The Palm Springs Cultural Center is pleased to announce that writer/director/producer, Del Shores has been selected to be the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kramer Emerging Artist Award at the Stanley Kramer Film Festival, which debuts this week at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. “Del Shores, whose film, Sordid Lives, played for an amazing ninety six weeks at the Camelot Theatres, continues to honor the Stanley Kramer tradition of making movies (and plays) with a social message.” said Michael C. Green, Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “It is our pleasure to recognize Del for his amazing body of work.”
Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. His career took off with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987, which ran two years, winning many Los Angeles theatre awards. A movie version was released in 1990 by MGM. Sordid Lives, Shores’ fourth play, opened in LA in 1996 and ran 13 sold-out months. In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film version of Sordid Lives. Opening in only eight theatres across the country, the little film that could took in nearly two million dollars in its limited release. The movie became a cult phenomenon and became the longest running film in the history of Palm Springs.
In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife became Shores’ most critically acclaimed play. After a six-month sold-out run in LA, Shores won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Best World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play.
Sordid Lives: The Series, a television series prequel to the film, premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008, became LOGO’s biggest hit to date, and was distributed internationally in seventeen countries. In 2009, Shores played 34 cities to sold-out houses with his one-man show Del Shores: My Sordid Life. The world premiere of Shores’ play, Yellow, opened in 2010 to rave reviews, and won over one hundred Los Angeles theatre awards.
Shores wrote, directed and produced the film version of The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife with the entire original stage cast. The film adaption, entitled Blues For Willadean, was released in select theatres in late 2012. In the summer of 2011, Shores took to the road again, selling out his new stand-up show Del Shores: Sordid Confessions. His stand-up career continued to explode and he launched his third national tour in 2012 with Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality. Shores latest project is the film version of Southern Baptist Sissies. The film saw its Palm Springs Premiere at Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival this fall, and is currently playing the film festival circuit. It has won twelve festival awards, seven of them Audience Awards.
“We are thrilled to watch Del’s work and accomplishments continue to grow.” Michael C. Green added. “He continues to emerge as an artist of great talent, and people all over the world await his next project with anticipation.”
Tickets and All Access passes for The Stanley Kramer Film Festival are available at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, and online.
To purchase tickets in-person, visit the Camelot Theatres Box Office (Open Daily, Call for Hours), 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, Box Office: 760-325-6565. For telephone orders, call: 888-718-4253, or order on-line at: Camelottickets.com
The Stanley Kramer Film Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, in association with Karen Sharpe Kramer and Katharine “Kat” Kramer.