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Sedona Film Fest presents ‘The Water Man’ premiere May 7-13


The Sedona International Film Festival presents “The Water Man,” May 7-13 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents “The Water Man,” May 7-13 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


Originally Published: May 4, 2021 7:56 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premiere of the acclaimed family adventure “The Water Man” showing May 7-13 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Accomplished actor David Oyelowo makes his feature directorial debut with this imaginative, family adventure executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

“The Water Man” follows a sensitive young boy as he embarks on a mission to help his gravely ill mother by locating the mythic Water Man, who may carry the secret to everlasting life.

Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) and his mother (Rosario Dawson) share a special bond. She supports his daydreaming and artistic pursuits, while his frequently-on-the-road father, Amos (Oyelowo), with whom Gunner shares a strained relationship, has other ideas about where his son’s interests should lie.

Gunner and his dad attempt to smooth over their differences for the sake of the family, but when his mom’s sickness worsens, Gunner disappears into stacks of books on both science and the supernatural in search of possible cures.

When Gunner and his rebellious friend Jo (Amiah Miller) go missing during their quest into the Water Man’s mysterious forest, Amos must immerse himself in his son’s world to find them and put his family back together.

Based on a script by Emma Needell, “The Water Man” harkens back to the beloved childhood adventure films of the 1980s, combining family drama, mystical elements, and a courageous journey.

As a filmmaker, Oyelowo masterfully inhabits a child’s view of the world as something full of both fantastic possibilities and impossible dangers.

With the help of an incredible supporting cast that includes Alfred Molina and Maria Bello, the tale’s heart is in perfect harmony with its thrills and surprises.

“The Water Man” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 7-13. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 7, 8 and 9; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 12 and 13.

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 SedonaFilmFestival.org.