Sedona Film Festival Continues to Offer Great Movies Through the Winter



Sedona Film Fest presents ‘The Prom’ premiere Dec. 4-10

All-star cast featured in movie version of Broadway sensation at the Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the much-anticipated big-screen musical “The Prom” showing Dec. 4-10 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Prom” is the big screen debut of the acclaimed Broadway smash musical, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The film features an award-winning, all-star ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and Kerry Washington.

Four fading Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So, when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom — and the press is involved — they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue — and themselves.

Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award-winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers.

Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).

When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma's predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome finds their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

“The Prom” is a rousing, delightful musical celebration and sure to bring audiences to their feet!

“The Prom” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 4-10. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 4 5, 6 and 7; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

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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Four fading Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So, when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom — and the press is involved — they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue — and themselves. “The Prom” stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and Kerry Washington.


Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Dear Santa’ premiere Dec. 4-10

Heartwarming and inspiring film will light up your holidays at the Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the heartwarming and inspiring new holiday documentary “Dear Santa” showing Dec. 4-10 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Dear Santa” shines a light on the 100-year-old Operation Santa Program of the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country. Through Operation Santa, the United States Postal Service makes it possible for the public to safely adopt these letters and make children’s dreams come true.

The film invites audiences along for the magic of this massive endeavor. Traveling the country, much like Santa does on Christmas Eve, the film focuses on select Operation Santa centers: some in metropolitan areas like the massive operation in New York City and others in small towns where the post office is the heart of the community.

The film highlights letters where a child is asking for something poignant, something that goes beyond the common wish for a toy. Santa will explain how he enlists kind-hearted strangers across the country for these special requests while he concentrates on toy making and his demanding delivery schedule.

“Dear Santa” crisscrosses the country following the most emotional letters as the elves work hard to make sure each child’s Christmas dreams come true.

This timeless documentary captures the warmth and spirit of Christmastime through the lens of this great American tradition, provoking audiences throughout the world to ask themselves how they can make the world a better place, one gesture at a time.

“Dear Santa” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 4-10. Showtimes will be 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4; 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 6 and 7; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

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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“Dear Santa” shines a light on the 100-year-old Operation Santa Program of the United States Postal Service. Each year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa arrive at Post Offices around the country.


Mary D. Fisher Theatre presents ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Dec. 11-17

Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman star in film at the Fisher Theatre

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is proud to present the acclaimed new film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” showing Dec. 11-17 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” stars Academy Award-winner Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in one of his final film roles before his untimely death earlier this year. Both give award-worthy performances in this inspiring new film.

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music.

As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories, truths and lies that will forever change the course of their lives.

Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 11-17. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 and 13; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14, 16 and 17.

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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Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. The film stars Academy Award-winner Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in one of his final film roles before his untimely death earlier this year.

Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Billie’ premiere Dec. 11-17

Award-winning documentary on the legendary Billie Holiday at the Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new documentary “Billie” showing Dec. 11-17 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Billie Holiday sang the truth, but she paid the price.

Billie Holiday had one of the greatest voices of all time and changed the face of American music. She was a woman of breath-taking talent and global popularity while also stirring controversy. She started a notable rebellion singing “Strange Fruit” which exposed the realities of Black life in America and earned her powerful enemies.

Raw, emotional and brutally honest, “Billie” is filled with never-before-heard interviews from those who knew her best: musical greats like Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Sylvia Syms and Count Basie. The film features performances restored into color for the first time. It helps paint the picture of a singer who earned iconic status in her short, turbulent life. She died almost penniless in 1959 at age 44.

The documentary weaves her story through one of her most enamored fans, Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who in 1971 set out to write a definitive biography. Over eight years, she tracked down and recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the characters that knew Holiday personally. Kuehl’s book was never finished, and the tapes never before heard until now. The film was which was made with cooperation of the singer’s estate.

Director James Erskine delivers a mesmerizing tribute that captures the talent and torment of the most influential jazz singer of all time. Audiences will swoon at the performance footage and be riveted by the intimate revelations in these previously unheard interviews.

“A transfixing documentary about the master jazz singer.” – Variety

“Billie” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 11-17. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 and 13; and 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14, 16 and 17.

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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Billie Holiday had one of the greatest voices of all time and changed the face of American music. She was a woman of breath-taking talent and global popularity while also stirring controversy.

Sedona Film Fest presents ‘42nd Street’ the musical encore Dec. 15

Lavish musical from London’s West End returns to the big screen at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona encore of the lavish musical “42nd Street” from London’s West End for one day only on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, “42nd Street”, comes cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.

The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!)

Filmed in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble. This eye-watering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards (“Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money” (the gold digger’s song), “42nd Street” and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

“42nd Street” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $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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One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, “42nd Street”, returns to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical. The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.



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