April 4-8 marks the beginning of the 2013 American Documentary Film Festival and one of the most exciting weeks of the Palm Springs social season. Our world famous desert resort has long been a favorite vacation destination and second home retreat to the entertainment industry. It makes perfect sense then that the now largest documentary film festival on the West Coast calls Palm Springs home, as well. Only a 2 hour drive away from Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley provides serenity, nonstop fun, and plenty of cultural stimulation without ever having to get on an airplane or find your passport.
This year the iconic diva Ms. Dionne Warwick will open the festival at a gala screening of the film Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her family, the story of the legendary Drinkard family which spawned the incomparable voices of Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston, and Dionne Warwick. Undoubtedly, for Ms. Warwick, this will be a bittersweet event having lost her beautiful niece, songbird Whitney Houston last year, at such a young age.
The distinguished staff and board of the American Documentary Film Festival and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, who put on this event each year, are all veteran filmmakers, consummate artists, accomplished business owners and tireless supporters of the arts and education both locally and statewide. It is truly an honor to have them as neighbors here in the Coachella Valley. Their contributions to the cultural enrichment of Palm Springs are remarkable.
So many of my clients, who have also become friends, hail from the Los Angeles entertainment community. An unparalleled inventory of luxury homes coupled with the lowest interest rates we will probably ever see in our lifetime have made this the year to add to your real estate portfolio. As new and upcoming documentary filmmakers become a permanent part of the trendsetting Palm Springs community, they are looking for desert retreats that provide the level of privacy and gracious living they have observed among the older and longtime residents.
After all, it is not a stretch to say that the word luxury and Palm Springs are synonymous. The best of dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural pursuits are all right here at our fingertips. Events such as the American Documentary Film Festival remind us all of just how blessed we are to live in the Coachella Valley. As we watch the various documentaries, many of which were filmed in foreign countries depicting lifestyles and situations most of us can only imagine, it is great to know that this desert Valley is one of the most generous areas for charitable giving on the planet. In fact, a portion of the proceeds From the American Documentary Film Festival go toward financing educational documentaries for developing young filmmakers. Don’t miss this stellar event coming soon.
For more information on the American Documentary Film Festival visit http://americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com