The seventh annual edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival called it a wrap on Sunday night, September 1st, 2014, with a record number of screenings, a new attendance record, and a ‘diverse’ selection of audience favorites.
“We screened twenty eight feature films this year, and thirty six short films,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director, and Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “We beat last year’s attendance record, and our audiences rated 43 of our 64 films an eight or higher on a scale of one to ten. We actually had three feature films with scores of 9.8. To have those kinds of approval ratings from our audiences is quite gratifying.”
Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which one writer recently said, “seems to be shaping up to be the Academy Awards of Gay Movies,” has been growing consistently for the last several years, and has become a particular favorite for filmmakers. “We hosted filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers and actors for more than half of our films this year,” Green continued. “We work hard to bring as many of them as possible to the festival. Audiences love the Q&As, and the opportunities to get to know the filmmakers and the actors. It makes the entire festival a much more personal experience.”
Parties a Plenty.
Cinema Diverse continued its long-standing tradition of inviting audiences and filmmakers alike into “after parties” at a number of local venues. The Opening Night after party found revelers at Hunters Nightclub on Arenas Road, with catering by Dash and a Handful Catering. Friday night, the party moved to Appetito Cal Italian Deli for delicious hors d’oeuvres and an amazing good time, following two packed screenings of THREE IN A BED and CLUB KING. Saturday night, after a full day of screenings, audience members and filmmakers were treated to the sights, sounds and signature dishes of The Purple Room, where MACHIN’ kept the crowd dancing with delight. Finally, after the last films of the day, guests were greeted by complimentary cocktail specials provided by sponsor, NEXT VACATIONS, and a variety of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres at LULU California Bistro. “Everyone looks forward to our after parties,” said Green. “Each of our sponsor venues provided over the top food, service, atmosphere and entertainment this year!”
Festival Favorites abound.
Of the twenty eight feature films that were screened this year, twenty five earned the Festival Favorite moniker. They included ALEC MAPA: BABY DADDY, THE WAY HE LOOKS, TRU LOVE, MY STRAIGHT SON, ONE: A STORY OF LOVE AND EQUALITY, SHUNNED, THE CIRCLE, LILTING, MIA, I ALWAYS SAID YES: THE MANY LIVES OF WAKEFIELD POOLE, KUMU HINA, TIGER ORANGE, WAITING IN THE WINGS: THE MUSICAL, CAMPAIGN OF HATE: RUSSIA AND GAY PROPOGANDA, OF GIRLS AND HORSES, THE DAVID DANCE, BOYS, FAGBUG NATION, FOLSOM FOREVER, THE LAST STRAIGHT MAN, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, SAUGATUCK CURES and THREE IN A BED.
Audiences selected twenty one shorts as Festival Favorites. These included: LIVING IN THE OVERLAP, SWADHISTANA, Ett Sista Farväl/A Last Farewell, CHAPERONES, DINNER AT 40, GOING DOWN, SNOWFLAKE, THE GOOD KIND , GOOD MORNING, LOOK AT ME NOW, PROMISE, CITY OF THE DAMNED, CAT SITTING, THE BEST MAN, BRACE, EYES THAT DO NOT SEE, PRINSESA, TEARDROPS, HOOVER ROAD, JE T'AIME and SCAREMONGER.
Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.