Cinema Diverse! The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2015 Schedule

2015 SCHEDULE

OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

Theatre One
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO - 105min.

In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, venerated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein traveled to Mexico to consider making a new film. The project was privately funded by American pro-Communist sympathizers (headed by the American writer Upton Sinclair), and came on the back of Eisenstein’s revolutionary film Battleship Potemkin. Eisenstein had been celebrated around the world for his work, and invited to the US, although he was ultimately rejected by Hollywood and maliciously maligned by conservative Americans. Eisenstein’s sensual Mexican experience appears to have been 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.

Peter Greenaway’s award-winning film explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of Cinema.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

 

FRI - 9/18 11:00

 

Theatre One
SELECT SHORTS: COMING OUT (WOMEN)

WHEN MOM VISITS - 18:25min. Having found a new life in America, VIC LEE seems to have all she ever wanted. Then her mother arrives from Taiwan. To Mum (Love, Me) - 16:57min. A mother and her lesbian daughter live together in traditional Singapore. The L Market - 5:30min. Maxine Pao is a Chinese woman whose parents try to find her a spouse at the Chinese Love Market. Mom Too - 13:20min. A courageous young boy with two mothers struggles to find a way through everyday life. Paper Thin - 20min. 17 year old Mina’s parents decide to try to change her sexual orientation.
 

FRI - 9/18 11:15
Theatre Two
SELECT SHORTS: COMING OUT (MEN)

Closets 18:47min. A time travel sci-fi focussing on youth issues (LGBT, Bullying and Self Harm)Better Man - 8:30min. Eli must choose between expectation and possibility. Dive - 12min. On the eve of his title fight, Kit ‘Lightsout’ Sterling is blackmailed into taking a dive. The Last Girl - 13min. Life is not the same after a holiday with Jesper. Paris! Not Love - 5:16min. Russia is a very powerful country with the power to kill. If You Could Only Be You - 17:30min. A coming-of age story about a young man and his father. Don’t Bring Scott - 29min. David’s parents celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary, but disinvite his partner.
 

FRI - 9/18 11:30
Theatre Three
SELECT SHORTS: LOOKING FOR, ERRR., LOVE?

Perpetual - 26min. An unconventional love story. Scotty & Josh Get Enlightened - 14:30min. After a passionate night, Scotty & Josh discover some differences. Barrio Boy - 8min. A Latino barber secretly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger. Goodbye, Charlie - 6 min. Letting go isn’t easy, whether you’re dead or alive. Pepper - 7:15min. Three women wake up after an evening of sexual fantasies…

FRI - 9/18 1:15
Theatre One
SHORT: I DO - 20min.

Junior prepares to ask his boyfriend to marry him, but not everything goes as planned.

FEATURE: WE DO - 57min.

WE DO reveals the stories of three LGBT couples, their journeys for legal recognition of their relationships and the impact that the pursuit of marriage equality has on their lives.

FRI - 9/18 1:30
Theatre Two
FEATURE: GAZELLE: THE LOVE ISSUE - 93min.

Paulo is internationally famous in the underground scene for his alter-ego Gazelle. Appearing in clubs around the world, Gazelle documents the lives of gay artists, photographers and designers in London, New York and Sao Paulo

FRI - 9/18 1:45
Theatre Three
FEATURE: UPSTAIRS INFERNO - 96min.

On June, 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. History. Thirty-two people died, but the prime suspect was never charged. Narrated by New York Times Best Selling Author, Christopher Rice.

FRI - 9/18 3:30
Theatre One
SHORT:REINVENTING THE REEL - 20min.

An enlightening overview of Hollywood’s treatment of LGBT portrayals in film, how it has changed, and why it is important that it continue to change.

FEATURE: REEL IN THE CLOSET - 70min.

What did it feel like to be queer in the 1930s? In The Castro during the 1970s the day Harvey Milk was shot? If you want to *feel* the past - not just read or hear about it - watch the home movies made by LGBTQ people who lived it. Through exclusive access and extensive restoration of never before seen material, this feature-length documentary reveals queer people living their lives as far back as the 1930s.

FRI - 9/18 3:45 Theatre Two
Theatre Two
SHORT: MIRRORS - 11 min.

In a Manchester club, two young men discover that their lives mirror each other in more ways than one.

FEATURE: PROXY - 76min.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, eight people’s lives become connected, and potentially forever changed, without any of them ever knowing it.

FRI - 9/18 4:00
Theatre Three
FEATURE: THE CULT OF JT LE ROY - 90min.

JT LeRoy was a gay teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life story. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, he published three critically acclaimed books. But as his fame skyrocketed, a shocking truth emerged. JT was not what he seemed.

FRI - 9/18 5:45
Theatre One
FEATURE: LIKE YOU MEAN IT - 90min.

Disillusioned actor Mark has fallen out of love with his boyfriend Jonah. When Mark seeks therapy in an effort to save the relationship, he is forced to look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty.

FRI - 9/18 6:00
Theatre Two
SHORT: PUBERTY - 8min.

It’s Lilly’s first day of high school and she has to hide her growing wings whilst navigating bullies, burritos, and budding friendships.

FEATURE: GUIDANCE - 80min.

David Gold is a pathologically immature former child actor. Desperate for money, he fakes his resume, and gets a job as a high school guidance counselor. The students love him, but that might be because he drinks and smokes with them....

FRI - 9/18 6:15
Theatre Three
SHORT: DIVE - 12min.

On the eve of his title fight, Kit ‘Lightsout’ Sterling is blackmailed into taking a dive.

FEATURE: FROM THIS DAY FORWARD - 76min.

With her own wedding just around the corner, Sharon Shattuck comes home to unearth her biggest childhood mystery: how her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together.

FRI - 9/18 8:00
Theatre One
FEATURE: THOSE PEOPLE - 89min.

On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young painter finally finds the man of his dreams. If only he weren’t secretly in love with his best friend, Sebastian, who is embroiled in a financial scandal.

FRI - 9/18 8:15
Theatre Two
SHORT: TITS - 11 min.

You can love them, but you can lose them.

FEATURE: RAVEN’S TOUCH - 88min.

Blaming herself for a tragic accident, Raven Michaels secludes herself at a remote cabin, and wanders the woods on the verge of a breakdown. In an effort to save her family, Kate Royce takes her teenagers camping. When Raven and Kate’s worlds collide, they discover unexpected opportunities for intimacy and healing.

FRI - 9/18 8:30
Theatre Three
FEATURE: DROWN - 96min.

Len is a Surf Lifesaving champion - a legend in his surf club. But when the younger, faster, and fitter Phil arrives, Len’s legendary status starts to crumble. Then Len sees Phil kissing another man.

FRI - 9/18 After Party - The Purple Room


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

NEW THIS YEAR!
CINEMA DIVERSE NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Produced and Curated by The Moxie Project and Toughboot Productions

This year, Cinema Diverse adds a New Media Spotlight to the Film Festival, giving visibility to the many ways independent artists are releasing their work onto the world’s widest screen: the Internet. We are excited to take festival goers through a quick education about the best in emerging LGBTQ content specifically created for the web. The New Media Spotlight takes place all-day Saturday, September 19, offering four different features, each made up of a curated compilation of web-exclusive content - many being seen on the big screen for the first time. Also on Saturday, Comedian Shann Carr will lead a panel discussion by and for media makers about how to monetize, promote, and release digital content online for maximum engagement.

Special thanks to Shann Carr and Brett Chatelain for making our New Media Spotlight happen!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

SAT - 9/19, 9:30 Theatre One
SPONSORED BY THE DESERT FILM SOCIETY
FEATURE: LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - 100min.

Based on the classic lesbian play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, the gorgeous drama, Liz in September stars Latina lesbian supermodel Patricia Velasquez and is brought to the screen by esteemed Venezuelan director Fina Torres (Woman on Top).

SAT - 9/19 11:15
Theatre Two
SELECT SHORTS: I AM TRANS

The Morgan Project - 9:50min. Morgan is a transgender high school student coping with changes. Mx. Pink - 14min. Two individuals from near extreme ends of the gender spectrum meet in a tabac. There, an unexpected romance unfolds. Truth - 2min. A man in search of Truth awakens inside the forest of his own mind to find a beautiful young woman, the true version of himself. TransJourney - 39min. From Rhode Island to Seattle, Sandra embarks on a road trip to share in the world of her former son, now Annabelle, recently transitioned as a woman.

SAT - 9/19 10:30
Theatre Three
NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT I WASN’T EVEN BORN YET! - 60min.

Our first New Media compilation showcases content made by or for young LGBTQ adults 18-25, but it’s worth attending no matter what your age! Young lives are being lived more matter of factly, with friendships that include people of all genders and sexual orientations. Followed by a short panel with cast and crew.

SAT - 9/19 1:15
Theatre One
SHORT:CRITICISM - 14min.

A thug, a rent boy and a theater critic battle for power, dignity and human connection.

FEATURE: AS LONG AS IT TAKES - 75min.

Cheryl is having a dinner party, and asks her gay brother, Jeffrey, to bartend. Thinking it’s an open party, Jeffrey invites his boyfriend, Julian; Julian invites his ex-lover, Brett, and Brett invites his filmmaker buddy, Dan. Adding to the confusion are Cheryl’s cousins, Terry and Tracey from Wisconsin...and an elderly neighbor who inadvertently crashes the party....

SAT - 9/19 1:30
Theatre Two
SHORT: ELEVEN LIFE LESSONS FROM AN AWESOME OLD DYKE - 9min.

Dorothy is a tough-as-nails butch who kicked ass and took names (as well as the names of a few lovers, too).

FEATURE: SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT - 80min.

Oscar-nominated writer/producer RON NYSWANER’s first documentary examines the actor’s craft and the sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career. It features veteran character actor & Tony Award winner, MARY LOUISE WILSON, age 79.

SAT - 9/19 12:30
Theatre Three
NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: 20 SECONDS TO HOOK ‘EM: An LGBTQ New Media Panel Discussion. - 90 min.

Comedian Shann Carr leads this fast-paced panel discussion, featuring some of the online industry’s corporate, indie and New Media leaders. Get answers about funding, promoting, and releasing digital content. You will leave this theatre with a list of action items to move you forward.

SAT - 9/19 3:30
Theatre One
SHORT: PUJA - 8min.

A lesbian couple attends a Puja to mend their relationship, but encounter conflict with an eccentric Tantrika.

FEATURE: ZEN AND THE ART OF DYING - 74min.

From her origins as a young mother in the UK, to her present day identity as a lesbian, feminist, and self-described deathwalker in Byron Bay, Australia, Zenith Virago’s experiences quietly challenge our core assumptions about life, and dissolve our taboos around death.

SAT - 9/19 3:45
Theatre Two
FEATURE: BETTER HALF - 109min.

For years, Tony and Leo have talked about having a child. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign. Suddenly, Leo is confronted with making good on his promise to start a family.

SAT - 9/19 4:00
Theatre Three
NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: “L” IS FOR LOTS OF THINGS; JUST KIDDING - IT’S FOR LESBIANS! - 60min.

This is a fun-filled hour painted with short glimpses and broad strokes of lesbians from all over the web. Lesbians, laughing, loving and processing the process of processing that! A few extra-bright stars from the women’s constellation will be in attendance to flirt with the audiences after the screening.

SAT - 9/19 5:45
Theatre One
FEATURE: FROM HERE ON OUT! - 88min.

Gay writer Jimmy Randall sells his show “Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy” to the 18-year-old president of Here TV. However, there’s a catch. Jimmy must hire an openly gay leading man or the series will not go forward. Jimmy casts sexy Sam Decker, never realizing that Sam is secretly straight!

SAT - 9/19 6:00
Theatre Two
FEATURE: LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - 100min.

Based on the classic lesbian play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, the gorgeous drama, Liz in September stars Latina lesbian supermodel Patricia Velasquez and is brought to the screen by esteemed Venezuelan director Fina Torres (Woman on Top).

 

SAT - 9/19 6:30
Theatre Three
NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: “LGBT” STANDS FOR LEATHERMEN, GAYS, BEARS AND TWINKS! 60 min.

Every gay man wants to think his story is just a little smarter, funnier and more important than anyone else’s. These guys are proving themselves right. Get a curated view of shows from the romance of Hunting Season to the sultry Australian accents on the sneak peek at season 6 of The Horizon.  Horizon guest star Jai Rodriguez will be at the screening for some Q&A afterwards.

SAT - 9/19 8:00
Theatre One
FEATURE: HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE - 97min.

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte is filmmaker Billy Clift’s long awaited follow up of his 2011 cult classic and critically acclaimed parody, Baby Jane?. In this amazingly dark send up, Charlotte, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. Featuring 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 starrs… Raja, Honey Mahogany and Miles Davis Moody.

SAT - 9/19 8:15
Theatre Two
SHORT: THE STAND-OFF - 2min.

This is why lesbians shouldn’t have guns...

FEATURE: ALL ABOUT E - 93min.

Young Arabic Australian Elmira, or E, seems to have it all. She’s one hot sexy DJ at Sydney’s top gay nightclub and has her pick of girls. But E isn’t out to her traditional Lebanese family, she’s abandoned her music, and she’s lost Trish, the one woman she loves. When she stumbles on a stash of cash, she and her best friend and husband of convenience, Matt, are forced to run. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, AND get the girl?”

SAT - 9/19 8:30
Theatre Three
NEW MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: IN WITH THE NEW OUT! - 60min.

Kieran Turner has spent the last few years producing his own, award-winning web series, Wallflowers, while curating some of his other-favorite LGBT episodics on the web. In this hour Kieran pairs an episode from Wallflowers with episodes from Dyke Central, Producing Juliet, Mentor, The Transgender Project and Where the Bears Are. Joining Keiran in Palm Springs is a feisty collection of celebs from cast and crew of these hit shows for Q & A after the screening.

SAT - 9/19 After Party - TBA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

SUN - 9/20 11:00
Theatre One
SELECT SHORTS: YOUTH IS EVER…SWEET?

More of Last Night - 16min. Three friends awaken to the harsh reality of their inebriated decisions. Cruisers - 7min. Lonely and bored, two boys attempt to establish some sort of intimacy. Puberty - 8min. It’s Lilly’s first day of school. She has to hide her growing wings whilst navigating bullies, burritos, and friendships. Tomorrow - 13:25min. College-bound Clark and Trevor are concerned about the future of their friendship. Straight Eye for the Gay Guy - 7:25min. Gavin has a problem. He’s not gay enough. Physical Attraction - 19min. A teenager’s life is turned upside down by an encounter with Madonna. The Kite - 13:18min. A kite reunites two lovers after a 20-year separation.

SUN - 9/20 11:15
Theatre Two
SELECT SHORTS: REEL CHARACTERS :

Queer Knitter in the Queen City - 9:35min. This short documentary challenges preconceptions about knitters, techno-geeks, and drag queens. Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude - 25min. For the last 20 years, Phatima Rude has pioneered the performative alternative queer punk drag scene, yet Phatima remains on the fringe of society. Life’s a Drag - 8min. Two aging drag queens take us on a journey with more twists and turns than a set of hot rollers.... If We Took A Holiday - 17min. A struggling actress impersonates Madonna as a birthday gift for her recently dumped gay BFF.... Britney-Holics Anonymous - 10min. Freddie gets a Spear-itual awakening when he joins a support group for closeted Britney Spears fans. Denise Denise - 13min. Denise, a free-spirited, bisexual artist, is in two relationships: one with Max, a sweet neurotic guy who is crazy for her, and the other with Cathy, a serious closeted lesbian.

SUN - 9/20 11:30
Theatre Three
SELECT SHORTS: OF AN AGE:

Chance - 16:11min. Trevor’s life has become a void, following the passing of his wife Doris. Then he meets a mysterious stranger in the park.... 11 Life Lessons From an Awesome Old Dyke - 9min. This short documentary brings to life the story of the women who came out when being a homosexual was outlawed. My Life in Dance - 13min. Miguel Santos shares the events that took him across the United States and to Spain, where he learned Flamenco. Now ninety, he still teaches Flamenco. End of Season Sale - 35min. Late at night two aging strangers fail to obtain Viagra for their one night stand. Will they exchange the pleasures of the flesh for the pleasures of the heart?

SUN - 9/20 1:15
Theatre One
SHORT: PAINTED PARAKEETS - 14min.

A phone call could forever change the relationship between two women.

FEATURE: GODLESS - 97min.

After the death of their father, Nate moves back in with his mother. His elder brother, Steven, continues his studies in another state. When Mom dies, Steven returns for her funeral. During their time of mourning, the brothers reconnect. But a secret from the past threatens to destroy them.

SUN - 9/20 1:30
Theatre Two
SHORT: HORNDOG - 7:47min.

16-year-old Jess escapes into the world of a call-in radio show that promises to unravel all the mysteries of women.

FEATURE: ENCHANTMENTS - 79min.

Enchantments is a romantic comedy loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. Now, though, Emma is a pop culture loving, rom com obsessed, Zen seeking Wiccan lesbian living in New York City and working in a magic shop called Enchantments.

SUN - 9/20 1:45
Theatre Three
SHORT: UNDERWATER - 23:28min.

Jonathan attends an elite swimming academy where sex and chauvinism combine to create dangerous situations. NSFW

FEATURE: SEED MONEY - 72min.

With Falcon Studios, gay porn mogul Chuck Holmes built an empire, all the while, fighting the FBI, vice squads and an epidemic. Chuck’s business brought him fortune beyond imagining, but when he attempted to channel his millions into the gay rights movement, he found that his money was sometimes more welcome than he was. NSFW

SUN - 9/20 3:30
Theatre One
SHORT: YOU. ME. BATHROOM. SEX. NOW. - 17:20min.

When Antonio finds out his boyfriend is cheating on him, he finds solace at a neighborhood dive.

FEATURE: THE SURFACE - 79min.

While sifting through items at a yard sale, Evan finds an 8mm movie camera. The old man holding the yard sale gives him the camera. The next week, Evan returns to discover that the man has died, but his son, Peter, gives Evan reels of old 8mm home movies. Evan, an orphan, begins to live vicariously through the home movies....

SUN - 9/20 3:45
Theatre Two
SHORT: WHAT YOU SOW - 6min.

Jack tries to forget his troubles with the help of strong drink.

FEATURE: PERFECT OBEDIENCE - 99min.

Thirteen year old aspiring seminarian, Sacramento Santos finds himself adopted by the founding father of his religious order, Angel de la Cruz. During the year in which Sacramento lives with Father de la Cruz, he experiences multiple levels of abuse at the hands of the man he expected to save him.

SUN - 9/20 4:00
Theatre Three
SHORT: THE BABY CRIES - 12:30min.

Marco is determined to unite his husband David, his estranged parents, and his newborn daughter.

FEATURE: PATERNITY LEAVE

Greg finds out that he’s pregnant with his partner Ken’s baby. Dumbstruck by the news, their relationship takes twists and turns through hardship and hilarity. Directed by Matt Riddlehoover (Scenes from a Gay Marriage).

SUN - 9/20 5:45
Theatre One
SHORT: OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT - 9min.

Can Sylvia adjust to her new life in the country with her girlfriend or will her love of the city be too much to give up?

FEATURE: THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE - 88min.

17-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes, but is afraid of heights. At a summer aeronautical show, she meets Auste, a girl who, unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the fullest, and finds in Auste the only person to truly encourage her to fly.

SUN - 9/20 6:00
Theatre Two
SHORT: OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS - 12min.

Some jobs have unintended consequences….

FEATURE: DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES - 92min.

To solve a murder among the wealthy Buenos Aires elite, a veteran police detective recruits a rookie cop to go undercover in the city’s gay underworld.

SUN - 9/20 6:15
Theatre Three
PRETTY BOY - 32min.

Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father in an effort to “fix” his homosexuality.

FEATURE: WINNING DAD - 81min.

Colby’s dad knows he’s gay, but doesn’t like talking about it. In fact, he ignores everything about that aspect of his son’s life , and doesn’t know about Colby’s boyfriend, Rusty. Cionvinced that, given the chance, his dad and his boyfriend will get along , Colby hatches a plan to trick his father into camping with Rusty under the pretense that Rusty is Colby’s straight friend and future business partner.

SUN - 9/20 8:00
Theatre One
SHORT:HOPEFUL ROMANTIC - 16:30min.

This unique “music video” chronicles one man’s emotional journey through love, heartbreak, and healing.

FEATURE: OUT ON THE TRACKS - 55min.

Out on the Tracks” documents gay Guyanese soul singer Nhojj’s groundbreaking Made To Love Him 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.

SUN - 9/20 After Party - Lulu California Bistro

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