Cinema Diverse kicks off in Palm Springs today!
Thankfully, my brother’s condo in Rancho Mirage is not rented out to vacationers this week because I get to stay in it (for a deeply discounted rate!) for the duration of Cinema Diverse, The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
I have never been to this festival before and am very much looking forward to it! It kicks off tonight at the Camelot Theaters (I love it that you can sip wine during the movies) and runs through Sunday.
Some of the films I saw at the Long Beach QFilm Festival last weekend – Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, Elliot Loves and Love or Whatever - are also showing in Palm Springs so I’m so happy to be able to recommend those. (see their trailers below)
I’m planning to see Yossi tonight which I missed at Outfest during the summer, then attend the opening night party. On Friday, I’ll take in Bad Boy Street followed by Saltwater which I have seen on Vimeo but want to catch fully edited on the big screen. I visited the set of the movie during the summer and am excited for writer-star Ronnie Kerr as well as director Charlie Vaughn and cast members Ian Roberts and Bruce Hart. (Read my on set interview with Roberts HERE)
Saturday is going to be jam-packed with Melting Away followed by All About Gaybys. And that’s all before lunch! Then I’ll be taking in a trio of programs comprised of a short film followed by a full-length feature. They are: Entry Denied and The Invisible Men then Half Share and Naked as We Came and finally Strip and Turtle Hill, Brooklyn.
My Sunday schedule has not yet been confirmed. I’m going to try and catch an early movie but then head back to LA for an Emmy viewing party.
Here is a LINK to the Cinema Diverse website so you can plan a schedule of your own if you plan on being in the desert this weekend.