Cinema Diverse! The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2017 Schedule

OPENING NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Eventbrite - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival - 2017

5:30 Opening Night VIP Reception

7:00 Red Carpet
7:30 Opening Night Screening

Camelot Theatre One

Short: Zeitgeit: 1977 8 min.A tribute to the gay Bay Area filmmakers that made milestones 40 years ago, and the groundbreaking collective sensibilities they brought to the screen.

Feature: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin   91 min. Director's Choice A New Film By Jennifer Kroot (TO BE TAKEI, IT CAME FROM KUCHAR). Best known his ground-breaking Tales Of The City, this remarkable doc follows the renowned author’s journey from intolerant conservative to beloved writer known for his outrageous wit and open heart. Included are interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Amy Tan, and Neil Gaiman, among others. (World Premiere SXSW 2017, winner of Audience Award for Best Documentary)

Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award and Q&A with Armistead Maupin immediately following the screening

9:30     Book Signing with Armistead Maupin                                                    

Opening Night Party - Camelot   


Eventbrite - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival - 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

11:00   Camelot Theatre One                           

Worldly Views – Where we stand in the rest of the world. 65 min.

This series includes four fascinating shorts that provide a sometimes horrifying and sometimes tragic look at the lives of LGBTQ people in other countries. Included are:

Thirst For Love "Roxana" The intention of THIRST FOR LOVE, a short documentary, is to educate people about the Iranian LGBTQ community in Los Angeles. This film shares the story of ROXANA, an Iranian transgender lesbian living in Los Angeles. By revealing Roxana's personal story I hope to stimulate dialogue around the Iranian LGBTQ community in Iran, Los Angeles, and around the world.  Iranians who are part of the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles encounter challenges such as discrimination and stigma from family members, friends, and colleagues. Just over the past 5 years in LA, more men and women have come out to their families and friends. This progress is part of a quiet wave of acceptance the LA community is currently experiencing.




Scar Tissue As the Syrian civil war rages, Sami (Noah Valentyn) has  ed his hometown of Aleppo and now lives in Amsterdam. He hopes to be able to build a home here and be able to live openly as a gay man. Most of all, he hopes to escape the ghosts of the past that still haunt him. A chance encounter brings him face to face with Johan (Daan Colijn). Self-assured, direct and sensual - Johan em- bodies the spirit of this city. Over the course of a night, some unsettling secrets are revealed that will make both men confront some harsh truths about the very different worlds they come from.

The Migrant Mixtape  Arab LGBT individuals send Helem Montreal the Migrant Mixtape, a series of recorded letters. They are asking for support to seek asylum in Canada in order to escape persecution and homophobic violence in their country of origin. One of them, Adib Mardini, having managed to become a refugee in Canada, tells us about the process that changed his life.

Life Hangs on a Thread Two homeless men, Nicolas (French) and Youssef (Syrian Migrant), with different paths and broken lives, who meet in a winter evening at a kitchen Parisian soup in the plight of their situation and an improbable relationship will then begin. This film defends the place of homosexuals in our societies (LGBT) and also deals with the rate of increase of homeless people and migrants. Especially in France and in the rest of the world. This short film directed in Paris is a first film, produced as part of a competition ""Kino"" in just four days with a very low budget (-500 €).


11:00   Camelot Theatre Two                           

Life Can Be Tough At Times. 79 min.

Nobody said it was going to be easy, and this collection of shorts take on the serious side of life. Films include:

We Could Be Parents Erik's boyfriend Marely left him. Now, the last chance for Erik to get him back is to make this movie to explain that the only reason he sold sex was so they could afford to become parents one day.

Welcome to the World WELCOME TO THE WORLD is a daring film about a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Taking place on the brink of a new life, this compelling film explores what it means to be human and the courage it takes to be fully alive. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, WELCOME TO THE WORLD presents, in real time, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.

The News Today The familiar and mundane moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.

Not Immune 'Not Immune' follows a man who knows that he should not get back with his boyfriend, but cannot help himself when the boyfriend charms his way back into the main character's life. Back together, their relationship is passionate and chaotic as always, as represented through beautiful original choreography.  But the relationship is as toxic as it is enthralling, and in the end, our main character is left alone once again.

Cause of Attraction A young woman sets out to create a podcast about sexual attraction. In the process, she confronts her own confusing sexual identity.


11:15   Camelot Theatre Three

Come a Haunting 86 min.

From zombies to ghost huntresses, this series of Horror shorts take an often funny look at the world of horror through the eyes of the LGBTQ Community. Be ready for:

Neverlaid to Rest  Neverlaid to Rest is a short film that blends the genres of 80s rom com, classic undead horror and raunchy coming of age to tell the story of the common problems and insecurities that faces college freshman whether it’s questioning your sexuality, struggling to show someone your true feelings because you're too busy worrying about your own self image.

BOB Paul and Brady finish moving into their first apartment together. Soon they experience objects moving on their own, lights that turn on by themselves and other paranormal activity. Along with their psychic friend, Lin, they journey to discover the mystery behind 'Bob.'

Paranormal Huntresses: Hear Me Out (part of a series) Lisa, Janna and Sandra are best friends who have one major thing in common: they love watching anything paranormal. Tired of being bystanders and watching men dominate the field, Janna proposes to opening up their own female ghost hunting company and calling it "Paranormal Huntresses." Equipped with helmets, painter suits and some old school gadgets the three girls set out to investigate The Murphy House which is rumored to have once housed a serial killer Mime.

Bride of Frankie In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN,  a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor's lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results. 

Eggs, Zombies and Bacon After an unexpected one-night-stand, Rachel is now awkwardly trapped in the house with last night's lover because... well zombies.


12:45   Camelot Theatre One    

Short: Coming Out: The LGBT Cultural Revolution Before Stonewall 10 min. This new documentary short by LA-based filmmaker Orlando Bedolla highlights the important role California played in the birth of the LGBT rights movement. Usually traced to Stonewall, Coming Out features interviews with historians and participants who describe its actual origins in Los Angeles with Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society in the 1940s, and their influence on other LGBT activist groups like the Daughters of Billitis, The Tavern Guild, and Council of Religion and the Homosexual.

Feature: The Lavender Scare 77 min. With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement. 

 


1:00     Camelot Theatre Two

Coming Out Tales: One  61 min.

No matter where we grew up, or how the times have changed, one thing that never changes is the stress of coming out to family and friends. This first group of shorts is all about dads, and includes:

About a Father Sixty-year old Jindich is waiting for a heart transplant. His wife, in an effort to protect him from a heart attack, has moved with him and their teenage daughter to their cottage in the countryside, so that he would have an absolutely peaceful life. But their son David comes for a holiday and he is not alone. He would like to discuss his life situation with his father but his mother intervenes as she is afraid that it would upset his father. Is, however, the worry about his health the real reason why she is making her children lie to their father?

Behind Closed Doors Two parents, with two very different opinions, have a raw and honest conversation about their son coming out of the closet.

Love, Steve Love Steve is a thought-provoking short film that follows a young man trying to reconnect with his father after breaking it to him the controversial nature of his sexuality. The final scene sees Steve reading the letter aloud - confronting his father directly. It's then we realise this conversation is not what it seems.

Time is the Longest Distance. Time is the Longest Distance conveys the importance of family love and acceptance through the story of three generations of men: thirty-something Adam, his aging father Jack, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and Xander, a teenaged boy who serendipitously crosses their path. Adam arrives at his father's nursing home to share news of a major change in his life, hoping to bridge the distance that has opened up between them before Jack's Alzheimer's becomes too advanced. While things do not go as planned, Jack's chance encounter with Xander provides Adam with an unexpected way to find the acceptance he seeks.


1:15     Camelot Theatre Three                        

HOMØE - Looking For Shelter 60 min.

In West Germany, gay refugee Javid from Azerbaijan starts a campaign to call for more attention to LGBTQ rights. His desire, inspired by having survived a suicide attempt in refugee camp, drives him to help others in similar circumstances. Meanwhile in the South, Boris from Russia moves into Germany’s first shelter for LGBTQ refugees, but suffers from depression due to the complicated asylum procedure. And in the North, transgender Melissa from Syria encourages other refugees in her own artistic way.  

 


3:00     Camelot Theatre One    

Short: Now What?! The Series  10 min Searing with realism and playing in real time, these personal exposés begin at the moment of climax and reveal the unique nakedness of après sex pillow talk, which leads to the inevitable..."Now What?!"

Feature: 100 Men 90 min. Director's Choice Over the course of four decades, filmmaker Paul Oremland (Like It Is, Frameline22) documented his romantic and sexual encounters with roughly one hundred men. He preserved nearly all of these detailed recollections and has now threaded them together in an epic portrait of a gay life, told with a candid mixture of pain, nostalgia, and self-awareness.

Oremland counts down his most memorable shags, featuring candid and moving interviews with past lovers. Each hook-up, geographical setting, and time period fits into a larger context that transcends the filmmaker’s own life experience, and the film becomes a definitive historical assessment of gay male culture—from the “gay-ghetto” cruising era, to the queer punk movement, to the AIDS epidemic, and to our present-day Grindr-dependent milieu. 


3:15     Camelot Theatre Two

Alabama Bound 83 min. Alabama Bound explores the roller-coaster ride of two Alabama lesbian families as they fight for their right to marry, and their right to adopt and/or retain custody of their children. Why Alabama? Because in the face of the Supreme Court decision affirming that same sex couples have the right to marry, politically-ambitious Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore led a charge to reject the federal government’s mandate to allow gay marriage. Moore, who built his career on bringing religion into government, was determined to stop gay marriage, and end any sort of state protections for the LGBTQ community. Why lesbian families? Because the majority of same-sex households with children are lesbian families, and most of them live in the Deep South. And despite Federal protections, in Alabama and 26 other states across the country, there are no state legal protections for LGBTQ citizens.


3:30     Camelot Theatre Three                        

Between the Shades 82 min. This feature length documentary explores the many shades of being gay by looking at what connects us all: love. The film looks at love through 360 degrees of parents, children, and generations. The participants represent a large range of age groups, ethnicities and professions. They are male, female and those who are still yet to be defined, but they are all somewhere among the letters of LGBTQ.


5:15     Camelot Theatre One

Something Like Summer 115 min. Director's Choice Something Like Summer is a musical romance based on the novel by Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist Jay Bell, the first of a series of books with a worldwide fanbase.

The film adaptation tells the story of two boys whose secret relationship in high school appears to be doomed, only for them to encounter one another years later as friends and even enemies.  At its world premiere at Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, Something Like Summer began receiving accolades, with Sydney radio 2ser host Jess Klajman calling the movie "stunning... absolutely a fantastic film, touching on bullying and betrayal and love and lust. People are going to love it."" EDGE

Media Network called it "emotionally resonant, tender and sweet." 


5:30     Camelot Theatre Two

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson 105 min. Director's Choice Oscar nominated filmmaker David France (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE) tells the gripping story of the beginning of the modern transgender movement. Sylvia has been called “the Rosa Parks of the modern transgender movement,” and Marsha, “the Bodhisattva of Christopher Street.” Together they formed the first transgender rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), and started the enduring civil rights march for gender nonconforming people. (2017 Tribeca FF World Premiere)


5:45     Camelot Theatre Three

Boys for Sale 76 min. Young “straight” men are selling sex in Japan. Who is buying?  In 2-chome, the gay district of Shinjuku, bars specialize in selling "urisen" - straight boys who are willing to have sex with men. Formerly the red-light district of Tokyo, 2-chome has had an historical connection to prostitution since the Edo-period (1603 through 1868) and that connection continues to this day. Nine "urisen" speak about their experiences selling sex to men as well as how they began the work, and how they define themselves because of, or in spite of, their profession. 


7:30     Camelot Theatre One

Pushing Dead 110 min. Director's Choice When a struggling writer—HIV-positive for 20+ years—ill-advisedly deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, his only options are long shots: take on a helpless bureaucracy, or come up with $3000 a month to buy his medication. Pushing Dead is a funny film about a not funny situation. It is also a brilliant film that deals with the reality of being a long-term survivor of HIV. 


7:45     Camelot Theatre Two

The Feels 90 min. Director's Choice Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, the brides and their friends get wasted, and Lu admits to everyone that she’s never had an orgasm. This admission comes as a complete surprise to Andi and derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways. It causes everyone to reflect on trust, love, and their journeys to experiencing their first orgasm.


8:00     Camelot Theatre Three 

Short: Now What: The Series!? 10 min  Searing with realism and playing in real time, these personal exposés begin at the moment of climax and reveal the unique nakedness of après sex pillow talk, which leads to the inevitable..."Now What?!"

Feature: Grinder 83 min. Grinder is a story about Luke, an innocent teenager, in search of his sexual identity. Luke leaves his abusive home in the suburbs for the promise of a modeling job in New York City and falls into the dark world of New York nightlife. Grinder stars Brandon Ruckdashel, who was Riley in THE LAIR on HereTV! and Zack in COED CONFIDENTIAL on HBO/Cinemax, Jon Fleming, who was Adam in DANTE'S COVE and Russell in WILL AND GRACE, and introduces Tyler Austin.


FRI - 9/22 After Party - TBA

 


Eventbrite - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival - 2017

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

9:30     Camelot Theatre One

The Companion (EL ACOMPAÑANTE) 104 min. (This film is jointly sponsored by the Desert Film Society and Cinema Diverse)

Pavel Giroud’s powerful new film is set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, when the Castro regime established Los Cocos, a sanatorium in Havana’s suburbs where all HIV patients mandatorily cohabited under military watch. Each patient was assigned a “companion” who would monitor the patient’s activities at the sanatorium and accompany her or him on rare incursions to the city.

Horacio (Latin Grammy-winning singer Yotuel Romero), a former Olympic boxing champion involved in a doping scandal, is obliged to earn his redemption by serving as companion to Daniel (Armando Miguel), a soldier infected by an African prostitute while on an internationalist mission—and one of Los Cocos’ most defiant patients. Despite the strained situation—and Daniel’s determination to escape—the relationship between these fallen heroes gradually materializes into one of solidarity and friendship.


11:00   Camelot Theatre Two                           

Happy Days Are Here 82 min. Just when you thought everything was getting just a little too serious, this group of great comedy shorts arrives to bring a bit of levity to the festival. You’ll get tickled, laugh out loud, and roll in the floor with

DogGone It: The Series Larry Hartman, is like every wannabe actor pursuing the 'Hollywood Dream' until man's best friend steals his audition and takes off with his career! Rejected and out of sorts, Larry is persuaded by his pushy sister Fibi to take advantage of this once in a lifetime meal ticket. Together the three sign with Jorge Lopez, the hottest Animal Talent Manager in town, and begin to take on Hollywood... doggy style.

In A Heartbeat (Animated) A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams

Luber In the short film, 'Luber', Elliott, a single, awkward business man finds himself attracted to his hunky ride share driver. However, along the way, they pick up an annoying tourist who wants the driver for himself. The two secretly challenge one another for the driver while we encounter several crazy characters along their journey.

Something New Still dealing with a break up, Jonah struggles with opening up to new relationships. Unwilling to give his “Grinder Boyfriend” a real chance and constantly being pushed by his best friend to move on, he is set up on a blind date which leads to one awkward, disastrous and hilarious evening.

When Wigs Fly An aging drag queen must decide whether to sabotage her protege or accept her inevitable fall from drag stardom.


11:15   Camelot Theatre Three

Sapphic Stories 103 min. We’ve pulled together a talented group of filmmakers who have created a brilliant collection of shorts about women who love women. There’s something for every woman with

A Bone To Pick A day in the life of a lesbian dog walker in Los Angeles.

A Circle of Diamonds  An original song inspired by and featuring marriage activist Edie Windsor. Edie witnesses a musical scene where two young women reenact Thea’s proposal to her in the 1960’s - when marriage between 2 women was not an option. A celebration of the enduring power of love!

Counting In 1951 Violet and Milly make a love promise over a penny. In 2015, the promise comes due, and Violet must face a heartbreaking reality. 

Dani On their way to a new life in New York City, Dani and her current girlfriend Jess encounter one of Dani's ex-boyfriends making for an incredibly uncomfortable bus ride. All in one take.

Dichotomy Jane struggles to embrace her femininity as a butch lesbian. She shaves her head, which propels her on a humorous and twisted journey of self discovery. In the process, she has a debate with herself in the bathroom mirror as her demonic feminine side tries to suppress her innate masculinity. Eventually she finds peace and freedom in androgyny and discovers humanity is independent of sexual identity.

Encuento A regular night drinking with her party-oriented friends turns into an eye-opening evening when young Claudia encounters the captivating foreigner Isabel, who challenges her perceptions of latinos - and her understanding of herself.

Lemonade Kristin Farrell just can't seem to ever catch a break. But that all changes when she receives a call from her mom that launches her into a whole new world.

Dusk Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

Penis Envy Is using a vibrator really cheating on your lover? A clever romantic comedy about two charming and dysfunctional girls broadcasting details of their argument in the middle of a gym class.  "Penis Envy" features relationship paranoia, an eccentric instructor and a toy named Kimmie.


12:45   Camelot Theatre One

I Dream in Another Language 103 min. Director's Choice A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research a language on the verge of disappearing. Once there, he discovers that its last two speakers clashed 50 years ago, and have refused to speak to each other since. Attempting to reunite them, the researcher discovers a secret past—and a forbidden gay love story. (World Premiere, Sundance 2017, winner of Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic Competition)


1:00   Camelot Theatre Two

Human Relations 85 min.

Any time a group of people get together, there are bound to be some complications. Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of plays about just these sorts of situations, and our filmmakers have too! This set includes:

All Things Fade When Nathan tells Bret that he's HIV positive, it doesn't go well for Nathan. But months later, things take a turn for Bret.

Please Hold When a condom breaks during a random hook-up with a stranger, Danny gets an HIV test and an unexpected new friend.

When the Party Ends When the Party Ends is a new, short film about a group of GLBTQ friends that explores life, love, relationships in a world where being in love, can mean risking it all.  Set in Sarasota, Florida, When the Party Ends begins as Anthony, a hip young man in his early twenties, returns home from New York after being exposed to HIV. As Anthony desperately looks for a sense of safety from his fears, he seeks out his first love, an old boyfriend from high school.  Set in an upscale nightclub on a sexy and crazy night - When the Party Ends is an honest and loving portrayal of a group of friends who will do anything to avoid looking at the truth.

The Others Life is always changing. Events connect people together and for a while, they float along the same path. They have moments together that make awesome memories, but eventually, they part ways and move on. Either they grow apart or they die.  The Others is about a once intimate group of Broadway actors who reunite after the tragic death of one of their own. Amidst reminiscing, singing and attempts to get closure for unresolved matters, they come to terms that relationships are not what they once were.The story centers around Max and his struggle to deal with his past (financé Kelly), his present (husband Allen) and the guilt he carries for neglecting a friend in need.  Shot in Lake Arrowhead, CA; 25-page script, a cast of 7 and a crew of 5.

One Way Street What happens when your desire drives you in the wrong direction? Revved up by passion and ignoring all the signs, three people set out to fulfill their fantasies.  Fasten your seat belts, this ride may wind up on a very bumpy ONE WAY STREET!

Legally Wed A short film by first-time director, Michael Solorio.  A sister’s conservative views cause a rift between her and her gay brother as they experience a funeral, a wedding, and life.


1:15     Camelot Theatre Three                        

Locked In 52 min. Locked In explores the struggles of transgender Muslims in South Africa, where they are marginalized and persecuted. The Inner Circle, a non-profit human rights organization, seeks to assist transgender Muslims come to terms with their sexuality within their faith, and seeks to raise consciousness about gender diversity and sexual diversity throughout the South African Muslim community. This film is a real eye opener for people not living in a country where their very existence is threatened with torture and death.


3:00     Camelot Theatre One                           

Screwed 97 min. Director's Choice Screwed (orig. Pihalla) is a Finnish drama/comedy centered around seventeen year old Miku -  “just some dude” devoid of personality, at least according to his brother. After a party-turned-rager that destroys his home, Miku is doomed to spend the rest of the summer at their family cottage. But the calm of the Finnish countryside takes a turn for something strange when Miku meets Elias. The boys have nothing in common except for their age and dysfunctional families. But something is pulling them together.


3:15     Camelot Theatre Two                           

Saturday Church 82 min. Director's Choice Working single mother Amara leaves her two boys at home with domineering Aunt Rose, and Rose has her eyes on the older son, Ulysses. Stealing nylons, wearing his mother’s shoes: Ulysses is just beginning to explore his identity and sexuality. When Rose demands an end to it, the boy escapes to the Village and discovers both supportive friends and the inspiration to become exactly what he is feeling inside. The problem: Rose is waiting back home. Luka Kain delivers a magnetic performance as Ulysses in this drama about finding a literal sanctum, so that you can find yourself. It’s a complicated life Ulysses leads, and Damon Cardasis’s musical coming-of-age story is all the better for tackling multiple sides of the young LGBTQ experience, with compassion and heart combined. Awards: Frameline: Best first Picture, OUTFest, Tribeca


3:30     Camelot Theatre Three                        

Guru a Hijra Family 76 min. Guru documents the work and daily life of a family of hijras in a small village in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Silky, Mahima, Trisha, Durga, Kuyili, Priyanka, Vasundhara and Yamu-na, under the firm protection of their guru Lakshmi Ma, offer us intimate vignettes of their lives as noble outcasts. From the thousand year old sacred tradition of the hijra to the many complexities of the present, Guru progresses like a poem recited by several voices in which the world is a treacherous playing field and where to live the third gender authentically requires a resistance that is strongest in numbers and hard as nails.


5:15     Camelot Theatre One (Presented by HERE TV)

Short: Carol Support Group 8 min. A loving homage to Todd Haynes’s Oscar-nominated feature starring Cate Blanchett. 

Feature: Shelter - Tenth Anniversary 97 min. Director's Choice Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.


5:30     Camelot Theatre Two                           

Chavela 93 min. Director's Choice Chavela is the captivating portrait of barrier breaking Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, whose international fame peaked after a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 71. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she had become a household name, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who defied gender and sexuality stereotypes at a time when being “out” was often dangerous.

Chavela centers around a 1991 interview--the singer's first public appearance after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism and heartbreak. In the final years of her life, Chavela rises into her momentous third act, achieving international fame, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and becomes a muse to many, including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.  2nd Place Audience Award Panoroma – 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Official Selection – 2017 HotDocs, Official Selection – 2017 Frameline 41, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, Official Selection – 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.


5:45     Camelot Theatre Three                        

WebOUT I with @ReelKev 111 min.

Please join one of our favorite arts blogger Kevin M. Thomas who has hand selected some of his favorite web series for Cinema Diverse. The Saturday program is subtitled, "Daddies, bears, husbands and icons...oh my!" in which @ReelKev will screen about a dozen episodes from web series that range in locations from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York.  These award winning series have top award winning talent and guest stars that include soap stud Tuc Watkins, comedian Margaret Cho and TV icons Ted Lange Gina Hecht and Donna Pescow. Our featured episodes aren't short of talent and appeal: actor/writer/director Sebastian LaCause, along with former and current stars of the Village People, Broadway hunk Nick Adams, Olympian Greg Louganis, porn star Leo Forte, comedians Drew Droege, Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, TV star Gerald McCullough ("CSI"), Wilson Cruz and Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch") and tons of bears, daddies, go-go boys and gay husbands! The Saturday screening features the world premiere of "Gay Husbands of San Francisco." 

   


 7:30     Camelot Theatre One                           

God's Own Country 104 min. Director's Choice 

Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two of them which could change Johnny’s life forever. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival


7:45     Camelot Theatre Two                           

A Million Happy Nows 80 min. Director's Choice  A veteran soap opera star finds herself having memory problems. She decides to retire from the business, much to the chagrin of her adoring fans. All starts out well. She and her publicist and partner, take a beach house and begin a relaxing life. But the memory problems continue, and finally she sees a doctor. The diagnosis, Early Onset Alzheimers, puts a strain on her, on the couple's relationship, and on everyone around them.  Can they find the strength to redefine themselves and what they mean to one another in the face of this dreaded illness?


8:00     Camelot Theatre Three                        

Rift 111 min. Director's Choice Rift is an award-winning Icelandic thriller that has been compared to many of Hitchcock’s greatest films of the same genre. In the film, Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, who sounds distraught, like he's about to do something terrible to himself. Gunnar drives up to the secluded cabin under a glacier where Einar is holed up and soon discovers that there's more going on than he imagined. As the two men come to terms with their dead relationship, some other person seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get in. Wanting something.


SAT - 9/23 After Party - TBA


Eventbrite - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival - 2017

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

11:00   Camelot Theatre One                           

David’s Kin 77 min.

When David killed Goliath, he not only saved the Jewish people from the Philistines, he also set the scene for some great story telling. Here are four tales focused on LGBTQ experiences that, while perhaps not unique to those of the Jewish faith, nevertheless take on new meaning when seen through the filter of that particular religion. Included are:

Like Father The film “Like Father” revolves around a Jewish New Yorker, who is a bedridden patriarch dying of lung cancer (Lenny). His gay African American son (Jake) wants him to admit he was a bad father. Instead, Lenny confesses (for the very first time to another human being), that despite his long-lasting marriage and faithfulness to Jake’s mother (Also African American wife, Olivia), he’s always been attracted to men but never acted on it. 

Heritage Noam, a young gay man, discovers that his father, who has just died, had a secret affair with a married man. Noam discovers the man's identity, follows him, and meets him. That's when things get complicated. (Cannes Cinefondation World Premiere)

Sirens

David, In Brief For over 500 years, Michelangelo's sculpture of David remains an iconic masterpiece, exemplifying heroism and the perfection of male beauty and form.   But what happens when David's privates are silkscreened onto a pair of boxer briefs? It all depends on who's wearing them.David, In Brief weaves together the personal and alluring stories of a drag performer turned rabbi, a trans war veteran and the gay grandson of a Southern Baptist preacher from rural Mississippi. These unique individuals find that the kitsch undergarment unlocks incredibly revealing truths about their own David and Goliath struggles.They collectively uncover that the story of David defeating Goliath is one that also mimics the fancy footwork required to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer in today's modern world.


11:00   Camelot Theatre Two                           

Transitions 113 min.

Still least understood of all the letters in the LGBTQ community, those who are transgender, gender variant or non-binary face challenges most people cannot even imagine. This series of shorts not only tell those stories, but also remind us how far we still have to go to really embrace the diversity that is humanity. Films include America In Transition: A Family Matter

In The Mirror  In New York, a son finds his transgender father  - a medium length film violently delicate.  Joëlle is not your average father. When her son suddenly turns up in NY just when her life is in full reconstruction after a sex reassignment, she's not ready to play the doting father. She can tell her son the contrary, he can see that she's gone down a notch. Crap job, tiny flat. and there's a transgender that support group meets there. She can't take being constantly scrutinized, questioned and judged by every Tom, Dick and Harry. Her son's arrival might just be the last straw. It's emotional swings and roundabouts which won't leave you the same person. (Released in partnership with UNESCO Chaire Sexual Health & Human Rights)

Limina For the last thirteen days eight-year old Alessandra has been watching a mourning woman’s attempt to light a specific candle in the town’s small church. Every time the woman tries to light her candle, however, she realizes that her candle already flickers. During a brief and first encounter, Alessandra proves to the woman that the candle has indeed been burning ever since she lit it the first time almost two weeks ago by showing her polaroid pictures documenting the number of burning candles on the stand. The church’s priest makes a point about boys not wearing girls’ dresses, to which Alessandra has the perfect rebuttal. On a new day Alessandra runs into Mr. Gibbs an elderly war veteran who is expecting a letter from a long-lost love and also witnesses the mourning woman paying her respects to her recently deceased son at the town’s cemetery. Alessandra continues to document the mourning woman’s visits and the candle stand in the church. On her forty-seventh day of mourning, the mourning woman has a realization that will shape the rest of Alessandra’s life as well as her own.

Lucy Imagine being born in the wrong body. Everyday you're fighting. Against society, stigma and yourself. All you want is acceptance.  Lucy's story is one of searching for her true self in a world that's not quite ready.  When she finally found her place amongst a likeminded community, she also found the confidence to stand by her identity - that of a transwoman.  Now living with complete fulfilment, Lucy is ready to share her experience and answer the questions you've probably always wanted to ask.  In a film inspired by a truly inspiring human, Lucy bares her struggles and desires. As Lucy, her family and friends talk through their experiences they'll make you question what identity really means and why we still hold prejudices against people we don't even know.

Sis Two estranged sisters, religious Fran and transgender Steph, reconcile their differences during the course of one night where honesty is the only policy.


11:15   Camelot Theatre Three                        

Coming Out Tales II 53 min.

Coming out is harder for some people than it is for others. These stories are about those people. Included are:

Caged Karrisa Kline (Karimah Westbrook)and Chris Kline (Trey McCurley) have been happily married for 6 six years. At least that is what Karrisa thought. During a dinner party to celebrate her husbands new promotion, Karrisa’s life begins to fall apart when a secret starts to circulate among the party guests. Karrisa’s best friend Karen Stevens (Karen Malina White) vows to keep the secret from Karrisa until the end of the night at the behest of her husband Tim Stevens (Timothy D. Harris). But some secrets are just to hard to keep secret. And before the night is through, Karen spills the beans and Karrisa is left with a truth she never thought would have been her life.

He Could have Gone Pro When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother Gayle are forced to confront the truth about their family's past over a tense holiday lunch.

Sam Coming out to a parent is never easy. Mother and child relationship is one of the most complicated matter for many people. As we grew up in different time and space, we often have contradicting ideas and values in life. We want the best for each other, but our actions may not produce the same result. We also naturally yearn for our mother's approval in everything we do, especially when it comes to coming in terms with our gender identity. 

Svans His whole life, Aksel dreaded the day when his surroundings discovered his homosexuality. He is certain that the truth will see him thrust from the group of friends he is part of and which he holds above all else. He needs look no further than to his loner-boyfriend, Aleksander, for confirmation that this scenario is real. Aksel's fear overshadows everything, even the relationship with Aleksander, and when the two are coincidentally spotted together, Aksel turns his wrath against Aleksander. Aksel carries out a regular hate crime and thus becomes the personification of everything he feared from others. When his friends, quite spectacularly, demonstrate their complete acceptance of Aksel's secret, he is forced to realise that while prejudices did indeed ruin his life and relationship, they were never the world's - but his own.


12:45   Camelot Theatre One                           

Center of My World (Die Mitt Der Welt) 115 min. Director's Choice

Returning home from a summer holiday, Phil discovers that his mother and twin sister are not speaking to one another. Attempting to avoid a family feud just before the end of summer, Phil spends most of his time with his best friend, Kat. At the beginning of the school year a new student joins their class. Phil is instantly smitten with the handsome, mysterious Nicholas, and is over the moon when Nicholas returns his affections.

Center of My World is a heart-warming tale of first love and the innocence, happiness, and pain that are part of it. The film's two young leading men, Louis Hofmann (also featured in Best Foreign Film nominee Land of Mine) and handsome Jannik Schümann will capture the hearts of audiences right from the start.


1:00     Camelot Theatre Two    

Short: Preserving LGBT History 3 min.   

This documentary short explores the history and purpose of The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of California. Through exclusive interviews with the archive’s staff, this documentary reviews the archive’s founding as well as its merger with One Magazine -- created by the nation’s first LGBT organization, The Mattachine Society -- and traces how the ONE Archives have become the largest repository of LGBT history in the world.

Feature: Before Homosexuals 87 min.

Before Homosexuals takes the viewer on a wondrous tour of same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Scagliotti guides us in this expedition of erotic history, poetry and visual. He explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the 1990s cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover pre-20th century same-sex desires. Weaving dozens of expert interviews with art and poetry, he revels in lesbian love spells from ancient Rome, homoerotic verses of Michelangelo, censored chapters of the Kamasutra, Native American two-spirit rituals and more. A prequel to the 1986 PBS national broadcast of "Before Stonewall", Before Homosexuals unearths the garden of human sexual delights and the endurance and creativity of “an army of lovers.”


1:15     Camelot Theatre Three

Love with a Colonial Scent 61 min.

Love with a Colonial Scent uses Puerto Rico’s colonial situation with the USA, the island’s bankruptcy, and breath taking vistas as a backdrop to focus on the debate over gay marriage on the island. Another, in a series of documentaries that details what it is to be part of the LGBTQ community that is outside the continental United States.


3:00     Camelot Theatre One                           

Weirdos 85 min.  Director's Choice

Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. 15-year-old Kit (Dylan Authors) is running away from home to move in with his estranged mother and, hopefully, to find himself. With the help of his girlfriend Alice (Julia Sarah Stone), Kit hitchhikes through the stunning maritime landscape towards the home of his glamorous, artistic mother Laura (Molly Parker). But as the kids near their final destination, the truth about their relationship and their identities begins to unfold. Stunningly shot in black and white and enhanced with a killer ‘70s soundtrack, Bruce McDonald laces this charming coming-of-age road-movie with a welcome air of nostalgia and a touch of enchanted realism.


3:15     Camelot Theatre Two                           

A Date for Mad Mary 82 min.   Director's Choice

A Date for Mad Mary tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle, who is returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honor. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. A Date for Mad Mary is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days, starring Seána Kerslake (Can’t Cope/Won’t Cope, The Lobster), Tara Lee (Raw, The Fall) and Charleigh Bailey.


3:30     Camelot Theatre Three                        

Hold Me Like Before 63 min.

Hold Me Like Before tells the story of Verónica, a transgender woman who works as a prostitute in a small neighborhood of the Costa Rican capital. When a young thief known as Tato has an accident and breaks an ankle, she takes him to her house with the idea of giving him a better life. In the process, though, Verónica realizes that giving a hand to Tato was actually an attempt at giving one to herself.


5:15     Camelot Theatre One                           

LAUGHING MATTERS...THE MEN 10th Anniversary Screening 83 min.

Special 10-year Anniversary Screening (and at long last) the Palm Springs Premiere! Director's Choice

While some gay comics seek to refute common stereotypes, others thrive on them, (All Movie Guide)....and nobody turns a "label" into laughter better than the six stellar comedians featured in LAUGHING MATTERS...THE MEN! Shot in five days during Palm Springs Gay Pride Festival in 2006, the film, which was released in 2007, is third installment in a series of award-winning queer docu-comedies from filmmaker Andrea Meyerson.

The documentary interweaves hilarious stand-up performances with candid conversations, all guaranteed to spark uproarious laughter, nostalgic tears, and an overwhelming flush of heartfelt gay pride! Featuring: Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, Bob Smith, Andre Kelly, Eddie Sarfaty andScott Kennedy


5:30     Camelot Theatre Two                           

Market Value 132 min.  

Fifteen years ago, a young woman (Valerie Whitaker) was admitted to the emergency room for a heroin overdose. As the doctors prepare to perform a detox procedure, they learn that she's pregnant, prompting an emergency delivery. During Valerie's recovery, a nurse (Audrey Stewart) overhears a conversation between Valerie and her boyfriend concerning the possibility of selling their newborn child on the black market. Shortly after Valerie is discharged from the hospital, Audrey reaches out to her anonymously as someone who is interested in purchasing the child.

Fifteen years later, Valerie Whitaker, now several years sober and nationally recognized as an advocate for locating missing children, has died in search of the child she sold. However, the Whitaker family continues the search, and it eventually leads to Chicago, where Audrey now resides with her wife (Carrie Stewart) and their adopted 15 year old son.


5:45     Camelot Theatre Three                        

WebOUT II with @ReelKev 113 min. 

Get your binge on with our very own Kevin M. Thomas, arts blogger who shares his love and knowledge of web series will be shared with Cinema Diverse by offering over 10 hand-picked episodes form the best of the web.The Sunday program is a smorgasbord of LGBT interests and we've managed to tie in some LGBT musical series as well.  "Dyke Central" offers a slice of life among Oakland lesbians and their friends while "Her Story" and "Brothers" are wonderful trans series that show comradery, prejudice and acceptance. "Coffee Shop Chronicles" runs the gamut of LGBT topics and our featured episode is a definite standout. Soap operas have found a new life on the web and "Venice" brings together many of TV superstars, telling LGBT stories without network censorship. Gay youth and coming out is showcased in "Throwaways." Acceptance is set to music with high school "The Hinderlands." "Break" and "City of Dreams" round out other musical web adventures while "Bi" has all bases covered, following the dating life of an appealing young man and his gay, straight and bi friends. This WebOUT segment also includes the world premiere of the riotous comedy "Persianality."



CLOSING NIGHT FEATURES:

  


7:30     Camelot Theatre One                            

Eastsiders, Season 3, including the Palm Springs episode (Sponsored by Wolfe Releasing) Closing Night Feature  Director's Choice   In Season Three of the popular Netflix lgbt TV Series, Cal (Kit Williamson) and Thom (Van Hansis) hit the road with a Winnebago to move back to the West Coast. All our favorites, including Constance Wu, Willam Beli, and Traci Lords are back with new cast members, to be announced. The road trip season was shot on location in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Palm Springs, California.


7:45     Camelot Theatre Two

The Fabulous Allan Carr 90 min Closing Night Feature  Director's Choice  A New Film By Jeffrey Schwarz (VITO, I AM DIVINE, TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL) Armed with a limitless Rolodex and a Benedict Canyon enclave with its own disco, Allan Carr threw the Hollywood parties that defined the 1970s.

A producer, manager, and marketing genius, Carr built his bombastic reputation amid a series of successes including the mega-hit musical film "Grease” and the Broadway hit “La Cage Aux Folles” until it all came crashing down after he produced the 1989 Academy Awards, a notorious debacle. (World Premiere Seattle International 2017)


8:00     Camelot Theatre Three

TBD Closing Night Feature         


SUN - 9/25 After Party - TBA



Special Best of Fest:

Mary Pickford Theatres, Cathedral City

Eventbrite - Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival - 2017


Friday, September 29


5:00 Theatre 12

Something Like Summer 115 min. Director's Choice

Something Like Summer is a musical romance based on the novel by Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist Jay Bell, the first of a series of books with a worldwide fanbase. The film adaptation tells the story of two boys whose secret relationship in high school appears to be doomed, only for them to encounter one another years later as friends and even enemies.  

At its world premiere at Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, Something Like Summer began receiving accolades, with Sydney radio 2ser host Jess Klajman calling the movie "stunning... absolutely a fantastic film, touching on bullying and betrayal and love and lust. People are going to love it."

" EDGE Media Network called it "emotionally resonant, tender and sweet." 


5:00  Theatre 13                                     

Shelter Tenth Anniversary Screening 97 min. (Sponsored by HERE TV) Director's Choice

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.


7:30 Theatre 12

God's Own Country 104 min. Director's Choice

Johnny Saxby works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two of them which could change Johnny’s life forever. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival


7:30 Theatre 13

Market Value 132 min.

Fifteen years ago, a young woman (Valerie Whitaker) was admitted to the emergency room for a heroin overdose. As the doctors prepare to perform a detox procedure, they learn that she's pregnant, prompting an emergency delivery. During Valerie's recovery, a nurse (Audrey Stewart) overhears a conversation between Valerie and her boyfriend concerning the possibility of selling their newborn child on the black market. Shortly after Valerie is discharged from the hospital, Audrey reaches out to her anonymously as someone who is interested in purchasing the child. Fifteen years later, Valerie Whitaker, now several years sober and nationally recognized as an advocate for locating missing children, has died in search of the child she sold. However, the Whitaker family continues the search, and it eventually leads to Chicago, where Audrey now resides with her wife (Carrie Stewart) and their adopted 15 year old son.


Saturday, September 30


5:00   Theatre 12                                    

Weirdos 85 min.  Director's Choice 

Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. 15-year-old Kit (Dylan Authors) is running away from home to move in with his estranged mother and, hopefully, to find himself. With the help of his girlfriend Alice (Julia Sarah Stone), Kit hitchhikes through the stunning maritime landscape towards the home of his glamorous, artistic mother Laura (Molly Parker).

But as the kids near their final destination, the truth about their relationship and their identities begins to unfold. Stunningly shot in black and white and enhanced with a killer ‘70s soundtrack, Bruce McDonald laces this charming coming-of-age road-movie with a welcome air of nostalgia and a touch of enchanted realism.


5:00  Theatre 13                                               

WebOUT I with @ReelKev 111 min. 

Please join one of our favorite arts blogger Kevin M. Thomas who has hand selected some of his favorite web series for Cinema Diverse. The Saturday program is subtitled, "Daddies, bears, husbands and icons...oh my!" in which @ReelKev will screen about a dozen episodes from web series that range in locations from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York.  These award winning series have top award winning talent and guest stars that include soap stud Tuc Watkins, comedian Margaret Cho and TV icons Ted Lange Gina Hecht and Donna Pescow. Our featured episodes aren't short of talent and appeal: actor/writer/director Sebastian LaCause, along with former and current stars of the Village People, Broadway hunk Nick Adams, Olympian Greg Louganis, porn star Leo Forte, comedians Drew Droege, Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, TV star Gerald McCullough ("CSI"), Wilson Cruz and Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch") and tons of bears, daddies, go go boys and gay husbands! The Saturday screening features the world premiere of "Gay Husbands of San Francisco."     

 


7:30  Theatre 12                          

Grinder 83 min. 

Grinder is a story about Luke, an innocent teenager, in search of his sexual identity. Luke leaves his abusive home in the suburbs for the promise of a modeling job in New York City and falls into the dark world of New York nightlife. Grinder stars Brandon Ruckdashel, who was Riley in THE LAIR on HereTV! and Zack in COED CONFIDENTIAL on HBO/Cinemax, Jon Fleming, who was Adam in DANTE'S COVE and Russell in WILL AND GRACE, and introduces Tyler Austin.


7:30 Theatre 13                                    

WebOUT II with @ReelKev 113 min. 

Get your binge on with our very own Kevin M. Thomas, arts blogger who shares his love and knowledge of web series will be shared with Cinema Diverse by offering over 10 hand-picked episodes form the best of the web.The Sunday program is a smorgasbord of LGBT interests and we've managed to tie in some LGBT musical series as well.  "Dyke Central" offers a slice of life among Oakland lesbians and their friends while "Her Story" and "Brothers" are wonderful trans series that shows comradery, prejudice and acceptance. "Coffee Shop Chronicles" runs the gamut of LGBT topics and our featured episode is a definite standout. Soap operas have found a new life on the web and "Venice" brings together many of TV superstars, telling LGBT stories without network censorship. Gay youth and coming out is showcased in "Throwaways." Acceptance is set to music with high school "The Hinderlands." "Break" and "City of Dreams" round out other musical web adventures while "Bi" has all bases covered, following the dating life of an appealing young man and his gay, straight and bi friends. This WebOUT segment also includes the world premiere of the riotous comedy "Persianality."


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