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Exclusive Keb Mo live performance video from the Sedona International Film Festival

Now that the 2013 Sedona International Film Festival is over, here’s a Sedona.TV exclusive clip of three-time Grammy winner Keb Mo performing at the Sedona Performing Arts Center! The video features a full live performance of his song “Government Cheese”. We’ll be posting two more full songs in the next couple of days!

‘Cheerful Weather for the Wedding’ and ‘Sister’ premiere Jan. 16-18

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” and “Sister” at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Both films will show Jan. 16-18 at the festival’s arthouse theatre venue in West Sedona.

CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING

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The delightful British comedy/drama “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” takes place in England, 1932. Dolly Thatcham is getting married today, and nothing has been left to chance. Her widowed mother has everything under control — or so she thinks — apart from the weather, which is far from settled.
The delightful British comedy/drama “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” — starring Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern and Luke Treadaway — takes place in England, 1932.

Dolly Thatcham is getting married today, and nothing has been left to chance. Her widowed mother has everything under control — or so she thinks — apart from the weather, which is far from settled. Dolly is holed up in the bathroom feeling sick with nerves, and from downstairs comes the ever growing racket of pre-wedding chaos.

Dolly’s family is arriving at the manor house with all the cheerfulness, chaos and grievances that bubble to the surface at such gatherings. Trouble soon appears in the shape of Joseph, Dolly’s lover from the previous summer, who throws her feelings into turmoil.

And that is just the beginning of the wedding day chaos. With the wedding ring missing, the bride having doubts, the groom getting anxious and the clock ticking, the family members are at each other’s throats and the mother-of-the-bride is at the end of her tether.

Dolly’s mother will not allow her carefully laid plans for her daughter’s future to be threatened, and as the clock ticks the bride can’t decide whether to run away with Joseph or start a new life in Argentina with her husband-to-be. As the clock chimes to two, the bride descends the stairs where her car, the vicar, her former lover and her destiny await.

SISTER

Critics and audiences are raving about the award-winning French Film “Sister”, which garnered the Silver Bear Award at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Simon lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory.

“ ‘Sister’ tells the story of child who wants to go up in the world — in every sense of the term,” said director Ursula Meier. “He’s seeking physical, social and financial elevation. While the world down below is nothing but desolation, mud and fog – both literally and symbolically – up top is a garden of delights: sun, immaculate snow, money, flashiness.”

“Simon feels important up there, whilst remaining anonymous behind his stolen ski goggles. It’s as if he is on stage in a theatre: he has a role, inventing a life for himself with rich parents, in the limelight, wearing a costume. Down below, Simon has a minor role, which he accepts without complaint, understanding that it’s better to have a small role alongside Louise than no role at all.”

Both films will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 16-18. Showtimes for “Cheerful Weather For The Wedding” will be 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. “Sister” will show at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 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 hosts Ballet in Cinema: “Esmeralda” on Jan. 14

Renowned production from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet debuts on the big screen at Fisher TheatreEsmerelda ballet

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Monday, Jan. 14 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Esmeralda” from the famed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Victor Hugo’s tale of love and loyalty triumphing over corruption springs to life in “Esmeralda”, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, with a new version by Yuri Burklava and Vasily Medvedev. “Esmeralda” stars Denis Savin, Ruslan Skvortsov and Maria Alexandrova, who “infuses her perfectly shaped classical style with contemporary energy” (The New York Times).

Poet Gringoire, sentenced to be hanged, is saved by beautiful Esmeralda who agrees to marry him. Archdeacon Frollo, torn between his love for God and his obsession for the gypsy girl, sends his henchman Quasimodo to capture her. Esmeralda is rescued by Phoebus, the captain of the guard, who gives her his scarf as a souvenir. Later, alone, Esmeralda, starts dreaming about the handsome captain.

Choreographer Marius Petipa (France 1818 – 1910) is considered to be the most influential ballet master and choreographer of ballet in history. Noted for his long career as Premier Maître de Ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres (1871-1903), Petipa created over fifty ballets and revived a substantial number of works by other Ballet Masters. Most of his choreographies are cornerstones within the classical ballet repertory. Yuri Burlaka — admitted into the Moscow Ballet School in 1986 — became first soloist of the Russian Ballet Company on the same year. After many successful productions (such as Le Corsaire which he created with Alexei Ratmansky in 2007), he became artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009. Vasily Medvedev — A graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg — has worked with many theaters across the world both as a dancer and/or choreographer. He has been a member of the International Dance Committee (UNESCO) since 2007 and the artistic director of International Dance Festival “Dance Open”.

“Esmeralda” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 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 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 presents Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y on Oct. 28

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“On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” will be featured on “Live from NY’s 92nd St. Y” on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre via a live simulcast. In this centennial year of Julia Child’s birth, Judith Jones, Laura Shapiro and Alexandra Leaf come together to celebrate America’s first lady of French food.
New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona on Sunday, Oct. 28 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the live simulcast of “On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” featuring Judith Jones, Laura Shapiro and Alexandra Leaf. The special simulcast event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre, live as it is happening in New York.

In this centennial year of Julia Child’s birth, Judith Jones (vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf and editor of Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking) and Laura Shapiro (culinary historian and author of the prize-winning Julia Child biography) come together to celebrate America’s first lady of French food. Alexandra Leaf, a culinary historian and cookbook author, will also join in the conversation. This event is part of the Ruth Stanton Illustrious Women Series, supported by The Ruth Stanton Foundation.

Judith Jones is Senior Editor and Vice President at Alfred A. Knopf. She joined the company in 1957 as an editor working primarily on translations of French writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. She had worked before that for Doubleday, first in New York and then in Paris, where she was responsible for reading and recommending The Diary of Anne Frank. In addition to her literary authors, she developed a list of first-rate cookbook writers including Julia Child. She published Ms. Child’s first book and was her editor ever after.

Laura Shapiro was a columnist at The Real Paper (Boston) before beginning a 16-year run at Newsweek, where she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and won several journalism awards. Her essays, reviews and features have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Gastronomica, Slate and many other publications. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on culinary history, and contributed a regular column on a wide range of food topics to gourmet.com, the Gourmet magazine website.

Alexandra Leaf, author, lecturer and culinary historian, is a well-respected figure in New York food circles. Drawn to subjects that range from contemporary wedding cake trends to wine and chocolate pairings, Leaf brings a unique perspective to her work. She pioneered the teaching of culinary history at The New School University where she has been a guest instructor since 1996. Leaf is a former chair of the Culinary Historians of New York and she is on the board of The New York Food Museum.

Now in its tenth year, “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” brings the world’s most compelling people to over 50 cities across North America via a unique live, interactive satellite broadcast program. The Sedona Film Festival is the official host of program in Northern Arizona. Join some of the world’s most fascinating people for compelling and thought-provoking interactive discussions on the issues and events that affect our lives. Most of the programs provide opportunities for questions and answers with the presenters where participants from remote locations can ask questions as if they were in the New York audience.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: “On Julia Child at 100: An Appreciation” will be shown live on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Billy and Cheryl Geffon.

Tickets are $15 (general admission) or $12.50 for Film Festival members and are available in advance at the festival office. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. Call 928.282.1177 for tickets and information or visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.

National Theatre of London is coming to Sedona June 30:

Film Festival hosts outrageous British comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

Play nominated for 7 Tony Awards debuts on big screen at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

 

The National Theatre of London comes to Sedona on Saturday, June 30 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the outrageous British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The play was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including a win for Best Actor for James Corden. The comedy by Richard Bean is based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”.

The National Theatre of London comes to Sedona on Saturday, June 30 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the outrageous British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors.” There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s new Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

 

“Think of it as getting fifth row orchestra seats to the best show on the London stage, right here in Sedona,” said festival director Patrick Schweiss. “This is the kick-off preview to the entire season of the National Theatre productions that we will carry in the coming year. We are excited to bring an event of this caliber to our city and our patrons.”

 

“One Man, Two Guvnors” was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including a win for Best Actor for James Corden. Thecomedy by Richard Bean is based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”.

James Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” (“one man”). Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding (“two guvnors”), both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations — none of which Francis can keep straight. So he has to do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting.

 

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is, at its heart, a physical comedy. Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and a fabulous on-stage band are just some of what awaits at the most deliriously funny new play in decades.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is currently playing acclaimed productions in the West End and on Broadway where James Cordon was just awarded the Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play.

 

Critics are raving about the play, calling it “the feel-good hit of the summer. An evening of riotous delight … I found myself physically incapable with laughter.” (Daily Telegraph)

“A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.”(Guardian)
“Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a classic comedy hilariously updated.” (The Times)

 

“Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they’re choreographically beautiful as well as funny.” (Sunday Times)

 

“The single funniest production I’ve ever seen.”  (Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4)

 

“One Man, Two Guvnors” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on one day only: Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 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 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.com.

12th Annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival: May 25-27, 2012

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12th Annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival May 25027, 2012. Over 30 short films and two features will be screened. Filmmakers will be on-hand for Q&A, following screenings.

The Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) is proud to announce the 12th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival, May 25th to May 27th 2012. Over 30 films will be screened!  Saturday and Sunday will be filled with screenings of student shorts, High School Film Competition winners, Alumni films and ZGI Award winners from the Class of 2011.

Dan Gordon’s Screenwriting Awards will be presented Saturday evening, followed by a special feature film presentation. Cinephile’s will be treated to a Q&A with the filmmaker, after the movie.

For more information: zgi-yc.com/film-festival/

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

• Career & Gear Fair, May 25 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm All Events at 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona. Check out internships, explore film equipment, watch demos & win raffle prizes!

• Film Screenings, May 26 & 27 Saturday, 10am -5pm // Sunday, 10am -5pm

• Reel Café – Food, Beverages & Popcorn, May 26 & 27 Saturday, 9:30am -6pm // Sunday, 9:30am -3pm // hosted by Westside Deli

• “Bullied to Silence” followed by Q&A with filmmaker Sunday, May 27 @ 10:00am

• Screenwriting Awards & Director’s Pick Feature Saturday, May 26 @ 5:30pm

• Awards Ceremony & Raffle Drawing Sunday, May 27 @ 5:30pm

• Wrap Party & BBQ Sunday, May 27 @ 6:30pm

‘We Have a Pope’ and ‘This Is Not a Film’ open at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The award-winning Italian film “We Have a Pope” and the critically-acclaimed phenomenon “This Is Not a Film” premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1. These screenings mark the Northern Arizona premieres of both films.

 

WE HAVE A POPE

 

In “We Have a Pope”, award-winning Italian director Nanni Moretti joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli to tell the comedic and touching story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope.  Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as he’s presented to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.

 

To prevent a world-wide crisis, the Vatican’s spokesman calls in an unlikely psychiatrist — who is neither religious nor all that committed — to find out what is wrong with the new Pope. As the world nervously waits outside, inside the therapist tries to find a solution. But Cardinal Melville is adamant: he does not want the job, or at least needs time to think it over.

 

What follows is a marvelous insight into the concept of a human being existing behind the title of God’s representative on Earth.  “We Have a Pope” is the latest film by Moretti to make wonderful use of humor while dealing with serious issues and continue to showcase his deep humanism.

 

The Hollywood Reporter raves that “We Have a Pope” is “tender, funny and timely — full of inventive moments that show Moretti is one of the most creative filmmakers working in Italy.”

 

 

THIS IS NOT A FILM

 

“This Is Not a Film” is the best reviewed film of the year, garnering the highest ratings from every critic around the globe! It received the prestigious “100% Fresh” rating on rottentomatoes.com — the film industry site that rates films from both the critic and audience perspectives. The film is making headlines around the world and is a must for any independent film lover.

 

Acclaimed and renowned Iranian director, Jafar Panahi, received a 6-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and conducting interviews with foreign press due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 election.  “This Is Not a Film” — shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes — depicts the day-to-day life of Panahi during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment.

 

While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking – Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.

 

Since his detention in 2009, Panahi’s cause has won international support from the film community. World-renowned directors (including Joel and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Ang Lee, Michael Moore, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, among many others) signed a letter of support calling for his release. In December, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, and distributor Harvey Weinstein, among others, signed an Amnesty International petition for him as well.

 

The New York Times gives “This Is Not A Film” its highest rating, saying “Jafar Panahi turns a highly personal video diary into a charged and expansive historical narrative” and calls the film “a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist.”

Both films will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 29-June 1. Showtimes for “We Have a Pope” will be 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. “This Is Not a Film” will show at 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.com.

 

Award-winning drama ‘Albert Nobbs’ debuts in film festival series March 6

Albert Nobbs posterThe Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona debut of the epic new drama “Albert Nobbs” on Tuesday, March 6 as part of the festival’s Tuesday Cinema Series. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres.

 

“Albert Nobbs” was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Glenn Close, Best Supporting Actress for Janet McTeer and Best Achievement in Makeup. The film also garnered three Golden Globe nominations — Best Actress and Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, which was co-written by Glenn Close.

 

Award-winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

 

Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins.

 

Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close — along with prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop — adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore.

 

Glenn Close’s connection to the character of Albert Nobbs stretches back almost three decades to her 1982 performance in Simone Benmussa’s theatrical interpretation of the short story.

 

“I think that Albert is one of the truly great characters, and the story — for all its basic simplicity — has a strange emotional power,” said Close, whose turn in the Off-Broadway production prompted rave reviews and garnered the actress an Obie Award.

 

Even as Close’s career skyrocketed the character remained with her. “There’s something deeply affecting about Albert’s life,” the actress continues. “She never stopped continuing to move me. I became very busy in my career, but always thought that Albert’s story would make a wonderful movie.”

 

Close has worked continuously on story ideas across the intervening years, developing a passionate attachment to the character of Nobbs — a woman living in 19th century Britain, who has survived by disguising herself as a man and becoming a waiter. As the story begins, we find her working at Morrison’s, a reputable hotel in Dublin, where she has been for past 17 years.

 

“Albert doesn’t want to end up in the poorhouse,” explains Close. “At that time, Ireland was extremely poor. Around the corner from the hotel was abject poverty. She knows that without her job that’s where she could end up. And she knows anyone can get fired at any moment. There is a sense of fear among all the hotel workers.”

 

When the audience meets Albert, the character has played her role as a male servant in Morrison’s Hotel for so long that she has lost her own, true identity. “She doesn’t even know her real name,” Close says. “She was an illegitimate child, raised by a woman who was paid to take care of her and who never revealed Albert’s true identity. So Albert, who already didn’t know who she really was, disappeared into the guise of a waiter when she was fourteen years old.

When we meet her thirty years later, she is isolated and invisible, albeit an impeccable servant, having lived in hotels her whole life.”

 

“Through all these years of working on ‘Albert Nobbs’ I knew that there was humor in it, even if other people didn’t see it,” said Close. “It’s not leaping off the page – it’s not that kind of humor. It comes through the character and nuance and situation. I knew when people saw all these characters together that it is really fun. There are some beautiful moments.”

 

The title sponsor for this film premiere event is the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society, a local chapter of APA, Division 39.  The series is also made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the Sedona Community Foundation and the City of Sedona.

 

“Albert Nobbs” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite A3, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit:www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.