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Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ premiere Nov. 20-25

Amy Adams and Glenn Close star in new Ron Howard film at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new drama “Hillbilly Elegy” showing Nov. 20-25 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Amy Adams and Glenn Close start in Ron Howard’s new film based on the inspiring true story and bestselling novel.

J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget.

J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.


Based on J.D. Vance’s #1 New York Times Bestseller, directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, “Hillbilly Elegy” is a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph.

By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience.

“Hillbilly Elegy” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 20-25. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20; 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21; 1 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 23 and 25.

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 Fest presents ‘Jingle Jangle’ premiere Nov. 21-25

Forest Whitaker leads an all-star cast in new holiday film at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the new holiday film “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” showing Nov. 21-25 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event.

Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.

From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, and Davy Nathan, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.

“Jingle Jangle” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 21-25. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22; and 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 23 and 25.

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, Unify Sedona and PFLAG present ‘MAJOR!’ Nov. 20

Special film premiere in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance, PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley and Northern Arizona Restorative Justice to present the premiere of “MAJOR!” on Friday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th — a day in which we honor and memorialize those who have been murdered because of xenophobia and transphobia. The year 2020 has been the most violent and deadliest year since 2013 for transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States. This year we faced a global pandemic and the most divided time in this country. Hate speech and racially motivated violence once again devastated our black and brown transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Please join Unify Sedona, PFLAG, Northern Arizona Restorative Justice and the Sedona International Film Festival in honoring at least 32 of our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings.

The event will feature a premiere screening of the award-winning documentary “MAJOR!”.

“MAJOR!” explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls — trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons.

Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is one of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized and marginalized. While mainstream gay rights and marriage equality dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is a testament to the fierce survivalism and every day concerns of transgender women of color, who so often live in the margin of the already marginalized.

Since there is limited seating due to COVID-19 restrictions, “MAJOR!” will also be offered online as a virtual screening. Anyone buying tickets online can connect with the activities in the theatre on ZOOM before the film and after for the Candlelight Vigil and reading of the names.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to Peacework Medical, a free clinic in Phoenix that provides compassionate health care to all marginalized communities, especially gender transition care for those who are undocumented.

We look forward to connecting to a collective humanity and touching the hearts of our LGBTQIA and Allied Communities.

“MAJOR!” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 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.

Great Art on Screen 'Dinosaurs' premieres Nov. 24

Sedona Film Festival hosts big-screen presentation of art series at Mary D. Fisher theatre

Sedona International Film Festival presents the Great Art on Screen series with “Dinosaurs”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Great Art on Screen is a series of documentaries featuring an in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking art masters of their time.

Everybody knows the T-Rex and the other dinosaurs we normally hear about and see on exhibition in natural history museums. But where do they come from? How do these giant creatures of the past end up on display?

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts. This is a thrilling journey that takes viewers to the world’s most exclusive galleries and auction houses, where wealthy collectors and prestigious scientific institutes go to great lengths to acquire the world’s rarest specimens.

The Great Art on Screen Series is generously sponsored by Goldenstein Gallery.

“Dinosaurs” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 4 and 7 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 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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“Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts.






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