Film & Movies

Second Annual American Documentary Film Festival Wraps In Palm Springs

Second Annual American Documentary Film Festival Wraps In Palm Springs

Palm Springs, in addition to being a world-class tourist destination, is fast becoming a city of festivals: Movies, Music, Play Reading, and Dance are but a few disciplines that now have yearly Festivals.  The 800-pound gorilla of Film Festival’s known around the world is the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) that hits town in […]

Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs: 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs: 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs hosted the 50th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The BIRDS. Special Guest was the movie’s star Tippi Hedren. Hedren held a Q&A after the movie. The Moderator for the Q&A was Dan McGrath from 103.1 radio. Hedren was given a standing ovation when she entered the theatre on the arm […]

Political Satire From Bulgaria Is Very Inventive

Political Satire From Bulgaria Is Very Inventive

When it comes to post Soviet (1989), absurdist, dark political satire with a desire to shake things up – call the Bulgarians.  They do the tongue-in-cheek bit with such plausibility and devilish fervor I feel the filmmakers may be in for a little “questioning session” when they return home following the Palm Springs International Film […]

French Comedy Delights At Palm Springs Film Festival

French Comedy Delights At Palm Springs Film Festival

The French usually can be counted on to deliver sexy comedy, gritty drama, and historical biographies with wit, style and flair respectively.  The current French language film (with English subtitles) delighted audiences of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) with France’s Official Foreign Language Oscar Submission “The Intouchables”. This classy little comedy tale of […]

Psiff Closing Night Film A Bit Of A Two-Hanky Comedy/Drama

Psiff Closing Night Film A Bit Of A Two-Hanky Comedy/Drama

The Closing Night film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival is usually a feel-good-thank-you-for-supporting-the-Festival kind of a movie and the powers that be didn’t disappoint its legions of loyal film aficionados at the screening in the Palm Springs High School’s 1100-seat auditorium on closing night. “Unfinished Song”, written and directed by English filmmaker Paul […]

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Brunch

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Brunch

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Brunch was held to give directors awards for their films. Awards included Actors and People’s Choice of the PSIFF Films at Spencers Restaurant in Palm Springs on Jan. 13th. Other awards presented were the John Schlesinger, The HP Bridging the Borders, New Voices/New Visions, Fipresci, The Mercedes Benz […]

‘Total control’: Warner Bros. wins legal battle over Superman

‘Total control’: Warner Bros. wins legal battle over Superman

It’s been finally carved in kryptonite: Superman officially belongs to Warner Bros. An appeals court has granted complete commercial control of the iconic Superman franchise to one of the major film studios. A three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the heirs of Superman’s co-creator, Jerome Siegel, must abide by a  letter written by the family’s attorney […]

Condom controversy: US porn-makers keen to overturn Measure B law

Condom controversy: US porn-makers keen to overturn Measure B law

Two US porn giants, filmmakers Vivid Entertainment and Califa Productions, are suing Los Angeles County over the new law requiring adult movie actors to wear condoms on set. According to porn industry insiders, the new measure is unconstitutional. “Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about,” founder of LA-based Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch, told […]

Ambiguous And Complex Documentary Film Screens At Psiff

Ambiguous And Complex Documentary Film Screens At Psiff

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) usually attracts a large contingent of documentary film entries (some sixty plus).  Documentary filmmakers are drawn to this festival as are moths to a flame.  If you want your “docu” to be seen, then PSIFF is the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to audience exposure.  But they only […]

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