20 general admission; $17 for film festival members and students. For tickets and information visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org or call 928-282-1177.

Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by National Geographic and The North Face; sponsored by Deuter, Bergans of Norway, Icebreaker, Treksta, and Clif Bar & Company; with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, and The Lake Louise Ski Area, Mammut, and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

Bold Vision exhibit: Sedona Arts Center, 11/7-11/23

novpostSedona Arts Center invites you to explore the work of artists who exhibit great spirit and courage with their use of color, design and materials in this month’s exhibit entitled, “Bold Vision” November 7-23, 2014. Meet the artists and art patrons at the opening exhibition Friday, November 7 from 5-8 pm This month features: Gale Craig (mixed media), Miro FitzGerald (acrylic, oil), Christie Palmer (acrylic), Judy Classen (jewelry) and Lyn & Ken Mikell (ceramics).

This First Friday also marks the annual student ceramics sale! Join Sedona Arts Center for this incredible sale in the Ceramics Studio from 5-8 pm, where you can see and purchase inspiring works from participating student artists. This is a great opportunity to collect that one-of-a-kind work by these emerging and incredibly talented artists.

ALSO! Don’t miss the Dia De Los Muertos & Fabulous Fakes Exhibits in the Special Exhibitions Gallery! Click here for an interactive 360-degree sneak-peek!

Artists Demonstrations This Month:

*Christie Palmer (Acrylic) Nov. 8,12, 21: 1:00-4:00 pm

Nancy Bihler (Jewelry) Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

Julie Ronning Talbot (Watercolor) Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30: 1:30-4:30 pm

Helen Parker-Lande (Drawing) Nov. 10, 17, 24: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

*Miro FitzGerald (Acrylic) Nov. 11, 20: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

*Gale Craig (Mixed media) Nov. 11: 2:00-4:00 pm

Joan Roberts (Jewelry) Nov. 12, 19, 26: 1:30-4:30 pm

*Lyn Mikell (Ceramics) Nov. 18: 11:00 am-2:00 pm

*Judy Classen (Jewelry) Nov. 19, 26: 10:00 am-1:30 pm

*Featured Artist

Visit Sedona Arts Center first, where more than 400 artists teach, study and follow their passion! Sedona Arts Center features a new themed exhibit each month with truly outstanding local artists. The Fine Art Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with Opening Receptions every First Friday of the month from 5 to 8 pm. Sedona Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational institution dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development. For more information call 928.282.3809 or visit SedonaArtsCenter.org.

Tlaquepaque’s Day of the Dead Celebration: October 28 to November 2nd

Tlaquepaque Dia de los MuertosOn November 1st and 2nd all across the nation people of all ages and backgrounds will gather to remember loved ones in outrageously imaginative celebrations of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Once confined to countries South of the Border, the Day of the Dead is trending mainstream in the US and becoming enormously popular. Over the last three years Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has honed its own special multi-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, from Tuesday October 28th to Sunday November 2nd and everyone is warmly invited! Admission is free and for those coming Saturday, November 1st, free trolley service will be available from the Uptown municipal parking lot.

Come see dramatic, story-telling fire dancers accompanied by the exciting musical ensemble, DiVom, amazing aerial silk artists, jugglers, ghoulish stilt walkers and folks decked out in outlandish Day of the Dead costumes and traditional Muertos painted faces. Heart-pounding flamenco music and dancing, traditional Mexican fare and themed face painting are all part of the weekend celebration Saturday and Sunday November 1st and 2nd.

To set the mood for the weekend and to express love and appreciation for those who have passed on be sure to take part in the Marigold Mural Project – the creation of a 26 x 6 foot colorful mural of remembrances, now in its third year and growing in popularity. Murals from the last two years will also be on display. The project kicks off the Day of the Dead events and activities on Tuesday October 28th at 11:00 am in Tlaquepaque’s Calle Independencia.

FacepaintingThis year’s cultural ritual from Mexico is designed to be engaging and participatory at Tlaquepaque where everyone can join in on this centuries-old observance. Traditionally Dia de los Muertos often starts weeks in advance where families gather creating special shrines in the home, preparing personal offerings or offrenda, and baking Pan de Muerto, special Day of the Dead bread, Sugar skulls, candles, cempasuchil flowers, paper mache skeletons and plates with the favorite foods of relatives who have passed are also part of the observance. It is believed that the spirits consume the essence and the aroma of the foods that are offered. When the spirits depart, the family, friends and neighbors that remain share the food together in celebration. Symbolic offerings of real things and past times that the loved one enjoyed in life are placed on the handmade altar as well.

Day of the Dead Activities and Entertainment
Marigold Mural Project runs from October 28th and concludes Sunday, November 2nd at the close of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Come to Calle Independencia in the arts village from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Paint and brushes will be provided as well as guidance from Lovejoy, the gifted artist and muralist painter of the striking garlands and skulls framing the 26-foot mural. “For the last two years the outpouring of emotion and love as people paint their messages of remembrance to those who have passed on has been so moving,” reports Wendy Lippman, Resident Partner and General Manager of Tlaquepaque. “We expect the turnout to be even bigger this year, so be sure to find space on the mural. You don’t need to be artistic. Just come and add something personal to the mural. It’s is a way to create something inspiring, wonderful and lasting as a community,” says Lippman.

Violinist at TlaqupaqueOfferings and Celebration
Saturday and Sunday (November 1st and 2nd) is a time of offering and celebration. The talented event production team, Showstoppers, will once again be transforming Patio Del Norte and, this year, Patio de las Rosas next to the Secret Garden Cafe. The main fountain in patio del Norte will be adorned with autumnal decor of rusts and golds. Beautifully articulated altars in both Patio del Norte and Patio de las Rosas creates an inviting ambience, encouraging everyone to bring offrenda of photos and objects of remembrance of loved ones no longer here. Traditional Day of the Dead cakes, cookies, time-honored fare, and more will all be part of the festivities. Dia de los Muertos costumes and a little attitude are encouraged…and don’t forget your camera!

Entertainment Saturday and Sunday, November 1st and 2nd: flamenco music, fire dancing, aerial silks, face painting and more…

Musical entertainment during Dia de los Muertos Celebration is high-energy and high drama. And it happens both nights! DiVom, lead by pianist and composer David Vincent Mills and his troupe, will beguile with their primal fire dancers. Performing “Carnaval de la Vida,” a fusion of theater, fire and dance, it is totally original and enthralling! Jugglers, stilt walkers, aerial artists with their breathtaking show is all happening along in Calle Independecia from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Ready for more? Sedona’s own Eric Miller, brings his high-flying flamenco guitar feats to Patio del Norte from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Drew Bennett, Grammy-nominated flamenco guitarist, and Native American flutist will be performing in Patio de las Rosas between the Oak Creek Brewery & Grill and Secret Garden Cafe from 4:30 to 8:00 pm each night. And be sure to check out Gaetano and Friends, a Tlaquepaque Fiesta favorite, delivering exhilarating flamenco guitar music and dance in Patio de las Campanas from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

When you work up an appetite from all the excitement enjoy scrumptious South of the Border fare and beverages from Tlaquepaque’s El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, in their outdoor booths along Calle Independencia. STAR Seeds will have a tent with delicious nut butters and sinfully special chocolates on hand for your pleasure!

Finally, to really get into the spirit of Dia de los Muertos be sure to head to the free face painting area in Calle Independencia to be made-up in the over-the-top designs of Day of the Dead, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Day of the Dead arts and crafts will be available as well. And don’t forget to get a jump on holiday shopping by visiting Tlaquepaque’s artful boutique shops and world-class galleries.

Home to more than 47 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 41st year, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: www.tlaq.com.

Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Sedona on October 30!

Sedona Film Festival presents one-day-only special event at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Official Fan Club Poster #1Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades — returns to the big screen in Sedona on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement for two shows: 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Feel free to dress in costume — if you wish — and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music — a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” — starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.

This classic, cultural institution — and a world-wide phenomenon since 1975 — concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby.

Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian collection of partygoers dressed in outfits from some sort of interplanetary thrift shop. The host of this gathering is a transvestite clad in lingerie, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist who claims to be from another planet.

With assistants Columbia (Nell Campbell) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) looking on, Frank unveils his latest creation: a figure wrapped in gauze and submerged in a tank full of liquid. With the addition of colored dyes and some assistance from the weather, Frank brings to life a blonde young beefcake wearing nothing but skimpy shorts, who launches into song in his first minute of life.

Just when Brad and Janet think things couldn’t get any stranger, a biker (Meat Loaf) bursts onto the scene to reclaim Columbia, his ex-girlfriend. When Frank kills the biker, it’s clear that Brad and Janet will be guests for the night, and that they may be next on Frank’s list — whether for murder or carnal delights is uncertain.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 and 7 p.m. Guests may dress in costume, if they wish. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Stand-up comedian Jimmie Walker to appear live onstage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 22-24

Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. His catch phrase "Dyn-o-mite!" is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970's that Time Magazine named him "Comedian of the Decade".
Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade”.
Award-winning, world-renowned television star and comedian Jimmie Walker brings brings his Dyn-O-Mite stand-up comedy show to Sedona when he performs live on the Goldenstein Stage at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be three performances Aug. 22-24, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.

Rising from the streets of New York’s ghettos to television superstardom, Jimmie Walker personifies the great American success story. His catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” is part of the modern vernacular, and he became such a major celebrity in the 1970’s that Time Magazine named him “Comedian of the Decade.

Born in 1947, Jimmie was on stage at the African Room in Manhattan by 1969 along with a few other up and coming talents, including Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg. Brenner was the first to get his big break and then helped Walker and the others, moving them all to Budd Friedman’s Improv in New York where they occasionally got some valuable stage time. To top it all off, Walker spent a year as the youngest MC in the history of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.

In those early days, doing “The Tonight Show” was a direct line to the Big Time. Jimmie’s first guest shot was successful beyond anyone’s expectations. Dan Rowan, who had seen the show, immediately flew Jimmie to Los Angeles to guest on a “Laugh In” special. That was followed by a second guest spot on “Jack Paar”, and a contract with CBS to perform each week as the audience warm-up for the sitcom “Carlucci’s Department.”

Spotted by the casting director for Norman Lear of “All in the Family” fame, Jimmie accepted a part in Lear’s new urban-styled comedy series, “Good Times.” The role of the broadly strutting, wisecracking J.J. Evans would launch him into television superstardom. “Dyn-o-mite!” was the phrase that made him famous nationwide. As “Good Times” enjoyed a six year run, Walker’s fame grew exponentially. He was the first winner of the NAACP Image Award, and won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Even with his demanding television schedule, Jimmie continued to appear as the headliner at top comedy clubs, including the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His joke writing team included a young David Letterman, Jay Leno and Byron Allen.

Walker’s television work would lead to movie roles, like boxer Bootney Farnsworth in “Let’s Do it Again,” co-starring with entertainment luminaries Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Jimmie also released a smash comedy album, “Dyn-o-mite!” that went gold. When “Good Times” ended in 1979, Aaron Spelling offered Walker a starring role in the short-lived “B.A.D. Cats” and returned to cast him again in 1983 in “At Ease”, an ABC series about a bunch of United States Army misfits. He also landed choice roles in films like “Airplane!” and “Airport ’79”, and was a regular on television shows like “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. In recent years he’s made scene-stealing appearances on “The George Lopez Show”, “Everybody Hates Chris” with Chris Rock, and “Scrubs”.

But despite all Jimmie’s success on the big and small screens, stand-up comedy remains his first love. Walker currently tours the country 35 to 45 weeks a year performing live, and guesting on game shows and late night television. In his spare time he writes scripts for TV and movies, and continues to enjoy a comedy career now approaching five decades.

There will be three performances of Jimmie Walkers comedy show Aug. 22-24. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23; and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $20 general admission and $17 for Film Festival members and students. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Jimmie Walker in the lobby after the show.

Visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org for tickets and performance information or call 928-282-1177. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.

Award-winning documentary ‘Citizen Koch’ premieres in Sedona on July 24

In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. Alternately terrifying and funny,
In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. Alternately terrifying and funny, “Citizen Koch” is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present its premiere series with the one-night-only debut of the award-winning documentary “Citizen Koch” on Thursday, July 24. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying do not have the people’s best interests at heart?

In this searing expose on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine) follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. “Citizen Koch” investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when their families become collateral damage in the GOP fight to take organized labor out at the knees. Alternately terrifying and funny, “Citizen Koch” is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times.

The filmmakers break down the politically-motivated maneuvering behind the Supreme Court case that changed the way our democracy works, making way for the 2010 midterm elections that ushered in a new wave of ultraconservative Tea Party politicians. The Tea Party positioned itself as a citizen-powered, homegrown movement borne from sheer patriotism, but was actually one of the most well-funded and corporately-orchestrated political operations in history. Republicans capitalized on this new era with huge gains not just in Washington, DC, but across the country taking control of 29 governorships, and 26 state legislatures, including sweeps in the critical presidential swing states of Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Wisconsin’s newly elected Governor Scott Walker, a rising star in the GOP and a 2016 presidential contender, declared Wisconsin “open for business” and began doling out tax breaks to large corporations and millionaires, while eliminating collective bargaining rights and reducing pension contributions and health benefits for state employees. Wisconsin, the filmmakers discovered, had become a testing ground for the Tea Party’s larger plan to kneecap their political opponents in both state and federal elections, regardless of the cost to voters, Republicans and Democrats alike.

“Citizen Koch” tells the story of the changing American political landscape through the eyes of three Wisconsin state employees, all lifelong Republicans, who suddenly find their party taking direct aim at them, stripping away the economic ground their families have built and depended on for generations. Aided by a PR blitz by out-of-state Tea Party groups, Walker successfully shifts the blame for the country’s financial problems away from Wall Street’s wild west practices and onto school teachers, sanitation workers, prison guards and nurses – many of whom were the very voters who elected him to office.

“Citizen Koch” asks a defining question: will big money destroy not only the Republican Party, but our democracy itself?

“Citizen Koch” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, July 24 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Oak Creek Canyon is back open for business after the Slide Fire!

On Friday May 30, Coconino County and the Slide Fire Incident Manangement Team arranged a media tour of Oak Creek Canyon. We are pleased to report that the skies are clear of smoke and the air is good, with no smell of burning debris. The Slide Fire ire is now fully contained. Businesses in the canyon (including Garlands Lodge) are open as of today, June 2. Red Rock TV would like to express the deepest gratitude for the brave firefighters who fought hard to control the fire.

Forest Service recreation sites north of Slide Rock State Park remain closed. The SR 89A switchbacks at the north end of the canyon will remain closed for construction (unrelated to the Slide Fire) for the next several weeks.

Photos courtesy of Geoff Alson.

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