Sedona International Film Festival – 3rd Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival
November 8th – 12th, 2014
November is a great time to visit the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Along with great hiking weather and beautiful fall colors still highlighting Oak Creek Canyon the 3rd Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival will be taking place from November the 8th – 12th, 2014!
About the Festival
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The program will feature the best of Jewish cinema, including 8 award-winning films representing six foreign countries and the United States plus a selection of award-winning short films.
The five-day event will include both narrative and documentary features. In addition, there will be a Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y simulcast as part of the festival offerings. To purchase tickets to the films or for more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the film festival our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will drop you off at the theatre and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.
- November 8th – Opening Night
The opening night film for the festival will be “Cupcakes” preceded by Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion. The film “Cupcakes” will be followed by a Q&A led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, who was a tour guide and worked for the Israel Television Broadcasting Authority at the exciting time when Israel won for best song at the EuroVision Song Competition. This event will start at 7:00 pm.
- November 9th
- “Above and Beyond” (3:00 pm)
The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the Israel War of Independence, the film brings together new interviews with pilots from the ’48 War, as well President Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day.
- World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism: Live from NY’s 92nd St. Y (5:30 pm)
New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts “World Religions: Spotlight on Judaism” featuring Jack Miles, Susannah Heschel and Professor David Biale live as it is happening in New York. Can religion be defined? Join award-winning scholars as they tell a new story: traveling from prehistory to the present day illuminating how world religions came to be acknowledged and studied, with a focus on Judaism.
- November 10th
- “Transit” (4:00 pm)
From the perspectives of several main characters, Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms over their precarious lives.
- ‘Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem’ (7:00 pm)
Preceded By Moses on the Mesa
Portraits of two beloved icons: Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.
- November 11th
- “24 Days” (4:00 pm)
In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant’s number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.
- “Run Boy Run” (7:00 pm)
A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.
- November 12th
- “Rue Mandar” Preceded by “Reverence” (4:00 pm)
Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall. Add a Yiddishkeit community in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and top it off with an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses. What you get in the assured hands of director Idit Cébula is the charmingly poignant French film Rue Mandar.
- Operations Sunflower – Closing Night Film (7:00 pm)
The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half, they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles toward any point in Israel. Against the time that is running out, a political, scientific and human drama is being reconstructed. The drama took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950s-60s. Operation Sunflower also deals with the dilemma involving the commitment of the Jewish People around the world toward the State of Israel and how far will they go to help the Jewish State. The story that unfolds in the film, in the words of one of the characters, “was mythical.”
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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service
Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.
- Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
- Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
- Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
- Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!