2016 Program Selection D-J

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.)  

Dan Builds A House (USA, 90 min.)

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Screenings:

Sat., April 2, 7:30 pm, Camelot

Sun., April 3, 5:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

World Premiere

Dan SherbondyUSA, 90 min.

This film chronicles the struggles and triumphs of one man, as he undertakes the project of a lifetime by building his custom dream home in Las Vegas with his own hands. Apart from building without a contractor, Dan contends with using day labor hired from Craigslist and must manage the unpredictable as he tries to realize his dream.

Danny Wylde (USA, 3 min. MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

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Screening:

Sun., April  3, 7:00 pm, Camelot

(MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

Palm Springs Premiere

Matthew KaundartUSA, 3 min.

Inspired by an essay by former porn star “Danny Wylde”, this film explores the darker, less talked about side of the porn industry and the consequences of working in it.

Dartuna: Portrait Of America (USA, 77 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 10:00 am, CSU Palm Desert

Southern California Premiere

Bryan BayerlUSA, 77 min.

Visual artist David Datuna, an émigré that escaped the repression of the former USSR to pursue his dream of cultural and artistic freedom in America, creates the first-ever works that fuse contemporary art with cutting edge wearable technology — all the while battling a potentially fatal cancer diagnosis.

Daughter Of The Lake (PERU, 87 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 10:30 am, CSU Palm Desert

Southern California Premiere

Ernesto Cabellos Damián, PERU, 87 min.

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.

Dead Sites (USA, 10 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 4:30 pm,Camelot

World Premiere

Jason Outenreath,USA, 10 min.

A conceptual artist, Alvaro Enciso, travels to remote regions of the Sonora Desert to lay crosses at the exact coordinates where undocumented immigrants have died in pursuit of the American Dream.

Derivatives (BRAZIL, 29 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 31, 12:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

World Premiere

Maria Campana Ramia, BRAZIL, 29 min.

Dávila and Evandro are fifteen years old. They live in the countryside and study at the only school in a nearby town. While competing in the Brazilian Mathematical Olympiad for Public Schools, they discover their passion for numbers. Now, with a handful of gold medals, they embrace the possibility of continuing their studies, unlike their parents who didn’t have the chance to finish high school.

Desert Maverick (USA, 60 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 30, 1:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Desert Reprisal

Leo ZahnUSA, 60 min.

Bill Cody made his mark with elegant, timeless buildings that are considered masterpieces of desert modern architecture. Tragically, his career was cut short by a debilitating stroke in 1971. “He was the best designer of all of us. While I brought the desert into architecture, Cody brought Fifth Avenue into the desert,” said renowned fellow architect E. Stewart Williams.

Dirty Business (ISRAEL,15 min.)

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Screening:

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

California Premiere

Vadim Dumesh, ISRAEL, 15 min.

Given the situation between Israel and Palestine as we know it, it is hard to imagine how much the two territories rely on each other economically, more specifically on the trade in citrus trees for making charcoal in the Jenin region.

Elegy For A Lighthouse (SWITZERLAND ,56 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:30 am, Camelot

North American Premiere

Dominique De Rivaz, SWITZERLAND, 56 min.

Everything draws her to a lighthouse that is condemned to be extinguished soon. She just lost her father. She feels that to go towards the light is surely the right way. But maybe, once more, she will be late. What does it matter? Over there, there is someone, the keeper of a condemned lighthouse. Maybe they will know how to find consolation for their respective losses? Gradually, her grief fades. She sees the handful of residents struggling against the sands. The diehards. Alive. And each day the lighthouse stands in silent insolence.

Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers (USA, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 12:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Dress Code, USA, 8 min.

Emory Douglas was the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. Through archival footage and conversations with Emory, we share his story, alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers.

Escapes And Landings (ITALY, 74 min.)

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Screenings:

Fri., April 1, 5:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Fri., April 1, 9:00 pm, CAMELOT

California Premiere

Giovanna Taviani, ITALY, 74 min.

This film focuses on the great iconic Italian directors, Roberto Rossellini (Stromboli), Michelangelo Antonioni (L’Avventura), the Taviani brothers (Kaos), William Dieterle (Vulcano), as well as Troisi in Il postino and Moretti in Caro Diario, and we explore these films and places through the narratives of local people. From time to time, the images of the journey dissolve into images from the films, in a unique blend between reality and fiction, in which the real stories anticipate the imaginary ones and vice versa.

Escercito- World's Smallest Army (ITALY, 86 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:00 am, CAMELOT

North America Premiere

Gianfranco Pannone, ITALY, 86 min.

René is a theology student from Argovia, who has decided to join the Pontifical Swiss Guard, which came into existence under Pope Julius II. He arrives at the Vatican with other young recruits. Among them there is Leo, a simple boy, who has been working  as a forest ranger. Michele, a Swiss-Italian, whose family comes from Lucania is also there.  He is the most serious of the group, as often is the case with sons of immigrants.

René, a young intellectual is wondering about his faith and his own role. What does it mean to wear a 16th century uniform nowadays? and to be part of such a colorful and anachronistic military body.

Faces Of Santa Ana (USA, 13 min.)

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Screening:

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

Palm Springs Premiere

Daud Sani, USA, 13 min.

The story of an inspired painter, Brian Peterson, whose journey of love started with the befriending of a homeless man in his neighborhood of Santa Ana, but grew into something greater than he had ever imagined.

First Person Shooter (USA, 5 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 5:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Julie Cohen, USA, 5 min.

America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of American veterans; these soldiers are so severely disabled they would have died in previous wars, but because of advanced medical technology they survive. We’ve figured out how to keep them alive and bring them back home, but what then? First Person Shooter is a brief but telling portrait of Army Sergeant Nick Mendes, rendered quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down) by a massive improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. In this six minute documentary, Nick shows us how he’s adapted one of his favorite pre-injury activities – playing video war games – by operating the console with just his mouth.

Food (USA, 4 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

Siqi Song, USA, 4 min.

Ranging from vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians to some seriously dedicated carnivores, the conversation raises many substantial issues about the environment and modern life. The consequences that food preferences have on the environment, the loss of the relationship with the earth, the often unsustainable methods of food production, the contrast between search for pleasure and responsible choices.

For The Love Of Art (USA, FRANCE, 15 min.)

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Screening:

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

World Premiere

Esther Shubinski, USA, FRANCE, 15 min.

Palm Springs artist Roma Bogard shares her love of art, and remembers her friends and fellow artists Mabel Hutchinson and Ruth Stark.

For You Naked (SWEDEN, 74 min. MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 6:30 pm, Camelot
(MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

North American Premiere

Sara Broos, SWEDEN,74 min.

A courageous and very intimate love story between two strangers who meet on the Internet; Lars Lerin, one of Scandinavia’s most well known artists and Manoel Marques (Junior), a Brazilian dancer, from two entire different worlds. They can’t speak the same language. They are both desperate to find true love. Can you make a rational decision to fall in love with someone? Can you order happiness? A story about the courage it takes to drop your defenses and stand naked and vulnerable in front of the other. And how hard it can be to fall in love again after years of alcoholism, drug abuse, and a broken heart. Brutally honest about doubts and  speeches and songs. Rally after rally and interview after interview, Correa and his team tour Ecuador. In his busy schedule he barely has time to shoot campaign ads and analyze opinion polls, but he always finds time to meet his supporters with smiles and handshakes.

God Knows Where I Am (USA, 97 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 2:00 pm, Camelot 

Sneak Peek

Todd Wider & Jed Wider, USA, 97 min.

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Good Luck Soup (USA, 72 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 12:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert 

California Premiere

Matthew Hashigushi, USA, 72 min.

Growing up Asian American in a White neighborhood was a difficult experience for filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi, who was often bullied and ridiculed as a result of his heritage. Ashamed of these experiences, Matthew hid from his parents and family members the bigotry that he regularly encountered, and attempted to blend in with others by shedding and rejecting his Asian identity. Now 30-years-old and able to understand the impact of racism upon his life, Matthew set out to confront these experiences with family members and re-embrace his Asian roots.

Heroes Of The New Generation (CZECH REPUBLIC, 47 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 12:00 pm, Camelot 

North America Premiere

Matej Beran, CZECH REPUBLIC, 47 min.

You tubers, the idols of the digital era. This documentary film concentrates on 5 characters- more and less famous vloggers and you tubers in the Czech Republic. It shows their way of getting fans, how they create their content and what their motivation is. These you tubers effect thousands of people, especially kids and teenagers. Who are these role models, who influence so many young people today?

Hot Sugar's, Cold World (USA, 84 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 11:00 am, Camelot 

California Premiere

Adam Lough, USA, 84 min.

When a Grammy-nominated music producer and DJ splits from his girlfriend right as her career takes off as a viral rap sensation, he sets forth on a journey to decode what friends, success, nature, popularity, and the Internet mean for a millennial in the 21st century.

How To Escape Paradise (BELGIUM, 23 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 6:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Gabriel Pinto Monteiro, BELGIUM, 23 min.

As Grandma Argentina prays fervently for her family to get a place in Heaven, her grandson wants to make her understand he won’t follow her. Their bond is threatened as he faces the gap between her faith and his sexuality.

How We Are Now (United Kingdom, 33 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot 

California Premiere

Andrea Niada, United Kingdom, 33 min.

Peter, a retired actor, who lives with his partner of years, Douglas. Both in their eighties, their lives have become increasingly centered around their old age, Peter having taken more of a carer’s role for Douglas. As Douglas approaches his 83rd birthday, the couple reflect on their age and changing relationship. Along with friends and helpers, they offer an intimate view into how old age affects their lives: from getting out of bed in the morning to how they think about the future.

ĀINA: That Which Feeds Us (USA, 23 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Josh Thome, USA, 23 min.

ʻĀINA (pronounced “eye-nah”) means, “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language. The film vividly highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauai – and of island Earth.

Immigrant Journal (ALBANIA, 28 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 9:00 pm, Camelot (NSDNDokuFest)

North America Premiere

Gazmir Lame, ALBANIA, 28 min.

When a twenty-three year old Kosovar man attempts to illegally migrate to the European Union, an Albanian filmmaker decides to follow him on his journey. On the way, the doc maker reflects on his own past and the intentions behind the film he is making.

In A Single Breath (ITALY, 13 min.)

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Screening:

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

North American Premiere

Luca Rosini , ITALY, 13 min.

Davide Carrera is a free-diving champion. He is welcomed by the sea as he dives, testing his limits as a man. This film is the tale of the world record Carrera set by the island Salina, Italy.

In California (FRANCE,77 min. MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 7:00 pm, Camelot
(MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

North American Premiere

Charles Redon, FRANCE, 77 min.

Charles Redon immerses himself in his wife’s environment, the ballet dancing, and starts documenting it. Slowly, he begins to understand that he can build a drama with his own life.

In Search Of Balance (USA, 73 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 1:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Adam Pfleghaar , USA, 73 min.

The explosive growth of technology is driving profound changes in every aspect of human civilization. The benefits of our new found electronic interconnectivity are incalculable. But modernization seems to come with a price tag, especially when it comes to our health. Could the tsunami of chronic and autoimmune diseases that modern societies face be related to our increasing disconnection from nature?

Invasion (PANAMA, ARGENTINA, 90 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 30, 5:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

(NSDN – EDoc)

California Premiere

Abner Benaim , PANAMA, ARGENTINA, 90 min.

George Bush, Sr. made it clear he wanted General Noriega, an ex CIA friend turned rogue, out of power. The Panama Canal, a strategic asset for the US seemed to be at risk. For two weeks Panama’s tropical backdrop became a testing ground for new weapons. Noriega handed himself over and was convicted to a US jail for drug trafficking and later in France for another sentence having already spent 24 years in prison.

It Would Not Let Me Be (USA, 68 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 2:00 pm, Camelot

(Special Event, Caleb Stine to perform live on stage after screening)

World Premiere

Michael Patrick O’Leary, USA, 68 min.

Why do we make music? Who is our audience? Does our audience matter? This film’ rides along with Caleb Stine and the Brakemen as they record their first album in seven years. It is an honest look at what it means to be a musician in these troubled times in the music industry and what the goal of a band has become. Is making music a choice? Observe one band’s answer as they discover that music is not only a luxury in our life, music is a necessity.

Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland (USA, 14 min.)

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Screening:

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

World Premiere

Billie Wisneski, USA, 14 min.

Joshua Tree National Park, with its mysterious rock formations and iconic trees, has long provided a haven for those seeking an inspirational experience. But with current threats from air pollution, fires, and global warming, scientists believe the majority of Joshua Trees may be gone in less than 100 years. As the trees disappear, this amazing wonderland will be changed forever.