GREETINGS  desertfilmsociety Members.

This is to announce our February, 2003, screening, the valley premiere of the civil war epic, GODS AND GENERALS.   Ric and Rozene Supple and Camelot Theatres are co-sponsoring this event with the desertfilmsociety and it promises to be a big night.  This screening is open to the public as a fund-raiser for KCET at $20 per person but, as a desertfilmsociety member, you will be admitted free.

KCET's Huell Howser will welcome and introduce guests, and the evening will be moderated by popular KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond.  Special guests will be Director and Screenwriter, Ronald F. Maxwell, and Actor Alex Hyde-White, who portrays General Ambrose Burnside.  Both gentlemen will preside over a "Q & A" session after the screening.

Saturday, February 1, 2003

The event starts at 6:00 p.m., with a Wine-and-Cheese Reception and the film screening will begin at 6:45 p.m.

To reserve your seat for this screening you must RSVP by name as a desertfilmsociety Member by noon Friday, January 31, 2003.  To RSVP contact the society directly, either by calling Larry Kaplanis at 322-6406 or by e-mailing Larry at   For admittance to the event you will need to present your desertfilmsociety membership card and a monthly screening coupon at the DFS table prior to entering the theatre.  Because of the special  nature of this event, you will not be able to transfer your monthly screening coupons.

Be sure to mention to your friends who may not have joined for the year 2003 that our signing bonus of 4 coupons good for any regularly-scheduled movie at Camelot Theatres ends on January 31, 2003.  We are already looking at another great movie for March and have an ‘Insider Forum’ scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2003.

About the film:GODS AND GENERALS, the epic screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded, best-selling novel, is a dramatic look at the Civil War - America's bloodiest conflict, in which more than 620,000 lives were lost.  A prequel to the acclaimed screen drama, GETTYSBURG, also directed by Ron Maxwell, the film is based on events which are sweeping in scope and made all the more compelling by the human-scaled drama it depicts.  A moving portrayal of a nation divided, GODS AND GENERALS begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, climaxing with the stunning Battle of Chancellorsville. The film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (JEFF DANIELS), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College, who gave up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army, and then went on to become one of the North's finest military leaders.  Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee (ROBERT DUVALL), a distinguished 25-year veteran of the United States Army and native Virginian, forced to choose between allegiance to his country and loyalty to his home state; and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (STEPHEN LANG), a devoutly religious man whose faith and courage and audacity made him an outstanding soldier and Lee's most trusted lieutenant.

THE CAST:    Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels, Mira Sorvino, Bruce Boxleitner and Alex Hyde-White.

RATED:  PG-13 for sustained battle sequences.