Statue honors Lucille Ball. Palm Springs has long been Hollywood’s playground. In September, LGBT Hollywood comes to Palm Springs with Cinema Diverse. Photo by: Ed Walsh, More photos here.
CINEMA DIVERSE: The Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Returns for third Year
For the third year, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival , will return to Palm Springs this September. It’s a great way see some great films while enjoying Palm Springs’ natural beauty. It’s coming back this year after very successful years in 2007 and 2008.
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The Festival will again be presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a local non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley .
“We are excited to be bringing Cinema Diverse back for a third year,” said Ric Supple, President of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “It continues to be one of our most popular signature events.”
The 2010 edition of Cinema Diverse will open on September 24th, 2010, at Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs , and continue through September 26th.
“The September dates worked well for us last year,” Supple continued. “They give us a bit of distance from LA’s OUTFest in July, and from the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. That in turn, enables us to bring in content that is separate and distinct from the other festivals.”
New to this year’s Festival is David Oliveras, who is joining the Cinema Diverse team as Artistic Director and Head Programmer. “We are thrilled to have David on board,” said Founder Rozene Supple. “He’s an award-winning filmmaker, a full-time Palm Springs resident, and he is passionate about Cinema Diverse. His enthusiasm, excitement, and original ideas are sure to take the Festival to a whole new level.”
Writer/Director David Oliveras, whose debut film, WATERCOLORS played the gay festival circuit in 2008 and 2009, is excited about his new endeavor, and committed to continuing the tradition of bringing the most enlightening, entertaining, and provocative GLBT cinema to the desert.
“In a very short time Cinema Diverse emerged as a vibrant and fun-filled cinema event catering to the GLBT community of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley .” Oliveras says. “The strong, continued support of its sponsors, and the enthusiasm of its avid fan base, have made the festival a much anticipated, yearly event. The opportunity to work with this group was just irresistible for me. ”
Event information online at http://cinemadiverse.ning.com/