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Best of Fest ‘Voodoo Macbeth’ encore Nov. 4-10

Photo provided by SIFF

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Originally Published: November 2, 2022 2:06 p.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona return of “Voodoo Macbeth” showing Nov. 4-10 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre.

“Voodoo Macbeth” premiered at the 2021 Sedona International Film Festival where it received the festival’s highest honor “Best of Fest” Award, as well as the Indie Spirit Narrative Feature Award. Audience members and critics have been raving about the film.

In 1936 Harlem, the first all-Black cast production of Macbeth struggles to make it to opening night amid political pressure and clashes between leading actress Rose McClendon and its gifted director Orson Welles.

Before “Citizen Kane” and “The War of the Worlds”, leading Broadway actress Rose McClendon and producer John Houseman convince a talented but untested 20-year-old Orson Welles to direct Shakespeare’s Macbeth with an all-Black cast in Harlem.

Reimagined in a Haitian setting, this revolutionary 1936 production, which came to be known as “Voodoo Macbeth,” would change the world forever, but the road to opening night proves to be a difficult one.

Orson and Rose – who is to play Lady Macbeth – clash over everything from scene blocking to crew hires, while Houseman contends with a congressman hell-bent on shutting down what he deems “communist propaganda.”

“Voodoo Macbeth” will be shown at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Nov. 4-10. Showtimes will be 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5; and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10.

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.

Information provided by SIFF.