With so much perfect weather available year round in the Palm Springs Valley, I never feel badly about biding some of my time sitting in a darkened theater watching scintillating cinema on a sunny day. And with the desert’s next film festival only a few weeks away, I’ll have that opportunity at Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, taking place September 17 – 20 at the Camelot Theatres on East Baristo Road.
As usual, there will be films to suit the tastes of all filmgoers, with both men’s and women’s films, movies that present the trans experience, short films, documentaries, comedies, dramas, and international features. And don’t forget about the fun parties! Thursday’s opening night presentation will bring to the audience the lushly filmed drama “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” from writer-director Peter Greenaway. It chronicles Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s journey to Mexico to film his latest movie, and the events that would change his life.
New this year at Cinema Diverse is an event called New Media Spotlight, which will treat festivalgoers to the best in emerging LGBTQ content created specifically for the web, with a panel discussion lead by comedian Shann Carr discussing how to make, release, monetize, and promote online content.
The schedule has been posted, and tickets and passes are now available—$13 for single showings, Cinema Six Pack $69, and All Access Pass $159. There are plenty of films that will entertain and enlighten the wide spectrum of film buffs that this festival attracts, including a sizable community of LGBT allies. My fellow blogger Potter Palma and I never miss this opportunity to hang out with friends, make new ones, and see some of the best of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed films in the world. We hope you’ll join us!