This past week the Coachella Valley Art Scene had the opportunity to be involved in the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  As we helped contribute to the festival’s Social Media, we also sent some of our favorite local writers and filmmakers out to do interviews and write-ups.

Horror film lover and CVAS affiliate, Michelle Castillo, was the brave soul to take on the After Dark series at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Here is her recap of her experience:



Palm Springs International Film Festival: After Dark Re-cap

By Michelle Castillo

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Whether it’s the celebrity buzz or you have a bad case of wanderlust, what better way to cure it than with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. To have a world-renowned film festival in our backyard, is pretty darn rad! This past week the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival took place. Providing a variety of tastes for every film connoisseur.

Trying something new, the film festival debuted its late night feature called “After Dark.” The After Dark series promoted  films on the edgier side. Wanting to appeal to the late night film goers and a younger crowd this new series is definitely a fun way to do that.

This past weekend I went to check out the film, It Follows directed by David Robert Mitchell at the Palm Canyon Theater.  While waiting in line I chatted up a few of the film goers like Mickey and Sylvia Wong from West Covina and Mario Zaragoza from L.A. All avid film lovers, they were already enjoying this year’s festival and mentioned this is a great idea for late night movie goers. If you dig horror films, like they did, the close to midnight time slot added extra suspense.

The Palm Canyon Theater was the perfect venue for this segment of films, the vintage light fixtures and deep red decor added to the “after dark”  ambiance. The film It Follows  spun the classic horror settings with an original feel. The visual elements and musical score in the background added to the eeriness that someone familiar or something could be lurking just around the corner.

Although, it was an 11 PM showing the turnout was good. The crowd was diverse from young adults, film pass holders to out of towners. The After Dark series is a neat addition to the festival.



Photo Recap:

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The Coachella Valley Art Scene making buttons with film goers prior to the film screening.  It was a great way to break the ice and take home a hand-made souvenir!

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We took the PSIFF15 newspaper film schedules and recycled them on the spot to cool buttons!!

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Check out these cool Harold Matzner pins I made from the PSIFF15 newspapers.

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After watching the movie, and crafting, had to get a late night snack.  Thanks to IHOP (International House of Pankcakes) for being the only 24hr restaurant in Palm Springs.  Thanks to the Palm Springs International Film Festival for being awesome!  You guys should collabo sometime.  Just kidding.