Cinema Diverse Film Festival
Report and Photos by Pat Krause
The Camelot Theatre hosted the Cinema Diverse Film Festival again this year. This is the 7th year of the festival, and it gets bigger and better each year. This year shot 28 feature films with 38 short motion pictures which are more than last year. Record ticket sales again bring this festival as one of the best Gay and Lesbian festivals in the country. The Festival ran from Thursday to Sunday with after-parties every night at local restaurants.
The opening-night film Saugatuck Fures held its world premier with local celebrity Judith Chapman playing a lead role. The producer and several actors were in attendance for a Q&A after the film. The after Party was at Hunters Nightclub. Friday had a feature film, Three in a Bed with a party later at Appetite. Some of the films started showing as early as 9:30 in the morning to accommodate movie goers to see all the films and shorts. Saturday night’s film was a musical, Waiting in the Wings, with the after party at the Purple Room. Full feature films and shorts were shown throughout each day to a nearly filled theatre.
Sunday night ended in a couple of short films with an after party at LuLus California Bistro. The after parties are a big part of the festival as it gives movie goers, producers, directors and cast members a chance to get together and discuss the films and shorts and make new business partners and friends. Michael Green, Managing Director of Cinema Diverse and The Palm Springs Cultural Center served as Host of the event. Ric and Rozene Supple, Owners of the Camelot Theatre and founders of the Palm Springs Cultural Center have hosted this and many other festivals in the Desert. The Camelot Theatre is considered the foremost theatre in the Valley to host a variety of Films and Festivals.