Mar 20

American Documentary Film Festival Examines The Search for Faith, Identity, Sexual Urges and Competition with Bible Quiz.

American Documentary Film Festival Examines The Search for Faith, Identity, Sexual Urges and Competition with Bible Quiz.

Mikayla is like any normal 17-year-old with a crush, except unlike others, she has over 2,000 Bible verses memorized, and the object of her affection is her Bible Quiz team captain, JP.  Trouble is, this year, JP only has eyes for the National Bible Quiz Championship.  In order to win, they must defeat thousands of teens from across the US, including their arch rivals.  Mikayla hopes that if she can lead the team to victory, she will find the love she lacks in her own family, and win her ultimate prize: JP’s love.

Bible Quiz challenges stereotypes with an even-handed look at religion in these teens’ lives as they explore faith, identity, sexuality, competition, and more.

Bible Quiz

See it Friday, March 28, at 12:30pm

Indian Wells Theater, CSUSBPDC, 37500 Cook Street, Palm Desert CA 92211 

Tickets: $10

 To purchase tickets, visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office in Palm Springs, or go to: http://www.showclix.com/event/3814645

 

 

Mar 16

The American Documentary Film Festival Presents MID-LIFE GANGSTER: REDEMPTION SONG, the True Story of Evan “Bullet” James.

The American Documentary Film Festival Presents MID-LIFE GANGSTER: REDEMPTION SONG, the True Story of Evan  “Bullet” James. 

Oscar-Winning Director, John G. Avildsen (Rocky, The Karate Kid) To Introduce the Film.

In what is as much performance art as documentary, Evan “Bullet” James, now a leading expert in the field of extreme intervention services, tells his own life story – from his idyllic childhood in New York City to running with the Playboy Gangsters in Los Angeles, and, finally smoking cocaine in a gas station bathroom before finding his own way to recovery. Evan recounts the events of his early life with honesty, passion and humor.

Performed at a small theater in Los Angeles and captured by documentary filmmaker Anthony Avildsen, a childhood friend of Evan’s, Midlife Gangster: Redemption Song offers an utterly unique look at life, love, loss, addiction and recovery.

NOTE: Oscar-Winning Director, John G. Avildsen (Rocky, The Karate Kid) To Introduce the Film.

The 2014 Edition of AMDOCS opens on Thursday, March 27th, and runs through Monday, March 31st.

Presented by Nationwide Insurance

The American Documentary Film Festival

is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program.

For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Sun. Mar 30, 2014 at 11:30am
Camelot Theatres, Aud #1, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs CA 92262
Tickets: Visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office, or visit http://www.showclix.com/event/3814018


About EVAN “BULLET” JAMES.

Evan “Bullet” James is a leading expert in the field of extreme intervention services. He is the Founder, President, and Director of Universal Crisis Intervention in addition to being a nationally recognized motivational speaker in the area of drug and alcohol intervention.

With more than eighteen years of experience in the industry, Mr. James is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after extreme interventionists in the world. He is the creator of the “Extreme Crisis Intervention” model.

Founded in 1996 by Mr. James and his wife Katherine Malmuth, Universal Crisis Intervention specializes in crisis intervention and transport services, missing person investigation and recovery and legal advocacy services. Mr. James’ company has also managed some of the most complex, high-profile drug, alcohol, sexual addiction, gang, missing persons, and cult intervention cases in the world, helping over 7,000 families both here in the United States and overseas. The team’s numerous success stories include helping clients from the celebrity, corporate and professional athletics arenas.

As one of America’s preeminent substance abuse counselors, Mr. James is a motivational speaker for several national organizations including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. Additionally, he serves on several volunteer boards benefiting troubled adolescents and their families where he coaches basketball clinics and facilitates creative workshops for families in crisis.

Mr. James received his certification in drug and alcohol counseling from U.C.L.A.’s Chemical Dependency Program and is a certified Speared Raiter Systemic Family Interventionist, trained under the auspices of the prestigious Sierra Tucson Treatment Facility. Prior to founding Universal Crisis Intervention, Mr. James was co-facilitator of the Betty Ford Center’s Family Outreach Program.

Mar 14

Straight from Canada’s Tar Sands Oil Fields, The American Documentary Film Festival Presents OIL SANDS KARAOKE.

Straight from Canada’s Tar Sands Oil Fields,
The American Documentary Film Festival Presents
OIL SANDS KARAOKE.

Oil Sands Karaoke is a fascinating (and funny) documentary set in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands. The Athabasca oil sands (also called tar sands) is one of the most controversial oil mining operations in the world. Environmentalists hate it, and hate the damage the surface mining operation does to the local environment. Oil companies, conversely, love it, because the amount of bitumen (heavy crude) contained in the fields is estimated to be able to produce as much petroleum as the entire world’s reserves. The profit potential is staggering. As a result the area has become a boom town for people looking for good jobs and a high salary. The work is hard and the hours are long. The weather is harsh and the social life is sparse, AND everyone who works there must cope with the knowledge that many people worldwide — even friends and family — object, sometimes quite strenuously, to what they do for a living.  How do they cope? With karaoke of course!

 Oil Sands Karaoke is a fascinating (and funny) documentary about five Fort McMurray oil patch workers  who are competing to win a karaoke contest at Bailey’s, the local pub. Oil Sands Karaoke will make you laugh, make you want to sing along with the contestants, and make you re-examine your assumptions about oil workers (and karaoke singers).

Oil Sands Karaoke is a story, and a film, that’s not to be missed. And it includes an appearance, and a performance, by Iceis Rain, one of the films most flamboyant contestants.

Screening: Fri. Mar 28, 2014 at 7:00pm PDT

Camelot Theatres, Aud #12300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs CA 92262

Tickets: Visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office or http://www.showclix.com/event/3814008

Mar 07

Award-Winning Film “Running Wild” Comes to Palm Springs


Award-Winning Film “Running Wild” Comes to Palm Springs
Movie marks the inspiring journey of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs
in his quest to protect the American West.
Featuring the music of a Palm Springs original Steve Poltz.

American Documentary Film Festival’s official selection of Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde will screen at the Camelot Theaters on March 28, at 2:30pm. Immediately following the film audiences will have an opportunity to meet the film’s Director, Suzanne Mitchell, during a post screening Q&A session.

This cinematic adventure explores the compelling life of a modern day renaissance man and true hero to the earth. Hyde is an old style cowboy and steadfast conservationist who dedicated his life to protecting the wild horses, land, and water of the American West. Running Wild is a captivating story of determination and accomplishment, featuring wild mustangs running free on Hyde’s breathtaking 13,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota, and scenes shot at his beautiful Yamsi Ranch in Oregon and boyhood lake house in Michigan. Running Wild is directed by Emmy Award winner Suzanne Mitchell and is executive produced by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. The film garnered awards for best documentary at several festivals where it received standing ovations, as audiences were awed and inspired by Hyde’s passion. (View the trailer: www.runningwildfilm.com. Audience reaction: http://vimeo.com/68300273)

Suzanne Mitchell is thrilled to share her film with an audience from Palm Springs. The soundtrack was composed by Palm Springs native Steve Poltz, an award-winning singer-songwriter known for Jewel’s megahit hit “You Were Meant For Me.” Music critic Jon Kanis reports, “The soundtrack does what a great score is supposed to do: give the images and the words onscreen a deeper resonance. And in that marriage of image and sound, Running Wild is a complete bulls-eye.”

Running Wild is a testament to perseverance and achievement despite challenges, and one’s responsibility to protect nature. At age 13, Hyde headed West and began a life journey to defend a fragile and changing natural world, a path that ultimately led him to South Dakota. Here, he successfully created one of the largest wild horse sanctuaries, giving freedom to thousands of mustangs rescued from the controversial BLM wild horse roundups and simultaneously saved an historic tract of land. Hyde’s storied past experience includes cowboy, WWII veteran, rodeo clown, champion to sandhill cranes, wolves and coyotes, Life Magazine photographer, award-winning author, and environmental educator and activist. Running Wild shares rare footage of a Lakota Naming Ceremony, honoring Hyde as protector of sacred land. Hyde continues his efforts to preserve the environment in his fight against a proposed uranium mining project located near famed Mount Rushmore that has the potential to contaminate the ecosystem and deplete the aquifer that supports all life in the Black Hills, a gamble Hyde and his fellow opponents are not willing to take. At 88, Hyde says, “It’s going to be my last great battle, but I’m going to win this one.”

Running Wild is distributed by Screen Media Films.

The American Documentary Film Festival opens on Thursday, March 27th and continues through Monday, March 31st. It is presented in conjunction with The Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Tickets for the 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund are on sale now,
including All-Access Passes, Opening Night Gala tickets, and  the popular 6-for-5 Passes.
Early bird discounts ($50 savings) are available for All-Access Passes (thru March 1).
The cost returns to the regular $199 after March 1.

To purchase tickets online,
visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3798238

 

Mar 06

American Documentary Film Festival to Screen FORGET ME NOT; An Intimate Chronicle of the Filmmaker’s Mother, and Her Battle With Alzheimer’s.

American Documentary Film Festival to Screen FORGET ME NOT; An Intimate Chronicle of the Filmmaker’s Mother, and Her Battle With Alzheimer’s.  

When David Sieveking left home to study filmmaking, he left behind parents who were active, intelligent and involved. Several years later, on a visit home for Christmas, he noticed that his once spirited mother, Gretal, had become somewhat hesitant, and overly forgetful. Shortly after that came the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease – a particularly aggressive case that, over the next four years left Gretal unable to remember many things, unable to care for herself, and unable to be left alone.

FORGET ME NOT is Sieveking’s chronicle of his mother’s decline, and the impact of that decline on his father and himself. Director Sieveking’s attempts to help his mother remember things brings his parents’ larger history into focus; their lives in the heady days of 60s radicalism – their open marriage, the activism in which they were both involved, and the resultant investigation of them by the Swiss Secret Service.

FORGET ME NOT is a beautiful, yet emotional film. It will make audiences cry, but not because of the tragedy of Gretal’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Rather, because of its tribute to the great person that she was, and the pride with which her son, the filmmaker, views her. FORGET ME NOT is a tribute to Gretal, and to every child who believes his or her mother is the greatest person in the world. This film is part of the 2014 German Film Series.

The 2014 Edition of AMDOCS opens on Thursday, March 27th, and runs through Monday, March 31st. It is presented in conjunction with The Palm Springs Cultural Center.

For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

See FORGET ME NOT
on Fri. Mar 28, 2014 at 5:00pm
Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs, CA

Purchase tickets online at: http://www.showclix.com/event/3814564 

Feb 14

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund to Screen THE LAST ONE – a New Documentary about the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

 

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund to Screen
THE LAST ONE – a New Documentary about the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Longtime LGBT Activist and Founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt ,
Cleve Jones, To Attend the Screening.

The 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will screen The Last One – a look at the AIDS quilt and those who wove the panels. In the eighties and nineties, as AIDS ravaged the United States gay community, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was born out of a public battle for treatment and understanding. The Last One is a feature-length documentary tracing its history as an international art project and the role it continues to play as a response to a disease that still imperils vulnerable communities around the world. Through the intensely personal stories of its founders, volunteers, and panel-makers, The Last One examines how stigma and discrimination exacerbated and still fuel a disease that has already claimed the lives of 30 million people and currently infects 65 million men, women and children around the globe–including 50,000 new infections a year in the US alone. Longtime LGBT Activist and Founder of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Cleve Jones, will attend the screening of The Last One, along with the film’s director, Nadine Licostie.

 

The American Documentary Film Festival opens on Thursday, March 27th and continues through Monday, March 31st. It presented in conjunction with The Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Tickets for the 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund are on sale now,
including All-Access Passes, Opening Night Gala tickets, and  the popular 6-for-5 Passes.
Early bird discounts ($50 savings) are available for All-Access Passes (thru March 1).
The cost returns to the regular $199 on March 1.

To purchase tickets online,
visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3798238 

 

Feb 13

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund to Screen Acclaimed Polish Documentary, DEEP LOVE.

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund to Screen Acclaimed Polish Documentary, DEEP LOVE. 

Film explores stroke victim’s recovery; passion for scuba diving despite disability.

The 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will screen a number of award-winning international films, including the acclaimed Polish documentary, DEEP LOVE. DEEP LOVE is a story of Dr. Janusz Solarz (Soley), an active economist, researcher and lawyer, and an avid scuba diver. Life for Soley is filled with passion and promise until suddenly, at age 58, he suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed and unable to communicate clearly. Rehabilitation and recovery proves difficult, despite the assistance of his partner, Asia, a water therapist who works with disabled children, and is an active diver herself. Over the course of three years, Soley begins to regain some mobility, but not enough to reclaim his passion for diving – especially not his big dream of returning to one of the most dangerous diving locations on earth – the perilous Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.


Together with his friend Arthur, Solely determines that he must return to the Blue Hole, and dive there, despite its danger, and his own physical challenges.  They begin planning the trip, despite the concerns of Asia, who fears she may lose her life partner to the Hole.  In the end, though, Asia, Arthur and Soley all three decide to make the trip, knowing that Soley’s life, and, more importantly, his joy for life, may never be the same until he makes the attempt.

DEEP LOVE is a story of danger and dreams. Of the human will to survive, and thrive, despite illness and physical limitations. It is a testament to human ingenuity and the desire to succeed despite all odds. It is also one more way the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund helps us all see the bigger picture, one film at a time.

The American Documentary Film Festival opens on Thursday, March 27th and continues through Monday, March 31st. It presented in conjunction with The Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Tickets for the 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund are on sale now,
including All-Access Passes, Opening Night Gala tickets, and  the popular 6-for-5 Passes.
Early bird discounts ($50 savings) are available for All-Access Passes (thru March 1).
The cost returns to the regular $199 on March 1.

To purchase tickets online,
visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3798238 

 

Feb 09

Oliver Stone Leads the List of Award-Winning Filmmakers Attending the American Documentary Film Festival This Year.

Oliver Stone Leads the List of Award-Winning Filmmakers Attending the American Documentary Film Festival This Year.

Several Oscar-Winning Directors slated to attend festival; showcase American and International films.

The 2014 American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund opens on March 27th and runs through March 31st.

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, described by MoneyMaker Magazine as “One of the World’s Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” will host an impressive number of award-winning filmmakers this year, including several Oscar-winning Directors. Oliver Stone, 3 time Oscar-winner and 2012 AmDocs career achievement award recipient, leads an impressive array of filmmakers planning to attend, including John Avildsen (Best Director Oscar: Rocky), Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams, 2 time Oscar winner, Canadian filmmaker, Malcolm Clarke, as well as Canadian filmmaker Chris Landreth (Oscar winner for animation). Other award-winning international filmmakers include Robert Kirchhoff (Slovakia),  Iben Haahr Andersen (Denmark), Alex Breuer (Austria),  Laurent Haase (France), and Jan P. Matuszyƒski (Poland).

This year, the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will screen over 100 films over its five day run at three Coachella Valley venues. “We’re utilizing six screens this year,” said Festival Director and Founder, Ted Grouya. “It will be our largest festival ever.” 2014 venues include the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, The Helene Galen Theatre in Rancho Mirage, and the The Indian Wells Theater and Oliphant Auditorium, which is located on the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino in the city of Palm Desert. The Opening Night Gala, which will be held at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, will be co-hosted by television news personalities Natalie Brunell and Patrick Evans, of KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2.  Previously-announced opening night films include the west coast premiere of documentary feature I Live To Sing, directed by New York Emmy®-winner Julie Cohen, and the Academy Award®-shortlisted animated short Gloria Victoria, directed by Theodore Ushev.

The American Documentary Film Festival is presented in conjunction with The Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Passes and tickets to the Opening Night Gala are now on sale. To purchase tickets online,
visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3798238

 

Feb 09

The “Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business!” Farewell Show; Coming to Camelot Theatres on March 11, 2014

The “Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business!” Farewell Show;
Coming to Camelot Theatres on March 11, 2014

Presented in association with the Palm Springs Cultural Center

Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business! Veteran actress, Kaye Ballard, has been performing for more than sixty four years! To say she is a survivor is a bit of an understatement! But now, at eighty eight, Kaye has decided to retire. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Kaye’s giving Palm Springs area audiences one last chance to see her. “I wanted to do one last show before I retired,” Kaye said recently. “But the only business I know is show business, so I decided to just say I was going out of business!”

The show, aptly entitled “Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business!,” is scheduled to take place on March 11, 2014, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. “It’s one show only,” Kay says. “None of this coming and going and coming and going for me. This is really it!” The show, which features almost two hours of live entertainment, begins at 7pm, and will include one 15 minute intermission. “There’s lots of singing and entertainment,” Ballard continued. “Plus some very special guest appearances and, of course, some fun surprises along the way!”

Tickets are available now at the Camelot Theatres Box Office.
The “Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business!” Farewell Show
Date:March 11, 2014
Time: 7pm
Camelot Theatres
Tickets:

Online:
http://www.showclix.com/event/goingoutofbusiness

At the theatre Box Office:

Premium Tickets (Reserve Seating, front and center + autographed commemorative poster):$ 88.00 ea.
Regular Tickets: $ 55.00 ea.
Couples Special: Two Regular Tickets for $100.00


ABOUT KAYE BALLARD:

Kaye Ballard was born on November 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then she has been on the cover of Life magazine, played the Tooth Fairy on Captain Kangaroo, and sipped tea in the Bronx with Mother Teresa. She knew she wanted to perform by the age of  five, and began to work doing imitations of her favorite stars all around Ohio as a teenager. Kaye performed in both Burlesque and Vaudeville, and before discovering the musical theatre, toured with the Spike Jones Orchestra for two years as featured vocalist and tuba player. She went on to play every name nightclub that existed throughout the 1950’s and ’60’s including The Bon Soir and The Blue Angel in New York, The Hungry i in San Francisco, and Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago. She has appeared on every talk/variety show there ever was including, The Jack Parr Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Steve Allen Show, The Perry Como Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Muppet Show.

Kaye’s film credits include The Girl Most Likely with Jane Powell, A House Is Not A Home with Shelley Winters, Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster, Which Way To The Front with Jerry Lewis, and The Ritz with Rita Moreno and Jerry Stiller. Where she really made a name for herself, though, was on Broadway in such shows as The Golden Apple, in which she introduced the standard, “Lazy Afternoon”, the original company of Carnival as Rosalie, Molly, as Molly Goldberg, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance. Other credits include several record albums, including the first recording of Charles Schultz’ Peanuts characters with Arthur Siegel, Ado Annie in a best selling version of Oklahoma! with Nelson Eddy, and several Ben Bagley compilations. Kaye has also performed Mama Rose in Gypsy with both Jack Cassidy and Gavin MacLeod, and been seen in Over the River and Through the Woods, Quartet, Funny Girl, Papermill’s Follies, and two all-star versions of Dan Goggin’s Nunsense.

 

 

Feb 09

‘I Live To Sing,’ and ‘Gloria Victoria,’ announced as the Opening Night Films for the Third Annual American Documentary Film Festival, March 27-31, 2014, in Palm Springs, California

‘I Live To Sing,’ and ‘Gloria Victoria,’ announced as the Opening Night Films for the Third Annual American Documentary Film Festival, March 27-31, 2014, in Palm Springs, California

Director and stars of ‘I Live To Sing,’ scheduled to appear for post-screening Q&A, plus live on-stage performance.

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, which is scheduled to open on March 27, 2014 and run through March 31, 2014 in Palm Springs, CA, is proud to announce its Opening Night Films, and its first two Official Selections for 2014.

“Our Opening Night Gala at the Camelot Theatres begins at 5:30 p.m., with our Opening Night Reception, and continues with two must-see films, starting at 7 o’clock.” said Festival Director, Ted Grouya.  “We’ll begin with Gloria Victoria – the 2014 Academy Award® finalist in the Best Animated Short category, and continue with the West Coast theatrical premiere of New York Emmy® Award- winning director Julie Cohen’s outstanding new film, I Live to Sing.

Decades after the end of apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s election as South Africa’s first black president, the nation struggles to fulfill the promise of a transformed society. At the University of Cape Town’s once all-white opera school, both the struggle and the promise are embodied in an enormously talented group of classical singers from the black townships.

When the opera school opened its doors to black students after apartheid, faculty members were awed by the wave of gifted singers that poured in. Many learned opera in competitive community choirs in the townships, while others heard it only on TV. Today, the school is two-thirds black and mixed race, and is achieving greater success than ever in propelling graduates to the world opera stage. Recent alumni are now achieving great acclaim at venues such as The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and La Scala in Milan, Italy.

Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing 
(half of the title is in Xhosa, the native language of many of the students) is a documentary and performance film following three of the opera school’s top students through a year in the program. Cohen & her team travel with the students from their townships, where they’ve faced financial hardship (and, in some cases, health struggles) to Cape Town, where they perform in the city’s Opera Hall (once a flash point in the anti-apartheid movement), and to New York, where they sing at the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival. Along the way, they confront many obstacles — from racial politics to tuberculosis and illness, to family fears that opera is not a suitable career.

Following the screening of I Live To Sing, director Julie Cohen will introduce the three stars of the film – Linda Nteleza, Thesele Kemane, and Makudupanyane Senaoana, who will give a live musical performance on the grand stage of the 539-seat Camelot Theatres.

The American Documentary Film Festival is a presentation of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. For more information, visit http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/

Passes and tickets to the Opening Night Gala are now on sale. To purchase tickets online,
visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3798238