Film

JOHNNY DEPP TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JOHNNY DEPP TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By | November 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm | No comments

AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in “Black Mass.” Each...

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Q & A WITH “TRUMBO’S” BRYAN CRANSTON

Q & A WITH “TRUMBO’S” BRYAN CRANSTON

By | November 12, 2015 at 5:10 am | No comments

Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the critically praised film TRUMBO. He and the film are getting a lot of attention. Do some of the controversies in Trumbo’s life resonate with us today? Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Cranston...

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THE WIND OF HEAVEN: BRINING FILM PRODUCTION TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY

THE WIND OF HEAVEN: BRINING FILM PRODUCTION TO RIVERSIDE COUNTY

By | October 22, 2015 at 2:23 am | No comments

By Devon Morris (Devon On Film) International award winning movie director Stephen Savage was all set to shoot his sixth feature film, an epic modern western entitled "The Wind Of Heaven", in Montana in early 2016, when he was called to a meeting of the newly established...

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LAST LOOK BACK: SOME OVERLOOKED PERSONAL FAVES OF THE PS SHORTFEST

LAST LOOK BACK: SOME OVERLOOKED PERSONAL FAVES OF THE PS SHORTFEST

By | July 1, 2015 at 10:26 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons The awards have been handed out to the deserving filmmakers and the filmmakers have gone home. With over 300 films in competition, it’s always hard to subjectively single out any single film when the collective quality of craftsmanship is so high....

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Spotlight on Filmmakers: Women of the World

Spotlight on Filmmakers: Women of the World

By | June 25, 2015 at 4:55 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The Palm Springs International ShortFest screened 330 films from around the globe.  Of those short films, 94 were made under the creative guidance and inspiration of women. “That number represents a definite rise in the number of women represented with...

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Palm Springs International ShortFest Wraps-up Another Great Year!

Palm Springs International ShortFest Wraps-up Another Great Year!

By | June 25, 2015 at 4:50 am | No comments

The PSISF Experience By Heidi Simmons Husband and wife filmmakers Michael Winokur and Iana Simenov drove from their home in San Francisco, stopped by the location of their film in Bakersfield, and arrived just in time for the Opening Night Program of the Palm Springs...

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Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market  

Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market  

By | June 18, 2015 at 3:13 am | No comments

A Triumph of the Film Society by Heidi Simmons If you love movies and want something more provocative, engaging and fun than the summer blockbusters, Palm Springs International ShortFest is the place to be!  With 330 films from 51 countries in 55 separate programs, you are...

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PS ShortFest Spotlight: REPLIKA

PS ShortFest Spotlight: REPLIKA

By | June 18, 2015 at 3:02 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons The tag line reads: “When humanity turns functional, the heart of machines beats louder.” Hmmm, what does that mean?  A loving mother is forced to terminate her relationship with her only daughter – a dysfunctional android. Did you read that...

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Spotlight on Filmmakers: Two Creative Artists With a Taste for the Fermented

Spotlight on Filmmakers: Two Creative Artists With a Taste for the Fermented

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:58 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons “Sandorkraut:  A Fetish for Fermentation” 12 minutes Documentary Extraordinary People Program Thursday, June 18 11:30 Camelot Theatres When filmmakers Ann Husaini and Emily Lobsenz met at a party, they discovered a mutual interest. ...

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PS ShortFest Spotlight: solemates

PS ShortFest Spotlight: solemates

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:57 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons “The story of love and family -- as seen from a shoe's perspective.” A lot of buzz swirls around the sly and slight SOLEMATES. Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, currently riding high with the massive record-breaking, world-wide opening success of...

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REMEMBERING SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE (1922 -1915)

REMEMBERING SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE (1922 -1915)

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:56 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons “Making films has never just been a job to me, it is my life. Acting is what keeps me going, it’s what I do, it gives life purpose.” At 6’5”, Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was as imposing a figure on screen as he was in real life. And...

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES 2015 LINE-UP

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES 2015 LINE-UP

By | June 11, 2015 at 4:06 am | No comments

June 16-22, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tara Fitzgerald and Starring Troian Bellisario, John Cusack, Loretta Devine, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Patrick Fugit, Janeane Garofalo, Kat...

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club Brings The Kona Surf Film Fest to Palm Springs

Ace Hotel & Swim Club Brings The Kona Surf Film Fest to Palm Springs

By | June 11, 2015 at 3:48 am | No comments

Ace Hotel & Swim Club whole heartedly celebrates The Kona Surf Film Festival on Friday, June 19 at 6 PM. After eleven years of curating independent shorts and feature-length films from filmmakers the world over, the festival is now known as a Big Island tradition for vast...

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Movie Screening of “Derby Baby!”

Movie Screening of “Derby Baby!”

By | June 4, 2015 at 2:52 am | No comments

June 7,  11:00AM at Camelot Theatres The Movie – “Derby Baby!” is the story of women’s roller derby covered from both a national and international perspective, as Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Robin Bond and Dave Wruck take you with them on their international quest...

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PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 2015

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL 2015

By | May 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm | No comments

Recently hailed by USA Today as the best U.S. film festival for short films, the 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced the first 13 films chosen to represent the ShortFest Online Film Festival.  Now in its fifth year, the select films will...

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Q&A WITH “HOT PURSUIT” DIRECTOR ANNE FLETCHER

Q&A WITH “HOT PURSUIT” DIRECTOR ANNE FLETCHER

By | May 14, 2015 at 1:55 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons Last Saturday, I hosted a Q&A with director Anne Fletcher after a screening of “Hot Pursuit” at Cinemas Palme d’Or, where it is playing. Here is an excerpt of that conversation. Can you tell me a little something about your journey to...

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CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU: SURVIVING THE POLICE

CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU: SURVIVING THE POLICE

By | April 16, 2015 at 1:02 am | No comments

 “Must-See” documentary based on Andy Summers’ memoir ‘One Train Later’ Starts FRIDAY 4/17 at Cinémas Palme d'Or (72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA  92260, (760) 779-0430) Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police the rockumentary based on the  acclaimed...

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Big Stars and Big Ideas: The 26 Annual PSIFF Concludes

Big Stars and Big Ideas: The 26 Annual PSIFF Concludes

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The 26th Annual Palm Spring International Film Festival wrapped up this week proving once again that cinema matters. Filmgoers filled every screening at five Palm Spring venues where 196 movies played over ten days. From a dark seat in Palm Springs,...

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FINAL TALLY: AUDIENCE FAVORITES AT PSIFF

FINAL TALLY: AUDIENCE FAVORITES AT PSIFF

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm | No comments

By Robin E. SImmons THE SEARCH In this searing Chechyan war drama, Academy Award®-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (THE ARTIST) tackles a loose remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 classic, but tracking the contemporary and parallel stories of a nine-year-old Muslim...

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A Grand Start

A Grand Start

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm | No comments

PSIFF: Grand Street By Heidi Simmons Part of the Palm Spring International Film Festival’s mission is discovering, showing and aiding new talent. The New Voices/New Visions program debuted 10 films from first-time feature length filmmakers whose movie are without U.S....

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Local Resident Makes a Sound

Local Resident Makes a Sound

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm | No comments

PSIFF: The Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story By Heidi Simmons James Egan has lived in Palm Springs for over a decade. His documentary film The Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The documentary...

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PSIFF: LAST CALL

PSIFF: LAST CALL

By | January 8, 2015 at 4:11 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons If you’re reading this online Wednesday, January 7 or a hardcopy on January 8, several of the films listed here have yet to be shown. Even if the PSIFF website (www.psfilmfest.org) says the films are sold out; it’s likely you can still get into the...

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Exploring the Wild Side in Palm Springs

Exploring the Wild Side in Palm Springs

By | January 8, 2015 at 4:00 am | No comments

PSIFF: Wild Tales By Heidi Simmons A small commotion breaks out at the Palm Springs International Film Festival filmmaker’s check-in desk at the Renaissance Esmeralda. It’s the good kind of raised voices – happy, excited, lots of praise and thank yous. At the center...

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A Trifecta of Talent

A Trifecta of Talent

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:56 am | No comments

PSIFF: Spirit / Will / Loss By Heidi Simmons It’s ten o’clock Friday morning, January 2nd, the first day of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and there is already a labyrinth of compact lines in front of the Camelot and Regal theaters. These lines will be the...

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HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST STARS SHINE IN THE DESERT

HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST STARS SHINE IN THE DESERT

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:55 am | No comments

AT THE 26th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA PRESENTED BY CARTIER Cartier Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees Kicking off Awards Season, the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala, presented by Cartier,...

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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015

By | January 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons It’s that wonderful time of year when the stars descend and movie buffs arrive to celebrate cinema. The 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival begins on January 2 and runs through the 12th. Over the 10 days, 192 films from 65 countries will...

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TOP PSIFF PROGRAM PICK: “MODERN MASTERS”

TOP PSIFF PROGRAM PICK: “MODERN MASTERS”

By | January 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons The first PSIFF program selection I always check is for “Modern Masters.” This year’s selection showcases 12 excellent films from acclaimed international directors who have raised the standards bar in contemporary cinema. I have yet to be...

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26th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

26th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

By | November 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm | No comments

ROSAMUND PIKE TO RECEIVE THE BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE AWARD, ACTRESS The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to...

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A Meaningful Life

A Meaningful Life

By | October 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons In the small Polish village of Chodel, two little children professed their love to each other. At the age of six, Abe Tauber asked Regina Schneiderman, age five, to be his wife. Her father owned an apartment and rented rooms to businesses. His family owned a...

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Chuck Films

Chuck Films

By | July 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm | No comments

By Monica Morones Carlos Ortega AKA, “Chuck Films” has been dominating the music video scene in the Coachella Valley for the last few years and it is clear why when you see his work. Cinematic quality, state of the art equipment, and remarkable creativity distinguish his...

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ShortFest Female Filmmakers

ShortFest Female Filmmakers

By | June 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons After filmmakers arrive and check in with Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market at the Renaissance Hotel, they mostly gather at the Stella Artois Hospitality Lounge. Between screenings and industry events, the lounge is a relaxing...

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Student Academy Award Winners at the Palm Springs ShortFest

Student Academy Award Winners at the Palm Springs ShortFest

By | June 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market attracts the best short films the world has to offer. A major part of the festival is to celebrate rising talent and promote student films. This year’s ShortFest included four winners of...

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Someone Has To Be The Judge: The Job of the PS ShortFest Jury

Someone Has To Be The Judge: The Job of the PS ShortFest Jury

By | June 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Who do you have to be to have an opinion on a film, right? It is one of the great pleasures about movies – anyone can critique a film and share his or her insights with others. It is how movies become a part of our shared culture. The ShortFest opened...

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ShortFest Forums

ShortFest Forums

By | June 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Among the pleasures of the Palm Springs ShortFest is not just the treasury of terrific films, but also the abundance of tremendous talent. With so many filmmakers from all over the world, and so close to Hollywood, the ShortFest is a great opportunity to meet...

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ShortFest Spotlight: “ONE ARMED MAN”

ShortFest Spotlight: “ONE ARMED MAN”

By | June 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm | No comments

By Robin E SImmons Based on the stage play by Horton Foote (1916-2009), Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife, makes his directorial debut in this tense short film set in Texas immediately after World War I. CW Rowe (Charles Haid) has...

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