The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced today that it will produce the 2010 edition of its annual Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Cinema Diverse, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “We are delighted to have been able to form this alliance,” said Ric Supple, President of the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Board of Directors. “It’s a great partnership, with both national and local significance, and one that will enable Cinema Diverse to help both organizations further their missions.”
Andy Linsky, who was instrumental in creating the partnership, agreed. “It is exciting to be able to create a partnership that not only provides a cultural program for our local community, but also benefits one of our most important national LGBT organizations (the Human Rights Campaign Foundation). This is a win-win for everybody.”
Linsky, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, was a sponsor of Cinema Diverse in 2009. “The festival screened several important films in 2009, including “A PLACE TO LIVE: THE STORY OF TRIANGLE SQUARE” - a highly moving documentary about the struggle to create the nation's first affordable housing project for LGBT seniors. Cinema Diverse, like similar LGBT film festivals across the country, provides a unique educational outreach opportunity that can help encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and freely - exactly the sort of program HRCF looks for when evaluating educational programs.”
“Cinema Diverse ensures that films like “A PLACE TO LIVE” have a chance to be seen, and be seen by a broad audience.” added Supple. “It’s important for local communities to be able to see these films, and be able to see them in a theatrical setting. We try to not only screen the films, but also bring in the writers, directors, producers, and sometimes even the cast. We host Q&A sessions after the films, and host meet and greet opportunities so that attendees can actually talk about the films with the people who created them. It’s a wonderful way to share ideas and exchange information.”
The 2010 edition of Cinema Diverse begins on Friday, September 24th, and continues through Sunday, September 26th. The schedule will include both feature-length films and selected shorts. “I am really looking for films that will resonate with the Palm Springs audience,” said David Oliveras, the Festival’s new Artistic Director and Head Programmer. Oliveras, an award-winning filmmaker, whose film, “WATERCOLORS,” was screened at LGBT Film Festivals throughout the country in 2008, is a full-time Palm Springs resident.
Founded in 2008 by Ric and Rozene Supple, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. The HRC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality.