American Documentary Film Festival Returns for Second Year; Announces Expansion of Venues/Opening Night Schedule
Singer Dionne Warwick to attend Opening Night Screening of VOICES OF LOVE: WHITNEY HOUSTON AND HER FAMILY.
The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) returns for it’s second year with over one hundred documentary films from all over the world. The event, which is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, opens on Thursday, April 4th and runs through Sunday, April 8th.
“We’ve expanded our program quite a bit this year,” said Festival Director Ted Grouya. “We’ll be utilizing all three of the screens at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, as well as one screen at the Cinemark Century Theatres at The River in Rancho Mirage. The fact that we’ve been able to expand so quickly is a testament to the success we had with last year’s festival. People love documentaries!”
Opening Night for The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund begins at 5:30pm with a gala reception at Camelot Theatres. Immediately following the reception, AmDocs will screen documentary filmmaker and producer Gary Keys’ new documentary, VOICES OF LOVE: WHITNEY HOUSTON AND HER FAMILY.
VOICES OF LOVE provides an inside look at one of America’s most musically influential families – the Drinkards – whose popular gospel group, The Drinkard Singers, included Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, and Lee Warwick, the mother of singer Dionne Warwick. The film traces the history of song in this talent-infused family and celebrates their spirit, their strength of family, and the power of gospel music to heal, to transcend, and to entertain.
While most of the Drinkard family stayed with their gospel roots, their musical tradition paved the way for singers Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston, and Whitney Houston, and encouraged them to branch out into popular music. The film is filled with powerful musical performances by Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick, never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews with, and performances by, members of Whitney’s family, as well as interviews with Natalie Cole, and Aretha Franklin.
Immediately following the screening, singer Dionne Warwick, who will be attending the event, will take the stage and participate in a brief Q&A.