“Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha” premieres at PS High School Auditorium with an enthusiastic crowd

by Oliver Carnay

(Palm Springs, CA - February 7, 2015) -- Actor James Franco spearheaded an enthusiastic crowd at Palm Springs High School, arriving at the Premiere together with his students at University of Southern California (USC), for a special Premiere of their film, a new adaptation of the classic tale of “La Mancha” entitled “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,” part of the ongoing Palm Springs International Festival, which is running from January 2 through the 12th.

From the film, Franco graced the red carpet posing with photographers and talking to the media, were co-actors Carmen Argenziano, Horation Sanz, Reinaldo Zavarce, Anthony Skordi, and Steve Bannos along with directors/students David Beier, DAve Dorsey, Mahin Ibrahim, Austin Kolodney, Will Lowell, Drue Metz, Alana Waksman, Xu Zhang, with writers Jonathan Maurer, Jonathan Trippeer, Anthony Twarog and producers Vanessa Pantley and Tarek Tohme.

The original picaresque, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote has retained its seminal place in the Western imagination for four centuries. For the 400th anniversary of the publication of the second volume of the mad would-be knight’s adventures, this new version executive-produced by Franco James Franco and directed by ten of his students at USC, Franco has pulled together the best and brightest from his advanced film production course and drawn on his many industry contacts to present this warm-hearted character-based comedy. Rich in period detail, this collaborative effort (ten students share the directors credit) stars veteran character actors Carmen Argenzino as Quixote and Horatio Sanz as the knight’s often -hilarious truth-telling sidekick Sancho Panza. As the game duo tilt at windmills, the film stays faithful to Cervantes’ original vision while, int eh words of the producers, “making the story accessible to modern viewers.”