During the Summer we are always looking for free, fun, cultural and community based events to invite our readers to go check out.  So when we were forwarded information about the free film series firing back up this Summer season we knew we had to share.

However this year, it’ more than just your standard free movie in the park community screening… PS Resorts is now in collaboration with Palm Springs International ShortFest for their Summer 2013 series so they will also be screening a cutting edge short film before each classic film.  Two films in one sitting for the price of zero.  Gotta love it.   

Seems like the perfect Friday evening event to bring a group of friends, blankets, drinks to and just have a great time under the stars (literally).

Make sure to show up early to reserve your spot because Marilyn fans don’t play hard to get!


Forever Marilyn Free Summer Film Series

with a new twist!..

Palm Springs International ShortFest x Forever Marilyn 2013

Come see a short film screen before a classic Marilyn Monroe flick!



Friday, May 3rd, 8:30pm

Pretty Little Doggie and Monkey Business

ShortFest screening: Pretty Little Doggie, USA, 7 min, ShortFest 2010
A restaurant employee is offered the chance to make some rapid righteous bucks in this amusing tale featuring a scheming blond, a hapless dog and a whole lot of mistaken assumptions

Monkey Business (1952) is a screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe. For more information, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_Business_(1952_film)



About the Film:

Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he’s a chemist seeking a “fountain of youth” formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant’s own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes up with just the formula Grant is looking for. This mixture is inadvertently dumped in the lab’s water supply; the fun begins when staid, uptight Grant drinks some of the “bitter” water, then begins cutting up like a teenager. A harmless afternoon on the town with luscious secretary Marilyn Monroe rouses the ire of Grant’s wife Ginger Rogers, but her behavior is even more infantile when she falls under the spell of the youth formula. Everyone remembers the best line in Monkey Business: foxy-grandpa research supervisor Charles Coburn hands the curvacious Monroe a letter and says “Get someone to type this”. Even better is his next line: after Monroe sashays out of the room, Coburn turns to Grant and, with eyes atwinkle, murmurs “Anyone can type.” Likewise amusing is Monkey Business’s pre-credits gag, wherein Cary Grant opens a door and is about to step forward when director Hawks, off-camera, admonishes “Not yet, Cary.” Among the co-conspirators on Monkey Business’s carefree script are Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer and I.A.L. Diamond, with an original story by Harry Segall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan) as their source. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi via Rotten Tomatoes




Check out what’s next:

Yours Truly and Niagara

Friday, May 17th, 8:30 PM

ShortFest screening: Yours Truly, U.K., 7 min, Shortfest 2007
Film Noir takes an animated turn when classic movie footage is remixed into a new stop-motion-fueled story

Niagara is a 1953 thriller-film noir, starring Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams (Max Showalter), and Marilyn Monroe. Unlike other film noirs of the time, Niagara was filmed in Technicolor and was one of Fox’s biggest box office hits of the year. For more information, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_(1953_film)

ShortFest at Forever Marilyn

Friday, June 7th, 8:30 PM
In celebration and anticipation of ShortFest, the annual festival of short films in Palm Springs to be held June 18-24, a special selection of shorts will be shown outdoors at Forever Marilyn. Films to be announced .

via P.S. Resorts

About Forever Marilyn

Forever Marilyn is the 26 ft. tall, 34,3OO lbs. sculpture of Marilyn Monroe by American artist and Johnson & Johnson heir Seward Johnson inspired by the famous photograph taken by Bernard of Hollywood from the film, The Seven Year Itch. The dramatic sculpture Forever Marilyn is extremely realistic – especially in the skin tones. Her unique patina involves 1O layers of hues with a matte finish except for the glossy elements of her lips, toe nails and the pearlized finish on the earrings. A passion for detail and an uncanny realism of pose are qualities often associated with the works of sculptor Seward Johnson. Well-known for recreating life in our times in vivid realism, with this work the artist explores in three dimensions why some visual images so captivate us that they become larger than life. These subjects outlive their own time periods and come to stand for something metaphoric and grand. Such is this most recent release from the hands of artist Seward Johnson, which arrived in Chicago for its international debut last year. Forever Marilyn belongs to the series entitled, ICONS REVISITED. – via P.S. Resorts

About P.S. Resorts

P.S. Resorts, the non-profit organization made up of local hoteliers to promote Palm Springs tourism through events and attractions, announced today a series of films featuring Marilyn Monroe will be screened outdoors at the Forever Marilyn sculpture at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

“We wanted to share the legacy of Marilyn Monroe’s acting career with her fans in Palm Springs in a fun way that everyone could enjoy”, said Aftab Dada, chairman of P.S. Resorts. “Outdoor movie screenings seemed just right with our warm summer evenings and the iconic Forever Marilyn sculpture in a pose from “The Seven Year Itch” as a backdrop.


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