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Truman & Tennessee:
An Intimate Conversation
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new documentary “Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation” showing June 26-July 1 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Capote and Williams — writers, celebrities, geniuses — catapulted to fame in the 1950s, sparking a friendship and rivalry spanning nearly 40 years until their deaths within a year of each other.
Inextricably entwined, and fixtures of their age, they were creative powerhouses (and gay men) who dealt with success and its evanescence in vastly different ways. In “Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation”, award-winning filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings the two forces together in a unique and fascinating têteà-tête, comparing and contrasting their trajectories through dueling voices — the writers’ own, culled from archival footage, and the voices of actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto (The Boys in the Band) portraying, respectively, Capote and Williams at various stages of their lives.
Both created rich, imaginary worlds and characters (Blanche DuBois, Holly Golightly) that left indelible marks on the era — and both paid the price of colossal success and fame through alcoholism and periods of artistic stagnation.
Immordino Vreeland — whose growing body of work examines the working lives and social impact of 20th-century creative visionaries — adds two more remarkable subjects to her oeuvre, tumultuous compatriots who electrified the culture with words steeped in the nascent forces that shaped them.
“Truman & Tennessee” is a celebration of both men’s fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and – most significantly – each other.
“It is a story told in their own words and serves as a reminder of what eloquent, witty, self-aware and sensitive individuals they were.” — Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
“Succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches.” — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“An immersive portrait of literary icons, friends, and rivals … a creative way into the ubiquitous figures.” — Jude Dry, Indiewire
“Takes their great talents as a given and happily refuses to sensationalize their struggles… the film succeeds in bringing these remarkable figures a bit closer to us.” — Todd McCarthy, Deadline
“Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre June 26-July 1. Showtimes will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26; 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, June 27 and 28; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 30 and July 1.
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.