Cinema Diverse: What Makes It So Special?
Though Palm Springs has become home to multiple film festivals featuring a myriad LGBT productions, Cinema Diverse, now in its sixth year, remains the desert’s only strictly gay filmfest. The Rage Monthly asked Executive Director Michael C. Green for some insight about what’s special about Cinema Diverse 2013 on Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22.
Turns out, there’s a lot to distinguish this year’s event because there are many intriguing titles among the Cinema Diverse entrants this year. Perhaps the most intriguing "Chicken Soup with Knives," the most provocative could be "Undressing Israel (Gay Men in the Promised Land)." Of course, "Hot Guys with Guns" has to be the most overtly sexual title this year. But, is it fair to say that "Southern Fried Sissies" is the most anticipated film this year?
That is a tough one to answer. Del Shores is extremely popular in Palm Springs, so it probably is the most highly-anticipated film.
Can you give us a little background about what makes Cinema Diverse different from other LGBT-themed film festivals?
We are the only one that focuses exclusively on LGBT films and filmmakers. Our festival also pairs a short and a feature together for each screening, so you always see one of each. In addition, we accept shorts that are longer than most film festivals typically accept. We will consider a short that is over 20 minutes and up to 30 minutes. Last year, several of our 30-minute shorts were among our most popular.
For the uninitiated, what are some do’s and don’ts to remember at any film festival?
Always plan out your screenings and purchase your tickets early. Likewise, try to arrive a bit early, especially if you think it will be a popular screening.
What are the pricing options?