Stills from Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine), one of our favorite entries at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Emilio Maillé looks back at the hypnotic legacy left behind by master cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Amid a montage of Figueroa’s most unforgettable images, some of the world’s most prominent cinematographers including Darius Khondji, Javier Aguirresarobe, Janusz Kasminski and Raoul Coutard discuss the continuing impact of his striking chiaroscuros from Mexican cinema’s Golden Age on the art of film today. This is the last weekend for the fest — come get your fix of international cinema while you can and stop by and see us at Afterfest, grab a cocktail, talk some Truffaut and do a cannonball into the pool. You can even score some tickets to a screening plus some wholesome vittles and wellness treatments at the Feel Good Spa when you get a room. ¡Viva Cinéma!

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Stills from Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine), one of our favorite entries at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Emilio Maillé looks back at the hypnotic legacy left behind by master cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Amid a montage of Figueroa’s most unforgettable images, some of the world’s most prominent cinematographers including Darius Khondji, Javier Aguirresarobe, Janusz Kasminski and Raoul Coutard discuss the continuing impact of his striking chiaroscuros from Mexican cinema’s Golden Age on the art of film today. This is the last weekend for the fest — come get your fix of international cinema while you can and stop by and see us at Afterfest, grab a cocktail, talk some Truffaut and do a cannonball into the pool. You can even score some tickets to a screening plus some wholesome vittles and wellness treatments at the Feel Good Spa when you get a room. ¡Viva Cinéma!








Stills from Blancanieves, a silent, monochromatic re-invention of the Grimm fairytale Snow White by director Pablo Berger. The film is set in 1920s Spain and brings to life a gored matador, a wicked nurse, a band of dwarves and a phosphorescent poisonous apple. Blancanieves breaks its mesmerizing message in a champagne bottle over the hull of the Palm Springs International Film Festival tomorrow at the festival’s opening night. Standby tickets are available at the door only. Join us afterward for Afterfest — running throughout the festival — where you can catch late night festivities, good food and some tipsy armchair film criticism by the hot tub. We still have some rooms open this weekend, and you can try your hand at winning two nights from Kiehl’s — who are also working with us to support the Desert AIDS Project during the festival — at Ace Palm Springs if you enter by noon PST Thursday. ¡Olé!

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Stills from Blancanieves, a silent, monochromatic re-invention of the Grimm fairytale Snow White by director Pablo Berger. The film is set in 1920s Spain and brings to life a gored matador, a wicked nurse, a band of dwarves and a phosphorescent poisonous apple. Blancanieves breaks its mesmerizing message in a champagne bottle over the hull of the Palm Springs International Film Festival tomorrow at the festival’s opening night. Standby tickets are available at the door only. Join us afterward for Afterfest — running throughout the festival — where you can catch late night festivities, good food and some tipsy armchair film criticism by the hot tub. We still have some rooms open this weekend, and you can try your hand at winning two nights from Kiehl’s — who are also working with us to support the Desert AIDS Project during the festival — at Ace Palm Springs if you enter by noon PST Thursday. ¡Olé!


We’re excited to partner with Kiehl’s during the Palm Springs International Film Festival in donating $5,000 to support the Desert AIDS Project — December 1 was National AIDS Awareness Day and we share a passion for carrying our support for DAP’s important work into the new year. Join us during AfterFest at Ace Palm Springs throughout the festival — book with code FILMFEST and get $25 toward food and drinks and $25 toward any treatment at the Feel Good Spa. You can also enter to win two nights from Kiehl’s here. Raunchy bingo, good music and new friends await you.


An educational poster during Rise Up’s heyday.

We’re excited to partner with Kiehl’s during the Palm Springs International Film Festival in donating $5,000 to support the Desert AIDS Project — December 1 was National AIDS Awareness Day and we share a passion for carrying our support for DAP’s important work into the new year. Join us during AfterFest at Ace Palm Springs throughout the festival — book with code FILMFEST and get $25 toward food and drinks and $25 toward any treatment at the Feel Good Spa. You can also enter to win two nights from Kiehl’s here. Raunchy bingo, good music and new friends await you.

An educational poster during Rise Up’s heyday.


Tonight, we kick off twelve days of AfterFest — the official Palm Springs International Film Festival afterparty at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. We love film more than life itself and most of our fanciful self-perceptions and wildest dreams are built of the flickering moments of cinematic glory that have forever burned themselves into our minds. So we’re excited to offer this, our second year of kindred celebration with film buffs along with a killer line-up of DJs, bands and some short films, plus all the late night food and spirits you could require. Tonight, we’re getting it all started with DJ Day’s ¡Reunión! in the Amigo Room.

Tonight, we kick off twelve days of AfterFest — the official Palm Springs International Film Festival afterparty at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. We love film more than life itself and most of our fanciful self-perceptions and wildest dreams are built of the flickering moments of cinematic glory that have forever burned themselves into our minds. So we’re excited to offer this, our second year of kindred celebration with film buffs along with a killer line-up of DJs, bands and some short films, plus all the late night food and spirits you could require. Tonight, we’re getting it all started with DJ Day’s ¡Reunión! in the Amigo Room.


INTERVIEW : MELISSA OSBORNE, DIRECTOR OF CHANGE

We’re excited to announce the kick-off of AfterFest at Ace Palm Springs — we’re hosting DJs, late night screenings and really, really late night dining at King’s Highway all throughout the Palm Springs International ShortFest. We’ll also feature interviews with some of the festival’s directors over the next week or so. First up: Melissa Osborne, director of the short film Change, which screens Friday, June 24 at 5:30pm.

Change is a about a gay Black teenager on the eve of Obama’s election and the success of Prop 8, wherein California voters banned state-sanctioned gay marriage. Can you talk about the film’s inception and how much the final cut reflects your intentions?

The film came about because I wanted to make a short film that I hoped would do more than entertain -– that would get people thinking. I was astounded by the irony on November 4th when Obama was elected and Prop 8 passed and I knew I wanted to tell that story. So I started imagining what that day might have been like for a black, gay teen. What did we — older and “wiser” adults — teach teenagers on that day? I was also aware of my blind faith that Prop 8 wouldn’t pass. I naively assumed that because we lived in California — a “liberal” state -– there was no way the voting residents would let the prop pass. I was wrong. So, those points became the starting blocks for the script CHANGE.

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A shot from Carole Sternicha's weekend at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. The Film Fest is kicking here all week, it’s 75 degrees and we just ordered ceviche and a Patrón Facial. Pretty good Monday.

A shot from Carole Sternicha's weekend at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. The Film Fest is kicking here all week, it’s 75 degrees and we just ordered ceviche and a Patrón Facial. Pretty good Monday.


Ladies, gentlemen and everyone else, we proudly announce the winner of our short film contest for two free passes to the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Filmmakers were required to use bellbottoms and umbrellas in honor of the festival’s opening night film, PoticheChristina Winkelmann and Morgan Swift sent us this ode to an unorthodox Christmas, The House with No Chimney. Thank you very much.

We have some special packages for the film festival that also involve free screening vouchers and passes. And we’re having tons of rad events during the festival, including screenings, movie trivia, live music and official festival parties.



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