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PSWIFT Broken Glass Awards honoree, Jennifer Todd, will produce the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26th.  Todd is a film and TV vet who worked closely with De Luca during the New Line Cinema days on such pics as the "Austin Powers" franchise. Todd and her sister, Suzanne Todd, ran the Team Todd production banner.  More recently Jennifer Todd has been a producer on "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Todd, who is also an exec producer on the new Syfy drama "Incorporated," is president of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck production company Pearl Street Films.


"State of the Industry" Annual Meeting - Where are we growing?
Panel of Experts!

What an incredible panel for our State of the Industry Annual Meeting at the beautiful Mission Hills CC on January 31st! This informative panel discussion was on the film industry here in the Coachella Valley. Each of the panelists gave us a report card on what has happened in the last year - related to growth of the industry, what the plans are for the coming year-and how we-all can help! A Special thank you Dr. Susan Murphy for being our moderator and to Leanna Bonaminci for putting together this program for PSWIFT members!  Panel included Kate Anderson- Director of PR for Agustin Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Bettina Breckenfeld and Stephanie Stethem from Riverside County Film Comission, Sheri Davis - PS Film Office, Mary Jo Ginther - Director for the PS Bureau of Tourism, Jan Maguire - Film, Arts & Entertainment Manager for the GPSCVB and Richard "Kip" Serafin - Principal of the Kip Group/Locations 760.  
Welcome PSWIFT's Newest Board Members!

Warren Jones, Executive Producer of The Jones Group and Janet Zappala, Anchor/Your Health Matters Reporter KMIR TV

Media Mavens Valentine invitation!

This will be fun and it's free! 
VALENTINE'S DAY, Tuesday, February 14th
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Palm Desert with Local Authors
(Palm Desert, CA) Renowned authors Fern Field Brooks and Thom Racina will talk about love, loss and laughter joining Dr. Leslie Todd at the Town Center Compounding Pharmacy at 72-624 El Paseo in Palm Desert who will explain hormones, happiness and health from 2 - 4 p.m.
Fern Field Brooks has been in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, beginning her career at Norman Lear's Tandem Productions and working as assistant to the Executive Producer of the sitcom Maude. Most recently she produced USA's hit television series Monk, which ended in an 8 season run, and she was Consulting Producer on the indie feature film "Shakespeare's Cat." She has been honored with a prime-time Emmy, two Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Awards and more.
Ms. Field is also a respected author. Her first book, "Letters To My Husband ..." has been published in hard cover in the United States, Canada and Japan and she is now completing three more books - "Producers Don't Cry" based on her professional experiences, and autobiographies entitled "My Accidental Life" and "They Call Me Destiny" - a book she says her cat wrote in Italian and which she translated. She will have the books on hand and will autograph them personally (they're great Valentine gifts). Joining her will be Thom Racina, a well-known head writer and producer for General Hospital (1963), Days of Our Lives (1965), Another World (1964), and many other soap operas. RSVP to jnewcpr@aol.com
Tickets Still Available for
Do it or Die Private Movie screening
February 16th - Camelot Theatre
Directed by: Jorn Winther,  
Produced by: Denise DuBarry
Cinematographer: Bruce Feagle  
Editor: Brandon Worswick.
Starring: John Callahan, Denise DuBarry, David Naughton, Andrew McGuiness and Viktoria Stamm
DO IT OR DIE a feature film based on a true story about the brutal kidnapping of Palm Springs socialite and philanthropist, Elaine Chaddick in 1979.
In this fast-paced, action and psychological thriller, Elaine fights to stay alive in the middle of a California Desert using all of her people skills to prevent her sociopathic kidnapper from killing her. The FBI agent assigned to her case races against the clock to find her. To Purchase tickets Click Here

Member Spotlight
PSWIFT member Maryann Ridini Spencer, who writes, produces, hosts & reports "Simply Delicious Living" (PBS-TV, VenturaCountyStar.com) and "Sustainable Ventura News" (VenturaCountyStar.com and CAPS Media), has been nominated for FOUR Wave Awards - three for "Simply Delicious Living" and one for "Sustainable Ventura News"  out of thousands of entries submitted from the six western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada. Winners for each category will be announced at the WAVE AWARDS, March 8-10, 2017 at the ACM West Conference and WAVE Awards in Fresno, Ca. For more info on tickets and hospitality, go to http://ACMWEST.org.
Member Spotlight
Gina Carey Films " The Assumptions" Coming to the Camelot Theaters
Monday, February 27, 2017; 6:00pm 

Link to trailer:  https://vimeo.com/188460469

The Desert Symphony
El Paseo Jewelers
invite you to a
Sweethearts Open House
Thursday, February 9th
from 5-7pm.
Join the Palm Springs Hospitality Association  
Thursday, February 16, 2017
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration & Networking
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Speaker
Speaker Skip Paige with GOLDENVOICE
BookPALS News

This vital program depends on volunteers to read to students and it also depends on generous donat  ions for book purchases.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Tere Britton at 760-898-405 2.

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