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THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY & THE RANCHO MIRAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENT



CLAUDIA PUIG: Film Critic


Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Claudia Puig reviews movies and covers the film industry out of Los Angeles for USA TODAY. Puig came to USA TODAY in 1997 after eleven years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering film, radio, entertainment, courts, and the police beat. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Association of Women Film Journalists and is a regular contributor to the NPR movie review program, Film Week.






THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY & THE RANCHO MIRAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENT



BOYD VAN HOEIJ: Film Critic


Tuesday, March 12 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


For the fourth in our five part series featuring prominent movie critics, we turn to an international perspective on the movies through the eyes (and words) of Boyd van Hoeij, a Paris and Luxembourg-based Variety contributing critic, who also writes and edits for numerous US and European-based publications. A world traveler who is fluid in numerous languages, Boyd is never more at home than when he is speaking about the universal language of film.


Boyd is a regular contributor to IndieWIRE (US) and Filmkrant (Netherlands), is the Netherlands and Luxembourg correspondent for the leading European-based film website Cineuropa.org, and serves as the film editor of the magazines Winq (Netherlands) and Mate (US/UK). He attends all of the major international film festivals, from Berlin to Cannes, Toronto to Sydney. His book 10/10, about 10 contemporary Francophone Belgian directors, came out in 2010.


A member of FIPRESCI, the international critics association, Boyd was a member of the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival jury that presented its prestigious FIPRESCI Award to one of the official 2012 Best Foreign Language Film submissions to the Academy Awards. Boyd was invited to return to the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year to lead a workshop that he has brought to film festivals worldwide. Entitled "How to Read a Film," the workshop was an intensive two-day immersion class in film review and criticism.


Boyd is currently reporting from the Berlin International Film Festival. Please return to this site for more details about Boyd's Behind the Scenes presentation including a list of film clips that he will be sharing with us during his on-stage presentation. In the meantime, mark this date on your calendar for a unique opportunity to explore movies inside-and-out with this worldly and lucid chronicler of the international (and Hollywood) film scene.





THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY & THE RANCHO MIRAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENT



BETSY SHARKEY: Film Critic


tuesday, FEBRUARY 12 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


This year's Hollywood Behind the Scenes Series highlights key moments in movie history and explores
important trends in the movie industry with five of the most prominent, nationally-known movie critics. In an on-stage interview, each critic will discuss significant movies, directors, and stars, as well as the evolution of their own careers writing about the movies. Each program will feature a selection of unforgettable movie clips.


Behind the Scenes: The Critics Corner



Movies Made Personal


LA Times Film Critic Betsy Sharkey explores the idea of "comfort films" -- those films that we turn to for a good laugh, cry, escape or just to feel better. "Comfort films are there to fit, and fill, whatever the emotional need of the moment, able to lift the shade on even the darkest of moods (or deepest of recessions)," says Betsy. Join us for a selection of clips from Betsy's own list of comfort films and a reading of excerpts from some of her most memorable writing.


Betsy Sharkey has been Film Critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2008. She first joined the paper in 1998 as television editor and later became film and entertainment editor, responsible for directing the movie, television and pop music coverage and helping to launch The Envelope. Prior to joining The Times, Betsy wrote for the Adweek group of magazines, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire. Betsy began her career with the Dallas Morning News and has co-authored two memoirs by Oscar-winning actresses, Faye Dunaway and Marlee Matlin.




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Manohla Dargis: Film Critic


Monday, November 5 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Manohla Dargis is the co-chief film critic for The New York Times, where she started in 2004. Since then, she and her co-chief film critic A.O. Scott have overseen a revitalized film section for the Times that now reviews over 700 films a year.


She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, where she was a chief film critic, LA Weekly, Film Com-ment, and Sight and Sound. In 2008, the British Film Institute published her book on Curtis Hanson's film LA Confidential. Three of her reviews are included in American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now, edited by Phillip Lopate.


Known for her quick, razor sharp wit, illuminating insights, and penetrating analyses, Manohla's voice is an original and passionate one — whether weighing in on the latest blockbusters, American indies, or gems of world cinema.


From a recent NYT review of "Holy Motors" by Manohla Dargis:

"It’s an episodic work of great visual invention — from scene to scene, you never see what’s coming — that reminds you just how drearily convention-al many movies are. You want three acts? How dull. A pretty protagonist? Oh, please. The triumph of the human spirit? Go away….

And while at times it feels as if “Holy Motors” had been cobbled together from a million movies, it mostly, wonderfully, feels unlike anything else: it’s cinema reloaded.





David Ansen: Film Critic


Monday, October 15 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Please join us for a special Hollywood Behind the Scenes evening with film critic David Ansen.


This year's "Hollywood Behind the Scenes" series highlights key moments in movie history and explores important trends in the movie industry with five of the most prominent, nationally-known crictics. In an on-stage interview, each critic will discuss significant movies, directors, and stars, as well as turning points in movie history and the evolution of their own careers writing about the movies. Each program will feature a selection of unforgettable movie clips.


For over 35 years, David Ansen, the longtime critic for Newsweek, has been one of the most acclaimed, insightful, and original voices writing about the movies. Amazingly, his career as a chronicler of films began when he was 12-years-old. That was when he started keeping a list of all the movies he'd seen, along with a rating for each movie. Now, some years later, the list contains well over 8,000 entries...


Please join us for a sure-to-be-illuminating onstage interview and clips program with David, who will delve into his treasure trove of movie titles and help us launch an exciting new chapter in the ongoing "Behind the Scenes" series.


BIO: David Ansen was Newsweek's movie critic from1977 through 2008, and he continues to write for the magazine as a free-lancer. Since 2010, he has been the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. David has written several documentaries for television, on Greta Garbo (TNT), Groucho Marx (HBO), Elizabeth Taylor (PBS), and Bette Davis (the Ace Award winning 'All About Bette' for TNT). In the 1980s David was an on-air host of Bravo's International Film Festival. A three-time winner of the Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York, he has also written pieces for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Film Comment, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Cineaste, Men's Journal, The Advocate, Interview and Self.





Frank Capra III: Director/Producer


Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Please join us for a special Behind the Scenes evening with Director/Producer Frank Capra III


Frank Capra III, grandson of the legendary film director Frank Capra, has an extensive career spanning three decades and over 50 films as producer, second unit director and first assistant director. As a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) since 1985, he has received three DGA nominations.  His credits include executive producer of The Deep End of the Ocean starring Michelle Pfeiffer; co-producer of Warren Beatty’s Bulworth, Murder By Numbers starring Sandra Bullock, and The Darwin Awards starring Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder; and second unit director on the Will Smith romantic comedy, Hitch, and co-producer on The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. As a long-time collaborator with Rob Reiner, Mr. Capra served as Mr. Reiner’s executive producer on The Story of Us, co-producer on Rumor Has It and The Ghosts of Mississippi, and first assistant director on The American President, A Few Good Men, Alex & Emma, and North. His first assistant director credits also include Empire Falls, Jack Frost, Eraser, I.Q., Honey, I Blew Up the Kid and My Cousin Vinny. In 2011, Mr. Capra served as co-producer on Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.


The program will include clips from both Capra's films, as well stories covering the lives and careers of three generations of Capra filmmakers.





Lawrence Sher: Director of Photography


Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm


FREE ADMISSION

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Please join us for an insightful and entertaining evening of film clips and conversation with one of Hollywood's leading Directors of Photography.


Selected Filmography: The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, The Big Year, Paul, Due Date, I Love You, Man, Dan in Real Life, Garden State, Kissing Jessica Stein


As Director of Photography for The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, Lawrence Sher created the memorable images for two of the most successful comedies of all-time.  Having gone from the small budget indie breakout Kissing Jessica Stein to big budget comedies in the short span of a decade, Lawrence Sher has collaborated with a wide range of talented directors including Todd Phillips (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Due Date), Zach Braff (Garden State), Greg Mottola (Superbad, The Daytrippers, Paul), and Peter Hedges (About a Boy, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Dan in Real Life).





David Wasco:
Production Designer

Sandy Reynolds-Wasco:
Set Decorator


Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm


FREE ADMISSION
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Please join us for a special evening with these two talented film artists, including an onstage interview and clips program


Selected Filmography: Rampart, Inglourious Basterds, Collateral, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2, The Royal Tenenbaums, Heist, Rushmore, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, El Norte


Through their collaborations with such notable Writer/Directors as Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Paul Schrader, Gregory Nava, David Mamet and, most recently, Oren Moverman and Martin McDonagh, the inventive husband and wife team of feature film Production Designer David Wasco and Set Decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have put their unique visual stamp on over 25 films. The Wascos are noted for their work on Tarantino's films, including the recent Inglourious Basterds, for whichthey were nominated for a BAFTA for best Art Direction, the British equivalent of an Academy Award. The groundbreaking Art Direction for Pulp Fiction was given significant credit for bringing Tarantino's unique vision to the film.  






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Due to a scheduling conflict this event has been cancelled.

Wally Pfister:
Cinematographer

FREE ADMISSION
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270


Oscar®-winner Wally Pfister is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and inventive cinematographers. Known for his close and ongoing collaboration with top director Christopher Nolan, Pfister has served as Nolan's Director of Photography on Memento (2000), Insomina (2002), The Prestige (2006), and Inception (2010), and on the director's three Batman movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and the final installment, The Dark Knight Rises (due in theatres July 2012). Pfister's recent Director of Photography credits include this year's Moneyball, The Italian Job (2003), and Laurel Canyon (2002). In just a five-year span, Pfister has garnered numerous awards and nominations, among them: four Oscar® nominations, including the 2011 Oscar® for Best Cinematography for Inception, and four nominations for the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers, including the 2011 Award for Inception.





Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Arianne Phillips:
Costume Design

FREE ADMISSION
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270

Selected Filmography: W.E. (Dec. 2011 release), Knight and Day, A Single Man, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Girl, Interrupted, The People vs. Larry Flynt

Arianne Phillips is one of the most unique Costume Designers in the entertainment industry.  Her cutting edge designs have been recognized with a 2006 Oscar nomination for Walk the Line and a 2010 BAFTA nomination for designer Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man.  Arianne is also known for her close association with Madonna, with whom she has collaborated extensively since 1997 on a range of projects including the singer’s soon-to-be-released feature film directorial debut W.E.  Arianne's diverse resume includes freelance fashion editor/stylist for top publications and consultant for well-known fashion and cosmetic brands.








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April 12 :: Visual Effects

John Andrew Berton Jr.

Selected Filmography: Bedtime Stories, Charlotte's Web, THX 1138 (2004 director's cut), I Robot, Men in Black II, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy, Deep Rising , Star Wars (1997 special edition), Men in Black, Casper, The Mask, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, Hook, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

A BAFTA nomination for his work on The Mummy and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for Men in Black II are just the tip of the iceberg in accolades which visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton Jr. has earned. These films and other groundbreakers such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day were completed during his tenure at Industrial Light and Magic, where he rose in the ranks from CG department manager to visual effects supervisor. He has since worked on impressive films such as I, Robot and Charlotte's Web.





July 13 :: Costume Design

Building the believability of a character and period requires the right clothes for the job, assembled by the costume designer.



August 10 :: Makeup Design & Special Effects

Mike Elizalde

Selected Filmography: Land of the Lost, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Happening, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Lady in the Water, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Blade: Trinity, Hellboy, Star Trek: Nemesis, Men in Black II, Blade II, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Monkeybone, Bicentennial Man, Mighty Joe Young, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, Jumanji, Species, Batman Forever, Stargate, The Addams Family, Total Recall

Oscar nominated for his work on the effects laden Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Makeup and Special Effects Designer Mike Elizalde has helped to create some of the best sci-fi effects in recent cinema. His company, Spectral Motion Inc., has developed impressive creature effects, special makeup effects, animatronics and action props for such films as the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Star Trek series.









September 14 :: Composer

Patrick Williams

Selected Filmography: MOVIE CREDITS: That Old Feeling (Bette Midler), The Grass Harp (Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek), John Waters’ Cry-Baby (Johnny Depp), Violets are Blue (Kevin Kline, Sissy Spacek), All of Me (Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin), The Buddy System (Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon), Swing Shift (Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell), Breaking Away (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid), Casey’s Shadow (Walter Matthau). TV CREDITS: Jesus (Emmy-nominated miniseries), Columbo, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Lou Grant, The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee, 4-time Emmy winner, and 2-time GRAMMY winner, Patrick Williams is one of our most honored popular composers. He has composed more than 200 scores for movies and television, as well as records and concert works. Among his 65 movies is Breaking Away, for which Williams received an Academy Award nomination. In addition, Patrick has composed or arranged for such stars as Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel and Barry Manilow. Pat served as Musical Director/Arranger-Conductor for Frank Sinatra’s final two albums, Duets and Duets II, which sold over six million copies. Williams’ big band recordings – including the tribute album Sinatraland – are considered classics of contemporary big band instrumentals.





October 18 :: Documentary Filmmaker

Kirby Dick

Selected Filmography: Outrage, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith, Derrida, Chain Camera, Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan

Kirby Dick is an Academy Award-nominated documentary director and one of the most eclectic filmmakers working in the field today. He is known for making intensely personal psychological profiles as well as for undertaking groundbreaking undercover investigations. His earlier work focused on subjects and issues that have traditionally been taboo, and more recently his films have focused on important political and social issues, using novel undercover investigative techniques to expose the hypocrisy and damage caused by some of the United States' most powerful institutions.














November 9 :: Animator


John Musker


Selected Filmography: The Princess and the Frog, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Planet, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Great Mouse Detective, The Black Cauldron, The Fox and the Hound


Tuesday, November 9th - 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Rancho Mirage Public Library

71100 Highway 111

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270








John Musker is no stranger to successful animated films. He and partner Ron Clements helped to refresh the Disney catalog and the animation field as a whole with outstanding films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, creating a new generation of memorable characters. In a world of CG animation, Musker made a bold move to return to hand-drawn films which paid off by way of this year's Oscar nomation for The Princess and the Frog (Treasure Planet also earned that honor).




























December 14 :: Director


Feature Director & ShortFest Juror Dan Ireland


Selected Filmography: Jolene, Mrs. Palfrey at The Clarement, Passionada,The Whole Wide World


Tuesday, December 14th - 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Rancho Mirage Public Library

71100 Highway 111

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270








Special event with feature director and 2010 Palm Springs ShortFest juror Dan Ireland, who will speak about directing feature films and show a selection of shorts from last June’s ShortFest.