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Gina Carey’s “The Assumptions” Premiers Monday, February 27 at Camelot Theatres

Gina Carey’s “The Assumptions” Premiers Monday, February 27 at Camelot Theatres

By | February 22, 2017 at 1:42 am | No comments

By Avery Wood Local film “The Assumptions” is set to premier Monday, February 27 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. The film tells the story of a boy named Moses, who is raised by a homeless woman after being abandoned by his mother. The aim of “The Assumptions”...

Posted in: Columns, Film, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

The Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place Announces Two “Pickford Presents” Special Screenings with Live Q&A, Movie Events

The Mary Pickford Theatre is D’Place Announces Two “Pickford Presents” Special Screenings with Live Q&A, Movie Events

By | February 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm | No comments

Bestselling author and co-screenwriter and multi-Oscar-nominated film score composer to discuss their films. Continuing to build on the success of its recent “Pickford Presents” Live Q&A event with the star of the acclaimed Warren Betty film, “Rules Don’t...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Film, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

THAT’S A WRAP: PSIFF Awards and “Best of Fest” Winners

THAT’S A WRAP: PSIFF Awards and “Best of Fest” Winners

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:58 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons At the beginning of the 28th annual PSIFF, Palm Springs International Film Society Chairman, Harold Matzner said in his personal welcome letter that he was, “Honored and delighted to oversee your cinematic journey into the realms of storytellers from...

Posted in: Columns, Film, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

PSIFF: A Man Called Ove

PSIFF: A Man Called Ove

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:56 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Movie adaptations are often criticized for being “not as good as the book.”  Turning a bestseller into a big hit can be a significant and daunting challenge for filmmakers.  There is an art to successfully adapting a book to film, and sadly not...

Posted in: Columns, Film, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Local Film Cataract Gold Premiers at the Mary Pickford

Local Film Cataract Gold Premiers at the Mary Pickford

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:55 am | No comments

By Avery Wood Locals already know the best desert spots to go when you want to get away from the action of life, but now they can see the same desert landscapes full of western themed action in Cataract Gold, directed by La Quinta resident Paul Kiener and starring Caroline...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Q&A WITH PSIFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Michael Lerman

Q&A WITH PSIFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Michael Lerman

By | January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The Palm Springs International Film Festival is at full-speed with screenings throughout the day at six venues.  Filmmakers from around the world have come to share their films with the eager community of world cinema lovers.  The PSIFF is an...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

LGBTQ at PSIFF

LGBTQ at PSIFF

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:55 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The Palm Springs International Film Festival consistently presents and celebrates a line-up of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer films.  Over the years, the LGBTQ themed movies have reflected political and social concerns while making...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

By | January 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons After such a challenging 2016, what better way to welcome and celebrate a new year than with an international film festival!  The Palm Springs International Film Society presents its 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival with all the...

Posted in: Columns, Cover Stories, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Liongate’s LA LA LAND to Receive Vanguard Award

Liongate’s LA LA LAND to Receive Vanguard Award

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm | No comments

AT 28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the film La La Land with the Vanguard Award at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The award is presented to the film’s...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

HIDDEN FIGURES to Receive Ensemble Performance Award

HIDDEN FIGURES to Receive Ensemble Performance Award

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm | No comments

 AT 28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the cast of Hidden Figures with the Ensemble Performance Award. Expected to attend are Taraji P. Henson, Octavia...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

PSIFF – Community of Filmmakers – DO IT OR DIE

PSIFF – Community of Filmmakers – DO IT OR DIE

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons This week, as the Palm Springs International Film Festival was revving up, the community driven and supported movie, Do It Or Die held its World Premiere.  There was a buzz of excitement and camaraderie as the audience filled the sold-out Annenberg...

Posted in: Columns, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Local Spotlight on PSIFF: Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) – World Premiere

Local Spotlight on PSIFF: Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) – World Premiere

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks hit home when Coachella Valley’s homegrown band Eagles of Death Metal were targeted while performing at the Bataclan Theater. During the sold-out concert, extremists opened fire on the crowd of nearly 1,500 people,...

Posted in: Columns, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

MY PSIFF PICKS

MY PSIFF PICKS

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons When I was a small boy, one of my first memories was sitting on the steps of my grandmother’s home in Glendale and waiting for a passerby so I could ask that person to sit with me and tell me a story. Palm Springs International Film Festival is a...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

A MOVING EXPERIENCE AT MARY PICKFORD THEATER

A MOVING EXPERIENCE AT MARY PICKFORD THEATER

By | October 20, 2016 at 8:45 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons This week I had an opportunity to check out the new “D-Box” motion activated seats at the newly remodeled Mary Pickford Theater operated by D’Place Entertainment. For me, this added technology is more than a mere gimmick.  But a legitimate...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

Mary Pickford Theatre is now D’Place for Entertainment!

Mary Pickford Theatre is now D’Place for Entertainment!

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:41 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons “We love movies and we are excited about all the changes happening here,” said Damon Rubio, President of D’Place Entertainment the new company operating the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City. “Movies are a communal event and our aim is to...

Posted in: Columns, Cover Stories, Feature Stories, Film

The 2016 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival Ends on a Hi-Tech Note

The 2016 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival Ends on a Hi-Tech Note

By | June 30, 2016 at 5:36 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons “One week is not enough.  There is so much more I wish I could see.  It goes by too quickly,” said a visitor in line to enjoy an afternoon program of short films at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs.  Her frustration is not because she can’t get...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

ShortFest 2016 Filmmaker Spotlight: “SORRY” by Sinisa Dragin

ShortFest 2016 Filmmaker Spotlight: “SORRY” by Sinisa Dragin

By | June 30, 2016 at 5:35 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons “This movie came from an idea I had when I was a student in film school,” said Sinisa Dragin, writer, director and editor of the short film “Sorry.”  “I was working on a project that was postponed and thought, almost like a joke, I should go ahead...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

Seven Days of Summer Fun: PSISFF

Seven Days of Summer Fun: PSISFF

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:32 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Perhaps the best part of being in the CV during summer is the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. It provides the perfect summer activity: A cool theater with even cooler events and entertainment. Over 54 countries and 328 films will showcase...

Posted in: Columns, Cover Stories, Feature Stories, Film

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES PANELS, ROUNDTABLES & NEW TECH DAY

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES PANELS, ROUNDTABLES & NEW TECH DAY

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:31 am | No comments

The Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 21-27) is best known for its award-winning short films, but each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums of panels and roundtables. New this year, the Forums...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

YOUR VOTE MATTERS: “60 Seconds to Impact”

YOUR VOTE MATTERS: “60 Seconds to Impact”

By | June 24, 2016 at 1:30 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Hooking up with the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival this election year is “60 Seconds to Impact,” a really short film competition focusing on why people choose to vote. In 60 seconds or less, filmmakers are challenged to create...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN SESMA COMES HOME TO SCREEN VIGILANTE DIARIES

DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN SESMA COMES HOME TO SCREEN VIGILANTE DIARIES

By | June 12, 2016 at 2:20 am | No comments

By Rich Henrich Sound the horns! Call in the jesters…the sons of Gondor have returned! You will be hard pressed to find anyone as proud to call the Coachella Valley home as award winning Hollywood director, Christian Sesma. The Valley native returns to share another...

Posted in: Columns, Cover Stories, Feature Stories, Film

A Fond Farewell: The Closing of Cinemas Palme d’Or

A Fond Farewell: The Closing of Cinemas Palme d’Or

By | June 3, 2016 at 2:01 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Waiting in line at the Cinémas Palme d’Or box office these days, the talk is not about movies, but about the closing of the beloved theater.  Every year this paper has held a “Best in the Coachella Valley” event, Cinémas Palme d’Or was consistently...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film, Local Business

Stephanie Bell and Blur: Saying Aloud What Others Won’t

Stephanie Bell and Blur: Saying Aloud What Others Won’t

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:47 am | No comments

By Angela Romeo Art is often associated with beauty. Sometimes art reflects a darker side.  First time feature film director Mischa Marcus is tackling that darker side. She is the writer/director of the upcoming feature film Blur. Blur is a coming-of-age story about an...

Posted in: Art Scene, Columns, Film

Desert Age: A Rock & Roll Scene History

Desert Age: A Rock & Roll Scene History

By | March 11, 2016 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez The history of the desert music scene has been well documented throughout the past several years and its relevance is undisturbed by the passion desert rock fans in Europe have for the music. They demonstrate this by continuing to flock to events like...

Posted in: Columns, Cover Stories, Feature Stories, Film

PREMIERE OF DESERT ROCK DOCUMENTARY “DESERT AGE: A ROCK AND ROLL SCENE HISTORY“ SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME

PREMIERE OF DESERT ROCK DOCUMENTARY “DESERT AGE: A ROCK AND ROLL SCENE HISTORY“ SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME

By | March 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm | No comments

Event to Include Screening, Q&A and Reception with Special Guests at Camelot Theatres March 19th The World Premiere of DESERT AGE: A Rock and Roll Scene History has sold out within days of announcing tickets via social media. The premiere will take place at the Camelot...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Film

Gina Carey – Desert Songbird, Award Winning Filmmaker

Gina Carey – Desert Songbird, Award Winning Filmmaker

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:39 am | No comments

By Esther Sanchez The first time I met Gina Carey was last May at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs. It was at the ceremony for the Coachella Valley Music Awards, where she performed for an audience packed with all of the cool kids from the desert music scene, and I’m not...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

Christian Sesma’s VIGILANTE DIARIES

Christian Sesma’s VIGILANTE DIARIES

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:36 am | No comments

On Thursday, February 4th, Oscar Gold Productions and CineTel Films hosted a gala industry screening of director Christian Sesma’s high-octane indie actioner VIGILANTE DIARIES at the Arclight Cinemas, located at 6360 West Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. The invitation-only screening...

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PSIFF Audience Favorites & Festival Winners

PSIFF Audience Favorites & Festival Winners

By | January 14, 2016 at 1:13 am | No comments

BEST IN THE FEST: The Assassin                             Parched                                      Viva                                            ...

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PSIFF Spotlight: The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Línea Amarilla)

PSIFF Spotlight: The Thin Yellow Line (La Delgada Línea Amarilla)

By | January 14, 2016 at 1:09 am | No comments

Celso García - Mexico’s Emerging Filmmaker By Heidi Simmons Filmmaker Celso García studied communication at Iteso University in Guadalajara, Mexico.  That’s where García discovered how to convey visceral information through sound and images. García made his first...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

The Wonderful World of PSIFF Volunteers

The Wonderful World of PSIFF Volunteers

By | January 14, 2016 at 1:05 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons When David Gray, PSIFF Volunteer Coordinator, says he dislikes drama, he is not referring to a film genre.  He is referring to how he manages over 800 film festival volunteers. One of the many great attributes of the PSIFF is the high-quality,...

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27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

By | January 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm | No comments

Annual Event Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees Kicking off Awards Season, the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convention Center hosted by Mary Hart.  Honorees were...

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PSIFF Spotlight: The Seventh Fire

PSIFF Spotlight: The Seventh Fire

By | January 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm | No comments

A Prophetic Voice? By Heidi Simmons There is always a buzz in the PSIFF Hospitality Suite at the Renaissance Hotel.  Filmmakers, media and industry professionals gather to network, grab a bite to eat or meet up before screenings. Sitting alone is a distinguished,...

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Q & A With PSIFF Programmer Alissa Simon

Q & A With PSIFF Programmer Alissa Simon

By | January 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Every year the PSIFF gathers a world of culture to show the Coachella Valley.  The 27th annual festival has 176 films from over 60 countries that range from Africa and Australia to Palestine and Poland. These movies don’t just arrive in the desert...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Film

SEVEN SWEET PSIFF PIX STILL TO SCREEN

SEVEN SWEET PSIFF PIX STILL TO SCREEN

By | January 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons If you’re reading this today, January 6, there are still seven days of great movies that will screen at various venues in the Palm Springs area. Here are some cool films worth catching. (Actually, it’s hard to go wrong even with random picks.) And then...

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Palm Springs International Film Festival: Find the Fun!

Palm Springs International Film Festival: Find the Fun!

By | December 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons With the arrival of 2016, the PSIFF kicks-off its 27th year of celebrating international filmmaking and world cinema.  What a wonderful way to begin the New Year! Starting January 1 and running through January 11, brings a week and a half packed with...

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