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With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, this dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, this dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

Great Art on Screen 'Wunderkammer' premieres Nov. 10

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 “Wunderkammer”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 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.

“Wunderkammer” Cabinets of Curiosities is a journey to the most secret and hidden places on the planet, an exclusive look into the secret rooms where curiosities of every kind have been collected for hundreds of years.

The Wunderkammer, Chambers of Wonders or Cabinets de Curiosities spread in Europe among sovereigns and ardent scholars from the sixteenth century. The film opens the doors to these extraordinary places, most of them part of private collections and not open to the public: those of yesterday – created with the expansion of the first colonial empires, between Renaissance studios and grand European imperial palaces, which then gave rise, over the course of the nineteenth century and with the advent of the Enlightenment, to the most well-known modern museums – and those of today, displayed in villas and castles of extraordinary magnificence.

This still-existing world assembles, conserves and exhibits the wonderful exactly as it did 500 years ago. Private places: private (as in distinguished), privileged, away from the public, from advertising, from necessity; and private (as in solitary), anguished, dissolute and amoral. Just as life is private, protected from indiscrete eyes, encroachments and noise.

“Wunderkammer” combines disclosure, adventure, mystery and wonder with art.

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

“Wunderkammer” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 10 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.

Film Fest presents ‘The Messenger’ encore for Veterans Day Nov. 11

Film nominated for two Academy Awards returns for special event at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a special Veterans Day encore of the award-winning film “The Messenger” showing one day only, Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“The Messenger” was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Woody Harrelson and Best Original Screenplay for Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman. The Sedona International Film Festival premiered the film originally when it was released in theaters.

The film features an all-star cast, including Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Samantha Morton and more.

“The Messenger” is a powerful and tender story about a returned war hero making his first steps toward a normal life.

In his first leading role, Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front.

When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Moverman, “The Messenger” brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

“One of the decade’s most beautifully acted films!” — Stephen Holden, New York Times

“The Messenger” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 11 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 Fest presents ‘Ammonite’ premiere Nov. 13-18

Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Jones star in 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 “Ammonite” showing Nov. 13-18 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Ammonite” features an all-star, award-winning ensemble cast including Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle and Fiona Shaw. The film premiered to rave audience and critic reviews and top audience awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Toronto and Telluride.

1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

Acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother.

When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest.

They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet, despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone.

It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

“Ammonite” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 13-18. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13, 14 and 15; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 18. There will also be additional 1 p.m. weekend shows on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15.

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 encore of Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ at Fisher Theatre on Nov. 14

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 Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” (from the 2010 season) on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 

There will be a pre-opera talk at 9 a.m. led by John Steinbrunner. The cast of “Don Pasquale” includes Anna Netrebko (Norina), Matthew Polenzani (Ernesto), John Del Carlo (Don Pasquale) and Mariusz Kwiecien (Dr. Malatesta). James Levine is the conductor of the opera.

Donizetti’s timeless comedy shines in Otto Schenk’s enchanting production, conducted by James Levine and featuring a remarkable cast. The incomparable Anna Netrebko is Norina, the young widow beloved by Ernesto (a suave Matthew Polenzani), who is about to be disinherited by his miserly uncle, Don Pasquale (John Del Carlo). It takes the clever scheming of Dr. Malatesta (Mariusz Kwiecien) to set things right and to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson — fits of temper, mistaken identities, and all kinds of comic confusion included.

ACT I

Rome, mid-19th century. The old bachelor Don Pasquale plans to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto, who is in love with the young widow Norina. Pasquale wants an heir so he can cut the young man off without a penny. He consults Dr. Malatesta, who suggests as a bride his own beautiful younger sister. Feeling rejuvenated, the delighted Pasquale asks Malatesta to arrange a meeting at once. Ernesto arrives and again refuses to marry a woman of his uncle’s choice. Pasquale tells him that he will have to leave the house, then announces his own marriage plans to his astonished nephew. With no inheritance, Ernesto sees his dreams evaporating. To make matters worse, he learns that his friend Malatesta has arranged Pasquale’s marriage.

On her terrace, Norina laughs over a silly romantic story she’s reading. She is certain of her own ability to charm a man. Malatesta arrives. He is in fact plotting on her and Ernesto’s behalf and explains his plan: Norina is to impersonate his (nonexistent) sister, marry Pasquale in a mock ceremony, and drive him to such desperation that he will be at their mercy. Norina is eager to play the role if it will help her and Ernesto to be together.


ACT II

Ernesto, who knows nothing of Malatesta’s scheme, is desperate about the apparent loss of Norina and imagines his future as an exile. Pasquale, on the other hand, is impatient to meet his bride-to-be and enchanted when Malatesta introduces the timid “Sofronia.” Pasquale decides to get married at once. During the wedding ceremony, Ernesto bursts in and accuses Norina of being unfaithful. Malatesta quickly and quietly explains to him what is going on and Ernesto plays witness to the wedding contract. As soon as the document is sealed and Pasquale has signed over his fortune to his bride, Norina changes her act from demure girl to willful shrew. The shocked Pasquale protests, to the delight of Norina, Ernesto, and Malatesta.


ACT III

Pasquale’s new “wife” has continued her extravagant ways and amassed a stack of bills. When servants arrive carrying more purchases, Pasquale furiously resolves to assert his rights as husband. Norina, dressed elegantly for the theater, slap him when he tries to bar her way. He threatens her with divorce, and she realizes she feels sympathy for the old man’s pain. As she leaves, she drops a letter implying that she has a rendezvous with an unknown suitor in the garden that night. The desperate Pasquale sends for Malatesta. Malatesta first tells Ernesto to make sure that Pasquale will not recognize him when he plays his part in the garden that evening. Then, alone with Pasquale, Malatesta assures him they will trap “Sofronia” in a compromising situation. Pasquale is happy to leave everything to Malatesta.

In the garden, Ernesto serenades Norina, and the two declare their love. Pasquale and Malatesta arrive—too late to catch the young man, who slips into the house, while “Sofronia” plays the innocent wife. Malatesta then announces that Ernesto is about to introduce his own bride, Norina, into the house. “Sofronia” protests she will never share the roof with another woman and threatens to leave. Pasquale is overjoyed and grants permission for Ernesto to marry Norina, with his inheritance. When Sofronia’s identity is finally revealed, Pasquale accepts the situation with good humor, gives the couple his blessing, and joins in observing that marriage is not for an old man.

“Don Pasquale” from the Metropolitan Opera will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. with a pre-opera talk by John Steinbrunner 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.

Great Art on Screen 'Maverick Modigliani' premieres Nov. 17

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 “Maverick Modigliani”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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.

“Maverick Modigliani” is a cinematic portrayal beyond the legend.

Marking the centenary of the death of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), this documentary feature is the story of a remarkable talent that transcended stereotypes. From his origins in Livorno, Italy to the Paris of Picasso and Brancusi that became the center of modernity, to his love for his wife and frequent subject of his portraits Jeanne Hébuterne, the film depicts the life and work of an avant-garde artist who has become a contemporary classic. 

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

“Maverick Modigliani” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 17 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.

Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Kinky Boots’ the musical encore Nov. 19

Tony Award-winning musical from London’s West End returns to the big screen

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona encore of the lavish Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” from London’s West End on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, this dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting award-winning musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

Big-hearted and high-spirited, the West End musical “Kinky Boots” — inspired by true events — tells the story of Charlie Price, the new owner of his late father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible — and discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.

“Kinky Boots” made its Broadway debut in April 2013, going on to win a season-high 13 Tony Award nominations, winning six (including Best Musical and Best Score).

“Kinky Boots” beloved status in the West End was consolidated in its Best New Musical victory at the 2016 Olivier Awards ceremony, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out!

Don’t miss the “freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade” (The Hollywood News) as it arrives on cinema screens. It’s the ultimate fun night out, so come experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.

“Kinky Boots” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 19 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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