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Sedona Film Festival Features New Films

Updated: Mar 13


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While many cities have numerous movie outlets showing the latest releases Sedona has the Sedona International Film Festival showing movies and hosting events, concerts and discussions that take the theater experience on notch higher.


The SIFF prides itself in featuring movies you will see no where else, movies chosen by the staff that capture the full gamut of human emotions, trials, success and tribulations.


The following is a breakdown of the new SIFF Sedona movies and events scheduled through this month:


Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Wendy’ premiere March 13-19


Wildly re-imagined version of the classic Peter Pan story debuts at Fisher Theatre


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning new film “Wendy” March 13-19 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


This classic story of Peter Pan is wildly re-imagined in the ragtag epic “Wendy” from Benh Zeitlin, director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.


Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.


Zeitlin’s naturalistic and mythological film tells the story of a group of children from different worlds fighting to maintain their grip on freedom and joy as the imminent catastrophe of growing older descends upon them.


“Wendy” explores childhood exuberance and moving through the world with wonder and joy. When that collides with a sense of responsibility, how do you continue to live a joyful life and embrace the world with a sense of wonder?


“Wendy” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre March 13-19. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13; 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16; and 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 and 19.


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.

Met Live Opera season continues with 'The Flying Dutchman' March 14


Mary D. Fisher Theatre is the home for the opera simulcast and encore events


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the next Met Live Opera presentation of Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” (“The Flying Dutchman”) on Saturday, March 14. There will be two shows that day at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre: 10 a.m. (live simulcast) and 4 p.m. (encore).

Plan to come early as Ed Ingraham will lead a pre-opera talk one hour before each production (9 a.m. for the morning show and 3 p.m. for the encore).

Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork.

With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut run, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik.

"Der Fliegende Holla¨nder" is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive but only one aspect of it: Both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.

Act I

The Norwegian coast, 19th century. A storm has driven Daland’s ship several miles from his home. Sending his crew off to rest, he leaves the watch in charge of a young steersman, who falls asleep as he sings about his girl. A ghostly schooner drops anchor next to Daland’s ship. Its captain steps ashore and, with increasing despair, reflects on his fate: once every seven years he may leave his ship to find a wife. If she is faithful, she will redeem him from his deathless wandering. If not, he is condemned to sail the ocean until Judgment Day. Daland discovers the phantom ship, and the stranger, who introduces himself as “a Dutchman,” tells him of his plight. The Dutchman offers gold and jewels for a night’s lodging, and when he learns that Daland has a daughter, asks for her hand in marriage. Happy to have found a rich son-in-law, Daland agrees and sets sail for home.

Act II

Daland’s daughter, Senta, is captivated by the portrait of a pale man in black—the Flying Dutchman. Her friends, working under the watchful eye of Mary, Senta’s nurse, tease Senta about her suitor, Erik, who is a hunter, not a sailor. When the superstitious Mary refuses to sing a ballad about the Dutchman, Senta sings it herself. The song reveals that the Dutchman’s curse was put on him for a blasphemous oath. To everyone’s horror, Senta suddenly declares that she will be the woman to save him. Erik enters with news of the sailors’ return. Alone with Senta, he reminds her of her father’s wish to find her a husband and asks her to plead his cause, but she remains distant. Realizing how much the Dutchman’s picture means to her, he tells her of a frightening dream in which he saw her embrace the Dutchman and sail away on his ship. Senta declares that this is what she must do, and Erik rushes off in despair. A moment later, the Dutchman enters. Senta stands transfixed. Daland follows and asks his daughter to welcome the stranger, whom he has brought to be her husband. Daland leaves, and the Dutchman, who is equally moved by the meeting, asks Senta if she will accept him. Unaware that she realizes who he is, he warns her of making a rash decision, but she vows to be faithful to him unto death. Daland is overjoyed to learn that his daughter has accepted the suitor.

Act III

At the harbor, the villagers celebrate the sailors’ return. Baffled by the strange silence aboard the Dutchman’s ship, they call out to the crew, inviting them to join the festivities. Suddenly the ghostly sailors appear, mocking their captain’s quest in hollow chanting. The villagers flee in terror. Quiet returns and Senta appears, followed by the distressed Erik. He pleads with her not to marry the Dutchman since she has already pledged her love to him. The Dutchman, who has overheard them, lets go of all hope and boards his ship. When Senta tries to stop him, he explains she will escape damnation—the fate of those who betray him—only because she has not yet proclaimed her vows before God. He reveals his identity and Senta ecstatically replies that she knows who he is. As his ship pulls away, she throws herself into the sea, faithful unto death.

The Met Live Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” (“The Flying Dutchman”) will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. (live simulcast) and 4 p.m. (encore). The pre-opera talks will take place one hour before each show. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for students. 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.

Sedona Film Festival Ted Grussing photographic program March 13


Experience the wonders and beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona from a new perspective


The Sedona International Film Festival presents “Sedona: Through the Lens, Eyes and Mind of Ted Grussing” on Friday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Join Ted as he guides you through the wonders and beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona from a perspective that few have ever seen ... the beauty of the red rocks as seen from above and through the clouds, volcanoes and mountains, canyons and rivers ... and on the ground his beautiful and unique wildlife photography of those with whom we share this magnificent part of Arizona.


Ted Grussing has had numerous interests in diverse fields most of them for more than 40 years each and never abandoning any of them. He became a professional photographer when he was 14 years old. Ted has been a professional gem cutter, jewelry designer for 41 years, and a professional pilot (gliders and motorgliders) for 23 years. He is a lawyer, published author, public speaker, mentor and teacher.


Ted’s photography has been widely published and utilized in magazines, websites and blogs and in private and public collections. Including, but not limited to: Arizona Highways, Grand Canyon Trust, Sojourns magazine, USFS, EPA, Game and Fish, Arizona and US Geological Survey and many other agencies and companies. Thousands of individuals subscribe to his blog (which he posts four times a week), each of which contains a photograph. He is noted for his aerial and wildlife photography.


“Sedona: Through the Lens, Eyes and Mind of Ted Grussing” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. 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.


Join Ted Grussing as he guides you through the wonders and beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona from a perspective that few have ever seen ... the beauty of the red rocks as seen from above and through the clouds, volcanoes and mountains, canyons and rivers ... and on the ground his beautiful and unique wildlife photography of those with whom we share this magnificent part of Arizona.


Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Riverdance’ 25th Anniversary March 15 & 17


Gala performance from Dublin’s Arena debuts on the big screen to celebrate 25 years


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the “Riverdance” 25th Anniversary show from Dublin’s 3Arena. There will be two shows on Sunday and Tuesday, March 15 and 17 at 4 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


The new 25th Anniversary show catapults “Riverdance” into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance.


Twenty-five years ago, seven minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The Eurovision interval act performance gave millions of people a new and exciting glimpse of the future of Irish dance. Now 25 years later, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs.


This powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favorite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance.


Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, the exact spot where it all began, the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance will bring “Riverdance” to the big screen for the very first time!


“The sort of spectacle and experience that comes along once in a lifetime.” — The Hollywood Reporter


“The phenomenon rolls on! There will always be a Riverdance!” — New York Times


“Riverdance” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sunday and Tuesday, March 15 and 17 at 4 p.m. each day.


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.

The new 25th Anniversary show catapults “Riverdance” into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance.


Film Festival presents monthly Conversations Series March 16


Cyber Security is topic at Fisher Theatre, presented by Dr. Bertrand Cambou


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to support the speaker series, “Conversations”. “Conversations” highlights distinguished professors from Northern Arizona University who are experts in their fields. Using a conversational format, the speakers address controversial ideas, issues, and topics, followed by Q&A.


The next event in the monthly “Conversations” Series will take place Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The featured speaker is Bertrand Cambou, Ph.D. The subject for the discussion is “Cyber Security: Hackers, Nation States, Cyber Criminals and the Lone Wolf … Is there a solution?”


The discussion will be moderated by Sheila Nair, Ph.D.


Cybercrime is a frightening concept for many reasons. The obvious reason is the disruption it causes to many aspects of our life. Cybercrime can cause chaos to personal financial data, disrupt power grids, interfere in elections and compromise national security. Technology has brought us many good things, but along with the good came some bad. Cybercrime is currently a hot topic; however, the solutions for preventing or stopping are not easy. Cybercrime is elusive and difficult to prosecute. It is highly likely that cybercrime and its perpetuators will continue developing and upgrading programs to stay ahead of the law. To make us feel safer, we need cyber security.


We’ll meet a cyber security expert who is on the front lines of developing the armor needed to protect our privacy, our businesses and our country.


Dr. Cambou is Professor of Practice in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems. His primary research and teaching interests are in cyber security and how to apply nanotechnologies to strengthen hardware security. At NAU he has published 61 papers, and invention disclosures. He is the author of 50 granted and 32 pending patents that were widely licensed in the nano-electronics industry. In 2016 he was admitted to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Lemelson foundation as one of their Inventor Ambassador for lifetime achievement, and a commitment to promote innovation. In 2019 he was elected as a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors, and received one of the 2019 Research and Creative Activity (RCA) awards from the President of NAU. He serves as a member of NAU’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Board, which focuses on Industry-University relationships, and generating intellectual property.


In the last 4 years, as the lead principal investigator and co-principal investigator, he contributed to successful grant submissions resulting in a total of $10 million awards to fund NAU’s research effort in cyber security. These research awards are funded by the Air Force Research Lab, CipherLoc, the National Science Foundation, BRIDG, the Navy, and the Arizona Board of Regents.


His professional career is equally impressive before joining the faculty at NAU. Dr. Cambou worked for Motorola Semiconductor for 15 years, Gemplus as COO, Ingenico as CEO, Advanced Micro Device as CEO, and was Executive Chairman at Crocus Technology.


He was awarded his Ph.D. in Electronics at Paris-South(XI) University and Masters degrees in Engineering Electronics from Supelec Paris and Physics from Toulouse III University. Dr. Cambou has published in journals and in books too numerous to mention.


Come join “CONVERSATIONS” with Dr. Bertrand Cambou, live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, March 16 at 7p.m. Tickets are $7.50 general admission and $6.00 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.


The next event in the monthly “Conversations” Series will take place Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The featured speaker is Bertrand Cambou, Ph.D. The subject for the discussion is “Cyber Security: Hackers, Nation States, Cyber Criminals and the Lone Wolf … Is there a solution?”


Ally & The Boys Live Celtic Concert at Mary Fisher Theatre


In a Celtic celebration for St. Patrick’s Day, “Ally & The Boys” will perform an exciting mix of jigs, reels, airs and songs in this live Celtic music concert at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona!


Featuring Rick Cyge on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Lynn Trombetta on flute and Irish whistles and Allen Ames on violin and mandolin, this group is “Pure Celtic-crossover magic!” Advance priced tickets are on sale now for the Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m. performance.


Locals will recognize Cyge from his weekly performances in Sedona and his duo, “Meadowlark” with flutist, Lynn “Ally” Trombetta. “Ally & The Boys” is Meadowlark’s Celtic alter-ego with violinist, Allen Ames showcasing their Celtic repertoire.


Cyge and Trombetta formed “Meadowlark” in 1993, performing for a small outdoor café in a beautiful pecan orchard. Originally, their repertoire was mostly Celtic music however they soon evolved into creating their own music inspired by the natural settings.


The Meadowlark duo kept their Celtic underpinnings and became known for their performances of instrumental compositions inspired by the desert southwest region, including “Creek Spirit”, written about Trombetta’s experience in the canyons of Sedona, where she spent her childhood summers and played her flute from high, allowing the sounds to waft down through Oak Creek.


When Meadowlark’s first CD, “Dance of the Sandpiper,” was being recorded, they added violinist Allen Ames to the mix and he became part of the ensemble going forward. Sedona audiences know Ames for his performances with his wife Maryanne Kremer–Ames in their duo, “Lyra”. He also performs on mandolin and various percussion instruments in Meadowlark and Ally & The Boys.


Meadowlark has performed with some of the most notable contemporary musicians, opened for concerts with both Acoustic Alchemy and pianist David Lanz at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed in concerts with pianist Robin Spielberg, guitarist Eric Tingstad and harp-guitarist John Doan. Hear samples at www.MeadowlarkMusic.com.


Mary D. Fisher Theatre is an intimate space and can sell out quickly. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, please call 928-282-1177 or order online at https://sedonafilmfestival.org/. You may also purchase tickets at the Sedona Film Festival office and Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.


In a Celtic celebration for St. Patrick’s Day, “Ally & The Boys” will perform an exciting mix of jigs, reels, airs and songs in this live Celtic music concert at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona!


Sedona Film Fest presents ‘The Etruscan Smile’ encore March 20-23


Audience hit from recent festival returns for limited run at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Sedona encore of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning new film “The Etruscan Smile” March 20-23 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


“The Etruscan Smile” was among the highest-rated films by the audience at the recent Sedona International Film Festival. It was a runner-up for Best Feature Drama and Best of Show. It has also won the top Audience Choice prizes at several prestigious film festivals around the world.


"The Etruscan Smile" — based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro — stars Brian Cox (HBO’s “Succession” and Broadway leading man in “The Great Society”) as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.


“The Etruscan Smile” also stars Rosanna Arquette, Tim Matheson, Thora Birch, Peter Coyote, Treat Williams and J.J. Feild.


“Brian Cox gives the performance of his career … Oscar is calling!” — Tim Nasson, Wild About Movies


“The film has energy and spirit thanks to Brian Cox’s bright, charming performance.” — Rex Reed, Observer


“Delights with a good mix of humor and seriousness.” — Lisa Schwarz, Cinema Magazine


“The Etruscan Smile” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre March 20-23. Showtimes will be 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday and Monday, March 20 and 23; 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 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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"The Etruscan Smile" — based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro — stars Brian Cox as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment.



Film Festival hosts Ballet in Cinema: 'The Sleeping Beauty' March 22


Royal Ballet production from London debuts on the big screen at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, March 22 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “The Sleeping Beauty” – a new production from The Royal Ballet in London. There will be one show at 3:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


The Royal Ballet’s new production of “The Sleeping Beauty”, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, also features sections containing choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Cinema audiences will be treated to a fantastic cast featuring Principal Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora and Principal Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund.


“The Sleeping Beauty” features some of ballet’s most celebrated numbers including the iconic Rose Adage, the Garland Waltz and the Vision Pas de deux. The ballet’s beautiful music is by Tchaikovsky.


“The Sleeping Beauty” is based on the fairytale of the same name. The wicked fairy Carabosse is furious when she isn’t invited to the christening of Princess Aurora (Cuthbertson) and to get retribution, Carabosse pronounces a curse: when Aurora grows up she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy alters the curse, so that rather than dying Aurora will fall into a deep sleep from which she can be awakened by a prince. On Aurora’s 16th birthday, she does indeed prick her finger, and along with the entire court falls into an enchanted sleep. The Lilac Fairy leads Prince Florimund (Bonelli) to awaken Aurora with a kiss. Aurora and the court regain consciousness and celebrate the marriage of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund.


This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.


The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house, and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Audiences are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House.


“The Sleeping Beauty” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 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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The Royal Ballet’s new production of “The Sleeping Beauty”, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, also features sections containing choreography by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. Cinema audiences will be treated to a fantastic cast featuring Principal Lauren Cuthbertson as Princess Aurora and Principal Federico Bonelli as Prince Florimund.


Exhibition on Screen 'Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait' premieres March 24


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


Sedona International Film Festival presents the Exhibition on Screen series with “Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, March 24 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Exhibition on Screen’s intensely compelling film on Lucian Freud reveals the life and work of a modern master though a unique exhibition of his self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Freud made self-portraits for the whole of his life which intersected his controversial private life and reflected his shifting relationship with paint. His intense and unflinching gaze has produced a body of powerful, figurative works that places him in the forefront of great British painting. The film journeys through this landmark exhibition in which Freud turns his critical eye firmly on himself.


Notoriety followed the grandson of Sigmund Freud: he was a key figure in London’s radical post-war art scene and his work reveals a great story to be enjoyed on the big screen. Audiences will have a front row seat to view Freud’s powerful and intimate self-portraits.


In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Royal Academy of Arts’ extraordinary exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings spanning nearly seven decades of Freud’s self-portraiture, brought together for the first time in history. They give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.


Highlighting paintings such as Man with a Feather, Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait), Hotel Bedroom, Interior with Plant, Reflection Listening and his masterpiece Painter Working Reflection, this film features key interviews with past sitters, friends and leading art experts such as Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London), Martin Gayford (Art Critic and Writer) and Catherine Lampert (Art Curator and Writer) among others.


Notably, the film includes access to Lucian Freud’s early works and a rare visit to Lucian Freud’s painting studio, which remains as it was when he died in 2011.


Along with insight and commentary by the exhibition curators Andrea Tarsia (Royal Academy of Arts, London), Jasper Sharp (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) and David Dawson (Artist), this remarkable film is a must-see for anyone interested in discovering more about the man behind the some of the most talked about portraits in modern art history and, more broadly, the London artworld.


The festival is proud to be the official host of the Exhibition on Screen Series, joining hundreds of theatres around the globe for this special exhibition on screen. Cinema guests can now enjoy unprecedented high definition access into the lives of renowned artists, their art and the fabulous museums and galleries that are the custodians of such masterpieces.

The Exhibition on Screen Series is generously sponsored by Goldenstein Gallery.


“Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, March 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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Exhibition on Screen’s intensely compelling film on Lucian Freud reveals the life and work of a modern master though a unique exhibition of his self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Freud made self-portraits for the whole of his life which intersected his controversial private life and reflected his shifting relationship with paint.


Sedona Film Festival presents ‘No Man’s Land Film Festival’ March 25


Women adventure film shorts featured in world-wide festival making Sedona stop


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world for a special premiere of “No Man’s Land Film Festival” on Wednesday, March 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


“No Man’s Land Film Festival” is an international adventure film festival that exists to empower creatives and athletes in the world of adventure film and photography. The organization operates under three guiding principles: Discipline, Commitment and Community. It represents a vast network of dreamers who roam the world in pursuit of the radical and with the unrelenting goal to undefine feminine.



“No Man's Land Film Festival” (NMLFF) has reached audiences in nearly every US state and has breached international borders with events ranging from Canada to Australia. Through human collaboration, “No Man's Land” strives to implement and inspire change in the outdoor, sport and film industries, while cultivating a deep interest in exploring the vastness of the planet from a woman’s point of view. The NMLFF mission transcends the films presented, acting as a platform for powerful and progressive movement in the outdoor industry.



Short films featured in the 2020 “No Man’s Land Film Festival” tour lineup include:



Footsteps


In a small boxing gym in Louisiana, two generations of female boxers reveal how the sport changed their lives.



Mi Mamá


Skydiver, runner, climber and cardiac nurse Nadia Mercado credits her mother, an immigrant from Quisqueya (now the Dominican Republic and Haiti), with her love of the outdoors. Thirty-seven years ago, her mother traveled to Arches National Park and dreamed of returning with her children. Together, the two return to explore their own connection, and the familial bond through nature.



Dream Job


A comedy documentary about a girl working in the ski industry who decides to become one of the stars, “Dream Job” begs the question: they go up, they go down, how hard can it be? The film follows comedian Katie Burrell through "days in the life" with three of the industry's biggest names: Leah Evans, founder of Girls Do Ski, Christina Lustenberger, ex-Olympian and big mountain skier, and Diny Harrison, the first fully certified female guide in North America. Needless to say, Katie finds out how hard it really can be.



The Litas


This is a film about Gevin Fax, the oldest member of the women motorcycle collective, The Litas. Growing up in Los Angeles as an African American lesbian in the 1960s, Gevin found that the world wasn’t always forgiving. She started riding dirt bikes at the age of twelve which distanced her even further from the other kids. Though it was because of her love for riding that gifted her peace of mind; it was her meditation, her medicine, her way to escape all of the other noise. Now, because of The Litas, she shares her love for the road with thousands of women all over the world.



Chasing The Sublime


Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful look at the physicality of cold water swimming in the UK, as two friends set out to chase the sublime.



Bekoji 100


“Bekoji 100” explores the stories of Desta and Zabu, two adolescent female runners from Bekoji, Ethiopia who are supported by the Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF). As they embark on completing the first-ever 100-mile, ultra-relay race across Ethiopia alongside international runners and their GGRF teammates, they share their athletic ambitions and the trials they face as young women in their society.



Speak To Me Softly


Experience fear and emotion alongside climber Jenny Abegg as she ascends a route while fighting the self-criticism and doubt from that little voice we all have in the back of our heads.



The Adventure Itinerary


Katherine is dedicating her life to harnessing adventure as a means of protecting and conserving the marine environment, to inspiring everyone to step beyond their doorstep through adventure to fall in love with the beauty and wonder of nature and through this love, to be inspired to take action to protect our wonderful planet.



Surf Girls Jamaica


“Surf Girls Jamaica” focuses on Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the tough lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas. Imani has harnessed the power of surfing to empower these women through training camps which bring women together to learn the mindful art of riding waves. This develops self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for the environment and a deep sense of community. Globally, Imani has taken it as her personal responsibility to empower women of color to have access to surfing and see a place for themselves within the global surf industry.



Life of Pie


It wasn’t long ago that the small Colorado town of Fruita was solely a hub of agriculture and oil and gas development. But singletrack shredders and pizza chefs Jen Zeuner and her partner Anne Keller have helped to transform the high-desert town into a mountain biking hotspot with their Hot Tomato Café. It wasn’t always easy — some residents of conservative Fruita weren’t quite ready for their “lifestyle” at first. But the women’s delicious East Coast-style pizza — and the love they put into making it — have made them indispensable members of the community and turned the Hot Tomato into the living room of the Grand Valley’s outdoor recreation industry.



Where The Wild Things Keep Playing


An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal-clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.



“No Man’s Land Film Festival” Sedona tour stop is made possible by generous grant support from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona.



“No Man’s Land Film Festival” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, March 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12.50 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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“No Man's Land Film Festival” (NMLFF) is the premier all-female adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and on tour internationally. NMLFF celebrates the full scope of female athletes and adventurers, looking to redefine what it means to identify as a woman in the outdoor industry.


Festival presents Larry Lindahl: Exploring the Ancient Southwest March 26


Experience photos filled with the power and grace of ancient stone dwellings, rock art, and stunning cliff-top scenery



Join author and photographer Larry Lindahl on Thurs., Mar 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Come enjoy “Exploring the Ancient Southwest” — a presentation of photos filled with the power and grace of ancient stone dwellings, rock art, and stunning cliff-top scenery.



This program is presented by the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society. Tickets are $10 to benefit the VVCAAS.


Lindahl will share his personal collection of images of the fascinating culture that flourished in the Southwest from roughly 650-1200AD. Remnants of their story are scattered in pieces of pottery, rare cultivated agave, centuries-old corn cobs, and structures precariously perched in the alcoves of the sandstone cliffs. His entertaining stories cover his techniques to capture the beauty of their existence. Presentation is an hour and a half. His books will be for sale afterwards including award-winning “Secret Sedona” and “The Ancient Southwest.”



Larry Lindahl grew up in the Pacific Northwest backpacking, teaching skiing, and at 18 he summited Mount Rainier. His interest in photography began early winning a photography contest in high school. He learned more of the craft when he hired photographers in his career as the ABC television network Los Angeles print advertising art director.



Seeking a life that would enrich his soul, and afford him more time in the outdoors, he left California and moved to Arizona, landing in Sedona in 1993. Working with medium-format film cameras his photography was soon published in magazines, books, and calendars including photo portfolios in Arizona Highways magazine.



With five photography books to his credit, he now shares his experience and knowledge through teaching. He leads multi-day photo workshops throughout the Southwest, and single-day workshops in Sedona. Visit LarryLindahl.com for more information.



“Larry Lindahl: Exploring the Ancient Southwest” will be presented at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Thursday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to benefit the VVCAAS. 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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Come enjoy “Exploring the Ancient Southwest” — a presentation of photos filled with the power and grace of ancient stone dwellings, rock art, and stunning cliff-top scenery with author and photographer Larry Lindahl.


Sedona Film Festival presents 'Fantastic Fungi' encore March 26


An immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the award-winning documentary “Fantastic Fungi” on Thursday, March 26, joining theaters around the world for this special return engagement. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.



There will be a very special Q&A onscreen with director Louie Schwartzberg, mycologist Paul Stamets and other special global mycelial guests following both screenings of “Fantastic Fungi”.


Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet … today.


When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, “Fantastic Fungi” brings us together as interconnected creators of our world.



“Fantastic Fungi”, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.



Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.


“Fantastic Fungi” is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of myceliumand its fruit — the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground Internet.



The film is a blueprint for what connects all humanity and the natural world.



“Fantastic Fungi” will return to the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, March 26 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.


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“Fantastic Fungi”, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.

























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