Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, brought the world premiere of Saugatuck Cures to the Camelot Theatre on opening night, Sept. 18, followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers, producer Jay Paul Deratany, director Matthew Ladensack, and actors Judith Chapman, Danny Mooney, and Amanda Lipinski.
Twenty-eight features and 38 shorts were screened during the four-day festival sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Festival Director Michael Green says this year’s festival exceeded 5,000 attendees for the second consecutive year, and the overall attendance figure increased over last year.
“We hosted filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers and actors for more than half of our films this year,” he added.
Many attended Q & As after the films and were hosted at a series of after parties.