Palm Springs Shortfest film features local school, pride parade

June 18th, 2013 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

The Palm Springs International Shortfest will offer up more than 300 films over the next week, but only one will spotlight a local school, a local tradition and a local filmmaker.

“The Pride of Palm Springs” is a short film about how Palm Springs High School marches in the city pride parade every year. The tradition to march in parade started as a controversial decision in 2006, but is now one of the band’s “most meaningful performances” according to the film website.

Here is the trailer for the film:



The film was directed by Sam Wilkerson, a former Palm Springs High School student, and his mother, Katy Wilkerson.

Sam Wilkerson said he marched in the parade, playing clarinet for the marching band, all four years he attended Palm Springs High. But it was only after he graduated that he realized the band’s participation was worth the spotlight.

“I had never seen the other side (of the event,) because I was always in the parade,” he said. “But the audience response is definitely something that is different at this parade than at any other.”

“The Pride of Palm Springs” is one of the few locally produced films in the festival. It will be show on Wednesday at 5 p.m., according to a new release from the Palm Springs Unified School District. To purchase tickets, or to get more info on the film festival, visit

This film was shown previously during the American Documentary Film Festival, which was held in Palm Springs in March. For more about Wilkerson and his other films check out his website.

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