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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.

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.

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.

 

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

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.