Welcome to this episode of Big Conversations, Little Bar with Patrick Evans and Randy Florence, where we have the privilege of sitting down with Kim Waltrip, an accomplished Producer and Director whose remarkable career has left an indelible mark on the film industry. From 7 Days to Vegas to The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Hit & Run, Kim has worked with a stellar cast, including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Dax Shepard, and Kristen Bell. Join us as we explore her diverse filmography, ranging from musical dramas like Never Alone to impactful documentaries like I Didn't Come Here to Die.
Beyond her cinematic achievements, Kim has played a crucial role in the Palm Springs community. As the former President of Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, she founded the Filmmakers Lab, empowering members with hands-on experience in filmmaking. Kim's commitment to education extends to her role on the board of the College of the Desert's Film School. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Outreach for Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse, actively contributing to the fight against opioid abuse.
In this episode, we delve into Kim's journey from a successful modeling career in New York City to her decades of influential work in the Coachella Valley. Randy and Patrick explore her philanthropic efforts including organizing charity events and how the loss of her friend Sonny Bono brought her to the desert. It all happen from the corner booth at Skip Paige’s Little Bar – the Center of the Coachella Valley Universe in Palm Desert. This is a conversation you won't want to miss, as we uncover the multifaceted life and impactful contributions of the extraordinary Kim Waltrip.