Aug 18

Del Shores’ new film, SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, To Open 2013 Edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Del Shores’ new film, SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, To Open 2013 Edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival announced today that SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, Del Shores’ latest film, will open this year’s festival, which runs from September 19th through September 22nd at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

“We are once again thrilled to have the opportunity to open our festival with one of Del’s creations,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director. “The very first edition of Cinema Diverse featured preview screenings of Del’s “Sordid Lives: The Series,” and of course Camelot Theatres and the Palm Springs Cultural Center have a long history with Del, having screened his film “Sordid Lives” for over two years, and having hosted both the Ten Year anniversary of “Sordid Lives” and the Palm Springs Premiere of  “Blues for Willadean” at the Camelot.”

The film, SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES is an adaptation of Del Shores’ award-winning 2000 play by the same name. “The film,” Shores says, “Is really an actual capturing of the play in the theatre, and on the stage. It allows the film audience to be a part of the electricity and intimacy of the original theatrical experience.”

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES follows the journey of four gay boys growing up in the Southern Baptist Church. In it, writer/director Del Shores explores the conflict between the caustic rhetoric of dogmatic religion, and the fragile development of adolescent homosexuality. Shores draws the audience into the fire, allowing them to laugh one minute and cry the next, as they experience complicated emotions revealed from all sides – the confused child, the struggling adolescent and the angry and damaged adult.

Mark Lee Fuller (Emerson Collins), the first of the four boys, acts as both a storyteller and a participant in the plot. He questions the teachings of the church from an early age, and exposes the harsh and judgmental words of the Pastor (Newell Alexander) that weighed so heavily on the four adolescents. The second boy, Andrew (Matthew Scott Montgomery), struggles mightily with his emerging feelings, and prays harder and harder for God to take his homosexuality away. Benny (Willam Belli), the most flamboyant of the boys, embraces his own true nature early on and becomes a drag entertainer in Dallas. The last of the quarter, T.J. (Luke Stratte-McClure), Mark’s first love, fights his own feelings, rejects and judges Mark, and attempts to live a normal life with a woman.
Mark’s Mother (Bobbie Eakes) encourages him to accept Jesus so he will not go to hell. Benny’s Grandmother (Ann Walker) worries that her sissified grandson doesn’t act like other normal little boys. Andrew’s Mother (Rosemary Alexander) admits she does not want her son to be one of them.

Two worn out barflies, Preston “Peanut” LeRoy (Leslie Jordan) and Odette Annette Barnett (Dale Dickey), round out the cast. They, accompanied by a pianist, act as third-party observers and sometimes narrators. Their witty banter and hilarious storytelling adds dimension to the action, but also serves to hide their own pain.

“Del Shores has served up yet another masterpiece,” Green continued. “And we are proud to be a part of his journey.”

Complete schedule information and ticket pricing can be found at

NOTE: All CINEMA DIVERSE screenings will be held at Camelot Theatres

By Del Shores
Screening Only: $15.00
Screening & Opening Night Reception: $35.00

All Access Pass $149.00 (excludes Opening Night Reception)

All Access Pass with Opening Night Pre-Reception $169.00

6 Pack Deal – Select 6 films for $69.00 (excludes Opening Night Film)

Festival Screenings = $13.00 (on sale after September 1st)

To purchase your tickets in-person, visit:
Camelot Theatres Box Office
(Open Daily, Call for Hours)
2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA, 92262,
Box Office: 760-325-6565

Telephone Orders: 888-718-4253

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Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.