The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premiere of the film “Bill Nye: Science Guy” showing Friday through Wednesday, Dec. 8 through 13, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Bill Nye is a man on a mission: To stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular show “Bill Nye, the Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Nye’s mentor, Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life.

With intimate and exclusive access — as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based worldview. The film features Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many others.

“Bill is a dream subject for a documentary. He is someone everybody knows of, but no one really knows — where did he come from, what were the experiences that formed his worldview, why is he so mission-driven?” said directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg. “Bill was absolutely open to every filming possibility we presented — an amazing leap of faith that allowed us to really get to know the man behind the bow tie.”

Critics are raving about “Bill Nye: Science Guy.”

“An engaging portrait of the man behind the lab coat.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Beguilingly absorbing! Thought-provoking.” — Variety

“An intelligent crowd-pleaser.” — RogerEbert.com

“Bill Nye: Science Guy” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 8 through 13. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 and 12; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Call 282-1177 for tickets and more information. The theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona. Visit SedonaFilmFestival.org for more information.