2016 Program Selection K-P

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.)  

Kang e Defa: A Female Rhapsody in Kosova (KOSOVO,GERMANY, 29 min.)

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Screening:

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

California Premiere

Fatime Kosumi, Vincent Moon, KOSOVO, GERMANY, 29 min.

For past generations of Kosova women, song was often their only way of self-expression. Their songs were part traditional, spiritual, and religious rituals, but one of the most important songs celebrated the rite of marriage. It was sung on the night before the bride was sent away to her unknown husband, celebrating and mourning the bride’s transformation from girl to woman.

Kickstarted (USA, 79 min.)

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Screening:

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

(Live performance on-stage after the film.)

World Premiere

Jason Cooper & Jay Ermitage, USA, 79 min.

A musician, a filmmaker and an inventor use crowdfunding to pursue their lifelong dreams. Each creator puts their reputation, their financial future and their creative lives on the line in order to convince the crowd their dreams are worth funding. At the center of the film is Brad Carter, a musician suffering from a neurological disease that is slowly eroding his ability to play guitar. Racing to make an album before his skills fade forever, he turns to the crowd for the funding he needs. It’s only after he gets funded that the odds are truly stacked against him.

Kings Of Nowhere (MEXICO, 83 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., March 30, 10:00 am, CSU Palm Desert (NSDNDocsDF)

California Premiere

Betzabé García, MEXICO, 83 min.

Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwest of Mexico:  Pani and Paula refuse to close their tortilla store and spend their spare time rescuing the town from the ruins; Miro and his parents dream of leaving but they can’t; Jaimito and Yoya, even do they live in fear, they have everything they need.

L.A.//1.87 (USA, 55 min.)

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Screening:

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

Palm Springs Premiere

Matthew Ladensack, USA, 55 min.

Gerald W. Cox takes us inside his magical world of vintage-inspired and historical Los Angeles miniatures.

Life According To Anton (DENMARK, 59 min.)

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Screenings:

Fri., April 1, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Sat. April 2, 2:30 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

Iben Haahr Andersen, DENMARK, 59 min.

Anton is 87. He inherited the farm, which time has almost taken. The nine cows live as long as Anton does. Family and neighbours love the old, stubborn man, but they are also worried. For him and for the animals. Soon, the public authorities cannot leave the old man to himself any longer and have to intervene. Anton puts the welfare state to the test, because he insists on taking care of himself.

Living Like Kings (USA, 29 min.)

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Screening:

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

World Premiere

Benjamin Kaplan, USA, 29 min.

An experimental documentary that explores the issues of race, class, culture, and personal expression through the unexpected collision of Chess and Hip Hop.

Living The Stoke 2 Fiji (AUSTRALIA, 39 min.)

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Screening:

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

Palm Springs Premiere

Rob Pirie, AUSTRALIA, 39 min.

With stunning beaches, waves you could mind-surf for days with amazing Kiteboarding & Stand up paddle action. This film is visually spectacular, showcasing the best stand up paddlers & Kite surfers in the world, in some of the best conditions ever experienced by the team.

Lo Sound Desert (GERMANY, 93 min.)

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Screenings:

Fri., April 1, 1:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

(Live Performance)

Sun., April 3, 12:00 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Joerg Steineck, GERMANY, 93 min.

The Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, was basically started by revolving punk rock kids, hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban, desert communities in the early 80s, became a vibe over the years. Desert Rock, often misinterpreted as musical genre continued its international underground spread until today. This is a close look from within its origin on the beginnings: never-ending jams in the middle of the desert. This film is narrated by Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, Mario Lalli and many others. It provides a unique insight into the history of the Coachella Valley music scene.

Looking For A Girlfriend (USA, 24 min.)

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Screenings:

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

Sat., April 2, 9:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Jeremy Hung, USA, 24 min.

After being rejected by a woman, 51-year-old Dan Perino looks to the streets of New York to find a girlfriend by plastering fliers of his face all over downtown Manhattan. As Dan gains minor celebrity status, journalism student Dashel Pierson grows suspicious of his claims, and challenges the image Dan has created of himself.

Many Scars (USA, 55 min.)

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Screenings:

Sat., April 2, 5:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert 

Sun., April 3, 4:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

 Deborah Sayer, USA, 55 min.

For almost a decade Deborah Sayer concealed a debilitating illness from co-workers, friends, and even her family. After experiencing multiple miscarriages, she reaches a breaking point and sets out on a journey to find a cure for the incurable. Dynamic and compelling, with occasional comic relief, Deborah persistently counters the accuracy of the questionable MS diagnosis, exploring causative factors, such as the dental industry’s repression of the dangers of mercury exposure in ‘silver fillings,’ and its connection to chronic illness. What does the future hold for diagnosis if more people are as proactive as Deborah in taking charge of her own health.

Medanit (The Cure) (GERMANY,20 min.)

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Screening:

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

North American Premiere

Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, GERMANY, 20 min.

Set in a shared home for single mothers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this film explores the every-day life of Aster Assefa, a 23 years old, visually impaired mother. When Aster is confronted with her daughter’s wish to see a photograph of her father, she remembers that it was he and not her, who named the child Bethlehem. Drawing on a wealth of folklore, songs and stories, Aster realizes that her daughter is her guide, her eyes. Breaking with her past and looking forward, she decides to rename her daughter Medanit, the Amharic word for medicine and cure.

Memories on the road to Auschwitz (ITALY, 80 min.)

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Screening:

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

North American Premiere

Danilo Monte, ITALY,80 min.

“My brother is a big fan of History, he’s especially  interested in the Second World War. It’s now some years that we rather talk, never deeply. His life? Drugs, rehabs, prison, movies and books.  One day I can’t endure anymore and I say “For your 30’s birthday I bring you to Auschwitz. It will be a slow journey, by train , to start talking again … and I.  During the travel we laugh, scream and cry, but mostly we talk … and eventually we  get. Auschwitz becomes the destination of a journey back in time, punctuated by old footage of the family. In the place of the anti-humanity we can touch our deepest and truest humanity.

Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things (USA, 78 min.)

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Screening:

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

Palm Springs Premiere

 Matt D’Avella, USA, 78 min.

How might your life be better with less? A pair of well-known minimalists, examine the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.

Moments of Campaign (Ecuador, 52 min.)

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Screenings:

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

Mon., April 4, 2:30 pm, Camelot (NSDNEDoc)

United States Premiere

Tomas Astudillo, ECUADOR, 52 min.

17th February 2013: Rafael Correa wins the elections and becomes President of Ecuador for the 3rd time. 42 days prior, he sails on an epic campaign of echoing songs, speeches and interviews for weeks on end as he tours the country with his team, always saying yes to a handshake or a picture when surfing a crowd of future voters. Photographed in black and white, far from the campaign colours, the documentary distances itself from the vain representation of power and the sarcasm of the press. More than just being a record of a specific historical event in Ecuador “Moments of Campaign” reflects on contemporary forms of political life and its “mise-en-scene”.

Moonsoon II (USA, 10 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:00 am, Camelot 

California Premiere

Mike Olbinski, USA, 10 min.

Arizona is known for its heat and gorgeous landscapes, but people often forget that during the summer months, powerful monsoon thunderstorms ravage the deserts and bring much needed rain to a dry climate. These storms produce heavy downpours, dense dust storms, intense lightning barrages and some of the most beautiful sunsets anywhere in the world. But when you are standing there in real time, you miss the motion, the life, and the way the atmosphere is churning the clouds all around you.

My Roots Lie Here (USA, 30 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 3:00 pm, Camelot  

California Premiere

Ellen Silverman, USA, 30 min.

Slow-paced, visually rich and textured, this film explores the meaning of home and being rooted. Four people feel rooted in their homes, which hold their past, their present, and their future.

Mystery Film

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MYSTERY SCREENING

Fri., April 1, 7:00 pm, Camelot

AmDocs Director, Teddy Grouya, says this stylistic masterpiece is sure to make waves on the festival tour this year and next.

Ocean Stories: Greg Stone (USA, 31 min.)

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Screening:

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

California Premiere

Patrick Creadon, USA, 31 min.

This is the story of Dr. Greg Stone’s 34 year journey of mending civilization’s relationship with the ocean. At the age of 16, Greg Stone decided the ocean was where he would dedicate his life’s work. He began with deep-sea treasure hunting and has since written some of the world’s most prolific texts on marine biology, performed over 7,000 dives, lived beneath the sea for thirty days, and helped establish the world’s second largest marine reserve around the Phoenix Islands of Kiribati.

Olga (USA,11 min.)

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Screening:

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

Palm Springs Premiere

Arjun Kamath, USA, 11 min.

On a chilly, dark morning in 2004, Olga stared out the back window of a taxi driving her to the airport. Her mother, Irina, stood beneath a flickering streetlight with tears in her eyes, blessing the naive and innocent Olga for the long journey ahead. Irina’s faith instilled in Olga an unbreakable spirit, which proved pivotal for her survival as a performing artist.

 

On The Rocks (CANADA, 5 min.)

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Screening:

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

United States Premiere

Amen Jafri, CANADA, 5 min.

What is going through an alcoholic’s mind during the course of a marriage? The director and her husband, Trevor, a recovering alcoholic, talk about his thought processes as an addict earlier in their marriage. It also explores the director’s own struggles as the spouse of an addict.

Oyster: Preserving A Culture (USA, 56 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot 

Palm Springs Premiere

Zachary Stanton-Savitz, Krysta Mortland, Adam Hahn, USA, 56 min.

Various individuals within the community of Baltimore work tirelessly to reverse the effects of pollution and over-harvesting on the native oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay, in the hopes that they can preserve for future generations what has been a fundamental aspect of Baltimore’s ‘seafood culture’ for decades.

Paulina (PERU, 20 min.)

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Screening:

Thu., March 31, 10:00 am, Oliphant Auditorium (NSDNEDoc)

United States Premiere

Ricardo Leon, PERU, 20 min.

In a marginal population in Peru, a fire destroys the homes of dozens of families. The inhabitants, sheltered in small tents of black plastic, blame Paulina and ask her to leave the neighborhood.

Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis Of Vanishing Ground Water (USA, 64 min.)

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Screening:

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

 California Premiere

Steve Elfers, USA, 64 min.

Groundwater is disappearing beneath cornfields in Kansas, rice paddies in India, asparagus farms in Peru and orange groves in Morocco. As these critical water reserves are pumped beyond their limits, the threats are mounting for people who depend on aquifers to supply agriculture, sustain economies and provide drinking water. In some areas, fields have already turned to dust and farmers are struggling.