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.

Mar 21

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) Forms International Documentary Film Festival Alliance.

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) Forms International Documentary Film Festival Alliance.

In a move that is sure to create new opportunities for documentary filmmakers all over the world, the American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)  has forged an alliance with three other International Documentary Film Festivals, designed to allow each of them to share content.

“From the very beginning, one of our primary goals for AmDocs was to provide independent documentary filmmakers with greater access to worldwide audiences,” said Ted Grouya, Founder and Festival Director for the American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs). “This new alliance, the North South Doc Network (NSDN) not only allows documentary filmmakers to reach as many people in the world as possible, it also helps bridge the gap between cultural understanding, societal nuances, politics and the lives of those in and around diverse locations throughout the world.”

Founding members of NSDN include DokuFest (Republic of Kosovo), DocsDF (Mexico), EDoc (Ecuador) and AmDocs (United States of America). “We certainly hope to grow the Film Alliance,” Grouya continued. “But these four festivals provide a great base from which to move forward because they represent very different geographical regions and very different cultures overall.”

Initially, NSDN partners will share films from each of their own festivals with the other partners. This will not only expose their home country and/or region’s culture and identity to NSDN partner festivals and their audiences, but also provide the films’ creators with an unprecedented opportunity to expand the audience for their films. The sharing of films will also allow each festival’s home audiences to see works they may never have been able to see, had NSDN not existed.

Additional opportunities provided by the NSDN alliance include an opportunity for each alliance partner to expand the potential scope of their sponsors’ market outreach.  Partners will also provide complimentary advertising opportunities for each other in their event program materials, on their websites, and on other print collateral materials. They will promote jointly as possible, and work to create joint press opportunities, as well as work diligently to create a “brain trust” designed to explore additional avenues for shared growth, including, but not limited to educational outreach programs, filmmaker partnership productions, additional fund-raising opportunities, and ways to increase the overall visibility and ongoing viability of documentary film, as well as the independent documentary filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness to audiences through their stories about real people and issues.

Tickets to the AmDocs Opening Night Event and Early Bird Passes are available online now at: http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/ or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

The complete schedule will be available after March 1st.

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

Mar 21

AmDocs Home Stay Program Creates Unique Cultural Exchange for Filmmakers and Host Families.

AmDocs Home Stay Program Creates Unique Cultural Exchange for Filmmakers and Host Families.

When Ted Grouya came up with the idea of creating what ultimately became The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs), he had some rather innovative programs he wanted to make a part of the festival. One of them was the AmDocs Home Stay Program.

“I was an international exchange student,” Grouya said recently.  “And that really sold me on the cultural and personal benefits of the whole home stay concept. Later, I worked as an exchange organization area manager and counselor, and then, even later, I was a program manager for the Fulbright International Scholarship and Exchange Program.”

Much later, as an independent filmmaker traveling to film festivals in Europe, Grouya rediscovered the home stay concept. “European Film Festivals use home stays quite a bit.” he continued. “We don’t see it so much in the United States, but in other parts of the world it’s very common and very popular. I wanted to bring that sensibility to AmDocs because we have filmmakers coming from all over the world and I wanted them to really experience Palm Springs and its people.”

Finding the Host Families. 

A small core group of volunteers are responsible for making the AmDocs Home Stay Program work. Two of them, Elizabeth Press and Cheryl Smith, who have been volunteering for the festival since its inception, are the Home Stay committee chairs. They are responsible for recruiting, maintaining, growing the Home Stay family database, and for managing day to day communications with the host families.

“Right now we have around thirty five families taking part in the AmDocs Home Stay Program,” said Elizabeth Press, one of the Home Stay committee chairs. “We try to communicate with them throughout the year. We find that really helps us maintain our Home Stay families and keep them excited about participating in the program. We also host a Meet and Greet for the Home Stay families each year in early February to allow everyone to meet, socialize, and discuss their experiences.”

Once the final list of Home Stay families is complete, volunteer and Home Stay committee chair Cheryl Smith enters them all into the Home Stay database. “It’s a bit more complicated than you might except,” Cheryl says. “In addition to entering all the usual information like names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, we also have to enter our “Eight Questions” that allow us to complete the matches with the filmmakers. We ask questions like ‘Dates available? Do you have pets? How many and what kind? Do you allow smoking? Do you have transportation, and can you transport your filmmaker to and from the theatre on occasion? Do you prefer a male or female guest? Do you accept children? Things like that.”

Each Home Share Family is asked to provide a bedroom, bath, and breakfast for their guests. Beyond that, how much they and their guest socialize is really up to them. In exchange, Home Stay Families are given All Access Flex Passes so they can attend as many of the screenings as they like. “They are also given recognition at the festival,” Ms. Press adds. “We are so proud of our Home Stay Families. We want to make sure they know how much they mean to us.”

The Match Game.

Once the families are all loaded into the spreadsheet, the second phase of the Home Stay Program begins. “This is where it really becomes a creative puzzle,” says Debbi Hinton, AmDocs Director of Operations. “We have to contact each filmmaker who plans to attend the festival, find out if they are interested in the Home Stay Program, then get answers to pretty much all of the same questions we ask the Home Stay Families, plus, from filmmakers, we need to get arrival dates and times, departure dates and times, transportation requirements, languages spoken, etcetera. It can be daunting at times, especially because we are often dealing with filmmakers for whom English is not their first language. Adding to the dilemma is the fact that these sorts of plans are always fluid. Changes can occur up to and throughout the festival.”

Everyone Benefits

The Amdocs Home Stay Program has really created some great opportunities for filmmakers and the festival staff alike. Filmmakers can often afford to stay longer than they might if they were having to purchase a hotel room, so they get to see more of the festival, interact with other filmmakers, and see more films. The festival is able to host many more filmmakers than they might have been able to invite. Having the filmmakers present and able to interact with audiences enriches the screening experience for everyone. Finally, the bonds created between host families and their guests often go far beyond the festival. Friendships are established, visits are planned, and lives are changed.

In one particular case, Elizabeth Press excitedly congratulated a Japanese filmmaker and shared that her family would be in Tokyo just two weeks later for her and her husband’s  50th wedding anniversary.  Filmmaker Naomi ended up meeting them at their hotel, then reserved two cabs to take the Presses to a shrine/ park to view three authentic Japanese weddings!  The next morning, Ms. Press found a surprise box from the filmmaker at the concierge desk. It contained a traditional Japanese kimono! That was three years ago. The Presses have continued to keep in regular contact with Filmmaker Naomi as she has moved on to other projects, earned awards, etc.

“It’s hard to believe that we started with only ten Home Stay Families the first year,” continued Debbi Hinton. “Now we have close to forty. And once they start, they tend to come back year after year. I once recruited a friend to be a host. She was VERY reluctant and only wanted a guest for a few days. She ended up hosting a wonderful filmmaker from Australia who actually stayed longer than originally planned, but my friend would not hear of having the filmmaker move to another home. They had really bonded, and actually became friends by the end of the experience. They still keep in touch, and that experience was a turning point for my friend who is now an eager host.”

Seeing the Bigger Picture, One Film At A Time.

Stories like the ones mentioned above abound, and Ted Grouya is not the least bit surprised. “This is exactly what we’d hoped would happen, both with AmDocs itself, as well as with the AmDocs Home Stay Program,” he says. “We want our audiences to gain an expanded perspective, and we want our Home Stay Families to develop lasting relationships with their guests – relationships that live on well beyond the festival. Friendships happen, diverse cultures find common ground, and people from very different parts of the world discover that their hopes and aspirations are not all that different.”

“Again, this is what we want,” Grouya continued. “We want our filmmakers to meet our residents, fall in love with them, then go and tell the world how great Palm Springs is, and how wonderful their American hosts were. There’s just no better way to build understanding, bring down barriers, and generally create awareness of the human experience throughout the world, using real stories about real people and dealing with real issues – just like the films we screen.”

The American Documentary Film Festival, powered by Renova Solar, is a Palm Springs Cultural Center Program.Renova Solar came in at a time when we were really needing a major sponsor who was committed to the same goals and principles that we are. We found that with Renova Solar,” said Grouya. “They have come through for us on so many levels. We could not have done what we’ve done in this short time without them, or our parent organization, the Palm Springs Cultural Center.”

Tickets to the AmDocs Opening Night Event and Early Bird Passes are available online now at: http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

Tickets for all screenings, plus the complete schedule will be available after March 1st.

Mar 21

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) Announces 2016 Schedule; Tickets and Passes for all Screenings and Events Now on Sale.

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) Announces 2016 Schedule

Tickets and Passes for all Screenings and Events Now on Sale.

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs), which runs from March 30th through April 4th, 2016, today announced the complete schedule for its Fifth Anniversary Edition.
“We are screening 150 films this year from more than 35 countries,” said Ted Grouya, AmDocs Founder and Festival Director. “Our Opening Night Film, TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU, by Academy Award®-nominated Filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, sets the scene for what will be an exciting and diverse festival, with an award-winning collection of story-driven documentaries focusing on the arts, the environment, sustainable living, senior issues, LGBT causes and more.”

Three additional films by filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, who is receiving the Seeing The Bigger Picture Award, will be screened during the course of the festival, including BROTHER’S KEEPER, WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER, and UNDER AFRICAN SKIES. The 2016 festival also includes seventeen films from its North South Doc Network (NSDN) partners, DokuFest (Republic of Kosovo), DocsDF (Mexico), and EDoc (Ecuador).

“I am particularly excited for our audiences to see these films,” Grouya continued, “because they are all illustrative of very different cultures from our own. Not only that, the stories themselves represent a kind of storytelling, and filmmaking, that we rarely get to see in the United States.”

As it has in past years, AmDocs 2016 brings together a tremendous variety of documentaries. Many of them address immigration, reflecting the conversations about immigration that are occurring in national politics, and all over the world today. One film in particular, 50 FEET FROM SYRIA, provides an unflinching look at how Doctors from all over the world are helping injured refugees on the front lines of the Syrian conflict as they attempt to cross over into Turkey. Another, ANIJA, KOSOVO, includes dramatic archival coverage of the mass exodus of people from Albania to Italy in the 1990s.

Other common themes at AmDocs 2016 include particularly creative documentaries on aging, people living with disabilities, homelessness, mental illness, the independent music scene, the environment, the arts and more. There’s even a special focus on Swiss films on Friday, April 1st, sponsored and hosted by The Honorable, Consul General of Switzerland, Jean Francois Lichtenstern.

With films to suit practically any interest, The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) will excite, educate and entertain audiences. To see the complete schedule, visit 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.