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Sedona Film Festival Presents Plethora of Great Films This Winter

Updated: Feb 6


A classic returns to the Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny “Coppélia” – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company.


Film Festival presents Documentary Oscar Shorts Programs Feb. 8-13


Mary D. Fisher Theatre plays host to Academy Award nominated short documentary films


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the 2020 Oscar Documentary Shorts Programs Feb. 8-13 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Now an annual film festival tradition, Sedona audiences will be able to see all of the short documentary films nominated for Academy Awards before the Oscar telecast on Feb. 9.


OSCAR DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM 2020


• Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) (UK): In Afghanistan, there are limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything, as they start to learn how to read, write - and even skateboard - in Kabul.


• Life Overtakes Me (Sweden/USA): The story of two traumatized children of the refugee diaspora in Sweden, who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into life-threatening, coma-like state called Resignation Syndrome.


• In the Absence (South Korea): An unflinching look at the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. Employing extensive archival material and in-depth historical research, telling the story of the ferry that capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea on 16 April 2014, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a field trip.


• St. Louis Superman (USA): Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.


• Walk Run Cha-Cha (USA): Paul and Millie Cao fell in love as teenagers in Vietnam but were soon separated by the war. Six years later they reunited in California. Now, after decades of working hard to build new lives, they are making up for lost time – on the dance floor.


The Oscar Documentary Shorts Program will show: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 and 13 at 4 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 Festival presents ‘Oscars on the Rocks’ Feb. 9


Watch the Academy Awards live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre


Enjoy Tinseltown’s brightest stars on Hollywood’s biggest night LIVE right here in Sedona on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 6 p.m.


Join in the fun and festivities of “Oscars on the Rocks”, the official spot to catch the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on the big screen. You will feel like you are right in the midst of the Oscar action.


Roll out the red carpet, make your Oscar picks and join your fellow movie-lovers for a night out on the town.\\\

Think you can pick the winners of the big night? Find out how your picks stack up against the Academy’s when you join the pick-the-winner contest. The evening will also include trivia contests, movie quotes and more!


Get decked out in your Hollywood finest … or come as you are! It is Oscar night Sedona-style! Who knows what surprises we’ll have in store!


The Oscars will show live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission donation, or $12.50 donation 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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Join in the fun and festivities of “Oscars on the Rocks”, the official spot to catch the Academy Awards on the big screen. You will feel like you are right in the midst of the Oscar action.



Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Jeffrey Lewis: Prestige Goods of the Ancient and Contemporary Americas’ discussion Feb. 10


Film Festival partners with the Sedona Muses for special “Secrets of the Earth” event


Join Jeffrey Lewis, Founder and Owner of the Trade Roots Collection and Living Museum, on February 10, 3:30 pm, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, for “Prestige Goods of the Ancient and Contemporary Americas—from Feathers & Shells to Coral & Precious Gem Stones”.


In this insightful cultural program, Lewis will discuss the origins of these precious items in prehistoric times, their uses today, and how his Living Museum in Santa Fe will support their continued acquisition by Native American artists.


Lewis’ personal commitment towards preserving and revitalizing Native American trade and tradition in the Southwest began, in 1970, with a vision for establishing what has become the Trade Roots Collection. In the early years, he spent much time in Central America’s Lacandon and northern Petén rain forests, collecting molted macaw parrot feathers for Zuni and Hopi ceremonial use. Later, upon founding Trade Roots, Lewis began traveling the world to secure supplies of exotic shell and stone, at their source. These included pearl shell from the South China Sea, Indonesia and Tahiti; coral from the Mediterranean; amber from Chiapas, Mexico and the Baltic Sea; turquoise; variscite; azurite; fossil ivory; lapis lazuli; sugilite; labradorite; rhodocroscite, and many other exotic materials—all to be used by Native Americans for jewelry-making and fetish-carving.


A half hour meet-and-greet (3:30 to 4:00) with Jeffrey Lewis and members of Sedona Muses precedes a 4:00-5:00pm presentation, which includes an educational printout from Lewis’s


soon-to-be-published book, “Stories, Essays and Character Sketches from The Existential Macaw Chronicle”. The printout describes a hypothetical trade route from the Mayan jungles to Casas Grandes in Mexico to Hawikuh (ancient Zuni Pueblo). Lewis will also discuss, and show examples of, goods bartered and traded for along the way. The program concludes with a brief history of the Native American jewelry industry and a question and answer session.


This program is presented by Sedona Muses, a volunteer auxiliary organization of the Museum of Northern Arizona on Monday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $8 for Film Festival or Museum of Northern Arizona 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.


Festival presents 'Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour' Feb. 10


Encore of lecture series featuring Beatles historian Scott Freiman at Mary D. Fisher Theatre



Sedona International Film Festival is proud to be the official host of “Deconstructing the Beatles”, joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special series.


“Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour” will show in Sedona on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


“Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour” explores the music written for the Magical Mystery Tour TV show, as well as the additional songs that appeared on the 1967 LP.

In 1967, The Beatles embarked on an ambitious project, writing and directing a one-hour film, Magical Mystery Tour. The music written for the film is some of The Beatles' psychedelic best.

In “Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour”, music historian, composer and Beatles enthusiast Scott Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and other selections from Magical Mystery Tour. Scott will also “deconstruct” other songs from the Magical Mystery Tour album, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “All You Need Is Love.”

Freiman combines his love of The Beatles with his experience as a composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures about the creative process of The Beatles. He moves past the personalities of the four Beatles to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be loved by millions. His multimedia presentations transport his audiences into Abbey Road Studio with anecdotes about The Beatles' recording sessions, allowing fans to experience the evolution of The Beatles' groundbreaking albums and songs.

Freiman’s lectures have entertained audiences of musicians and non-musicians alike, from pre-teenagers to octogenarians. Once you've attended one of Scott's presentations, you'll never listen to The Beatles or any other music the same way again!

“Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, or $9 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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In “Deconstructing The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour”, music historian, composter and Beatles enthusiast Scott Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and other selections from Magical Mystery Tour.

Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Clemency’ premiere Feb. 14-20


Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge and Richard Schiff star in film at Fisher Theatre


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the critically-acclaimed and powerful new film “Clemency” Feb. 14-20 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


“Clemency” features an award-winning ensemble cast including Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn and Danielle Brooks.


Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). The emotional wedge in her marriage grows. Memories of a recently botched execution plague her daily. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.


“I spent four years researching for ‘Clemency’. I spoke with six different wardens, interviewed corrections officers, death row lawyers, Lieutenants and a Director of Corrections about their experiences working in prisons and in death row facilities. I spoke with men currently on death row and one man who was exonerated from death row, after being incarcerated for 28 years for a crime he did not commit,” said director Chinonye Chukwu.


“The film observes a world that few audiences have gotten a realistic look into. Most American prison films include melodramatic depictions of prison life, but ‘Clemency’ is rooted in an unfiltered realism that will, hopefully, force audiences to connect to the humanities that exist between prison walls.”


“Alfre Woodard is brilliant. Her performance will leave audiences awestruck.” — IndieWire


“Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


“In ‘Clemency’, Alfre Woodard gives a masterful performance (one in a career of many), leading a strong cast that includes Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff and Danielle Brooks.” — Sara Stewart, New York Post


“Ms. Woodard is superb, as always, in a role that sets up a formidable barrier between character and audience.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal


“Clemency” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Feb. 14-20. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20; and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 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.


Larry and Leslie Latour 5th Annual Valentines Day Show

“Songs & Stories of Life and Love” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater

It's that time again! Celebrate Valentine's Day with Larry and Leslie Latour in their fifth annual Valentine's Day show, “Songs & Stories of Life and Love” for an always fun and poignant evening of song, Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Available is a new collection of their songs, Real Music Two, for your listening pleasure!

Long-time singer/songwriters and Valentine's Day favorites Leslie and Larry will bring you an emotional and heartfelt collection of tunes about love and life's entanglements in the intimate setting that is the Mary D. Fisher Theater. As always, they will be spinning their original story songs into a reflection of their lives in love together, singing their two part harmonies and taking the audience on a heartfelt journey. Special guest Pattie Hoisch and of the Sedona folk band Yarrow will join the Latours to add a couple of love songs of her own!

L & L have been singing together (and married) for 15 years! They have five CDs of music, four of them original (Little by Little, That's Life, and Real Music and Real Music Two), and one a CD of Woody Guthrie style folk tunes (including This Land is Your Land of course). All of these are digitally available on CDBaby.com and iTunes. Typical tracks include Stranded, an autobiographic “what if” love song, Bangor Fair, about falling in love under a dance tent in Maine, The Winds of Autumn, about dreams of life and love come true, and This Old River, a Verde River Song about the golden years.

L & L make the room and audience their own wherever they perform, telling stories and singing funny and poignant tunes in an intimate style. Kate Hawkes of Red Earth Theatre exclaimed, “Larry and Leslie live what they sing. Joy, partnership and laughter ring through their music and performance.” Jennifer Cohen, host of Cable TV's Yavapai Broadcasting Verde Valley Experience gushed, “I love how they harmonize with each other, how they are with each other. There’s a sweetness that descends over them when they perform. It’s visual, it’s audible, it’s a wonderful thing!”

L & L have together played an integral part in creating the Sedona Hub Music In The House performance series from 2016-2019, and they were instrumental in creating the Camp Verde Library “Music In The Stacks” series, now in it's 4th year. A few of their well received shows include the current Prescott Library Series, Studio B in Old Town, The Old Town Center for the Arts annual Bob Dylan Birthday concert, The Camp Verde Community Library, and Shondra Jepperson's Living Room Series at Center for Positive Living in the Village of Oak Creek. They also performed throughout Mid-Maine during the summer months, including the WERU Fair, the Penobscot Theater, the 4 masted Margaret Todd schooner out of Bar Harbor, and aboard the Sunbeam Ministries boat touring and servicing the Islands off of the Mid-Maine coast.


L & L both grew up in the New York City area in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and met in Bangor, Maine. Leslie was raised in a family of musicians and artists with connections to the Seeger family, and Larry was strongly influenced by musicians such as James Taylor, The Beatles, and folk icons Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Recently they participated in a benefit concert for a proposed American Center for Folk Music in Pete Seeger’s hometown of Beacon, NY.

Don't miss this return Valentine's Day gift with the Latours in a very special concert in the cozy atmosphere of May D. Fisher Theater, Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Leslie and Larry in the lobby after the show.

Visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.org for tickets and performance information or call 928-282-1177. Both the Sedona International Film Festival Office and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre are located at 2030 W. SR 89A in West Sedona.



A classic returns to the Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny “Coppélia” – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company.


The Royal Ballet's 'Coppélia' premieres onscreen Feb. 16


Sedona Film Festival hosts big-screen debut of new production from London at Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, Feb. 16 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Coppélia” — a brand new production — from the Royal Ballet in London. There will be one show at 2:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

A classic returns to the Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny “Coppélia” – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colorful storybook world to life in this treat for the whole family.

Act 1

Dr. Coppélius has constructed a mechanical doll, Coppélia, so lifelike that everyone who sees it on his balcony believes it to be a beautiful girl. Swanilda is angry when she discovers that Franz, her fiancé, is trying to flirt with Coppélia. The Burgomaster announces that there will be a fête and all betrothed couples will receive dowries from the Duke. Coppélius comes out of his house for an evening stroll; he is teased by some young men and drops his key. Swanilda and her friends find it and enter the house. Coppélius finds his front door open and steals in to surprise the intruders. Franz returns to meet the girl on the balcony.

Act 2

Swanilda approaches the alcove that hides Coppélia and is astonished to find that she is only a doll. Coppélius bursts in and drives out Swanilda’s friends. Swanilda hides in the alcove and takes Coppélia’s place. Franz appears at the window and Coppélius allows him to enter before seizing him by the ear. He drugs Franz and tries to bring Coppélia to life by transferring Franz’s spirit to the doll. Swanilda, disguised as the doll, pretends to come to life. The old man is delighted. He teaches her a Spanish dance and a Scottish dance. Franz regains his senses and Coppélius realizes that he has been tricked.

Act 3

Next evening the Duke gives gold to the betrothed couples. Coppélius complains that his dolls have been ruined. The Duke placates him with a purse of gold. The peasants dance the ‘Masque of the Hours’. Franz and Swanilda are forgiven and everyone celebrates their marriage.

“Coppélia” from the Royal Ballet will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 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.

A classic returns to the Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny “Coppélia” – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company.





















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