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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.

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.

‘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

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding promo still
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.

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.

‘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.