6 Must-See Movies at the Sedona International Film Festival 2014

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A movie about a musical about O.J. Simpson inspired by Othello? Yes, please.
The Sedona International Film Festival is rapidly approaching, and if you're as overwhelmed by the cinematic possibilities as we are, don't fret.

With about 150 films showing between February 22 and March 2, there are a lot of options to sift through, making it well worth the nearly two-hour drive up. Should you see The Joe Show, a film about everyone's favorite racist sheriff or go the less psychologically frustrating route and catch some of the shorts? Or you could hit up Mistaken for Strangers if you're trolling the fest for dudes -- because dudes love The National. Though the choice ultimately is yours and yours alone, we have some suggestions of six films you don't want to miss at the 20th annual event.

See also: Sedona Film Festival Bring Stars, Awards in Its 20th Year

Orenthal: The Musical
There's an impressive list of serious documentaries and intense dramas showing at the festival. Orenthal: The Musical is not one of them. The goofy mockumentary follows one man's quest to make a great musical starring him and his friends. The musical, inspired by his run-in with a white Bronco, is a re-imagining of Shakespeare's Othello centered on the O.J. Simpson trial. The satiric film stars Jordan Kenneth Kamp and Larisa Oleynik (Alex Mack, anyone?).

Screening: February 26 at 6:15 p.m. at Harkins Sedona 6 and March 1 at 9 p.m. at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Act of Killing
Quite possibly one of the most unique experiences in the history of documentary filmmaking, The Act of Killing is a look into the mind of a genocidal gangster from Indonesia like never before. Anwar Congo, who was a death squad leader in the 1960s, takes to re-enacting his crimes for the documentary crew along with some of his cohorts. While some go through denial and others remorse, overall the odd interpretive dance numbers and graphic slaughter scenes are a truly haunting look into the minds of mass murderers.

Screening: February 26 at 9 p.m. at Harkins Sedona 6 and March 2 at 9 p.m. at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

I Am Divine
If the prospect of watching a movie about the over-the-top drag queen Divine doesn't interest you, we don't know what more to say. Come on, John Waters is in it, and you get to watch oodles of scandalous and hilarious vintage Divine footage. It pretty much sells itself.

Screening: February 26 at 12:10 p.m. at Harkins Sedona 6 and February 28 at 6 p.m. at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Location Info


Harkins Sedona 6 Luxury Cinema

2081 W. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ

Category: Film

Mary D. Fisher Theatre

2030 W. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ

Category: Film

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