2016 Program Selection A-C

Tickets are available for all shows by looking on this list then, after you mark your pick(s), purchasing (on-line) HERE (by) using the day/time individual program list, or (by) purchasing at the theater (with no service charge.  If purchasing at theater, we recommend that you arrive no later than twenty (20) minutes in advance of screening.) 

 

#BeRobin The Movie (USA, 40 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 1:30 pm, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

Kurt Weitzmann, USA, 40 min.

 

After the death of her friend Robin Williams, Margaret Cho took to the streets of San Francisco with the mantra “Don’t grieve Robin, be Robin.” What started as Margaret busking on the corner with a bag of socks and a guitar case, rapidly turned into hundreds of musicians, comedians, and homeless advocates spreading food, clothes, money, and awareness in an amazing humanitarian street theater experience which you will find deeply moving and above all else inspiring.

 

50 feet from Syria (USA, 39 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 9:00 pm, Camelot

U.S Film Festival Premiere

Skye Fitzgerald, USA, 39 min.

Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar travels to the Turkish/Syrian border to volunteer operating on victims from the Syrian civil war.  Like the surgeon, the filmmakers made this film gratis.

A Kick to Heaven (ISRAEL, 68 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 6:30 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Zviki Eshet, ISRAEL, 68 min.

Suddenly, in the middle of their lives, during a vacation in New Zealand, an Israeli family, find themselves building a new life on the other side of the world. There, through a journey starting with loss and heartbreak, they experience both individual and family growth. What started as a vacation becomes an inseparable part of their lives, which lasted a decade. Some may say that they ran from it all and others would say they received a kick to heaven.

A Lovely Valley (FRANCE, 54 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 6:30 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Gaël Lépingle, FRANCE, 54 min.

It’s summertime in the village in southwestern France. They have office or factory jobs, they’re teachers or GPs, or they’re retired. They get together to tell a story, and to sing it. Their songs invade their daily lives and take their place in the scenery; a musical with a libretto based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers set in the present, in a village in the Tarn region.

A Way Of Life (United Kingdom, 5 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

Ben Stilling, United Kingdom, 5 min.

Nick and Charlotte are on a mission to repair a soldier’s world war one diary and love letters to his wife which arrived to him in a piece of material torn from his uniform.Through this engaging work we explore the craftsmanship, dedication and passion to retain our history and heritage as well as reading into the future of preservation and a maintainable way of life.

Abdul And Hamza (SERBIA, 49 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 1:30 pm, Camelot (NSDNDokuFest)

North America Premiere

Marko Grba Singh, SERBIA, 49 min.

Abdul and Hamza are hiding in the mountains on Serbo-Romanian border. Armed with a GPS, they are preparing their escape. Lots of expectation, living from day to day in an abandoned house, they exchange hopes for their families back in Somalia. Their discreet presence haunts the sequences in which at first they seem absent.

Above And Below Galapagos (GERMANY, 34 min.)

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Screenings:

Wed. March 30, 10:30 am, CSUSBPD

Sat., April  2, 5:00 pm, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

Michael Kugler, Florian Neithammer, Florian Fischer

 GERMANY, 34 min.

Follow Florian’s two week diving expedition to the Galápagos Islands. This travel and wildlife documentary is made by the young crew of Behind the Mask, and it focuses on the beauty and biodiversity of the ecosystem of the Galápagos National Park in Ecuador.

Alberto Giacometti: A New Image Of Man (FRANCE, 52 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 4, 10:30 am, CSUSB Palm Desert

North America Premiere

Charles De Lartigue, FRANCE, 52 min.

How can any work of art possibly be worth such an astronomical price?

What makes a work of art so valuable?

Who is Giacometti – so famous yet so little known?

Even though his work is instantly recognizable, his art remains a mystery to many of us.

Alice Cares (NETHERLANDS, 76 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 4:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Sander Burger, NETHERLANDS, 76 min.

Carebot Alice leaves the laboratory to visit Mrs. Remkes, Mrs. Schellekens-Blanke, and Mrs. van Wittmarschen, each in their own house. The three women are getting on in age and are therefore exceptionally suited for the services of Alice, who has been developed by VU research group SELEMCA. They try to discover, with the help of community nurses and family, how ‘sociobot’ Alice should talk and react to stem the effects of loneliness on older women. The outcome of the experiment is surprising for all involved.

Amanda And The Hare (USA, 12 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot 

World Premiere

Emily Mills, USA, 12 min.

Cleveland-based artist Amanda Louise Spayd creates love-worn, gothic bunny dolls she calls Dust Bunnies. As she works on her newest hare, she shares insight into her artistic process, personal battles, and why she loves to create.

Amateur (MEXICO, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Thu., March 31, 10:30 am, CSU Palm Desert (NSDNDocsDF)

U.S. Premiere

Fernando González, Facundo S. Torrieri, MEXICO, 25 min.

In this audio-visual portrait amateur boxer, Roberto García Rodríguez, journeys within the mountains of the state of Guerrero; a journey to his origins. A reflection on life itself from a Mexican who never became a professional boxer and a process that shows a perspective and emotional gaze to the uneven urban cultures of the country.

AMERIKA (CZECH REPUBLIC, 67 min.)

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Screening:

Thurs., March 31, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

North American Premiere

Arkaitz Basterra, CZECH REPUBLIC, 67 min.

Bara, the 30-year-old daughter of Czech immigrants to Canada, feels out of place in contemporary North American society, and so she travels to the Czech Republic in the hopes of finding the Czech “tramps” she heard of as a child and whom she has been dreaming about ever since. As she boards a train bound for the Czech countryside, she meets Honza, who is fleeing his settled life in the city. Together, they embark on a journey through the Czech woods, meeting people who have escaped urban life to live in the open air while keeping alive the world of their “tramp” predecessors.

Ana Square (CROATIA, 26 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 1:30 pm, Camelot  (NSDNDokuFest)

North America Premiere

Jelena Novaković, CROATIA, 26 min.

Ana has been setting up shop in front of the city church to sell the religious calendars and rosaries; in sun, in snow, in rain, on Sundays and holidays. She is receiving a regular pension and she doesn’t belong to the lowest stratum of society, but she has other motives. Only five meters away, Zorka, her immediate competitor, has placed her booth. They apply the business logic of keeping customers in a simple way – by lowering the prices. Although they are in constant conflict, they can’t manage without each other.

Anapeson-Sleepless (ITALY, 40 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 1:30 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Francesco Dongiovanni, ITALY, 40 min.

Casino del Duca (Casino of the Duke), located in San Basilio, was for more than 2,000 years the center of life for the entire region. Today it lies disfigured and destroyed, forgotten by history. Through the eyes of an 18th century Swiss traveler we live through the sharp contrast between glorious past and present degradation.

Anija (ALBANIA, ITALY, 80 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 30, 12:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert  (NSDNDokuFest)

North America Premiere

Roland Sejko, ALBANIA,ITALY, 80 min.

In early March 1991 some ships appeared for the first time on the horizon off the Italian Adriatic coast. Since then that stretch of Southern Italy has seen a stunning number of ships full of people headed to shore, in what was later acknowledged as an exodus of Albanians. It was a collective escape of staggering proportion, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Europe since World War 2; it affected various kinds of different people, all united by the desire to leave Albania behind.

Animal Glisse (FRANCE, 10 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:00 am, Camelot

North American Premiere

Bertrand Dezoteux, FRANCE,10 min.

Tide, waves, birds, and surfers are voluntarily represented through an aesthetic that comes close to abstraction and show the digital tricks in their nudity, thus questioning the narration that algorithms create inside the picture.

Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (FRANCE, 69 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 11 am, Camelot 

World Premiere

François Combin, FRANCE, 69 min.

Echoing his exhibition in the Château de Versailles, artist Xavier Veilhan opens the doors of seven modernist houses, from California to Europe. Through his contemporary works he creates a dialogue with the singular architecture of these places. This film emerges from this new adventure and explores the creative process, the exhibitions and performances. The artist appropriates the architecture and revives these iconic houses thus offering a new and ultra-contemporary vision of modernism.

Arts As A Vehicle (USA, 9 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 6:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Vincent Sassone, USA, 9 min.

The Palm Springs Unified School District’s philosophy is that the arts is one of our most powerful educational tools in motivating and engaging students. This film highlights the experiences of various administrators, teachers, and artists in residence, who are successfully utilizing the arts as a vehicle in improving English Language Development and Alternative Education outcomes for students.

Baby Box (FINLAND, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 4:30 pm, Camelot 

North America Premiere

Katariina Lillqvist , FINLAND, 8 min.

In a remote Eastern European town, street musician Baro is having a bad day. His infant child is hungry and shivering from the cold. The social worker accuses him of being a bad parent and urges him to leave his child in the BabyBox across the street. Baro refuses, but he and his family eventually ends up in the mysterious labyrinths of BabyBox where all is for sale.

Blomberg's Secrets (ECUADOR, 52 min.)

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Screenings:

Wed. March 30, 10:30 am, CSU Palm Desert

Sat., April 2, 5:00 pm, Camelot  (NSDNEDoc)

North America Premiere

Rafael Barriga , ECUADOR, 52 min.

The story of Swedish explorer Rolf Blomberg, who studied the Galápagos Islands and settled in Quito, told through his films, photographs and drawings.

BRÂME (FRANCE, 12 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April  1, 11:00 am, Camelot

International Premiere

Julie Vacher, FRANCE, 12 min.

Manipulation of the sound of animal calls suggests an outside experience, at the same time as evoking a silent and interior dimension. Filmed while looking for the deer, the characters are caught in a triangle of perspective which invites us to question the correlation between seeing and being seen.

Bread Of Life (SPAIN, 7 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 7:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Sergio Garcia, SPAIN, 7 min.

Alejandro looks for happiness. But in that search, he finds it impossible to think about love without religion.

Brother's Keeper (USA, 104 min.)

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Screenings:

Fri, April 1, 12:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Sat., April 2, 11:30 am, Camelot

(Director Joe Berlinger in attendance)

Retrospective Series

Joe BerlingerUSA, 104 min.

Delbert, Bill, Lyman, and Roscoe Ward are illiterate bachelor brothers who never ventured beyond their 99 acre dairy farm in Central New York State. Known by their neighbors as “The Ward Boys”, they’ve shared a two-room shack with no running water or indoor toilet for as long as anyone could remember. Their quiet life was shattered June 6, 1990, when Bill was found dead in the bed he shared with Delbert. By day’s end, Delbert had confessed to suffocating the ailing Bill as an act of mercy, but the local community believed Delbert was being framed. Delbert’s subsequent retraction, the village’s fervent belief in his innocence, and the national media attention visited upon a sleepy rural community make Brother’s Keeper a real-life murder mystery that examines larger social issues such as euthanasia, the plight of the aging, rural poverty and the fairness of the American justice system. The film provides a fascinating portrait of The Ward Brothers’ eccentric and time-warped existence as it clashes with the modern criminal justice system — from pre-trial courtroom drama to lively village fundraisers; from the initial media feeding frenzy to the explosive trial itself.

Champ Des Possibles (CANADA, 14 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 1:30 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Cristina Picchi, CANADA, 14 min.

A contemporary city symphony where floating memories blend with urban sounds and the natural elements, where tales of loss and love are mirrored by the demolition and construction of new buildings, where death and birth stand next to each other, like the darkest hour of the night and the first lights of the day, and the net of the streets holds tight all the possibilities that life might unfold.

Colony (TURKEY, NETHERLANDS, 50 min.)

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Screening:

Thu., March 31, 10:00 am, CSU Palm Desert  (NSDNDokuFest)

North America Premiere

Gurcan Keltek, TURKEY, NETHERLANDS, 50 min.

The sun rises at the Beşparmak Mountains. The autonomous Missing Persons Committee is conducting excavations at these mountains along with scientists and undercover witnesses. Skeletons will be exhumed and delivered to the families. The ghosts of unopened mass graves wander in evacuated villages, valleys. This is a film about psycho-geography, the memory of the landscape and remembrance.

Consider The Ant (USA, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:00 am, Camelot 

Southern California Premiere

Emily Fraser, USA, 11 min.

Abandon all hope ye who enter here? A personal search for ethics in the post-modern wilds of an overpopulated planet – where Catholic guilt, environmental destruction, and the fascinating lives of ants collide. Featuring Paul Ehrlich, the world’s leading expert on overpopulation, this kaleidoscopic journey of science and spirituality asks us, as individuals and as a species, “who are we?” and “who do we want to be?”

Cuddling With Strangers (USA, 17 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 6:30 pm, Camelot 

Southern California Premiere

Sara Joe Wolansky, USA,17 min.

Professional cuddling services that provide non-sexual snuggle sessions to customers have been opening up around the world. But can these services really alleviate loneliness or are they a Band-Aid on an open wound?