Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rose McGowan and Taylor Kitsch are among the directors who will have films at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest, PSISF organizers announced on Thursday.
Actors appearing in the films at the festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, include Oscar Isaac, Danny DeVito, Sarah Paulson, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd, Nick Offerman, Jenna Fischer, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Tony Hale and Alex Karpovsky.
The festival will also include “Human Voice,” a new short from Italian director Edoardo Ponti featuring Ponti’s wife, Sophia Loren.
The 330 films to screen in the desert resort town 100 miles east of Los Angeles will include 84 world premieres, 71 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres. They will appear in 52 thematically-organized programs and will screen from June 17 to June 23 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. A 3,000-film short film market will run concurrently.
The complete line-up will be posted on www.psfilmfest.org on June 8, with tickets on sale on June 10.
In a press release announcing the selection, PSSF director Kathleen McInnis said this year’s submissions moved “away from the angst-ridden drama of the past few years, and more towards hopefulness and sheer fun.”
The festival’s films will include “Dawn” (photo at top), the directorial debut of actress McGowan; “Pieces,” directed by Kitsch; “Columbite Tantalie,” directed by Ejiofor, “Jerome’s Boquet,” directed by Bebe Neuwirth
Others include Sarah Paulson in “#twitterkills,” Nick Offerman in “The Gunfighter,” Jenna Fischer in “It’s Okay,” Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent in “The Phone Call,” Shohreh Aghdashloo in “Still Here,” Oscar Isaac in “Ticky Tacky,” Danny Devito in “Today’s The Day” and Alex Karpovsky in “The Young Housefly.”
Also: Jayma Mays in “Awkward Expressions of Love,” Natalie Dormer and Rufus Sewell in “The Brunchers,” Ian Hart in “Conversation with a Cigarette,” Lee Meriwether in “The Curse of the Un-Kissable Kid,” Alan Ruck in “DESTROYER,” Ioan Gruffudd in “Eddie,” Martin Starr in “Leonard in Slow Motion,” Mark Strong in “Nosferatu in Love,” Josh Ackland and Juliet Stevenson in “The Portrait,” Luke Kirby in “Sure Thing,” Sally Kirkland and Burt Young in “Tom in America,” Tony Hale and Frankie Faison in “Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow,” Rutger Hauer in “Turn,” Richard Kind in “What Cheer?,” Barry Bostwick, Missi Pyle, Cheyenne Jackson, Rob Riggle and Carmen Electra in “Dragula” and Pyle in “Somebody’s Mother.”
I’ve added a few Taylor goodies to the gallery today with thanks to Claudia! We have one new photoshoot, a magazine scan and a still from The Normal Heart. Enjoy everyone!
There are a lot of reasons to watch the premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart this Sunday and one is a bit more superficial than the others—Taylor Kitsch is in it. All of the other great things about the movie are kind of added bonuses: the important subject matter, the rest of the impressive cast, the promising trailer. Any Friday Night Lights fan probably would’ve watched the movie even without all of that, so it’s exciting to know that we can see Tim Riggins in something that’s probably going to be legitimately good. To promote The Normal Heart and his upcoming film The Grand Seduction, Kitsch spoke with Variety and revealed a lot about himself in the brief interview. Here’s what we learned.
HE USES THE PHRASE “ALL YOU CAN KITSCH”
When Variety’s film editor Ramin Setoodeh told Kitsch that he watched both films the night before, his response was, ”Oh man! All you can Kitsch.” This might be the most glorious phrase of all time and should immediately enter the greater cultural lexicon. “Hey man, what’d you do this weekend?”
“Not much, just watched some Friday Night Lights and finally saw Lone Survivor.”
“Nice! All you can Kitsch!”
HE LIKES TO TALK DIRTY
Apparently The Grand Seduction includes a phone sex scene (so add that one to your list of things to watch) and they had to stop at one point because Kitsch was improv-ing and took things a little too far. Maybe Kitsch has something in common with Riggins.
HIS ACTING PROCESS
It seems that for Kitsch, going off-script is pretty uncommon. He told Setoodeh that he’s ”a big guy on instinct,” especially in smaller independent films. However he also does a lot of research when a role requires it, as The Normal Heart did. Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted Wall Street banker, and used letters and documentaries to try to understand the character better, in addition to spending time with the film’s writer, Larry Kramer, to get more notes on his performance.
Kitsch also said, “Wardrobe is a huge thing for me in any gig,” so now we know he must really love cowboy boots.
HIS SURPRISINGLY LOW-MAINTENANCE HAIR
In The Normal Heart, Kitsch has neatly styled blonde hair and revealed that not only did this mark the first time he’d ever dyed his hair, but really the first time he’d put any real effort into it. “I didn’t even know what a blowout was until this movie. I don’t remember the last time I combed my hair.”
So that means that all of those times Tim Riggins’ hair was perfectly framing his face or majestically blowing in the wind, it had just sprouted out of Kitsch’s head that way. Hopefully in his next interview, Kitsch will reveal what magical shampoo he uses.
THERE COULD’VE BEEN A JOHN CARTER SEQUEL
We all know that John Carter didn’t exactly turn out to be Kitsch’s big movie break the way it supposed to, because it was you know, a terrible movie. But if we’d all just gotten past that and gone to see it, then the planned sequel would’ve actually been made which, according to Kitsch, was “fucking awesome” and “more emotionally taxing.” Thanks a lot, 2012 me, you ruined the opportunity to see a brooding, shirtless Kitsch.
HE WANTS TO DIRECT
Kitsch wrote and directed a short film called The Pieces about a drug drop that goes awry and was recently given full funding to turn it into a full-length movie. Hopefully in terms of quality, it’ll be more like FNL and The Normal Heart than John Carter—especially since Kitsch will be spending his time behind the camera.
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