AmDocs Highlight Series – Walking the Camino

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
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Walking the Camino has been in the making since fall, 2008, when Director/Producer Lydia B. Smith returned from walking the 500-mile trail herself. With the incredible in-kind support from countless individuals, albergues, organizations, businesses and Spanish governments, they were able to begin production. After winning the Audience Favorite award in Palm Spring’s American Documentary Film Festival; as well as awards in Rainier Independent FIlm Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and Festival Cine Y TV Camino de Santiago Southern California will have another chance to see this breath taking film.

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AmDocs Highlight Series – The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
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Siegel’s just-completed, and highly-acclaimed, film, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, is one of the most talked-about new documentaries of 2013, and has already generated significant Oscar buzz. The film holds a special place in AmDocs history, having been declared a winner at our 2012 Film Fund competition when it was still a work in progress. And now, Palm Springs audiences will have the chance to be the first in Southern California to see this completed gem that has critics beaming. [Read more…]

AmDocs Highlight Series – The Lifeguard & Declaration of Immortality

Thursday, August 8th @ 7:30 PM
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The Lifeguard (running time: 64 minutes) tells the story of 25-year-old lifeguard Mauricio, our sympathetic hero in Alberdi’s dark, humorous dissection of a Chilean beach. From his beach tower, Mauricio keeps a vigilant eye on the action, jotting down details of the weather and ocean current and shrilling his whistle at “no-swimming” disobeyers. [Read more…]

AmDocs 2013 – Highlight Series, July 11th @ 7:30 PM

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DANCE FOR ME – Audience Favorite AmDocs 2013

Thursday, June 6, 7:30 PM
at Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
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If you missed the Closing Night Film for the American Documentary Film Festival 2013, DANCE FOR ME, you now have a second chance.  Ballroom Dancing has gained much in popularity around the world. When a young Russian dancer makes his way to pair with an up and coming Danish girl, the two form a partnership and mutual goal of reaching the European Championships. This story driven drama will keep you on the edge of your seats. If you like Dancing With The Stars, you will love DANCE FOR ME. [Read more…]

THE STRIPPER – AMDOCS Highlight Series

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 PM
at Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs

This beautiful film portrays, Calista, a girl who dreams of a life as a dancer. When she is 16-years old, she is admitted to a dance school in New York. But the journey and her dance career is interrupted. By chance she meets a girl who introduces her to the profession of stripping. This becomes her way of survival and temporary salvation. (Recommended for mature audiences.) [Read more…]

AMDOCS – Best of 2012, “I STAND CORRECTED”

Thursday, October 18th @ Camelot Theatres
6:30pm – 7:15pm – Panel Discussion: Transgender: Myths and Misunderstandings
7:15pm – 7:30pm – Break
7:30pm – 9pm – Screening of I STAND CORRECTED
9pm – Q&A and Live performance by The Jennifer Leitham Trio

The American Documentary Film Festival continues its “Best Of” Screening Series on Thursday, October 18th with a very special program built around the award-winning documentary I STAND CORRECTED. I STAND CORRECTED charts Jennifer Leitham’s rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. The documentary explores the fears Leitham wrestled with as she rose through the ranks of the jazz world, and celebrates the joy she discovered after embracing her female identity.

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AmDocs – Best of 2012, “THE WORLD OF Z”

Thursday, Sept 13th – 7:30 PM @ Camelot Theatres

The World of Z documents the powerful four year journey of three filmmakers into the life of manic-depressive artist Zbignew Daniel Fiks – known as “Z.” Now sixty years old, “Z” looks much older. He is engaging, intelligent, and an outstanding conversationalist, despite his rough exterior, and despite having spent much of his life suffering from bipolar disease.

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AmDocs – Best of 2012, “NEW YORK SHOWCASE”

Thursday, Aug 16th – 7:30 PM @ Camelot Theatres

Students must compete against each other at the Showcase in New York. Whoever manages to get an agent will enter the professional world of entertainment through the front door; the rest will have to keep on fighting as anonymous actors. Four years of preparation are at stake in just one production.

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AmDocs – Best of 2012, “Comandante”

Thursday, July 19th – 7:30 PM @ Camelot Theatres

Named after Fidel Castro’s nickname and military rank, Comandante is a 93-minute documentary taken from the over 30 hours of interview footage between the Cuban leader and filmmaker Oliver Stone. Capturing Stone’s February 2002 trip to Cuba, the film includes three days of conversation between the two men in places like the Terraza restaurant in Cohima. Discussing his youth and rise to power, Castro also talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. embargo, and Cuba’s place in the world. Originally made for Spanish television, Comandante premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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