Mar 07

2016 American Documentary Film Festival SnapShots: Skin and Bones

2016 American Documentary Film Festival SnapShots: Skin and Bones

by Miriam Blume

Director Michael Dinesen’s new documentary film, “Skin And Bones” is at times hard to watch. Without being gratuitous or obscene, he’s an adept filmmaker who knows how to be respectful with his lens yet at the same take us to a place that makes us a little uncomfortable. Any film that has us confront the topic of sex and the disabled is going to do that, but what’s unexpected is the heart-warming compassion and optimism that’s so palpable it envelops you long after the closing credits.

At the center of the film are three young Danish men planning a trip to Berlin to visit a brothel for some much-desired sex. That could be the plot line for any coming of age film, except these men have Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks to advances in medicine, they are, in fact, the first generation to live with the disease into adulthood. It’s a blessing that brings with it a new dilemma and their story shows us that even the most basic human needs of love and intimacy are politically controlled when you’re confined to a wheelchair and dependent on publically funded medical care.

The irony is that prostitution is legal in Denmark, but the law prohibits caregivers from facilitating meet-ups between prostitutes and the physically disabled. In essence, what’s legal for the able-bodied man is illegal for the handicapped one. The film doesn’t get caught up in the misguided political paternalism of it all, but instead uses the sex trip to Berlin as a window into the lives of these three friends and how they navigate the complexities of their physical condition in order to fulfill some of the joy inherent in the human condition. Together they find vitality for life and live it to the fullest.

Far from being a film about prostitution or its advocacy, this is a film that sheds a tender insight into the unyielding strength of the human spirit, the gift of compassion and the bonds of friendship.

The film makes its Southern California premiere as part of the American Documentary Film Festival, March 31st to April 4th, Palm Springs CA. Discount Early Bird Passes to the festival are available now online at www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com.

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

Jan 20

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With More Screenings Than Ever Before.

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With More Screenings Than Ever Before. 

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) celebrates its fifth year in 2016 with an exciting line up of over 140 films from more than 35 countries during its six day run. “This is our largest line-up ever,” said Ted Grouya, AmDocs’ Founder and Festival Director. “Documentary filmmaking continues to grow, and expand as an art form all over the world, and our Festival reflects this growth in the genre, as well as the growing popularity of documentaries overall.”

This year, AmDocs begins on March 30th with an entire day of preview screenings, followed by the 2016 Film Fund competition the morning of Thursday, March 31st, and the 2016 Opening Night Reception and Film Screening that same evening. The festival continues through Monday, April 4th.

Screenings for AmDocs 2016 will take place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and at the Indian Wells Theater and Oliphant Auditorium on the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino in Palm Desert. Documentary filmmakers from all over the world are expected to attend the festival, and the annual American Documentary Film Fund Competition; an adjunct event that allows documentary filmmakers to compete for upwards of $50,000 in financing on either new or in-progress projects.

Named “One of the World’s Five Coolest Documentary Film Festivals,” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2013, AmDocs continues to set records and gain accolades, even as it fulfills its vision of “seeing the bigger picture one film at a time” by engaging the audience with increased cultural offerings about real people and real issues that not only entertain them but also inform and educate.

Renova Solar returns as AmDocs’ Presenting Sponsor again this year, and is joined by a growing list of additional sponsors, including, but not limited to the City of Palm Springs, the City of Palm Desert, the City of Indian Wells, The Riviera Palm Springs, Desert Regional Medical Center, The Gannet Foundation, The Community Foundation, The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, The Swiss Consulate General, Simple DCP, California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, Marquee Academy, Creative Juicez, Stephen Boyd Design, The Desert Sun, KCRW, R&R Broadcasting, Appetito Cal-Italian Deli, Destination PSP – official festival merchandise, The Snowbiz Entertainment Network, AB Architecture, the American Small Business League and more.

True to its own tradition, AmDocs 2016 will include an exciting Opening Night Screening with special guests (to be announced soon), a number of special filmmaker events, as well as its popular annual “Mystery” screening on closing night. Passes are now on sale, and are available at special prices when purchased before March 1, 2016. For more information about The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, or to purchase Early Bird FLEX Express Passes or BIG DEAL Passes, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

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The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund is a program of the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that was established in 2007 to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

Nov 29

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and David Green’s Musical Theatre University (MTU) to Present New Holiday Event: White Christmas – A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular!

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and
David Green’s Musical Theatre University (MTU) to Present New Holiday Event:

White Christmas – A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular!


The Palm Springs Cultural Center and David Green’s Musical Theatre University (MTU) are teaming up this year to present a brand new holiday show – White Christmas – A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular.

“This is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family,” said David Green, Founder of David Green’s Musical Theatre University. “We plan to screen the holiday classic, White Christmas, at the Camelot Theatres, and combine the screening with a live thirty minute fully staged holiday production featuring the kids from David Green’s Musical Theatre University.”

White Christmas – A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular will take place on December 11, 12 and 13 at 7pm. The show is a benefit for Musical Theatre University and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “We hope to make this an annual holiday tradition,” said Michael C. Green, Managing Director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “It’s a unique combination of film and live performance, in the large Camelot Theatres Auditorium – a great venue. This year, we chose to feature the beloved holiday musical, White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen.”

The musical comedy, White Christmas, which was released in 1954, features a number of new and classic holiday songs by Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas”, first introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film, Holiday Inn.

White Christmas – A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular

Tickets:
www.thepalmspringsculturalcenter.org
or at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.

Adults: $25
Children:  $12.50 (14 and under)
Family Pack (2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets): $60.00.

Dates: December 11, 12, & 13
Time: 7pm
Location: Camelot Theatres,
2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA 92262


David Green’s MUSICAL THEATRE UNIVERSITY (MTU) is the most intensive and comprehensive, pre-professional training ground in the performing and creative arts for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, grades 8 -13, selected by audition from throughout the Coachella Valley and neighboring counties and communities, in residence at Rancho Mirage High School. The Coachella Valley campus is sponsored and presented by THE PALM SPRINGS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It presents a wide variety of events and programs throughout the year – all designed to encourage the development of the Cultural Arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts.

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Oct 03

Fresh Pick of the Week for October 10 through 16, 2015

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week: Okra!

This week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets is Okra. Okra (also known as gumbo), is a tall-growing, warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as Hollyhock, Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus. The immature pods are used for soups, canning and stews or as a fried or boiled vegetable. The hibiscus like flowers are usually yellow or white, sometimes with a deep purple center, and the upright plant can be anywhere from 3 to 6 feet or more in height. As a result, Okra offers both culinary and ornamental value to backyard gardeners and small farmers. Both the green and red varieties of Okra are available from Jaime Farms (JF Organic Farms).

Did You Know:  The geographical origin of Okra is disputed, with supporters of West African, Ethiopian, and South Asian origins. What is clear, though is that Okra was introduced to the Americas by slaves who first arrived in the Caribbean, and later made their way to mainland America. In various Bantu languages, Okra is called (ki)ngombo. This is likely the origin of the name “gumbo”, used in parts of the United States and the English-speaking Caribbean.

Price  $ 3/lb

Also in Season: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks,  Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.

Sidebar/Additional Information: 

Palm Desert EVENING Market: NEW HOURS in Palm Desert only (4pm to 8pm). The Market is held each Wednesday at 72-559 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).

Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held each Saturday morning from 8am to 12:30pm at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)

La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held held each Sunday morning from 8am to 12:30pm in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).

The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”

All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.

The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

Oct 03

The Palm Springs Cultural Center announces first annual Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Festival! 

The Palm Springs Cultural Center announces first annual Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Festival!  

The Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) will present the first annual Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Festival at the Camelot Theaters on October 23-25, 2015.

“The notion for this event has been germinating for quite awhile and it is fantastic to see it come to fruition this year” enthused festival producer and host Alan K. Rode who has been producing the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival at the Camelot for the last eight years.

PSCC Executive Director Michael Green agrees: “We believe there is a viable audience for these films and we are excited to expand our relationship with Alan in bringing a new genre of classic cinema to Palm Springs.”

The Sci-Fi Festival will follow a similar format to the Arthur Lyons fest with Rode introducing the films with featured special guest star interviews after several of the screenings. “I’ve programmed some of the all-time classic Sci-Fi films from the 1950s along with some spectacular guest stars”, said Rode.

Schedule:

Friday October 23 7:30 PM
THE FLY (1958) 94min. D: Kurt Neumann.
A Canadian scientist (David Hedison) self-tests his atom-scrambling teleportation device with unforgettably monstrous results.  This cult shocker written by James Clavell was a box office smash that spawned a pair of sequels while giving new meaning to “Please help me!”  Also starring Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall and Patricia Owens.  Filmed in Cinemascope.  SCHEDULED SPECIAL GUEST: DAVID HEDISON

Saturday October 24 10:00 am
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) 80 min. D: Don Siegel.
 A doctor returns to his hometown and discovers a weird epidemic of people claiming that their loved ones are emotionless imposters.  The grimmest and most allegory-laden of all sci-fi movies memorably stars Kevin McCarthy as the initially bewildered sawbones along with a gorgeous Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates and King Donovan.  Filmed in SuperScope.

Saturday October 24 1:00 PM
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) 79 min. D: Jack Arnold.
 An expedition to the Amazon i.e. the Universal Studios back lot discovers the prehistoric Gill Man who falls for gorgeous Julie Adams and who can blame him!  This quintessential creature feature introduced the last of the iconic Universal monsters and also stars Richard Carlson, Richard Denning and Nestor Paiva.    SCHEDULED SPECIAL GUEST: JULIE ADAMS

Saturday October 24 4:00 pm
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) 80 min. D: Eugéne Lourié.
A memorable collaboration between legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury and renowned stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen results in a defrosted Rhedosaurus wrecking havoc from the North Pole to lower Manhattan.  The first instance of atom bomb testing used as a plot device for dinosaur-inspired urban renewal!  Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway and Kenneth Tobey.

Saturday October 24 7:30 PM
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN  (1957) 81 min D: Jack Arnold.
The film that created an altogether different perspective of cats and spiders remains one of the most well made 1950s pictures of any genre. Grant Williams portrays the proportionally shrinking Scott Carey whose entire world literally closes in on him. Richard Matheson adapted a suspenseful script from his novel that is heightened by ingenious special effects and stellar supporting turns by Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey and William Schallert.

Sunday October 25 10:00 AM
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) 87 min. D: Christian Nyby.
Renowned filmmaker Howard Hawks produced this stylish classic about a bloodthirsty alien terrorizing a North Pole research station.  A sparkling ensemble cast headed by Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornwaithe, Douglas Spencer, Dewey Martin and Robert Nichols keeps everybody warm by clipping off the acerbic dialogue penned by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Hawks.  A keen sense of humor was required to combat the dreaded “supercarrot” organism memorably portrayed by James Arness before he patrolled Dodge City in TV’s Gunsmoke.

Sunday October 25 1:00 PM
IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) 81 min. D: Jack Arnold.
Nobody believes an astronomer (Richard Carlson) after he observes a spaceship crashing in the Arizona desert.  As strange events begin to pile up, the xenophobic desert populace succumbs to panic! Filmed near Palmdale and Victorville and co-starring Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson and Kathleen Hughes.  Co-written by Ray Bradbury, this seminal sci-fi thriller also boasts an eerie music score composed by the great Henry Mancini. SPECIAL GUESTS: BARBARA RUSH, KATHLEEN HUGHES.

Sunday October 25 4:00 pm
THEM! (1954) 94 min. D: Gordon Douglas.
 Those annoying atom bomb tests strike again by creating a nest of gigantic ants in the New Mexican desert that threaten the world. The first of the “big bug” flicks remains the absolute best of its kind with crackling performances by James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness and Onslow Stevens. Filmed on location in the Mojave Desert and the downtown Los Angeles river basin. Superbly paced and suspenseful: Not to be missed on the big screen!

2015 Classic Science Fiction Film Festival
October 23-25, 2015
Camelot Theatres

Tickets: $13
All Access Passes: $79

Purchase tickets online at:

http://www.PSSciFiFilmFest.org/wordpress/tickets/

Oct 03

Right-Wing Transphobic Attack on Short Film Limina about Gender-Fluid Child.

Right-Wing Transphobic Attack on Short Film Limina about Gender-Fluid Child.

VANCOUVER, BC – SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 After catching the attention of a right-wing religious community in Italy and Switzerland, co-directors Joshua M. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl’s latest film, Limina has met with resistance before production has even begun. Limina is about an intuitive gender-fluid child named Alessandra who embarks on a path of kindness, empathy and understanding related to the pressing and complex issue of gender diversity. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl say the protests are an act of censorship and violence against transgender people.

The filmmakers were in Switzerland investigating the possibility of filming there when news of their film inspired a transphobic and heterosexist attack from a ring-wing religious group in Italy spearheaded by Roberto de Mattei, who has claimed that the “contagion of homosexuality” caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Both Mattei and a Swiss Catholic website wrote attacks on Limina fulminating against what they call the “gender lobby” and “LGBT lobby”.

An online anonymous petition (written in German) was created in early September in Switzerland to intimidate the cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden not to fund the film because it is a “destructive film project.” The petition appeals to Franz Enderli who is a member of the Christian Social Party (a party that prides itself on solidarity with the socially disadvantaged) and Head of Obwalden and Nidwalden’s Department of Education and Culture. Ferguson and Halbedl submitted formal funding applications to both cantons because Halbedl was born and raised in the Obwalden and Nidwalden cantons. This collective contends that transgender people are mentally ill, a retrogressive and dangerous claim considering the violence and erasure members of this population face.

Yet, the film’s subject matter is welcomed by many established and notable organizations in Canada and Switzerland. Canada’s oldest transgender organization states “We at Gender Mosaic wish to denounce any petition or action that seeks to block or hinder the Limina film project.” Gender Creative Kids Canada states: “gender identity is naturally occurring in all human being and develops in early childhood. Gender Creative Kids Canada supports film productions that represents a broad range of gender identities in children and young people.” Transgender Network Switzerland (TGNS), the Swiss organization for trans people, expressly distances itself from the content of the petition and welcomes the aims of Limina.

TGNS president Henry Hohmann emphasizes: “Children, in particular trans* youth, have the right to live their gender. Information of parents and schools, but also the visibility of trans* children in our society is one of our key concerns.” Dr. Cecilia Dehjne, one of the authors of the 2011 Swedish study that the petition cites states that “this petition incorrectly uses our research to attempt to prove that gender confirmation surgery increases the suicide rate for transpeople. I denounce this petition’s dangerous and misguided use of our research and this misuse is what actually could harm transpeople and by that increase the risk of suicide.”

In response to the personal and professional attacks, Ferguson and Halbedl explain: “Any form of artistic censorship is wrong and deserves attention”, particularly when it is buttressed by narrow religious and moralizing ideologies that exclude and stigmatize groups who already face widespread social marginalization and violence on account of their unique identities.
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“This collective’s intent to influence government funding bodies in order to silence our film only works to validate the importance of a film like Limina. Our film highlights the role of parental support, acceptance and appreciation for trans* youth and is grounded on the importance of enabling gender-freedom in children. Recent research suggests that there are broader negative impacts of rigid gender roles for both cisgender and trans* kids, and we are making this film to carve out and create a cinematic space for gender-fluid children.”

Originally set to film entirely in Switzerland, Ferguson and Halbedl are back in Canada due to logistical and financial challenges, and will begin production in Vancouver this fall. The filmmakers call upon supporters to consider contributing to their current crowdfunding campaign to produce the film: www.liminafilm.com.

For interviews for further information, please contact: Joshua M. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl turbidlakepictures@gmail.com.

Links for more information about the right-wing groups’ petition, trans youth and trans health:
Petition: (http://citizengo.org/de/29173-heidi-ist-und-bleibt-ein-maedchen-stopp-der-gezielten-geschlechter-verwirrung-mit-steuergeldern)

Articles by right-wing groups in Switzerland and Italy: http://www.corrispondenzaromana.it/anche-heidi-diventa-gender-fluid/) http://www.katholisches.info/2015/06/08/filmprojekt-mit-gender-fluider-heidi-natuerliche-unschuld-schon-im-kleinkindalter-zerstoeren/.
Broader negative impacts of rigid gender roles for cisgender and trans* kids: http://www.cpath.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2015-06-03-CPATH-Submission-Re-Bill-77-Affirming-Sexual-Orientation-and-Gender-Identity-Act-2015-Ontario-Standing-Committee-on-Justice-Policy.pdf

Oct 03

The Coachella Valley’s Three Outdoor Certified Farmers Markets Are Set To Open For The 2015/16 Season, Beginning October 3rd!

The Coachella Valley’s Three Outdoor Certified Farmers Markets Are Set To Open For The 2015/16 Season, Beginning October 3rd!

Presented by The Palm Springs Cultural Center

Palm Springs Market opens Saturday October 3rd,
Old Town La Quinta Market Opens Sunday, October 4th
And Palm Desert Evening Market Opens Wednesday October 7th

Coachella Valley foodies (chefs, restaurant owners, home cooks, food lovers, and everyone else who prefers locally grown food) have reason to celebrate this week. The valley’s three State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets open for their 2015/2016 Season, starting Saturday, 10/3 in Palm Springs, Sunday in La Quinta 10/4  and Wednesday in Palm Desert 10/7.

Sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Certified Farmers’ Markets have become a valley tradition, and regular customers eagerly anticipate their return each fall.

“We’ve had emails and calls from people asking when the markets will open,” said Paul Palodichuk, General Manager of the Certified Farmers’ Markets. “This is the beginning of our eighth full season here in the desert. We have most of our local favorites returning and we’ve added some new value added artisan prepared food vendors. The biggest news, though, is that we have changed our Palm Desert Market on Wednesdays to evening hours every week – 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Mid-valley residents who have never been able to participate due to daytime commitments can now make the Palm Desert Evening Market their weekly tradition after work and school.”

“We’ve gotten lots of positive feedback, especially from year-round residents. Our live entertainment will reflect the ‘party’ atmosphere, and we’ll also have a rotating pop-up mini restaurant, along with our weekly artisan food vendors, staffed by an eclectic list of locally owned restaurants that appreciate fresh produce. The first pop-up on 10/7 will be Balisage Bistro. The Palm Springs and Old Town La Quinta markets will continue to be open in the morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.”

“We also have a new staffer on board as our La Quinta site manager. Kris Kirkegaard comes from a background in project management and the culinary arts. She has a passion for nutrition education which aligns perfectly with our expanded focus on CV-wide elementary school visits, thanks to our grant through the Kaiser Foundation and curriculum by beloved local educator Cathy Liss. Kris will also co-manage the new Palm Desert market with Megan Goehring, our Palm Springs site manager.

For our Grand Opening:

At Palm Springs 10/3 and La Quinta 10/4 markets, for the first 50 kids (twelve and under) attending each market next week will get $2.00 in market bucks.

We’ll have our prize wheel spinning at the Palm Desert Evening opener on 10/7 for people who provide the secret code word: EVENING

All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. For customers enrolled in CalFresh/SNAP, WIC and SSID (with ID) we match expenditures up to $10 with Market Match tokens funded through a USDA federal grant.  The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, and used as currency at the market for purchases.

Sidebar/Additional Information:

In Season / Outdoor Locations

Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Saturday, October 3rd (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market  will  be held at  2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)

La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Sunday, October 4th (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). The Market will be held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).

Palm Desert Evening Certified Farmers’ Market: Opens Wednesday, October 7th (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). The Market will continue to be held at 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).

The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. “Certified” means all the produce from participating farms at the markets has been grown at California farms which have been registered and inspected by their county Agriculture Departments. In addition, almost all the CFMCV farms are located within a 100 mile radius of the Markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many  products sold are USDA Certified Organic.

The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

Sep 11

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Returns with more films in more theatres, and adds New Media Component.

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Returns with more films in more theatres, and adds New Media Component.

Eighth Anniversary Edition Runs from
Thursday, Sept. 17th through Sunday, Sept. 20th

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, opens its Eighth Edition on Thursday, September 17th and runs through Sunday, September 20th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. This year the festival is a third larger than ever before, and includes a New Media Spotlight on Saturday, September 19th.

“We are very excited to have been able to continue to grow the festival, and to increase our total number of screenings again this year,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director.  “Last year we hosted a record number of screenings in two theatres, and this year we’re taking all three theatres at the Camelot, plus we’re adding the New Media Spotlight that Shann Carr from Moxie Productions created for us with the help of Brett Chatelain and Kieran Turner. It focuses on the variety of quality LGBT content that’s currently available on the internet. We’re thrilled to be growing and, in many cases, exceeding our own expectations for the festival.”

Cinema Diverse, which began in 2008, is gaining quite a reputation for a relatively younger LGBTQ festival. “Last year one writer who was visiting from San Francisco referred to us in a subsequent article he penned as ‘the Academy Awards of LGBTQ Film Festivals’ because he said he was really impressed that we were able to screen so many of the top LBGBTQ films in only four days,” Green continued. “And although I think that statement is probably a stretch, given all the amazing LGBTQ film festivals around the world, we certainly appreciated the compliment!”

Cinema Diverse was one of the first programs produced by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and continues to be one of the most popular programs the local nonprofit produces, along with the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and the American Documentary Film Festival. “The festival got a slow start,” Green said. “But over the past six years, the community and the sponsors have really come out in force to embrace it. Our numbers continue to grow. That’s not surprising, though, given the large LBGTQ population in the valley. There’s quite a demand for LGBTQ entertainment, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring the films and the filmmakers to our local audience.”

Cinema Diverse 2015 opens on Thursday night, September 17th, with a 7:30pm screening of EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO, Peter Greenaway’s award-winning film that explores venerated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s 1931 trip to Mexico – a trip considered pivotal in his life and film career – a significant hinge between the early successes of STRIKE, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, and OCTOBER, and his hesitant later career with ALEXANDER NEVSKY, IVAN THE TERRIBLE and THE BOYAR’S PLOT. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, Eisenstein vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos –  sex and death – happy to create their effects in cinema – troubled to suffer them in life.

Cinema Diverse 2015 continues Friday, September 18th, with several series of short films from around the world. Screenings will begin at 11am, and run throughout the weekend with a variety of features, documentaries and short films. One special highlight is the Saturday Night Preview of Billy Clift’s new parody film, HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE, a film that will have its official world premiere in San Francisco in October.  HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE features stellar performances by Matthew Martin, Varla Jean Merman, Mink Stole, David Millbern, Jason Stuart, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Jesse Peppe, Mike Finn, Heklina, Elizabeth Clift, Evan Johnson… Drag race stars… Raja, Honey Mahogany and Miles Davis Moody. The filmmaker, in addition to several members of the cast and crew will be in attendance for the screening, which is being sponsored by HERE TV.

Cinema Diverse 2015 will close on Sunday Night, September 20th, at 8pm, with OUT ON THE TRACKS – a new documentary about gay Guyanese soul singer Nhojj’s groundbreaking Made To Love Him recording sessions. Affirming the LGBTQ community through same-sex renditions of classic heterosexual love songs from Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” to Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way” (“He’s Got a Way”), this gentle and human documentary touches upon the themes of love, hope and self-acceptance.

In addition to the screenings, Cinema Diverse 2015 will also feature four of it’s signature “After Parties,” at local restaurants, including APPETITO, THE PURPLE ROOM, TROPICALE and LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO, in that sequential order.

Want to know more? See the complete schedule and buy your tickets at http://cinemadiverse.org/ 

Jul 18

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte Film to Screen at Sea on the Cinema Diverse Cruise to Alaska and at The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte Film to Screen at Sea on the Cinema Diverse Cruise to Alaska and at The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, announced today that it will feature a world-wide exclusive sneak preview of the film, Hush Up Sweet Charlotte, during its upcoming Cinema Diverse Cruise to Alaska August 28-September 4, 2015.

Written and directed by noted Film Director/Writer, Billy Clift, Hush Up is an homage to the 1964 Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte film starring the iconic actresses Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland.  In Clift’s film, the leads include parody performances by drag superstars Matthew Martin and Varla Jean Merman.  Emmy-nominated actor/producer, David Millbern, also stars as Dr. Drew.   The feature role of housekeeper Velma, originally performed by Agnes Moorhead, is played by Mink Stole, made famous by cult film director, John Waters.  Other cast members include accomplished comedian/actor Jason Stuart and rising star Jesse Pepe. There are also cameos by Raja Gemini, season 3 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and international drag performer and recording artist, Honey Mahogany.  The film is produced by HERE Media

Hush Up is the story of an aging, reclusive Southern belle with a horrifying hidden family secret.  It tracks her descent into madness (with the help of a lost relative) as she fights to save her family’s historic plantation.  Will she keep her sanity and home, or will she lose it all to divisive interlopers with their own agendas?  The film keeps everyone guessing until the very end.

Clift, whose other hit films include Baby Jane? and I Want to Get Married says, “Ever since I made Baby Jane? back in 2010, I imagined making Hush Up as my sequel.  I knew Martin and Merman were perfect for the roles.  It was at a screening of Baby Jane? in Chicago that I asked Mink Stole to join the cast.  She sat next to me, loved the film, and that’s when she agreed to be part of Hush Up.  Four years later, we were able to start filming.”

In addition to Hush Up, the Cinema Diverse Cruise to Alaska will offer a preview of several films set to screen at the 2015 Festival, including another HERE Media premiere – From here! on OUT – The Movie.  According to Michael Green, Managing Director of Cinema Diverse, “Billy Clift (Hush Up Writer/Director), David Milbern (Hush Up Actor/Producer), Terry Ray (From here! on OUT – The Movie  lead actor) and representatives from HERE Media (Producers of the film and the Media Sponsor for the Festival) will join the cruise as special guests for the screening at sea and Hush Up Sweet Charlotte.

HUSH UP will also be our centerpiece screening at the Festival in Palm Springs on Saturday, September 19th.  We hope to have many of the film’s stars attend that very special screening.” Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, will be celebrating its eighth year September 17-20, 2015.

For more information about the Alaska Cruise, call Adam Rog of Worldview Travel at 888-663-9936.  For details about this year’s Festival, visitwww.CinemaDiverse.org

 

 

Jul 05

KWXY, the ‘Sound of Palm Springs’ for Fifty Years, Returns to FM at 107.3.

KWXY, the ‘Sound of Palm Springs’ for Fifty Years,
Returns to FM at 107.3.

Heritage Radio Station Founded in 1964 Still A Local Favorite

KWXY, the valley’s only Beautiful Music station, is returning to the FM dial, effective immediately,” said Jack Broady, General Manager of locally-owned RR Broadcasting. The station’s new home is 107.3 FM, thanks to RR Broadcasting’s acquisition of a new digital FM translator.

“We will continue to simulcast the station at 1340 on the AM dial for the time being,” Broady continued. “But listeners who love the unique “Sound of Palm Springs” the station is known for, can now hear it in digital stereo at 107.3 FM. We will, of course, also continue streaming the station in stereo via the internet for all of our seasonal listeners who like to ‘take the station home with them’ during the Summer.”

KWXY is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in the Coachella Valley this year, having been founded in 1964 on 1340 AM. It is one of the area’s only “heritage” stations, and is one of the very few remaining beautiful music stations in the country. “Eventually, the station will transition fully into Legend 107.3,” said KWXY Program Director, Bradley Ryan. “Reflecting its history, and its unique heritage here in the valley.”

“The Palm Springs area has a unique listener base,” Ryan continued. “People here really appreciate the music of the Great American Songbook, and especially the vocalists who made this music famous throughout the world. Frank Sinatra figures prominently in the KWXY play list, as do favorites like Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, and more.”

Fans of KWXY will also discover contemporary artists on the station, reflecting the amazing revival of the music of the Great American Songbook in recent years. Artists like Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson Linda Ronstadt, Natalie Cole,  Michael Feinstein, Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Rod Stewart and local favorite, Barry Manilow.”

Music Director, Don Wardell, who began his career with the BBC, and earned a Grammy for his work with the recordings of Frank Sinatra, has been with KWXY for nearly twenty years. “I think the key to the station’s longevity is its adherence to sound and the spirit of the Great American Songbook,” Wardell says, then adds with a twinkle of his eye, “plus a little magic and fairy dust.”

Magic it may be, but KWXY’s unique sound continues to find an audience in the Coachella Valley, and throughout the world, as listeners tune in via radio, and via internet, to hear its masterful vocals and instrumentals. “In recent years, we’ve been able to track the number of listeners who are streaming the station on the internet,” noted Broady. “And the numbers are really astounding. We’ve also been astounded by the average length of time spent listening to the stream. People literally listen to KWXY for hours at a time. You know, it’s sort of ironic. In radio, we’ve all been trained to think of listenership in terms of the terrestrial signal, so seeing these kinds of numbers coming from new media (internet streaming) from what we think of as a heritage format is pretty amazing.

As local residents, valley visitors, and people throughout the world rediscover and fall in love with the sound of the Great American Songbook, KWXY has become the favorite for an entirely new generation of listeners. “Mid-Century Modern aficionados adore this music,” says Mel Hill, Local Sales Manager for RR Broadcasting. “The entire Mid-Century Modern movement is a perfect match for the KWXY sound, and the lifestyle it evokes – chic cocktail parties, sunsets by the pool, leisurely dinners, riding around in a sleek 1960s convertible – an almost mythical aesthetic that’s been recaptured – first here in Palm Springs, and now, throughout the country and the world.”

Listen to KWXY at 107.3 FM, 1340 AM, or on the web at  http://www.kwxy.com/