Our Mission

Desert Film Society

The Desert Film Society promotes the appreciation of film in the Coachella Valley by providing Society members an unique opportunity to view the latest in art, international & cutting-edge independent cinema and educating members by providing a platform for discussion of the art of film and film craft.  Since 2002, Desert Film Society has presented one-time screenings of award winning films from global festivals.

SPECIAL NOTICE

We’ve made the heartbreaking decision to put DFS films on hold until Camelot Theatre can accommodate full seating.  This closing was is in accordance with Governor Newsom’s guidelines.  Members have seen ALL of the fims on our schedule, mostly on the original scheduled dates.  We were able to do this by e-mailing each member a 24 hour link to enable them to watch at home.  Our intention is to show all of the films booked for 2020 but date &/or title changes are inevitable.

We are eager to welcome you back to DFS as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor advice from the CDC and local health authorities to ensure we make all necessary changes to meet their guidelines. Hoping you & your families stay healthy. We will keep you posted when we have further updates.

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Events

Upcoming Screenings

WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Germany & Switzerland)

WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Germany & Switzerland)

DFS Members will be sent a link on 7/11 to watch this film.  Oscar®-winner Caroline Link (All About Me, Nowhere in Africa) adapted Judith Kerr’s bestseller When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a true story about parting, family cohesion, and optimism, for the screen.

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WHITE LIE  (Canada)

WHITE LIE (Canada)

July 25, 2020. WHITE LIE – Canada – 96 min. A character-driven psychological thriller film from the promising new Toronto-based directors Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas.
A troubled young woman traps herself in a dangerous spiral of deception in WHITE LIE
fabricating a cancer diagnosis in order to solicit attention, sympathy and charitable cash donations. This Toronto world premiere from Canadian writer-director duo Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis is the kind of intelligent, well-crafted indie thriller that earns respectable notices and festival bookings. Theatrical prospects will likely be niche, though its gripping race-against-time plot and newsworthy subject matter should boost the film’s audience potential. The factitious disorder of falsely announcing a serious medical condition on social media, which psychiatrists have dubbed “Munchausen by Internet,” has escalated in recent years, with several high-profile fraudsters exposed and jailed.

Kacey Rohl dominates the film with her stunning and superbly textured performance as Katie — who variously comes across as an average young woman, a scared, abandoned little girl, and a Machiavellian schemer — and she’s supported by an amazing cast that includes Martin Donovan, Connor Jessup, Amber Anderson, Sharon Lewis, Christine Horne, and Dan Beirne

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BREAKING BREAD  (Israel)

BREAKING BREAD (Israel)

August 8, 2020 – Israel Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef—the A-sham Arabic Food Festival is creating social change through food. At the Festival, Arab and Jewish Israeli chefs collaborate on delectable dishes, working together to transform traditional recipes. Celebrating their unique cultural heritages and their common love of food, the chefs prove that there is no space for religion and politics in the kitchen.

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PETER FALK VS COLUMBO  (France)

PETER FALK VS COLUMBO (France)

On August 22, 2020 DFS members will receive an E-mail link to watch this.

For many, he is above all the fluffy and at the same time ingenious investigator who transfers the powerful to their luxury villas in a crumpled trench coat. But Peter Falk not only embodied Inspector Columbo, but also worked as an actor with directors such as Frank Capra, Sydney Pollack, John Cassavetes and Blake Edwards.

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