Sedona Film Fest presents ‘On the Rocks’ premiere Oct. 16-22


Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.

Bill Murray and Rashida Jones star in comedy from Sofia Coppola at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the new comedy “On the Rocks” showing Oct. 16-22 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans star in the new, acclaimed comedy “On the Rocks” — written and directed by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola.

A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband. What follows is a sparkling comic adventure across the city — drawing father and daughter closer together despite one detour after another.

Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola brings a light touch to this blend of an exuberant love letter to New York, a generation-clash comedy about how we see relationships differently from our parents, and a funny celebration of the complications that bind modern families even as they tie us in crazy knots.

Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation.

Things nearly spin out of control when father and daughter find the chase itself, and the joyous escape it brings them, becoming irresistible.

As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.

“On the Rocks” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 16-22. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16, 17 and 18; and 7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 22.

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.

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A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband. What follows is a sparkling comic adventure across the city in “On the Rocks” starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.


Fest presents ‘Harry Chapin: When In Doubt, Do Something’ Oct. 16-22

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter in the spotlight in film at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning documentary “Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” showing Oct. 16-22 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” is the inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Cat's in the Cradle” and “Taxi”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.

The film features Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pete Seeger, Sir Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, Graham Nash, Pat Benatar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Robert Lamm, Richie Havens, and Harry Belafonte intimately reflecting on Chapin’s larger-than-life impact on music and the world.

“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” follows the renowned folk singer from childhood — spent under the shadow of his jazz drummer father —throughout his tragically short life and captures the up-and-down spirit of one of folk’s great humanitarians.

Told through archival footages and new interviews, the film explores the key moments in Chapin’s life, including performing with his brothers and working on the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Legendary Champions”, to his solo success with hits like “Taxi,” “W.O.L.D.” and “Cat’s In The Cradle” and his tireless philanthropic work, which included his efforts with WhyHunger and a seemingly endless run of benefit performances, all of which led to him being posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

This documentary paints a new picture of the singer-songwriter who used his fame as a launching point to help others and influence politics.

“Harry Chapin was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He wanted to change the world. And he did.” — Ken Kragen, Harry Chapin’s manager and co-creator of USA for Africa and Hands Across America

“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Oct. 16-22. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16, 17 and 18; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 22.

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.

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“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” is the inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Cat's in the Cradle” and “Taxi”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.

Met Opera encore of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ at Fisher Theatre on Oct. 17

Encore series will feature popular Met Operas returning to the big screen

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca” (from the 2018 season) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 

There will be a pre-opera talk at 9 a.m. led by Deborah Raymond. The cast of “Tosca” includes Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca); Vittorio Grigolo (Cavaradossi), Željko Lučić (Scarpia) and Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan). Emmanuel Villaume is the conductor of the opera.

Sir David McVicar’s bold new staging of Tosca, Puccini’s operatic thriller of Napoleonic Rome, thrilled Met audiences when it rang in the New Year in 2018. In this performance, Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is the passionate title diva, opposite charismatic tenor Vittorio Grigolo as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi. Baritone Željko Lučić is the menacing Baron Scarpia, the evil chief of police who employs brutal tactics to ensnare both criminals and sexual conquests. On the podium, Emmanuel Villaume conducts the electrifying score, which features some of Puccini’s most memorable melodies.

ACT I

Rome, June 1800. Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, rushes into the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. After finding the key his sister has hidden for him, he hides in his family’s private chapel. Soon, the painter Mario Cavaradossi arrives to work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene. The painting has been inspired by Angelotti’s sister, the Marchesa Attavanti, whom Cavaradossi had seen praying in the church. Angelotti, who was a member of the former Bonapartiste government, emerges from his hiding place. Cavaradossi recognizes him and promises help, then hurries him back into the chapel as the singer Floria Tosca, his lover, calls from outside. When he lets her into the church, she jealously asks Cavaradossi to whom he has been talking and reminds him of their rendezvous that evening. Suddenly recognizing the Marchesa Attavanti in the painting, she accuses him of being unfaithful, but he assures her of his love. When Tosca has left, Angelotti again comes out of hiding. A cannon signals that the police have discovered the escape, and he and Cavaradossi flee to the painter’s home. The sacristan enters with choirboys who are preparing to sing in a Te Deum celebrating the recent victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Marengo. At the height of their excitement, Baron Scarpia, chief of the secret police, arrives, searching for Angelotti. When Tosca comes back looking for Cavaradossi, Scarpia shows her a fan with the Attavanti crest that he has just found. Seemingly confirming her suspicions about her lover’s infidelity, Tosca is devastated. She vows vengeance and leaves as the church fills with worshippers. Scarpia sends his men to follow her to Cavaradossi, with whom he thinks Angelotti is hiding. While the congregation intones the Te Deum, Scarpia declares that he will bend Tosca to his will.


ACT II

That evening in his chambers in the Palazzo Farnese, Scarpia anticipates the pleasure of having Tosca in his power. The spy Spoletta arrives with news that he was unable to find Angelotti. Instead, he brings in Cavaradossi. Scarpia interrogates the defiant painter while Tosca sings at a royal gala in the palace courtyard. Scarpia sends for her, and she appears just as Cavaradossi is being taken away to be tortured. Frightened by Scarpia’s questions and Cavaradossi’s screams, Tosca reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. Henchmen bring in Cavaradossi, who is badly hurt and hardly conscious. When he realizes what has happened, he angrily confronts Tosca, just as the officer Sciarrone rushes in to announce that Napoleon actually has won the battle, a defeat for Scarpia’s side. Cavaradossi shouts out his defiance of tyranny, and Scarpia orders him to be executed. Once alone with Tosca, Scarpia calmly suggests that he would let Cavaradossi go free if she’d give herself to him. Fighting off his advances, she declares that she has dedicated her life to art and love and calls on God for help. Scarpia becomes more insistent, but Spoletta bursts in: Faced with capture, Angelotti has killed himself. Tosca, now forced to give in or lose her lover, agrees to Scarpia’s proposition. Scarpia orders Spoletta to prepare for a mock execution of Cavaradossi, after which he is to be freed. Tosca demands that Scarpia write her a passage of safe-conduct. After he has done so, he attempts to make love to Tosca, but she grabs a knife from the table and stabs him. She takes the pass and flees.

ACT III

At dawn, Cavaradossi awaits execution on the ramparts of Castel Sant’Angelo. He bribes the jailer to deliver a farewell letter to Tosca, and then, overcome with emotion, gives in to his despair. Tosca appears and explains what has happened. The two imagine their future in freedom. As the execution squad arrives, Tosca implores Cavaradossi to fake his death convincingly, then watches from a distance. The soldiers fire and depart. When Cavaradossi doesn’t move, Tosca realizes that the execution was real, and Scarpia has betrayed her. Scarpia’s men rush in to arrest her, but she cries out that she will meet Scarpia before God and leaps from the battlement.

“Tosca” from the Metropolitan Opera will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10:00 a.m. with a pre-opera talk by Deborah Raymond starting at 9 a.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 and to order tickets online, visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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Sir David McVicar’s bold new staging of Tosca, Puccini’s operatic thriller of Napoleonic Rome, thrilled Met audiences when it rang in the New Year in 2018. In this performance, Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is the passionate title diva, opposite charismatic tenor Vittorio Grigolo as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi.


Great Art on Screen 'Leonardo 500' premieres Oct. 20

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 “Leonardo 500”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 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.

Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.

Through the use of decades-long studies and research by leading international experts, technicians and engineers, the event film exclusively analyzes the theories and modern implications behind da Vinci's work, allowing audiences to witness the genius of Leonardo with new and insightful perspectives. 

“Leonardo 500” is the story of a journey of discovery into the thinking and scientific legacy of Leonardo da Vinci. Starting from his codices, completely digitalized and analyzed thanks to artificial intelligence, it reconstructs how his ideas are still valid and the basis of contemporary research and production.

“Leonardo 500” will portray Leonardo’s genius through an exclusive, original perspective, focusing on the contemporary implications of the famous Da Vinci codes. A series of interviews with the most distinguished historical experts, businessmen and institution leaders, will investigate how Leonardo’s innovative study methods still influence today’s scientific research.

This year, marking 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, celebrations are being prepared with ceremonies and international exhibitions to remember his universal talent and pay tribute to him, and “Leonardo 500” allows us to retrace his immense wealth of studies and analyses — not yet entirely interpreted and deciphered —in the widest fields of knowledge and art, comprehensively investigating the transverse nature of his thinking: military and civil engineering, town planning, observation of nature, artistic disciplines and human anatomy.

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

“Leonardo 500” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 20 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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Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries.


Festival presents ‘Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert’ Oct. 21 & 25

Mary D. Fisher Theatre joins theaters around the world for special two-night event

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world to present a two-night-only world premiere of “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Stevie Nicks performs iconic favorites and rare gems in this epic concert film recorded from her sold-out 24 Karat Gold Tour, giving fans a virtual front-row seat to the magic she brings to stage in concert.


Recorded over two nights during her sold-out 24 Karat Gold Tour, the film features a set-list of fan favorites and rare gems from Stevie’s multi-platinum selling catalog. The film also highlights Stevie’s intuitive and intimate storytelling abilities, captivating audiences with personal stories behind some of the most famous songs in music history. 

The film features a set-list of fan favorite Nicks songs from her solo career and as a member of Fleetwood Mac including “Rhiannon,” “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around,” "Edge of Seventeen," “Stand Back,” “Landslide,” and more as well as rare gems from her platinum-selling catalog.


Widely considered one of the most important female voices in rock music with an unparalleled career, Stevie Nicks has had six Top Ten albums, 8 Grammy nominations and is the first woman to be twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and as a solo artist in 2019.

“Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” is full of the magic that Stevie Nicks brings to her live performances and is an unforgettable experience that demands to be seen on the big screen!

“The 24 Karat Gold Tour was my all-time favorite tour,” said Stevie Nicks. “I not only got to sing my songs but I was able to tell their stories for the first time. I love having the opportunity to share this concert with my fans. From me to you – 24 Karat Gold!”

“Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12.50 for Film Festival members and students. 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.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Stevie Nicks performs iconic favorites and rare gems in “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” — an epic concert film recorded from her sold-out 24 Karat Gold Tour, giving fans a virtual front-row seat to the magic she brings to stage in concert.



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