Vegas Cine Fest Opens With Films, Celebs, Panels & Parties
It’s hard to believe but Vegas Cine Fest, which is being held from August 25-27 at the Tropicana Las Vegas Resort and Casino, is almost here. As many people know I am the marketing consultant for the award-winning documentary MORE TO LIVE FOR and have been getting the word out about our Las Vegas Premiere on Friday, August 26 at 7:00pm. There will be a red carpet beforehand from 4:00pm – 6:00pm and a Q&A with director Noah Hutton and producer James Chippendale afterwards. We will also be hosting a bone marrow drive from 5:00pm – 10:00 inviting everyone to join the International Registry (a cheek swab) free of charge. Finishing off the evening will be an after-party at Nikki Café hosted by Hutton.
Now in its third year, the Festival is also featuring 50+ films, two filmmaking panels, three after parties and celebrity red carpets. They will also be honoring director John Landis (Blues Brothers, Animal House) with a special Filmmaking Lifetime Achievement Award. Landis will be attending on Saturday, August 27th when his latest feature, the festival’s closing film “Burke and Hare” has its first U.S. screening at 2:00pm. This will be followed by a Q&A and then the red carpet leading up to the awards ceremony. Another one of the director’s projects “Some Guy Who Kills People”, which Landis executive produced, will open the festival on August 25th at 7pm following a red carpet that begins at 4:00pm. Director Jack Perez, producer Ryan Levin and actor Barry Bostwick will be in attendance for the premiere.
Other highlights include the Festival World Premiere on August 26th at 2:00pm of “Sometimes When We Touch”, a documentary featuring eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Director Sandrine Orabona, who was the cinematographer of the acclaimed Michael Jackson film “This Is It” will be attending and participating and participating in an audience Q&A afterwards. Also on Friday, the friendly fire documentary from Chris Grimes “A Second Knock at the Door” will be screening. Then on Saturday morning director James Redford’s “Quality Time” starring Jason Patric will be shown followed by a Q&A. Redford will also be receiving an award during the ceremonies later on that day.
Also on Saturday, there will be a Film Finance & Distribution Panel with Executive Producer Michel Shane (Catch Me If You Can, I, Robot); Adrian Ward, Sr. VP, National Bank of California; Page B. Ostrow, President Ostrow & Company; Sam Eigen, Shoreline Entertainment and Entertainment Lawyer Steve Pacitti and a Film Producers Directors Panel featuring Noah Hutton (Director, More to Live For); James Redford (Producer/Director, Quality Time); Sandrine Orabona (Director, Sometimes When We Touch); Joseph Singer (Producer, Doctor Dolittle Dante’s Peak, Courage Under Fire) and Executive Producer Marvin Lipschultz.
Among the other films that will be screened during the three day event are The Music Video “Naked City”, which was shot in Las Vegas by local filmmakers; the Winner Best Featurette 2010 Selection “Deadbeat”; the dark comedy “Daddy’s Little Girl”; “Project Happiness” featuring Richard Gere, George Lucas and the Dalai Lama; Derek Frey’s “The Ballad of Sandeep”, the highly acclaimed Featurette “Cerise”; and shorts “Night Hawks”, “Suture” and “Spare”.
The festivities for the awards ceremony will include performances by musician Duncan Faure and comedian Carla Rea and there will be a closing night party to top off the evening. Jeff Grinstein Entertainment will be handling the production aspects of the show. For a full schedule of events plus ticket information about the festival visit the Vegas Cine Fest website at www.vegascinefest.com. There is also a deal available now on GROUPON, which can be checked out at http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-vegas-cine-fest.