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Films announced for Cinevegas 2003 (1 Viewer)


Senior HTF Member
Jan 17, 2001
Las Vegas
Real Name
John Steffens
Alright film lovers!
The film list for the 2003 Cinevegas film Festival is now up.
(did this for you Jason, but maybe there will be someone else besides me interested in this)

Festival Runs June 13-21st at the Palms Casino inside the Brenden Theater 14.

This is the smae festival I attended last year and saw such movies as
Spun-uncut, Sunshine State, Run Ronnie Run, Bubba Ho-Tep, No News From God

I will be attending the WHOLE ENTIRE THING!!
My reviews for ALL these films will be in the 2003 film list

Films are broken down into catagories.(the biggest films at near the bottom. I started with the least interesting ones)


Bunny Yeager's Nude Las Vegas (1964)
Director: Barry Mahon
A fictional account of Bunny Yeager's, famous for her photographs of Bettie Paige, trip to Vegas with her husband to take nude photos of showgirls.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro
Adapted from the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, it recounts a journalist drug induced trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race.

Queen of Diamonds (1992)
Director: Nina Menkes
Cast: Tinka Menkes

AREA 52-A bizarre and freakish collection of cult and midnight movies for the most hardcore movie fans.

Animal Charm: Wet and Reckless
Creators: Rich Bott and Jim Fetterly
Culling from a huge library of found educational and institutional videos from thrift stores and dumpsters of production companies, DJ video pirates Animal Charm, re-edit and destroy the images to show their true meaning below the warped surface.

Daddy Cool
Director: Brady Lewis
Cast: Streeter Nelson, Larry John Meyeres, John Amplas
An homage to 50's horror films about a woman who sees visions in her television and her therapist who happens to be a werewolf.

Director: Chris Fisher
Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, Brett Roberts, Danny Trejo
A fictional account of the real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez aka The Nightstalker that terrorized Los Angeles in the 80's.

REEL SPORTS-New this year is a collection of films fusing America's two favorite pastimes - movies and sports. These documentaries humanize athletes and demonstrate the extreme impact sports have on our society.

4th and Life
Director: Simeon Soffer
Narration: Burt Reynolds
About a prison football program in Louisiana's Angola State Penitentiary

The Dance
Director: John Darling Haynes
About a volunteer boxing coach in a state prison for 44 years, whose successful protégé is a contender for the heavyweight boxing championship.

Something to Cheer About
Director: Betsy Blankenbaker
About the first all black high school basketball team to win a state championship and produced some of the greatest basketball players of all time including Oscar Robertson.

Year of the Bull
Director: Todd Lubin
Follows the highs and lows of a high school football program in Miami over the course of a year.

Diamond Discoveries-Highlights of the best new American Independent films seeking distribution from some of the country's most promising new independent filmmakers

Assisted Living
Director: Elliot Greenebaum
Cast: Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Rily
A day in the life of a janitor in an assisted living facility.

The Beat
Director: Brandon Sonnier
Cast: Rahman Jamaal, Kazz Wingate IV
In a split narrative a young man follows two paths: his fathers dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper.

The Day my God Died (documentary)
Director: Andrew Levine
narration: Tim Robbins, Winona Ryder
On the illegal sex slave business in Nepal.

Jon E. Edwards Is In Love (documentary)
Directors: Chris Bradley & Kyle La Brache
On a singer struggling to make it in the business and life as he cares for his sick mother.

Director: Thomas Trail
Cast: Meredith Bishop, Jsu Garcia, Henry Czerny
About a young woman driven by a desire to steal and a security guard who becomes obsessed with her.

Last Man Running
Director: Damon Santostefano
Cast: Rick Gomez, Joshua Gomez
An actor drops everything to pursue his dream of becoming a demolition derby driver.

Put the Camera on Me (documentary)
Directors: Darren Stein, Adam Shell
A filmmaker's home movies are compiled into a fascinating portrait of - childhood, family and artistic passion.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (documentary)
Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain
On the coup and reinstatement of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

The Road Home
Director: Drew Johnson
Cast: Drew Johnson, Corinna Harney-Jones, Wilford Brimley
A baseball player longs to be with his childhood sweetheart.

Sam and Joe
Director: Jason Ruscio Cast: Petra Wright, Michael T. Ringer
A tragedy about a woman who must choose between the father of her child or a new love.

JACKPOT WORLD PREMIERES-A collection of highly anticipated world premiers.

Break a Leg
Director: Monika Mitchell
Cast: John Cassini, Jennifer Beals, Molly Parker, Kevin Corrigan, Sandra Oh
An actor, perennially on the verge of making it, takes matters into his own hands. An tragic portrayal of the classic anti-hero who will sink as low as he must to get to the top.

Breakfast With Hunter
Director: Wayne Ewing
A documentary on the infamous outlaw journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. An intimate look at the real-life trials and triumphs of the self-described "most elderly dope fiend in America" who created his own genre of writing- gonzo journalism- and changed the nature of American journalism forever. Featuring appearances by Johnny Depp, John Cusack, Benicio Del Toro, Ralph Steadman, P.J. O'Rourke and George Plimpton.

Dallas 362
Director: Scott Caan
Cast: Scott Caan, Shawn Hatosy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Lynch, Selma Blair, Heavy D
The story of two inseparable friends living their days and nights in the fast lane of Los Angeles, going from one day to the next, and one bar brawl after another, they happily find themselves in the middle of trouble… until they get in over their heads.

The Fittest
Directors: Jeff and Josh Crook
An unflinching look at the fragility and insecurity of the human animal. Presenting the dynamics between couples, friends and co-workers as a case study in evolution, a man seeks self-worth by having an affair with his boss' girlfriend, but his plan backfires.

Games People Play
Director: James Ronald Whitney
Just when you thought the whole reality craze could go no further comes GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, an extremely explicit and graphic reality game show where the contestants bare their skin and their souls.

Lady Killers
Director: Gary Preisler
Cast: Will Friedle, Chris Owen, Louise Lasser, Renee Taylor
A comedy about two twenty-something gold-digging men who scheme to marry elderly sisters in order to inherit their estate, but they soon find out they've messed with the wrong broads.

Private Property
Director: Elizabeth Dimon
Cast: Mirjana Jokovic, David Thornton, Tomas Arana
Music: Cindy Lauper
A psychological thriller about the relationship between predators and prey in the human struggle to survive. Isolated on a remote lighthouse island, four people find themselves thrown together by a fate that none of them can fully explain.

This Girls Life
Director: Ash
Cast: Juliette Marquis, James Woods, Rosario Dawson, Kip Pardue
A captivating and intimate portrait of an international porn star as she muses on life, love and loss.

SURE BETS-Advance screenings of high profile films with U.S. distribution

Garage Days (Australia)
Fox Searchlight
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Kick Gurry, Maya Stange, Pia Miranda, Russell Dykstra, Brett Stiller
The story of a garage band in Sydney, Australia trying to make it big.

Keep Your Eyes Open
Director: Tamra Davis
Cast: Sunny Garcia, Mat Hoffman, Mike D, Spike Jonze
A documentary about the best extreme sports athletes in the world.

Magdalene Sisters (UK)
Director: Peter Mullan
Cast: Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy
A true story about women in Ireland unjustly committed to a sisterhood asylum to atone for their perceived sins.

Octane - World Premiere
First Look Pirctures
Director: Marcus Adams
Cast: Madeline Stowe, Mischa Barton, Norman Reedus, Bijou Phillips, Johnathan Rhys-Meyers.
A mother must save her daughter from a blood-thirsty cult.

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (UK)
Sony Classics
Director: Shane Meadows
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rhy Ifans, Kathy Burke, Shirley Henderson
A spaghetti western set in working glass England.

Owning Mahowny
Sony Classics
Director: Richard Kwietniowski
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt
A true story about a mild mannered banker who is addicted to gambling and scams the bank out of millions to enable his addiction.

Shade - World Premiere
Director: Damian Nieman
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Melanie Griffith, Stuart Townsend, Jamie Foxx
About the world of underground poker games and martini bars in Los Angeles.

Sweet Sixteen (UK)
Lion's Gate
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Martin Compston, Annmarie Fulton
Determined to have a normal life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise money for a home.

Together (China)
United Artists
Director: Chen Kaige
Cast: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu
A loving father pushes his son to become a master violinist.

Whale Rider (New Zealand)
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene
A young girl goes against tradition in search of her destiny.


Senior HTF Member
Jan 17, 2001
Las Vegas
Real Name
John Steffens

I did decide to post reviews in the 2003 section, but figure it would to many posts for Jason, so I will do all my reviewing here starting on June 14th.

Now, I have worked it out to the tee, that I get to see EVERYTHING!!...even the shorts.

Plus I will be attending some Krispy Kreme screenwriting seminars, hosted my some top screenwriters(for some major movies)

Matthew Chmiel

Senior HTF Member
Apr 26, 2000
I might see Garage Days at CineVegas just as it is my most anticipated film to come out this year. The choices for films this year isn't as good as the ones from last year, but one of the movies I think has a genius premise is Lady Killers. ;)

Jason Seaver

Senior HTF Member
Jun 30, 1997
I did decide to post reviews in the 2003 section, but figure it would to many posts for Jason, so I will do all my reviewing here starting on June 14th.
Or, you could just post them in the Alternate/Indie/Foreign Thread, where they'll eventually be indexed and easily found by those looking for reviews of them at a later date; it's what I've done with the Boston Film Festival reviews over the past couple years.


Senior HTF Member
Jan 17, 2001
Las Vegas
Real Name
John Steffens
Thanks Jason Seaver,
I'll do just that.

just to let you know, about everyday and after every showing is when I'll do my reviews, b/c I'll be going straight to the special hospitality suite, to use the complimentry computers, to write my reviews.

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