Watching movies as a kid were more than a form of escape for Lily Rodriguez. It turned out to shape her career path. Rodriguez, who grew up in Indio and graduated from Coachella High School, describes herself as an “indoor kid” who would watch movies from morning to bedtime. “So, my parents were kind of very protective parents,” Rodriguez says.
From immigrants to vampires and incarcerated parents, Palm Springs International ShortFest, June 20-26, draws a diversity of subjects as well as celebrities. Actress Kate Bosworth (Remember the Titans, Blue Crush, Young Americans) joins this year’s jury of media and critics at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying event, which is the largest short film festival in North America, according to organizers.