Cinema Diverse Offers Record Number of Feature Films in Palm Springs

Alum screens opening night film, "Saugatuck Cures"

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Danny Mooney (right) tries to convert a parishioner as Max Adler looks on in "Saugatuck Cures".
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Individual tickets for Cinema Diverse go on sale Aug. 31 as the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival offers the largest selection of feature films in its seven years.

Cinema Diverse, set to run Sept. 18-21 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, will screen 28 feature films and 30 shorts. The latter number matches last year's shorts total.

Opening night will feature Saugatuck Cures, a comedy produced and directed by Cinema Diverse alum Matthew Ladensack, who screened his short film, The Apple Tree, in 2012.

“We are excited to make our World Premiere at Cinema Diverse,” Ladensack says. “We plan to bring as many members of our team as we can to the opening.”

Saugatuck Cures touches on a number of today’s most compelling issues, including conversion therapy, religious freedom and gay marriage. The cast includes Max Adler (Glee, Switched at Birth), Danny Mooney (Ides of March, Whip It) and Palm Springs actress Judith Chapman (The Young & the Restless).

Cinema Diverse continues Sept. 19 with a full schedule of films. Screenings begin at 11 a.m. through the weekend.

“We are covering a lot of ground this year,” says Michael Green, Cinema Diverse festival director and managing director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “Not only with the sheer number of films we’re screening, but also with the diverse array of film types.

“For example, we are screening what I believe is a first for Cinema Diverse in several genres – Violence of the Mind – a horror/thriller filmed partially in Palm Springs (pictured above); Waiting in the Wings: The Musical – a musical comedy with a new age twist, and The Dark Place (at left) – a mystery/thriller from the same team that created Judas Kiss.”

The 2014 schedule also includes several foreign films (Snails in the Rain, Lilting, Three in a Bed), some of the year’s best LGBT award-winners (The Way He Looks, The Circle, Tru Love), and documentaries (Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda, I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole, Club King), plus a variety of comedies, dramas and shorts.

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