Documentary Festival Introduces Films, Directors

Several filmmakers will make trek from abroad to Palm Springs event

Lidia Duda, the Polish writer/director of "Entangled", will attend the American Documentary Film Festival, April 4-8, in Palm Springs.

Courtesy of Entangled

The second annual American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) will not only introduce audiences to a number of ground-breaking international documentaries, but to the people who made them.

AmDocs, set for April 4-8, has arranged for several of the filmmakers to attend the screenings, and participate in Q&As or other special events during the festival. Some are coming from as far away as Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Abu Dhabi, and even Japan, according to Festival Director Ted Grouya.

Lidia Duda, the Polish writer/director of "Entangled", which will have its North American premiere at the festival on April 8 at the Cinemark Century theatres in Rancho Mirage, will be in attendance at this year’s festival. Her film documents the complex and ambiguous story of a pedophile and his victim, turned torturer, and the impact of the crimes on both their lives.

Two other attendees are Naomi Kazama and Shigeru Ota, who combined to produce and direct the film, "Do You Know What My Name Is?" The film chronicles the progress of a research program on dementia at Cleveland’s Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network.

The ground-breaking learning therapy, which is the subject of the research, was devised by neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima, and has already helped thousands of people in Japan. "Do You Know What My Name Is?" will screen April 6 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

Croation director Igor Bezinovic, whose filmography includes short documentary films "Above Average", "Non-Recyclable", "An Encounter", "In Fond Memory of TDZ" and the short feature film, "Naked Hours", will be in attendance for the screening of his first feature length documentary, "The Blockade".

Chronicling a massive 2009 student protest in Croatia, "The Blockade" follows every step of the protest against the commercialization of education, beginning with the exhilarating preparation meetings and blocking of classes to the first signs of exhaustion, through personal situations and discussions late at night, from the initial support of most faculty members to the moment they turned their back on the movement, and the attempt to reach the missing minister of education. 

“Having the filmmakers, and in some cases, several members of the teams that created these documentaries attend the screenings, creates a unique opportunity for audiences to be able to interact with them, ask them questions, and gain additional insight into the making of the documentary,” Grouya said.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Vintage Trailers Bring Comfort to Joshua Tree Music Festival-goers

Barnett English's first vintage trailer came at a cost of $50, and now he owns a fleet of more than 20 for rent to enhance the experience at the upcoming Joshua Tree Music Festival.

Get in the Groove with East Bay Soul at Palm Springs Gig

Greg Adams and his East Bay Soul (EBS) will headline the Smooth Jazzfest presented by BMW of Palm Springs Oct. 5 at the Riviera, Palm Springs Grand Ballroom.

Gerald Patrick Paints on His Terms Now

You’ve probably eaten with or on a piece of Gerald Patrick’s artwork. His flatware and china designs for Mikasa and Lenox are what put him on the map.

Music Industry Movers, Shakers Converge at Cathedral City Summit

Palm Springs DJ Corey D and his partner Alan Edwards have joined with the City of Cathedral City to present the Interfusion Music Summit, Oct. 9-11.

A Taste of Jazz Heaven

Melvyn’s, the venerable Palm Springs institution at the Ingleside Inn, has been serving up jazz, drinks, and elegant fare since Melvyn Haber acquired it in 1975.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the four 2015-2016 Broadway Blockbusters Series shows.
Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couples getaway
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags