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Celebrating the Arts: Special Screening of “The Day of the Locust” at Palm Springs Cultural Center

Nestled in the heart of Coachella Valley since 1967, the historic Camelot Theatres have long been a cherished spot for film enthusiasts. In 2007, this iconic venue took on a new identity as the Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC), thanks to the vision of local philanthropists Ric and Rozene Supple.

The Supple’s dream was to transform the theater into a hub for arts and culture, fostering creativity and community connections. Today, the PSCC stands as a testament to their mission, offering a rich tapestry of events including film festivals, farmers markets, live performances, art installations, and lecture series. These programs serve as vital points of inspiration, broadening the cultural horizons of the Coachella Valley.

This month, the PSCC is set to host a landmark event. On May 25, it will present a special 50th anniversary screening of director John Schlesinger’s cult classic, “The Day of the Locust.” Following the screening, attendees will be treated to a filmmaker Q&A session featuring acclaimed photographer and valley resident Michael Childers, who was Schlesinger’s long-time partner. Joining him will be film producer Peter Bart and actors William Atherton and Pepe Serna. The discussion will be moderated by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host and local resident Dave Karger. Proceeds from the event will support the PSCC’s ongoing cultural initiatives.

Portrait of Michael Childers | Photo by Michael Davis

Michael Childers emphasizes the importance of supporting PSCC: “This nonprofit continually enriches our community with incredible events. This screening is particularly special, reflecting themes that resonate deeply today. I’m excited to share behind-the-scenes stories from the film’s production.”

Dave Karger adds, “We’ve never shown ‘The Day of the Locust’ on TCM, so I’m thrilled to see it on the big screen in its newly digitized format and to engage in a conversation with Michael, Pepe, and Peter.”

Prior to the screening, there will be a VIP reception where attendees can purchase prints of Childers’ award-winning photography from the set of “Locust.” Proceeds from these sales will also benefit the PSCC.

In recognition of its outstanding community contributions, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is the recipient of this week’s $1,000 Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Power of Community grant. This support will help PSCC continue offering unique and enriching cultural experiences to the community.

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the intersection of film and community, and help support the invaluable work of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

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