The Sedona International Film Festival celebrated a milestone year in 2019 -- its 25th anniversary. What started as a 3-day festival back in 1995 has flourished into a 9-day festival offering more than 170 films from around the world.
The 2019 festival lineup offered thought-provoking, eye-opening, inspiring, moving and truly entertaining films. We visited the festival for the first time and were genuinely delighted by not only how well put together the festival was but its caliber of films.
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Director Anthony Maras delivers a gripping thriller in Hotel Mumbai. With an almost minute by minute experience on the horrific terrorist attack on Mumbai's Taj Hotel in 2008. Maras doesn't shy away from the gruesome side of the fight. With stellar cinematography, casting, and plotting, Hotel Mumbai stands up as one of the best thrillers this year so far.
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Life is hard at the bottom of the world, but life's challenges won't hold back the newest hero in DisneyNature's Penguins. Steve is an Adélie penguin. He's a first-time father who must rear his chicks to adulthood before winter comes. Spectacular scenery, endearing penguin shots, and a soundtrack that will have you tapping your feet make this film one to see.
Be sure to check out our interview with producer Roy Conli to hear more about the making of Penguins.
This year’s DisneyNature takes us to the south pole for a coming-into-fatherhood story. Penguins follows the trials and triumphs of an Adélie penguin named Steve. He’s on a quest to build a nest, get the girl, and raise a family.
This arguably is DisneyNature’s most ambitious animal documentary to date with various teams shooting in the harsh Antarctic climate of the course of three years for a total of 900 shooting days.
Producer Roy Conli joined us for a special advanced screening at the Phoenix Film Festival. Kaely and Tuesday sat down with Conli after the film to get the inside scoop on how Steve’s story came together.
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The PBS film The Chaperone based on the book by Laura Moriarty follows the story of Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson), a 1920s star who didn't shy away from breaking the rules.
But before her rocket ride to fame, she was just a teenage student in Wichita, Kansas who gets an opportunity to study dance in New York City. Her mother will only allow her to go if she has a chaperone. New York socialite and all around good-girl, Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), takes on the task.
What happens when a straight-laced woman gets saddled with a rebellious teenager?
From the director of Downton Abbey comes a fabulously fun and witty story about two women learning who they really are and who they will become.
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Ted Bundy, the notorious serial killer who killed at least 28 people in the 1970s, is getting a lot of renewed attention this year.
With the release of Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and the biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile starring Zac Efron, audiences get a glimpse of both his crimes and of those who were close to him.
Extremely Wicked” first screened at Sundance this year and opened the Phoenix Film Festival last week.
Joe Berlinger is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, best known for his documentaries in the true crime genre. He directed both the documentary and the feature film.
Our host Kaely Monahan recently talked with Berlinger for KJZZ's The Show about approaching Bundy’s story both from a documentary standpoint and a biopic. She started with what drew him to the genre.