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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.

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.

National Theatre celebrates 50 years with star-studded event on Nov. 22

National Theatre: War Horse
National Theatre: War Horse
The National Theatre of London celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a star-studded event featuring the “who’s who” of British theatre from stage and screen, on Friday, Nov. 22. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the gala celebration at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be two shows at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents “National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage”, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast from London to cinemas around the world, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre here in Sedona.

A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed by the National Theatre’s current Director Nicholas Hytner, including award-winning actors Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Frances de la Tour, Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Andrew Scott, Penelope Wilton, and many more.

Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to Sedona for one special evening.

“National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 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.

Sedona Film Festival presents “Still Mine” and “The Look of Love” Aug. 13-16

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of “Still Mine” and “The Look of Love” showing Aug. 13-16 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

 

STILL MINE

 

In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in “Still Mine” – an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years.

 

Based on true events and laced with wry humor, “Still Mine” tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (Academy Award-nominee Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Academy Award-nominee Genevieve Bujold). Although Morrison uses the same methods his father, an accomplished shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials.

 

Married for six decades, Craig and Irene have raised seven children together and are still in love and very happy together, both physically and emotionally. But lately Irene’s health has begun to fade. As Irene becomes increasingly ill – and amidst a series of stop-work orders – Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against all odds in a truly inspirational story.

 

“Still Mine” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 13-16. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

 

THE LOOK OF LOVE

THE LOOK OF LOVE: Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love" stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond - the man behind Soho's notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.
THE LOOK OF LOVE: Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond – the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.

Michael Winterbottom’s “The Look of Love” stars Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Paul Raymond – the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine.

 

Paul Raymond began his professional life with an end of the pier mind-reading act. He soon realized that the audience were more interested in watching his beautiful assistance, and that they liked it even more if she was topless. He quickly became one of Britain’s leading nude revue producers.

 

In 1958 he opened his revue Bar in Soho, the heart of London’s West End. As it was a private club, the nudes were allowed to move. A huge success, it became the cornerstone of a Soho empire, prompting the Sunday Times in 1992 to crown him the richest man in Britain.

 

The film focuses on Raymond’s relationships with the three most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his lover Fiona (Tamsin Egerton), and his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots). Raymond appeared to have it all, but behind the glamour lay heartache. At the height of his wealth and influence, his life took a dramatic turn.

 

It is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.

 

“The Look of Love” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Aug. 13-16. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

 

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.

 

Film Festival and Arts Center host EXHIBITION: ‘Manet’ on Screen May 19

Manet painting of The Railway
Manet – The Railway

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Sedona Arts Center to present EXHIBITION: Art on Screen on Sunday, May 19 when it hosts the big screen premiere of the work of renowned artist Edouard Manet. There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

From the people who brought live Metropolitan Opera performances to a movie theater near you comes the next big-screen cultural attraction: museum art exhibits from around the world. Art critics and film critics from all around the world are raving. “EXHIBITION” is a new theatrical series of events, bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinema screens worldwide. “EXHIBITION” will feature the world’s foremost upcoming art exhibitions, creatively captured especially for the big screen. Each Event Film – hosted by art historian Tim Marlow – will go beyond the gallery with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

The “EXHIBITION” series begins with a career-encompassing collection of the works of Edouard Manet on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The eagerly awaited exhibition, “Manet: Portraying Life” has been captured for cinema screens worldwide. This is the first ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, spanning his entire career. The exhibition will bring together great works from across Europe, Asia and the USA.

The show features about 50 portraits and related works by Manet, the 19th-century French realist who is considered “the father of modern painting.” It is the largest Manet show ever staged in Britain and the first to concentrate on his portraits. Manet redefined portraiture by depicting his friends and relatives wearing contemporary dress and engaged in everyday activities with a new painterly immediacy. He gave their expressions and poses both a fleeting freshness and a sobering sense of isolation, even of enigma, that feel modern. He also blurred portraiture with other traditional art categories, like genre painting, still life and history painting, achieving new hybrids.

Cinemagoers will see exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy’s exhibition preparation – moments usually hidden from view — and experience a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris. Host Tim Marlow along with expert guests examine the work of one of the all-time great artists.

EXHIBITION: “Manet: Portraying Life” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival or Sedona Arts Center members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 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.