Sep
27

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Festival Favorites; Director’s Awards.

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Festival Favorites; Director’s Awards.

The Ninth annual edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival called it a wrap on Sunday night, September 25th, 2016, and today announced its annual selection of audience favorites, plus another group of films selected by the festival director.
“We have historically only published audience awards,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director, and Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “But this year, I felt we should also give awards to films that the festival felt strongly about. Some films won in both categories, and others won in one or the other.” Audience surveys continued to indicate a very high level of audience satisfaction, with most films scoring eighty percent or higher.

“We screened forty four feature films this year, and twenty three of them earned Audience Choice Awards (meaning that they scored eighty five percent or higher on audience surveys).” Green continued. “And out of the fifty seven shorts we screened, twenty of them earned Audience Choice Awards.

Audience Choice Award Winners among feature films included: Akron, An Act of Love, Clambake, Fair Haven, Flatbush Luck, Growing Up Coy, Heartland, I Am Michael, Jonathan, Kiss Me Kill Me, Last Men Standing, Lazy Eye, Major!, Oriented, People You May Know, Remembering the Man, Retake, Shared Rooms, Stonewall: The Movement, Summertime, Throuple, What’s the matter with Gerald? and Women Who Kill. Highest among all the high scoring films was this year’s closing night film, Retake, which scored a ninety six percent rating among audience members.

Short Films that won Audience Choice Award Winners included: 1992, #NonaHendryx Transformation, Bed Buddies, Big Star, Equal Justice Under Law, Harmful Sensations, Love, Colin, Lunch, Monty, Rainbow Day Camp, Rebounding, Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale, Son of a Preacher Man, Speak, The Champion, The Ex Factor, The Man Crush, The Right Bank, The Seder, Tri-Curious, and True Colours.

Feature Films awarded the Director’s Award this year included: Akron, Arianna, Fair Haven, Heartland, Lazy Eye, Oriented, People You May Know, Remembering the Man, Retake, Shared Rooms and Throuple.

Short Films given the Director’s Award included: 1992, #NonaHendryx Transformation, Bed Buddies, Love, Colin, Lunch, Monty, Mukwano, Oh, I Get It, Rats That Eat Men, The Seder, Son of a Preacher Man, Speak, Tri-Curious, and True Colours.

Cinema Diverse continued its long-standing tradition of inviting audiences and filmmakers alike into “after parties” at a number of local venues. The Opening Night after party found revelers at Appetito Cal Italian Deli for delicious hors d’oeuvres and an amazing good time. Friday night, after a full day of screenings, audience members and filmmakers were treated to an awesome array of food at BONTA in Cathedral City to celebrate the addition of Desert Cinema as the fourth screen for Cinema Diverse. Saturday night, the crowd was off to Tropicale for great food and drink. Finally, after the last films of the day, guests were greeted by cocktails and a variety of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room. “Everyone looks forward to our after parties,” said Green. “Each of our sponsor venues provides over the top food, service, atmosphere and entertainment. This year every one of them was off the charts!”

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival is a Palm Springs Cultural Center Program.

The 2016 Edition of Cinema Diverse was presented by The City of Palm Springs, HERE Media, the Western Wind Foundation, Union Bank, the City of Cathedral City, I-10 Toyota, Desert Regional Medical Center and Barefoot Wines.

Jun
22

Don’t miss “I’m only GAY on the Weekends” with Comedian Jason Stuart Saturday, June 25th at The Purple Room

Don’t miss “I’m only GAY on the Weekends” with Comedian Jason Stuart
Saturday, June 25th at The Purple Room

Also Featuring Special Guest Comic Dana Eagle.

Be at The Purple Room this Saturday, June 25th, when comedian Jason Stuart returns for another of his outrageously funny evenings of comedy. Jason Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with “Gay Don Rickles” performances all over the country since coming out in 1993, and has accomplished what few other gay comics have ever achieved: brutal honesty with humor in a world that’s not always kind. Not only is Stuart an all-out crowd pleaser, he also transcends the boundaries of race, gender and sexual orientation with his edgy comedic style. Stuart’s material about his experiences as a single Jewish gay man living in Hollywood is original, cutting edge and just plain funny!

This month, Stuart is joined at The Purple Room by special guest comic Dana Eagle. Eagle has appeared on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, and Comics Unleashed, where she became a contributing writer. She is a frequent opener for Bill Maher and has taken several trips overseas to perform for the troops in Iraq. Eagle’s one-woman show Stones From Glass Houses was featured at the HBO US Comedy Art Festival and its sequel Mood Disorders: A Light-Hearted Romp Through Crippling Depression premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Festival.She appeared in an ABC Pilot with Jason Alexander and was the host of Comcast UNConventional, Showtime NEXT, and E! Entertainment Network’s, E! Life Lessons. Eagle began her career in musical theater but was asked to leave.

Tickets and Information: www.purpleroompalmsprings.com

Jun
22

Director Joe Berlinger to join American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund Advisory Board

Director Joe Berlinger to join American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund Advisory Board

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) announced this week that Director Joe Berlinger, winner of the 2016 “Seeing The Bigger Picture Award,” is joining the AmDocs Advisory Board.

Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER’S KEEPER, PARADISE LOST, and METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. CRUDE, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES about the 25th Anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards after its 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special.

For Netflix and the newly created Business Week Films, Berlinger directed and produced HANK: 5 YEARS FROM THE BRINK, a dissection of the actions taken by then Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson to stave off a global meltdown during the financial collapse of 2008. His film, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAMES J. BULGER, was produced by CNN Films and theatrically released by Magnolia in June 2014 following its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A total of six of Berlinger’s documentary features have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, earning three Grand Jury Prize nominations. He has also received multiple awards from the Directors Guild of America, the National Board of Review and the Independent Spirit Awards.

In addition to his feature documentary work, Berlinger, a two-time Emmy and Peabody winner (and five additional Emmy nominations), has created many hours of television as both a producer and director, including the Emmy-winning History Channel series 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA and the Emmy-nominated GRAY MATTER. He has directed and produced five seasons of the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel series ICONOCLASTS and directed/executive-produced the first two seasons of the Emmy-nominated MASTER CLASS, a series for the Oprah Winfrey Network. His numerous HBO productions include ADDICTION, JUDGMENT DAY and VIRTUAL CORPSE. His series THE WRONG MAN helped lead to the exoneration of Marty Tankleff, falsely imprisoned for 17 years for the killing of his parents. Berlinger’s dramatic television directorial credits include NBC’s acclaimed hit drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, as well as the short-lived UPN/Dick Wolf series D.C.

Berlinger’s multiple Emmy-winning PARADISE LOST series for HBO helped spawn a worldwide movement to free “The West Memphis Three” from wrongful murder convictions, ultimately resulting in a death sentence and two life-without-parole sentences being vacated, allowing the men to finally be released from prison on August 19, 2011. The latest film in the trilogy, PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 and was nominated for two primetime Emmy awards. The filmmaker recently finished directing and executive producing THE SYSTEM WITH JOE BERLINGER, an eight-part series examining systemic problems within the American justice system for Al Jazeera America. Berlinger’s most recent film, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU premiered at SXSW 2016, and was the opening night feature for AMDOCS 2016.

As a member of the AMDOCS Advisory Board, Berlinger will work to further the mission of AMDOCS, which is to celebrate and promote documentary film – and the independent filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues. Other members of the AMDOCS Advisory Board include such notables as Producer Joel Douglas (son of actor Kirk Douglas), and Award-winning filmmaker, writer, actor and historian Peter Bogdanovich.

For more information about The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, visit http://www.american-documentary-film-festival.com

Jun
22

Larger-than-life drag superstar JACKIE BEAT to perform at The Purple Room One Night Only – Friday, June 24th.

Larger-than-life drag superstar JACKIE BEAT to perform at The Purple Room One Night Only – Friday, June 24th.

She’s big, she’s bad & she’s ready to blow!

Larger-than-life drag superstar JACKIE BEAT is coming to The Purple Room on Friday, June 24th for one night only, with her all-new show, BACK & BITTER THAN EVER! Featuring lots of exciting new material and a handful of her tasteless “classics,” BACK & BITTER THAN EVER! is a cathartic roller coaster ride of luscious live singing and caustic comedy. After 25 years in the business, Jackie’s claws are sharper than ever before, so just sit down, shut up, and pray to whatever you believe in that she doesn’t come for you!

 “When it comes to drag performers, or, for that matter, ANY PERFORMERS, Jackie Beat is one of the best,” said Michael Holmes, owner of The Purple Room, and creator of The Judy Show. “She’s been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over 25 years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies.”

BACK & BITTER THAN EVER! is a show that should be on everyone’s watch list! And watch out! JACKIE BEAT warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many others, and she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE, hitting every last note. Her last one-woman show “Jackie Beat Is A Whole Lotta’ Love” ran a record 18 months at NYC’s premiere cabaret, Fez, and she returns to The Big Apple every year with her award-winning, standing-room-only holiday show as part of her SOLD OUT national holiday tour.

“Jackie Beat is the greatest drag queen on the earth!”  – Roseanne Barr

May
12

2016 Edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival to feature eclectic line-up of noir classics, restoration premieres, rare films and guest stars.

2016 Edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival to feature eclectic line-up of noir classics, restoration premieres, rare films and guest stars.

Festival Opens on Thursday, May 12 and runs through Sunday, May 15 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

 

The 17th edition of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival will feature the premiere of a pair of long-awaited restorations.

“In addition to presenting the restoration of Sudden Fear (1952), we’ll be showing a newly restored print of The Accused (1949) from the Library of Congress,” said producer Alan K. Rode who returns for his ninth year at the festival helm.

2016 is a year of femme fatales highlighted by Joan Crawford (Sudden Fear), Rita Hayworth (Gilda) and Marilyn Monroe (Niagara), but according to Rode, there is a lot more:  “We’ve really mixed in some of the classics with lesser known, but worthy films including Outside the Wall (1950)Fly-By-Night (1942) and The Hunted (1948).”

The festival’s tradition of guest stars continues with Claude Jarman Jr.for Intruder in the Dust (1949)Ann Robinson with Dragnet (1954) and acclaimed biographer James Curtis all scheduled to appear.  Curtis, who recently authored “William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come”, will talk on stage with Rode after a screening of Reign of Terror (1949) at 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

Tickets and Passes to the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival are available online at:http://www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.org

May
12

Academy Award® winner Claude Jarman Jr. to appear at Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival.

Academy Award® winner Claude Jarman Jr. to appear at Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival.

Festival Opens on Thursday, May 12 and runs through Sunday, May 15at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

Academy Award® winner Claude Jarman Jr. will make a special guest appearance at a 1:00 pm screening of Intruder in the Dust (1949) on May 13 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, California.

“I am thrilled that Claude will be joining us at this year’s festival to discuss his role in a classic film and his storied career,” enthused festival producer and host Alan K. Rode. Jarmon also starred in The Yearling (1946) and Rio Grande (1950), among others.

Intruder in the Dust (1949) was adapted from William Faulkner’s novel and according to Rode was “was perhaps the most sensitive film dealing with racism that Hollywood dared to produce during the 1940s.”   It is very rarely screened and not currently available on DVD.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival are available online at:http://www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.org or at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

 

Mar
21

New Documentary Which Raises Questions About Laci Peterson’s Murder and Her Husband, Scott Peterson’s Guilt, to Premiere at AmDocs 2016.

New Documentary Which Raises Questions About Laci Peterson’s Murder and Her Husband, Scott Peterson’s Guilt, to Premiere at AmDocs 2016. 

From its inception, The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) has included documentaries that have been considered controversial, and, at times, even dangerous at the time of their release. Filmmaker Oliver Stone, who received the festival’s first filmmaker of the year award in 2012, was well-known for his controversial documentaries. Stone’s film, Fidel Castro: Comandante, opened the festival, and his film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Persona Non Grata, was also screened.

“AmDocs is never going to shy away from films that are controversial,” said Teddy Grouya, Founder and Festival Director of AmDocs. “Because independant filmmakers will always tackle controversial subjects. They examine the stories that others – be it the courts, or countries, or popular opinion – consider ‘settled.’”

“A great example of that is Overlooked Suspect, another film we screened,” Grouya continued. “That film presented some pretty compelling evidence that someone other than O. J. Simpson might have actually murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Did it agree with popular opinion? No. But it was a valid story, and it was well researched and executed. Those are the stories we tell as independent filmmakers.”

This year, AmDocs will screen another film that may encounter some controversy, especially in California. The film, Trial By Fury, re-examines the highly publicized murder of Laci Peterson, who went missing on December 24, 2002, and the subsequent trial that put her husband, Scott Peterson, on death row for the murder of his wife and their unborn child. But, the film asks, was Scott Peterson really guilty?

Trial By Fury includes a series of interviews with Scott Peterson’s family, his lawyer Mark Geragos, reporters, private detectives, and others who were involved with the case at the time, re-examines the evidence – some of which was never presented to the jury, and examines the impact of the intense media attention on the case. In the end, the film raises the question of whether or not Scott Peterson was guilty, whether he actually got a fair trial, and whether or not justice was truly served in the case?

“Audiences are going to find this film pretty powerful no matter how they feel about the Peterson case,” Grouya said. “It’s a good piece of investigative reporting, and it raises some valid questions.”

Trial by Fury screens on Saturday, April 2, at 7:00 pm, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. In attendance for a Q&A after the screening will be Filmmaker Shareen Anderson, and Mark Geragos, who was Scott Peterson’s defense attorney. Some members of the Peterson family may also attend. The film will screen again on Monday, April 4, at 3:30 pm, at CSU Palm Desert. Tickets are available at: http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/ or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The American Documentary Film Festival, powered by Renova Solar, is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program.

 

Mar
21

2016 Edition of The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) to Feature Seventeen NSDN Films

2016 Edition of The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) to Feature Seventeen NSDN Films 

The 2016 edition of The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) will include seventeen diverse films submitted to the festival by North South Documentary Network partners.  The North South Documentary Network (NSDN) is an association of Documentary film festivals from four distinct parts of the world (AmDocs – USA, DokuFest – Republic of Kosovo, DocsDF -Mexico, and EDoc – Ecuador). Its mission is to provide independent documentary filmmakers with greater access to worldwide audiences, and help bridge the gap between the diverse cultures that exist throughout the world.

NSDN films cover a variety of topics ranging from immigration to invasion, but cover them in a way that may surprise American audiences. Immigration, for example, is the subject of Transient Hotel, and may at first seem to be a subject with which many Americans are familiar, as it is about deported Mexican migrants. The twist, though, is that this film tells the story from the perspective of the migrants themselves and the transient hotel that becomes their temporary home after they are deported.

In other films, the subject, and the subjects of the films about immigration, are even less likely to be familiar to American audiences, but their stories are still quite poignant.  Among them are Abdul and Hamza, a film about two Somali immigrants hiding out in  an abandoned house in the mountains near Serbo-Romanian border, Anija, which documents the massive exodus of Albanians into Southern Italy, and Immigrant Journal, the story of a twenty-three year old Kosovar man’s multiple attempts to get into the European Union illegally.

True to the NSDN mission, many of the films submitted by NSDN partners capture cultures and situations that are quite foreign, but at the same time so familiar in the scheme of human experience.  Ana Square, for example, describes a familiar story of competition between retailers. In this case, however, the retailers are two Croatian women who sell religious calendars and rosaries – in sun, in snow, in rain, on Sundays and holidays – from their booths located just outside the village church. Another film, Kang e Defa: A Female Rhapsody in Kosova, explores the tradition of the weeping night – a night of singing and companionship organized by the village women the night before a bride is sent away for an arranged marriage to an unknown man. Yet another tale that may seem strange, but is a testament to human determination, is Kings of Nowhere, the story of three families who continue to try to live their lives and maintain their livelihoods despite the fact that their town in Northwest Mexico is largely abandoned due to the fact that seasonal flooding leaves it partially submerged.

A number of this year’s NSDN films focus on particular people, and the often unusual circumstances they find themselves in. Paulina, for example, submitted by EDoc, is the story of a Peruvian woman asked to leave her home because her neighbors believe she started the fire that destroyed their village. The Call, a Brazilian film, tells the story of 87 year old Lázaro, who gets a phone for the first time in his life – a phone that can allow him to speak to his son, who he has not seen or spoken to for many years. Tobias, from Mexico, tells the story of a barefoot mountain boy and his journey toward professional basketball, and Blomberg’s Secrets, the Swedish explorer Rolf Blomberg, who studied the Galapagos Islands and settled in Quito, as told through his films, photographs and drawings.

There are more. More films, and more stories about real people, and real issues from cultures and countries oll over the world, all screening at AmDocs 2016, thanks to its membership in the NSDN. Check out the entire AmDocs schedule, including the NSDN films, at www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com.

Tickets and Passes to the 2016 Edition of The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) are available at: http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/ or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The American Documentary Film Festival, powered by Renova Solar, is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program. 

Mar
21

Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker Joe Berlinger tapped to receive The American Documentary Film Festival’s Annual Seeing The Bigger Picture Award; Festival to Highlight Four Films by Berlinger.

Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker Joe Berlinger tapped to receive The American Documentary Film Festival’s Annual Seeing The Bigger Picture Award; Festival to Highlight Four Films by Berlinger.

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) announced today that the 2016 recipient of its annual Seeing The Bigger Picture Award is Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker, Joe Berlinger.

Joe Berlinger, whose new film, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, is the Opening Night feature for the festival’s Fifth Anniversary Edition, has quite an impressive body of work,” said Ted Grouya, AmDocs Founder and Festival Director. “Joe is one of today’s most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival.”

“As we have done with other recipients of the Seeing The Bigger Picture Award,” Grouya continued, “we will be screening three of Berlinger’s other documentaries during the festival, including BROTHER’S KEEPER, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER, and UNDER AFRICAN SKIES.”

BROTHER’S KEEPER, made with Bruce Sinofsky in 1992, is an outstanding documentary that details the murder trial of Delbert Ward – a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers and living together in rural New York state, in isolation from the rest of society until William’s death. A police investigation and Medical Examiner’s autopsy suggested that William may not have died from natural causes, and Delbert was arrested. Under questioning, Delbert appears to have signed a confession, but the film suggests that he may not have been competent to do so, and explores a variety of possible motives for the crime.

2014’s biographical documentary, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER, chronicles the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Pulling back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, the film challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking, new allegations. With unprecedented access, Berlinger’s latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.

The fourth of Berlinger’s films to be screened this year at AmDocs, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (2012), follows Paul Simon as he returns to South Africa twenty five years after the release of his seminal album GRACELAND. When it was first released, GRACELAND broke open musical boundaries and brought together diverse cultures, but it split public opinion as Simon was accused of breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa, then a linchpin in the strategy to fight the nation’s intolerable system of apartheid.

What is the role of the artist when society is in upheaval? Who does music belong to? Whose rules, if any, should artists play by? Do cultural collaborations matter? And what will be the legacy of GRACELAND’s indelible songs in a world that has since been politically, and musically, transformed? These questions fuel the multi-layered probing of UNDER AFRICAN SKIES, that Berlinger captured as Simon reunited with the South African musicians whose work became the heartbeat of GRACELAND. New insights and old ghosts emerge as Simon prepares for his twenty fifth anniversary GRACELAND concert. The film includes revealing interviews with Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Paul McCartney and David Byrne – all of whom measure the breadth of GRACELAND’s musical, political and cultural impact.

Passes and Tickets for Opening Night are available online at http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/ or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The American Documentary Film Festival, powered by Renova Solar, is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program.

Mar
21

Tony Robbins Documentary To Open 2016 American Documentary Film Festival; Famed Life Coach, Best-Selling Author, and Philanthropist, Tony Robbins, and Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, to Attend Opening Night Screening.

Tony Robbins Documentary To Open 2016 American Documentary Film Festival;
Famed Life Coach, Best-Selling Author, and Philanthropist, Tony Robbins,
and Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, to Attend Opening Night Screening.

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) announced today that TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, the brand-new feature documentary about internationally-renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins, will be the Opening Night feature for the festival’s Fifth Anniversary Edition.

Shot in classic cinéma vérité style, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU goes behind the scenes of Robbins’ mammoth seminar, Date With Destiny, attended by over 2,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida, each year, to provide an inside look at how one man continues to impact the lives of millions. Granted unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes operations of this enormous event, the filmmaker captured both the immense effort that goes into producing the live seminar, as well as the life-changing transformations of Date With Destiny participants, recorded in real time.

“We are honored to have both Joe Berlinger, the Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker, and the film’s subject, Famed Life Coach, Best-Selling Author, and Philanthropist, Tony Robbins, joining us for the screening and the Q&A afterwards.” said AmDocs Founder and Festival Director, Ted Grouya. 

To make this astonishing film, filmmaker Joe Berlinger embedded himself with Tony Robbins and his team over the course of six days. The resultant documentary, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, turns an unflinching eye on Tony Robbins‘ powerful and uncompromising approach to achieving success, as well as his commitment to seminar attendees that they will leave Date With Destiny with a new perspective on the forces, thoughts, and feelings that motivate their behavior, and with new tools that will help them take control of their lives.

The film also pulls the curtain back on Tony Robbins himself – the one man dynamo who traverses the globe and counsels over 200,000 people annually, including world leaders, pundits, entrepreneurs, CEOs, athletes and celebrities. TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU is a RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company Production.

Opening Night for the Fifth Anniversary of The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 31st, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, with the Opening Night reception, and continues with the screening of TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU at 7pm.

Tickets for Opening Night are $50 each, or FREE with the purchase of a BIG DEAL All Access Pass. They are available online at  http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/ or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The American Documentary Film Festival, powered by Renova Solar, is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program.

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