Virtual Cinema, Palm Springs Cultural Center
Bring Independent Cinema Home!
Enjoy the latest independent films on our Virtual Platform & Support the Palm Springs Cultural Center!
We've selected films that are Palm Springs premieres, along with a mix of favorites from Desert Film Society, Cinema Diverse, Cinema Francais and PSIFF (as well as a sprinkle of retrospective films).
“A new Italian classic from the heart – shocking!”
- Oliver Stone, Director
Filmed on the rugged and beautiful Sicilian coast, ALONE WITH HER DREAMS explores the universally timely themes of family separation, emigration, generational conflicts and feminine repression. Set in the late 1960’s, Lucia is left behind with her grandmother while her parents emigrate to France to find work. Lucia is greatly distressed that she must stay in Italy and struggles to learn her role in the tiny, traditional village under the watchful guidance of her stern grandmother, who Lucia struggles to understand. Unbeknownst to the young girl, her grandmother hides a hideous family secret which endangers Lucia’s well-being.
“A palpitating mystery gives way to a kind of metaphysical love story” – Variety
Ten years have gone by since Elena’s six-year-old son has disappeared. The last thing she heard of him was a phone call he gave her, saying that he was lost on a beach in France and couldn’t find his father. Nowadays, Elena lives on this same beach and manages a restaurant. She is finally beginning to emerge from this tragic episode when she meets a French teenager who strongly reminds her of her lost son. The two of them will embark on a relationship which will sow chaos and distrust around them.
A MUSICAL LEGEND!
HERB ALPERT IS...
With his trumpet he turned the Tijuana Brass into gold, earning 15 gold and 14 platinum records; He has won nine Grammys Awards between 1966 and 2014, and received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.
Herb co-founded the indie label, A & M Records with his business partner, Jerry Moss, which recorded artists as varied as Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Carpenters, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, and The Police. A&M would go on to become one of the most successful independent labels in history. He has shown his striking work as an abstract painter and sculptor, worldwide.
And through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has given significant philanthropic support of educational programs in the arts nationwide, from the Harlem School of the Arts and Los Angeles City College to CalArts and UCLA.
HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING is a new documentary that explores the life and career of the musician-activist who inspired legions of fans and peers with his music and tireless commitment to end hunger and poverty. Directed by Rick Korn and released by Greenwich Entertainment, the film features his family, band members, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, Pete Seeger, Kenny Rogers, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Sir Bob Geldof, Ken Kragen, Jac Holzman and many more.
Harry became world famous with his hit songs Taxi”, “W.O.L.D.”, and “Cat’s In The Cradle.”
He co-founded WhyHunger in 1975, founded the Long Island Cares Food Bank and supported dozens of other nonprofits. He died in 1981 at the age of 38 and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1987.
New York Times CRITIC'S PICK!
Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A CHEF'S VOYAGE follows the celebrated American Chef David Kinch and his team from Manresa, their 3 Star Michelin restaurant in California, for a one-of-a-kind collaboration with three legendary French chefs at their iconic restaurants in Paris, Provence, and Marseille. To mark the 15th anniversary of Manresa, Kinch decides to close shop for a month so he and his staff can embark on their France voyage. Planning the trip takes months; to represent the refined Californian cuisine of Manresa, the team must bring their own seasonings, sauces that take days to make, and lots of abalone.
BLACKBIRD Lily and Paul summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering before Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface between Lily and her daughters Jennifer and Anna.
Starring: Susan Sarandon,
Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska,
Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson
Director: Roger Michell
GOD OF THE PIANO
Anat (Naama Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the boy grows up indifferent to his destiny as a great pianist, Anat will have to stand up to her father - and her own actions.
If it hadn't been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Greg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. This fascinating documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries.
HAVE A TECHNICAL QUESTION? Every film released in our Virtual Cinema is available through the individual distributor's websites and streaming services. If you are having technical issues, please visit the respective film page and browse the links to the distributor FAQ and contact information.
NOTE: The distributors of these films give a portion of the revenue from V-Tickets back to us, so your film rentals directly help support the Cultural Center. Thank you for watching!