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Second Tuesday Cinema Series to feature “After the Apocalypse”

The Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop is proud to present “After the Apocalypse” at its Second Tuesday Cinema Series on Oct. 12, at Harkins Theatres.

The Cinema Series offers an opportunity for independent film lovers to enjoy an evening of cutting-edge filmmaking as well as a sneak peek at select films that will be shown at the Film Festival in March.

In addition, the filmmaker is present to introduce their film and stay for a question/answer session after the screening.

The Oct. 12 feature presentation will be “After the Apocalypse,” a film produced, written and directed by Yasuaki Nakajima, from New York.

“After the Apocalypse,” is a futuristic fable about five survivors trying to make sense of a New World after a devastating urban catastrophe challenges their basic human needs.

Set in a bleak, post-urban landscape in the aftermath of the Third World War, the film presents a strangely limited environment where a single woman and four men are forced to communicate without words as a result of destructive gasses. When their pasts are erased by the devastation, they are forced to recreate their lives both individually and collectively.

“After four years of cleaning high-rise windows in Tokyo , I quit my job in 1994 and went to Australia to hitchhike around the continent with a backpack and tent for six months,” said Nakajima.

“I spoke no English, knew nobody, belonged nowhere and felt like a ghost in the desert. I struggled because I couldn't speak the language, but I learned it is possible to connect with people in other ways — through their eyes and their body language. That’s what inspired me to make this film.”

“After the Apocalypse” is about universal communication and needs. It is a futuristic drama that shows how people discover one another beyond words.

“This is an independent film in the true sense of the term. It’s daring, it’s bold and, above all, it’s thought-provoking,” said Schweiss.

“This is the kind of film that may have you talking for days afterwards.”

“After the Apocalypse” has received rave reviews and audience accolades at the Los Angeles Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival, as well as Raindance and Calgary .

Eric Campos from FilmThreat.com applauds Nakajima’s film as a brilliant and haunting piece of art-house filmmaking.

“‘After the Apocalypse’ is gorgeous, conveying a world similar to that of Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’. It’s easy to get lost right along with these characters with the film’s beautiful industrial setting and gentle soundtrack,” writes Campos.

“Most importantly, this film includes not one single word of dialogue. The drama unfolds and is kept alive by the cast’s body language. Pretty impressive seeing that the film never drags despite its quiet nature.”

Other critics have heralded the work as a film to be “approached as an experience,” and a “stark, visual beauty”.

For more information on the film and Yasuaki Nakajima, visit the official film web site at http://www.aftertheapocalypse.com/.

The Cinema Series will also feature a short film or documentary from a student at the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking each month. The student filmmaker will also be on hand to speak about that film.

Showtime will be 7 p.m. on Oct. 12, with the Zaki Gordon student film playing first and the feature beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person ($8.00 for Film Sedona members), and will be available in the Harkins Sedona Six Theatre lobby beginning at 6 p.m. Seats are limited, so arrive early.

The October event is sponsored by Harkins Theatres, Amara Resort and the City of Sedona Arts and Culture Commission.

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