The film festival circuit in the Palm Springs Valley is upon us. And the first of the season is Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, taking place September 22 – 25 at the recently renovated Camelot Theatres on East Baristo Road in Palm Springs, and at the big screen (formerly IMAX) Desert Cinema in Cathedral City. Both are just a hop, skip, and a jump from all the great resorts in my beloved hometown of Rancho Mirage.
As always, this year’s offerings are (you guessed it) diverse, with over 40 feature and short film programs that are sure to be of interest to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities—not to mention their legions of family members, friends, and allies—with four days of cinema that will entertain, enlighten, and educate filmgoers of all ages. (Note: As it is with most film festivals, movies are not rated, so be sure to check the online guide for audience appropriateness.)
The opening night feature is Lazy Eye, written and directed by Tim Kirkman, who has been nominated for Emmy, Gotham, GLAAD, and Independent Spirit Awards for projects that include The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Dear Jesse, and Loggerheads. The film stars Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Aaron Costa Ganis in a tale of reunited ex-lovers. The bonus? It was shot locally in nearby Joshua Tree.
Tickets are available now either singly ($13), in a Cinema Six-Pack ($69), or as an All-Access Pass ($159). And let’s not forget the parties! Opening night’s will take place at Appetito on East Palm Canyon, and the other parties will be announced shortly.
So put on your movie specs and join my fellow blogger Potter Palma and I at another year of great LGBTQ films at Cinema Diverse 2016! //cinemadiverse.org/