The AMFM Fest: Arts, Music, Film and More sponsored by Cathedral City celebrates its second season opening with the raucous one-act comedy, Oxymorons, starring iconic actor, Ed Asner, and Oscar nominated director, Mark Rydell, as brothers hashing out their sibling rivalries whether they be women, money, and even Lincoln Logs! The Festival takes place at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City, California, in the Greater Palm Springs area. Celebrities slated to attend include Robert Loggia (Scarface), Booboo Stewart (Twilight) and Naomi Judd (“The Judds”) in support of their film, An Evergreen Christmas, which screens on Friday, November 14.
AMFM is a festival that celebrates the interconnectedness of all art forms and features programs that include films, art exhibits, live music, and parties that bring artists together from all the various creative mediums in the world. The festival will also feature a strong selection of panels and workshops to encourage growth in the arts. The Festival’s vision is to broaden the creative canvas. Stephanie Bell, AMFM’s newly appointed Festival Director, says “We are excited for our second year partnering with the city of Cathedral City and UltraStar’s Mary Pickford Theater. Educating the public to the incredible impact that Mary Pickford had on the arts, makes it a fitting location for this wonderful and exciting Festival. We know that attendees will enjoy the four days of art, music, film, and much, much more this coming November!”
“The city of Cathedral City is proud to be a premier sponsor and host of the AMFM Festival as it adds to the cultural experience revered by our community and visitors alike,” says Christopher Parman, Cathedral City Events Manager. “Attendees are going to enjoy several special days and evenings filled with Hollywood stars, amazing original art from local and regional artists, and live performances from some of the leading musical acts in the nation. There is something for everyone and it’s all happening in downtown Cathedral City.”
Additional Sponsors include Film4Change, Ultra Star Cinemas, The Mary Pickford Theatre Cathedral City, Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City, Brad Mercer’s Bands ’n Fans Syndicated Radio Show, The CV Weekly, Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort, The Christopher Foundation, Machin’ Militia Music, and Palm Springs Women in Film & Television.
AMFM strives to make art accessible to a culturally diverse region and will launch a scholarship program this year for students wishing to pursue the arts, with a matching grant from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (“CVEP”). AMFM’s goal is to step into the void left by the elimination of Arts programs in middle schools and high schools to support students interested in the multitude of artistic mediums, whether they be film, music, theater, dance or the visual arts. AMFM believes that the arts matter and invites the entire global community to come together around the power of story in all its artistic forms. Art helps us become like ourselves instead of more like everyone else. Last year, artist Viggo Mortensen, AMFM’s inaugural Dennis Lee Hopper Award recipient, had this to say: “AMFM Fest was the most unpretentious festival or award ceremony I’ve ever been to… it was a big honor and a lot of fun! The real artists will come.”
The Art Component includes the works of internationally renowned artist, Chuck Hamilton, and L.A. based artist and photographer, Kim Zsebe, along with Santa Fe-based artist, Grant Kosh as well as Artists’ booths outside the Cathedral City Civic Center; the Music Component features local bands and national bands including, Machin’, Gene Evaro, Jr., Giselle Woo & the Night Owls on Friday, November 14, and Bo & The Bluesdrivers, Alyce Bowie and Chris Daniels Project on Saturday, November 15; and the Film lineup includes World and West Coast Premieres, including the award-winning Sci-Fi Feature Inverse.
VIP Ticket Prices include admittance to all screenings, events and the VIP Lounge for $150.00. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the AMFM scholarship fund. Day Passes and Individual Passes are also available. Go to www.amfmfest.com for information on the Festival programs and events and how to purchase tickets, which will go on sale Friday, September 12. Tickets are also available at the Mary Pickford Box Office starting the same day.
Media Inquiries: Rich Henrich, Executive Director