Palm Springs Planning Shorts Showcase and Conrad Tribute

by Eugene Hernandez

The Accountant (Ray McKinnon) advises Tommy O'Dell (Walton Goggins).

© 2002 Ginny Mule Pictures.

Academy Award winners are among the shorts that will be showcased at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 9-20). Additionally, the organizers have put together a tribute to the late Conrad Hall.

Last year's Oscar winner "The Accountant," by Ray McKinnon, is set for a screening with four other shorts that are Academy Award winners or nominees. The other winner on tap, for the program this Sunday, is Chris Tashima's 1997 winner, "Visas and Virtue." Selections from the annual Palm Springs Shortsfest are also among the short films selected for the festival. Best of the Festival winner "The Wormhole" by Jessica Sharzer will screen in the Best of the Shortsfest programs on January 14 and 18. Other shorts on tap are Alan Brown's 2002 Festival Future Filmmaker winner "O Beautiful" and Sabrina Dhawan's 2000 Best of the Festival winner, "As Night Falls."

In other news from Palm Springs, the festival will salute cinematographer Conrad Hall, who passed away this week. Among those scheduled to appear at the tribute this Saturday are cinematographers Dante Spinotti, Vilmos Zsigmond, Walter Carvalho, and Adam Greenberg. Five Conrad films set to screen at the festival are "Road to Perdition," "The Day of the Locust," "Fat City," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," and "In Cold Blood."

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