Originally published Friday, December 29, 2017 at 09:59a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the acclaimed new film “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” — starring Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner, Cody Fern and Maika Monroe — showing Jan. 5-10 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as Medina’s parents’ marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional freefall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs.

Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing.

Set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a stirring look at how life’s greatest challenges forge who we become.

“The Tribes of Palos Verdes” juxtaposes the story of a family’s disintegration against the spectacular beauty of coastal Southern California. The film is based on the best-selling novel written by Joy Nicholson. Nicholson drew from her own experience in creating the singular voice of her narrator, Medina Mason.

An outcast at school and invisible at home, Medina escapes her troubles by surfing, and discovers her own strength and resilience as she rides the ocean’s waves.

Nearly twenty years have passed since the publication of Joy Nicholson’s novel, but the family drama at the heart of “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” exists out of time. Ultimately, it is a story about survival and about love and a reminder to value the people closest to us.

“The Tribes of Palos Verdes” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 5-10. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5 and 6; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 7, 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: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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