The Palm Springs International Film Society has joined efforts with the Friends of the Rancho Mirage Public Library in order to bring a new monthly event to the Coachella Valley in 2009. The Behind the Scenes filmmaker speaker series will highlight the unsung heroes of the big screen. You know their films, now meet the people behind them!

Keep your eyes on this page for more details. Each event is free and will be held at the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

The following Tuesday screenings begin at 7 p.m.:

April 14 :: Screenwriting

John August

Selected Filmography: The Nines, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Charlie's Angels, Titan A.E., Go

Nominated for BAFTA's and Grammy's alike, screenwriter John August has been garnering attention for the past decade.  He first received kudos for his multi-perspective indie film, Go, directed in 1998 by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).  A frequent collaborator with director Tim Burton, August has provided the screenplays for Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.  In 2007, he directed his first feature-length film, The Nines, based on his own script.  August's next projects include Dark Shadows, a stop-motion adaptation of Burton's short film, Frankenweenie, and an adaptation of graphic novel Preacher with Sam Mendes attached to direct.  A frequent advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, August also runs a web site aimed at budding screenwriters.

May 19 :: Producing

John Cameron

Selected Filmography:
"Friday Night Lights," Lakeview Terrace, Lars and the Real Girl, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights, The Ladykillers, Bad Santa, Intolerable Cruelty, The Man Who Wasn't There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Rushmore, The Big Lebowski, Fargo
First assistant director: Men in Black, Get Shorty, The Tie That Binds, The Quick and the Dead, The Hudsucker Proxy, Dazed and Confused, Army of Darkness, Darkman, Crimewave

Michigan native John Cameron began his film career with high school friends Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and actor Bruce Campbell. Following the 1978 short film directed by Cameron, Shemp Eats the Moon, the three worked on the now cult Army of Darkness, for which Cameron acted as first assistant director – a title he often held in early Raimi films. Cameron first worked with the Coen Brothers in that position on the film, The Hudsucker Proxy, which would lead to his current career in producing that includes numerous Coen Brothers films such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. In 2004, he co-produced Friday Night Lights and now co-executive produces the hit TV spin-off of the same name.

June 9 :: Casting

David Rubin

Selected Filmography: Yes Man, Recount, Lars and the Real Girl, Hairspray, Charlie Bartlett, For Your Consideration, In Her Shoes, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Negotiator, City of Angels, Fallen, Men in Black, My Best Friend's Wedding, The English Patient, Romeo + Juliet, Sabrina, Get Shorty, Waterworld, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Firm, Hoffa, My Cousin Vinny, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Addams Family, Days of Thunder, The War of the Roses, Scrooged, Less Than Zero, Spaceballs, The Name of the Rose

David Rubin's career as an award-winning casting director began after assisting casting director Mary Goldberg on such films as Silkwood and Amadeus. He then moved to L.A. to team with veteran casting director Lynn Stalmaster on The Name of the Rose and The Big Easy. Rubin has since worked on films directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), Barry Sonnenfeld (Get Shorty, Men in Black, The Addams Family) and Sydney Pollack (Random Hearts, Sabrina, The Firm), in addition to working with directors Baz Luhrmann, P.J. Hogan, Christopher Guest, Mel Brooks, Richard Donner and Danny DeVito. He was instrumental in introducing American audiences to Nicole Kidman and casting Marisa Tomei in her Oscar-winning role in My Cousin Vinny. Rubin has been nominated 18 times for the Casting Society of America's Artios Award, and awarded the prize for Fried Green Tomatoes and the Emmy-winning Recount.

July 14 :: Production Design

Lauren Polizzi

Selected Filmography:
Art Director:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Knocked Up, The TV Set, Be Cool, The Alamo, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, "The X-Files," The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Asst. Art Director: The Time Machine, Mercury Rising, Amistad, Independence Day, Species
Set Designer: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Ocean's Twelve, Edtv, Michael, Devil in a Blue Dress, Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her

Lauren Polizzi earned her degree from UCLA's Theater of Fine Arts where she discovered a love and aptitude for set design. She honed her skills on many diverse feature films, and in 1994, she moved up to Asst. Art Director. She has since acted as Art Director, with credits including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Knocked Up, The TV Set and "The X-Files" TV series. Polizzi received an Art Director's Guild award and Emmy Nomination for her work on Season Six of "The X-Files", an ADG and Oscar nomination for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an ADG nomination for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and an ADG nomination as Asst. Art Director on Amistad. Last summer she completed Art Directing on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and she is currently working on Date Night, a Tina Fey and Steve Carell comedy.

September 1 :: Stuntwork

Terry Leonard

Selected Filmography:
Stunt coordinator &/or Second unit director:
Fast & Furious 2-4, Firewall, The Forgotten, The Sum of All Fears, Wild Wild West, Mighty Joe Young, Rush Hour, The Horse Whisperer, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Maverick, Tombstone, The Fugitive, Romancing the Stone, Conan the Barbarian, Apocalypse Now
Stunts: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Transporter 2, My Fellow Americans, Patriot Games, Far and Away, Backdraft, 48 Hrs., Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Planet of the Apes

Dragged under a truck (Raiders of the Lost Ark), driving off of a waterfall (Romancing the Stone), blowing up helicopters (Apocalypse Now) -- all in a day's work for legendary stuntman Terry Leonard. A cowboy at heart, he is a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and broke into stuntwork on westerns with the John Wayne-John Ford family of stuntmen in films such as El Dorado. He has worked behind the camera for the past three decades as one of the most respected second unit action directors. Winner of the World Stunt Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award and inductee into the Motion Picture Stuntman's Hall of Fame, Leonard has created some of the most memorable action moments in film.

November 10 :: Sound Design

Richard King

Selected Filmography: The Dark Knight, There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The 11th Hour, The Prestige, Firewall, The White Countess, War of the Worlds, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, S1m0ne, Signs, The Exorcist, Unbreakable, Get Carter, Pollock, Magnolia, Gattaca, Kansas City, Twister, Waterworld, Rob Roy

Richard King has certainly made his mark in the world of sound design. King has won one of the eight Academy Awards nominated for The Dark Knight, both an Oscar and BAFTA for Master and Commander, an Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and multiple wins and nominations for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award.

December 8 :: Film Editing

Dylan Tichenor

Selected Filmography: Doubt, There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Brokeback Mountain, Cold Creek Manor, The Royal Tenenbaums, Unbreakable, Magnolia, Hurlyburly, Boogie Nights, Jazz '34

Dylan Tichenor began his career as Geraldine Peroni's assistant on numerous Robert Altman films including The Player and Short Cuts, and ultimately completed her work on Brokeback Mountain when she passed away while editing. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for There Will Be Blood and numerous American Cinema Editor awards for his body of work, and has established himself as the editor of such renowned directors as Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson and M. Night Shyamalan.