Cinema Diverse presents the always exciting Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival this weekend. In its sixth consecutive year, the festival is featuring two dozen feature films and over 30 shorts. Managing director Michael C. Green says that the line-up may just be the most impressive the festival has ever screened. The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a hub for the arts, making it an obvious choice to host the film festival. The cast of the film Southern Baptist Sissies will be kicking off the festivities including a Q&A and party. Originally a stage play written by Del Shores, Southern Baptist Sissies takes an intimate look on how growing up in a Christian background affected the lives of four gay men. Other notable films include the award-winning Meth Head, written and directed by Jane Clark, which tells the grimy downward spiral of a man caught between lovers and meth addiction, and Celluloid, a psychological thriller from the U.K. Celluloid also tackles dark themes of sexual abuse and mental health among those struggling to coming out. The closing films of the festival are also noteworthy, including the documentary I am Divine and The Last Match (La Partida). The latter tells the tale of two young Cubans trying to find themselves in Havana, directed by Spanish Antonio Hens. Let’s not forget everything the festival has to offer—comedies, romance and shorts will appeal to everyone’s cup of tea. Amidst the political battles that have been waged the past year regarding the right of gay marriage, let’s embrace the truth and art of story-telling that the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has to offer.
Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 325-6565; www.cinemadiverse.org.