Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, opens its Eighth Edition on Thursday, September 17th and runs through Sunday, September 20th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. This year the festival is a third larger than ever before, and includes a New Media Spotlight on Saturday, September 19th.
"We are very excited to have been able to grow the festival, and increase our total number of screenings again this year," said Michael C. Green, Festival Director. ""Last year we hosted a record number of screenings in two theatres, and this year we're taking all three theatres at the Camelot, plus we're adding the New Media Spotlight that Shann Carr from Moxie Productions created for us with the help of Brett Chatelain. It's all about the variety of LGBT content that's available on the internet."
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. "The festival ran into some bumps in the first couple of years," Green continued. "But over the past five years, the community has really come out in force to embrace it. And that's not surprising, given the large LBGTQ population in the valley. There's quite a demand for this type of entertainment, and we're thrilled to be able to bring the films and the filmmakers to our local audience."
Cinema Diverse opens on Thursday night with a 7:30pm screening of EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO, Peter Greenaway’s award-winning film that explores venerated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein's 1931 trip to Mexico - a trip considered pivotal in his life and film career - a significant hinge between the early successes of Strike, Battleship Potemkin, and October, and his hesitant later career with Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible and The Boyar’s Plot.
Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo, Eisenstein vulnerably experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death - happy to create their effects in cinema - troubled to suffer them in life.
Cinema Diverse continues Friday morning with several series of short films from around the world. Screenings begin at 11am and runs through the weekend, ending on Sunday Night with Out on the Tracks” - a documentary about gay Guyanese soul singer Nhojj’s groundbreaking Made To Love Him sessions. Affirming the LGBTQ community through same-sex renditions of classic heterosexual love songs from Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” to Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way” (“He’s Got a Way”), this gentle and human documentary touches upon the themes of love, hope and self-acceptance.
Want to know more? See the complete schedule and buy your tickets at http://cinemadiverse.org/