Cinema Diverse 2016

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The Annual Palm Springs Cinema Diverse Film Festival will run September 22-25 at Camelot Theatres and The Desert Cinemas.

Cathedral City’s Desert Cinema will become the valley’s second theatre to screen films as part of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, marking another record year of growth for the niche film festival.

“We are thrilled to be working with Cathedral City, and in cooperation with D’Place Entertainment to make this possible,” said Michael C. Green, Managing Director of Cinema Diverse, and its parent nonprofit, The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “For the past two years, we’ve used all three of the theatres at the Camelot. We were looking to grow, and given the commitment that Cathedral City has made to the LGBTQ community, this seemed a logical step.”

“Expanding Cinema Diverse to include Cathedral City is an exciting milestone for the film festival and our city,” stated Cathedral City Mayor Stan Henry.  “This brings another exceptional entertainment choice for our residents as part of the growing list of annual events in Cathedral City. The LGBT community makes up a significant portion of our population, and Cinema Diverse creates a Fall counterbalance to our popular LGBT Days celebration in the Spring.”

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival celebrates its ninth year this year, opening on Thursday, September 22nd and running through Sunday, September 25th. The festival is one of three niche film festivals operated by The Palm Springs Cultural Center, which was founded in 2007 by local philanthropists Ric and Rozene Supple.

“Cinema Diverse and the Certified Farmers’ Market were our first two programs, said Rozene Supple, Founder and CoChair of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “That first year, we had Cinema Diverse in July and opened the Farmers’ Market in the Fall. We decided to reevaluate the timing and duration of Cinema Diverse and move it to the third week of September in year two. Since then, it has proven to be a real winner for us, along with theArthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund.”

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival

will screen at the following two locations:

Camelot Theatres – located at 3200 Baristo Road in Palm Springs.

“Desert Cinema is D’Place”  located in Downtown Cathedral City across from City Hall at 68510 E Palm Canyon Dr.

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival

September 22 – 25, 2016

Tickets and Passes now on sale.

To purchase online, or for schedule information, visit: www.CinemaDiverse.org

Or in-person, visit:
Camelot Theatres Box Office
(Open Daily, Call for Hours)
2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA, 92262,
Box Office: 760-325-6565

Scrooge & Marley – “It’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Gone Gay”

Thursday, December 13th @ 7:00 PM
Purchase Tickets Online or at the Box Office – $10.00 General Admission

The Palm Springs Cultural Center, in cooperation with Sam I Am Films, is pleased to announce the Palm Springs Premiere of “Scrooge & Marley,” a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol.” The premiere will take place in Palm Springs on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the Camelot Theatres. “We’re very excited to be able to share “Scrooge & Marley” with Palm Springs audiences this holiday season.” said Michael C. Green, Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “Our screening will benefit Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.”

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BLUES FOR WILLADEAN by Del Shores

Exclusive Palm Springs Premiere
Friday, October 12th @ 7:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 – 3:30 – 7:00 | Saturday-Thursday: 12:00 – 2:40 – 5:20 – 8:00  (showtimes valid 10/12 to 10/18)
Q&A with Del Shores, Beth Grant, David Steen, Dale Dickey and Debby Holiday

Tickets Now on Sale at the box office or online at www.camelottheatres.com by selecting the date you wish to buy tickets.

Blues for Willadean is the film adaptation of Del Shores’ 2003 play “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” It explores the hidden emotions, shame, and secrecy of battered women, while also offering hope, healing and truth. A delicate blend of frightened humor and pain, the three act play delves right into the heart of abuse. From the hysterical highs of side-splitting comedy Shores is known for, to the heart-rending depths of drama at its most human, the story sweeps the emotional spectrum. Shores draws the audience into the fire, allowing them to laugh one minute and cry the next as they experience the emotions revealed from all sides – the abuser, the abused, and the powerless bystander.

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