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Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Special Screenings and Events

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Special Screenings and Events


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Cinema Diverse- The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival opens its tenth edition on Thursday, September 21 and runs through Sunday, September  24 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and includes a new event, a special Best of Fest, the following weekend, September 29 and 30, at the Mary Pickford Theatres in Cathedral City.


This year the festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with special screenings and events including the Palm Springs premiere (and Tenth anniversary) of the docu-comedie LAUGHING MATTERS… THE MEN filmed over five days during the 2006 Palm Springs Pride Festival, a tenth anniversary screening of HERE TV’s SHELTER, and a special screening of the third season of the Emmy Award nominated Netflix hit, EASTSIDERS, including the episode that was filmed here in Palm Springs just last month.


Cinema Diverse, which began in 2008, 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. This year’s Opening Night program includes a screening of THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, a new film by Jennifer Kroot (TO BE TAKEI, IT CAME FROM KUCHAR). Best known his ground-breaking Tales Of The City books, this remarkable documentary follows the renowned author Armistead Maupin’s journey from conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. 


Armistead Maupin plans to attend the Opening Night festivities, will participate in a Q&A after the screening, and be available to sign his new book, Logical Family - A Memoir, which will not be available in bookstores until October. He will also receive a lifetime achievement award from Cinema Diverse for his work as one of the world's most beloved LGBTQ storytellers


Cinema Diverse 2017 continues on Friday, September 22nd with screenings beginning at 11am. Screenings will take place in all three of Camelot’s theatres during the first weekend, and at two of D’Place Entertainment’s theatres at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City the following weekend. Ten feature length documentaries cover a variety of topics, including immigration, the struggles of being gay and muslim, the mystery surrounding the death of early transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, the life of Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, and more. An even larger selection of feature length narrative films include several films that debuted and subsequently won awards at Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival , Sundance, SXSW, Frameline, the Seattle International Film Festival and more. “LGBTQ films continue to gain traction with mainstream festivals, winning major awards and accolades,” said Michael C. Green, Cinema Diverse Festival Director and Executive Director of its parent organization, the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “It’s refreshing to see the genre continue to grow and prosper.”


Cinema Diverse will premiere its special Best of Fest event this year on September 29 and 30 at the Mary Pickford Theatres in Cathedral City with highlights from the 2017 festival, including two WebOUT programs with @REELKEV, featuring arts blogger, Kevin M. Thomas. The series offers offers hand-picked episodes from all over the web, including the world premiere of the riotous comedy “Persianality.”


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About the Palm Springs Cultural Center:

The Palm Springs Cultural Center was founded by Ric and Rozene Supple in the Fall of 2007. It was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives and well-being of people livinin the Coachella Valley by providing access to culture and cultural programs, broadly defined, and the arts.

The Center does this by developing, producing, incubating and/or subsidizing a variety of community programs and events with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, music and community events.



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