PSWIFT Presents Two Locally Produced Short Films in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Women in Film and Television (PSWIFT) collaborated with the Palm Springs Cultural Center (aka the Camelot Theaters) to present the cast and crew screening of two short films produced by PSWIFT on Thursday, June 17th.
“Accidental Date”, a comedy about a Russian woman who visits Palm Springs in search of a date and “Aftermath”, a drama about a woman grappling with events from her past, were the first films to be fully produced. by members of PSWIFT. Both were made, funded and played locally.
Ahead of the screenings, guests enjoyed candy and popcorn at a special VIP party hosted in the upstairs lounge of the theater. Actors, producers, directors and screenwriters mingled with local celebrities and PSWIFT members and supporters during the organization’s second post-COVID event.
“Accidentiel” was produced by Kate spates and Kim waltrip based on a story by Spates and a screenplay by Carolyn Molochco. An ironic take on the double meaning of the word “date”, this light-hearted tale showcased the talents of the newcomer Daria Diaché as a Russian tourist and local celebrity Bella da ball like the mother hen helping him on a date. Other cast members include Griffon Wade like a boy with a crush on the beautiful young Russian tourist.
Coming straight from the editing room, “Aftermath” was a complete contrast, an intense dramatic story about a woman losing her partner and being shut out by the partner’s family, who never embraced the relationship. This was also directed by Spates and Waltrip and written by Kate orsini from a Waltrip story. He played Eileen Davidson, Chloe mills, Jameelah nuriddin and local news personality (and frequent contributor to Giving) Sandie Newton.
Founded in 2001, PSWIFT is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members, men and women, in the entertainment, new media and creative arts community. The organization is focused on educating, inspiring, and helping bring more production work to the Coachella Valley. PSWIFT is the 38th chapter of Women in Film & Television International, which reaches over 43 chapters worldwide and has over 10,000 members. Its programs include Coachella Valley BookPALS, Filmmakers Lab, Fellowships, Educational Panels, Speaker Series, Mixers and more.
It takes a village to make films like this. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true including Waltrip, Spates, Elaine Church, Cindy Cobbler, Annette Bonetti, Mitch blumberg, Therese Romero Britton, Andrea Carter, Patti gribow, Janice Lopez, Susan a murphy, Melissa Neiderman, Levi Vincent, Shari Belafonte Behrens, Sheri davis, Karen Devine and Leanna Bonamici.
PSWIFT’s next project is “PS After Dark”, which will feature Tristan rogers, Wade and Tim gross.
Carole Stephen-Smith has lived in the desert for over 30 years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she began writing in London and has been a regular contributor to The Desert Sun for the past six years.