Shorts Showcase Awards Ceremony
Palm Springs, California
By Laura P. Valtorta
Palm Springs, California, October 24, 2014. I knew I was in the desert when I saw a big bird in the hotel parking lot. A Road Runner!! It was about a foot long from crest to tail feathers. It was looking for bugs and scraps, I guess.
That’s the way I feel about my visit to Palm Springs. Without the company of Marco, I’m scrounging for smiles and scraps of conversation. I do this by joining tour groups and taking the breathtaking tram ride to the top of one of the mountains surrounding Palm Springs. The desert is rocky and dry. Even in October the temperature soars to 90 degrees F in the afternoons. Atop the mountain, 6,516 feet high, it was about 65 degrees and dotted with pine trees that produce huge cones.
My cab driver from the Agua Caliente resort to the tram was a lady from Iran who has lived here for 20 years. “This desert is beautiful,” she said, “and the people are starting to discover it.”
The Shorts Showcase awards ceremony was interesting and filled with a Hollywood-type movie crowd: cinematographers and animation specialists who work for large studios in LA but have branched out to make their own short films. I sat next to a young woman who produced “Modern Love.” I was there with my narrative short – “Disability.” We were both finalists for awards. “Disability” won second place for most votes for a comedy. Unfortunately the second place awards were not announced on stage – but they did show clips from all the finalists. I received a certificate that will be framed once I get back to South Carolina.
The Shorts Showcase, which puts on a bimonthly program for the local PBS station – KVCR – in Palm Springs, has just received a contract to broadcast nationally! Congratulations to Leanna Bonamici and Cheryl Blythe, who run the Shorts Showcase. This means that “Disability” will probably be broadcast nationally.
I received compliments about Einab Weingarten, the lovely actress who stars in “Disability.”
WWW.SHORTSSHOWCASE.COM. Go there, and continue to watch great short films.