USA, 2006, 125 Minute Running Time
Program: Gala Presentations
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Each year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival encompasses many magical special events, but few can compare with the annual closing weekend party thrown for the Festival by longtime Festival supporters and renowned Palm Springs philanthropists Jim and Jackie Lee Houston. The Houston Gala, which always centers on an inspired and outrageously entertaining movie-theme (previous years have seen glorious tributes to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Golden Globes), is equally celebrated for the talents who have performed for its fortunate guests. This year’s Houston Gala continues that tradition, and perhaps goes it one better: in honor of this year’s fabulous musical sensation, Dreamgirls, the party will have a doubly dreamy ambience with a centerpiece performance by Golden Globe nominee and show-stopping singing & acting sensation Jennifer Hudson, who is by all accounts the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress honors at the Oscars®, on the strength of her magnificent performance in that film. At the Houston Gala, Hudson will be presented with The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2007 Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in Dreamgirls.
Join us for this very special evening celebrating all things musical (and movie-cal), as the Houstons once again play generous hosts at their glamorous Las Palmas estate, with a party to benefit the programs and mission of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The party will follow a very special screening of Dreamgirls at the Festival’s newly renovated Palm Canyon Theatre. Click here to buy tickets.
DIRECTOR: Bill Condon
Producer: Laurence Mark David Geffen
Editor: Virginia Katz
Screenwriter: Bill Condon Tom Eyen
Cinematographer: Tobias A. Schliessler
Music: Henry Krieger
Principal Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson
Filmography: Kinsey (2004), Gods and Monsters (1998), Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)