Sedona Jewish Film Festival at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Sedona Event
2nd Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival
November 2nd – 6th, 2013

jewish-film-fest-teaserThe Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the second annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival starting this weekend, November 2nd – 6th, 2013, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we would be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up from the festival in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle!

The program will feature the best of Jewish cinema, including 10 award-winning films representing six foreign countries and the United States. The five-day event will include both narrative and documentary features, tickets for the film can be purchased online here. See below for a listing of films shown during the festival.

Showing November 2nd, 2013 Opening Night Film

  • “Paris Manhattan ” & “Woody Before Allen”
    Narrative Feature (7:00 pm)
    A beautiful but loveless thirty-something’s obsession with Woody Allen is put to the test by a gallant Frenchman in this delightful romantic comedy and surefire crowd-pleaser. Under constant pressure to marry from her increasingly anxious Jewish parents, flaxen-haired Alice (an adorable Alice Taglioni) fills prescriptions alongside her father at their family-owned pharmacy. Rather than dating, she seeks refuge in the world of Woody Allen, engaging in imaginary conversations and surrounding herself with images of the iconic filmmaker, continually quoting his trademark witty Woody-cisms, and even prescribing her customers DVDs of his movies to help alleviate their ailments.

Showing November 3rd, 2013

  • Hava Nagila (The Movie) & Q&A with filmmaker Roberta Grossman
    Documentary Feature (2:30 pm)
    It’s to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. Hava Nagila (The Movie) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.
  • Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y
    Piers Morgan with Dr. Gail Saltz (5:30 pm)
    What kind of a guy thrives in the rough-and tumble world of British tabloids, the primetime performances of “America’s Got Talent” and the high-profile drama of a nightly broadcast on CNN? Piers Morgan is what kind of guy. Hear about his surprising career, his passionate campaign against gun control and his new book (based on his diary), Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney as he talks with Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist and “Today Show” contributor.
  • The Zig Zag Kid
    Narrative Feature (7:30 pm)
    A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies. Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father’s secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was little. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle’s to be disciplined yet again.

Showing November 4th, 2013

  • Life in Stills & The Kalusz I Thought I Knew
    Documentary Feature (4:00 pm)
    In “Life In Stills,” Miriam Weissenstein, age 96, never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when “The Photo House”, her late husband Rudi’s life’s work, was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments.
    The Kalusz I Thought I Knew.”
    Ever wonder about the distant place where your parents grew up? What does it look like today? What are the people like? When the son of Holocaust survivors travels to his parents’ hometown in Eastern Europe, the stories he heard as a child come alive in unexpected ways. It is all beautifully portrayed in “The Kalusz I Thought I Knew.”
  • Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y
    Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin (6:00 pm)
    The attorney and author is now Taking the Stand in a new memoir and on 92Y’s stage. Jeffrey Toobin, author (The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court), New Yorker writer and CNN analyst, interviews Dershowitz. Thane Rosenbaum, the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, director the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, will moderate.
  • All In (La suerte en tus manos)
    Narrative Feature (8:00 pm)
    In the romantic comedy “All In,” professional poker player Uriel has been on a real hot streak — with the ladies — since his marriage fizzled out. Happy with developing his online gambling business, being single, and raising his two sweet kids, Uriel takes a gamble on a new life of freedom. Just as he is about to do so, he runs into his old pre-marriage flame, Gloria, newly arrived in Buenos Aires after years abroad — which may change his course of action.

Showing November 5th, 2013

  • Lea & Darija
    Narrative Feature (4:00 pm)
    A powerful, true story of two 13-year-old girls: Lea Deutsch — known as the Croatian Shirley Temple, and her dancing partner, Darija Gasteiger. Selling out theatres and praised by critics hailing from both Croatia and Europe, the dancing duo comes face to face with the political realities of World War II. During the Nazi persecution of Jews and the later German nationals’ flight from Communists, a dramatic friendship is born through entertainment and dance, but also anxiety.
  • The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
    Documentary Feature (7:00 pm)
    Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers” takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker, and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The film focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six-Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath.

Showing November 6th, 2013

  • Aftermath
    Narrative Feature (4:00 pm)
    A gripping thriller, “Aftermath” tells the story of two brothers: Jozek and Franek, who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
  • Dorfman in Love
    Narrative Feature (7:00 pm)
    Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue), 27 and single in Los Angeles, has had it with serving people. Among those placing demands are her widowed, irascible father, Burt (Elliott Gould), with whom she lives in the San Fernando Valley; her unhappily married brother, Daniel (Jonathan Chase), who employs her; and her hunky Web journalist friend Jay (Johann Urb), whom she secretly pines for and whose loft she has volunteered to house-sit and decorate while he’s away for a week.Will Deb break free to live her own life and forgive her Dad? Over the course of one crazy week, brave Deb Dorfman will discover true love by having learned to love herself.


Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service
All of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona want you to have the best vacation ever! With that in mind, we offer to our guest a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle! We’ll take you anywhere withing 5 miles of the hotel then when you call 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!
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