CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

The ninth annual CineVegas film festival runs Wednesday through June 16 in the Brenden Theatres at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road (unless otherwise indicated). Tickets are $10 per screening; passes range from $100 to $525. Information and tickets are available online at www.cinevegas.com, by telephone at (888) 883-4278 or at the box office inside the Palms.

The complete screening schedule:

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. Vanguard Producer Award: Jerry Weintraub — CineVegas honors the "Ocean’s Thirteen" producer prior to the opening-night benefit screening.

THURSDAY

7 p.m. "The Grand" (at the Golden Nugget, 129 Fremont St.) — Professional poker gets the mockumentary treatment in an improv comedy, filmed in Las Vegas, featuring Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Dennis Farina, Michael McKean and Cheryl Hines.

7:30 p.m. "The Devil Came on Horseback" — This documentary follows a Marine captain’s odyssey from military observer to witness to genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

FRIDAY

3 p.m. "The Grand" — see 7 p.m. Thursday.

3:30 p.m. "I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone" — A homeless man, an immigrant worker and a coffee shop waitress form a romantic triangle in Kuala Lumpur.

6 p.m. "Choose Connor" (world premiere) — A teen (Alex Linz) discovers politics, and more, when a Senate hopeful (Steven Weber) taps him as his youth spokesman.

6:30 p.m. "Bad Habits (Malos Hábitos)" (U.S. premiere) — An extended family hungers for meaning in a Mexican drama.

8:30 p.m. "The Living Wake" (world premiere) — In this eccentric British comedy, a self-proclaimed artistic genius (Mike O’Connell) enlists his best friend ("The Squid and the Whale’s" Jesse Eisenberg) to chronicle his final hours.

9 p.m. "VIVA" — It’s 1972, and a desperate housewife discovers women’s lib — not to mention nudist camps, the hippie scene, orgies and more — in a sexploitation pastiche.

SATURDAY

1 p.m. "Loren Cass" (U.S. premiere) — Conflicts explode in 1997 Florida as a cycle of violence engulfs going-nowhere characters.

1:30 p.m. "Never On a Sunday (Morirse En Domingo)" — Trying to bury his uncle, a young man becomes embroiled in a series of gruesome adventures in modern-day Mexico City.

3 p.m. "LOOK" (world premiere) — Hidden security cameras provide the vantage point for interwoven stories.

3:30 p.m. Short films 1: People, Loving People — Exploring the human condition, from shocking comedy to bus-stop melancholy.

4:30 p.m. "Choose Connor" — see 6 p.m. Friday.

6 p.m. "All God’s Children Can Dance" (world premiere) — The first English-language adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story follows a troubled son in search of his father — and the truth.

6:30 p.m. "Eagle vs. Shark" — Two misfits find each other — maybe — in a deadpan romantic comedy from New Zealand comedian Taika Waititi.

7:30 p.m. "Once Upon a Time Maria (Eros Una Vez María)" (U.S. premiere) — A Mexican comedy about a filmmaker obsessed by the title character of his latest documentary.

8:30 p.m. "Careless" (world premiere) — An offbeat romantic comedy with Colin Hanks on the trail of a mystery — and, perhaps, the woman of his dreams.

9 p.m. "Garbanzo Gas" (world premiere) — Gonzo indie actor and filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews returns with an out-there tale of a motel and its crazed inhabitants.

11 p.m. "My Name Is Bruce" — CineVegas fave Bruce Campbell ("Bubba Ho Tep") finds himself kidnapped by the residents of an Oregon town who hope he can help them fight the monster menacing them in a work-in-progress written, directed by and starring Campbell.

SUNDAY

Noon "Hollywood Heart" — The results of a filmmaking workshop for kids.

1:30 p.m. "The Living Wake" — See 8:30 p.m. Friday.

3 p.m. "Throwing Stars" (world premiere) — Four buddies looking for fun find more than they bargained for in a comedy-drama featuring "ER’s" Scott Grimes, Jason London and "Seinfeld’s" Wayne Knight.

3:30 p.m. "Bad Habits (Malos Hábitos)" — See 6:30 p.m. Friday.

4:30 p.m. Short films 2: Splatter Time — A sensory explosion awaits in everything from "The Caress of the Creature" to "Filthy Food."

6 p.m. "The Fifth Patient" (world premiere) — In an African hospital, the title character’s Kafkaesque experiences trigger a psychological trip through the netherworld of international terrorism.

6:30 p.m. "Drama/Mex" — A bittersweet Acapulco night-in-the-life of a suicidal man, a 15-year-old runaway and a young couple facing hardship after a tragic breakup.

7:30 p.m. "Loren Cass" — See 1 p.m. Saturday.

8:30 p.m. "Have Love, Will Travel" (world premiere) — Two couples negotiate Los Angeles’ underworld of sex and easy money.

MONDAY

2 p.m. "Once Upon a Time Maria (Eros una vez María)" — See 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

2:30 p.m. Short films 1 — See 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

3 p.m. "All God’s Children Can Dance" — See 6 p.m. Saturday.

5 p.m. "Never On a Sunday (Morirse En Domingo)" — See 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

5:30 p.m. "Careless" — See 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

6 p.m. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" — An aspiring photographer looks for friendship, love — and her own identity as an Asian-American.

8 p.m. "LOOK" — See 3 p.m. Saturday.

8:30 p.m. "Great World of Sound" — Two prospective record producers (Pat Healy, Kene Holliday) search for undiscovered musical talent — which they’ll discover for a small fee.

9 p.m. "Kurt Cobain About a Son" — An intimate portrait of the late musician in his own words and voice, based on previously unheard audio interviews.

JUNE 12

3 p.m. "The Fifth Patient" — See 6 p.m. Sunday.

4 p.m. "Have Love, Will Travel" — See 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

6 p.m. "Rocket Science" — A stuttering high school student finds his voice — and his heart — when a star debater recruits him for the team in this comedy from "Spellbound" director Jeffrey Blitz.

6:30 p.m. "Throwing Stars" — see 3 p.m. Sunday.

7 p.m. Short films 2 — See 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

9:30 p.m. Short films UNLV — A collection of shorts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

11:55 p.m. "TV Sheriff and the Trailbuddies" (at The Rockhouse, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South) — The Sheriff mashes found footage, from commercials to rare TV, into new videos.

JUNE 13

1 p.m. "La Vie en Rose" — Marion Cotillard stars as legendary French singer Edith Piaf in this impressionistic portrait.

3:30 p.m. Short films: Nevada Filmmaking — Local filmmakers train their lenses on Glitter City.

4 p.m. "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal" — A portrait of the concentration camp survivor who helped bring more than a thousand Nazi war criminals to justice.

4:30 p.m. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" — See 6 p.m. Monday.

6:30 p.m. "Sun Dogs" — You’ve heard of the Jamaican bobsled team. Now meet the Jamaican dogsled team, rescued from shelters and ready to run, with a little help from their friends and trainers.

7 p.m. "Blue State" — The political becomes personal in a romantic comedy about a disgruntled campaign worker (Breckin Meyer) who heads to Canada after the 2004 election.

9 p.m. "Frownland" — A ’70s-style study of a miserable guy’s miserable existence.

9:30 p.m. Short films: CCSN— A showcase from the Community College of Southern Nevada.

JUNE 14

12:30 p.m. "La Vie en Rose" — See 1 p.m. June 13.

1:30 p.m. "Frownland" — See 9 p.m. June 13.

3 p.m. "California Dreamin’ (Endless)" (U.S. premiere) — This Cannes award-winner follows a Marine escorting a train of NATO equipment to Kosovo — and held up in a village due to a technicality.

3:30 p.m. "Blue State" — See 7 p.m. June 13.

4:30 p.m. "Phantom Love" — This surreal drama traces a woman’s liberation from a web of family ties.

6:30 p.m. "Chávez" — A documentary portrait of one of Mexico’s favorite sons, boxer Julio César Chávez.

7 p.m. "Broken English" — A neurotic American (Parker Posey) and a quirky Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) embark on an edgy romance.

7:30 p.m. "In the Land of Merry Misfits" — John Waters narrates this comedic romp about a guy, desperate to save his future, who takes a shortcut through a mystical tunnel and becomes stranded in an alternate universe.

9:30 p.m. Short films: Art Institute of Las Vegas

10 p.m. "Blue Velvet" — A special screening of David Lynch’s subversive, surrealistic 1986 classic of suburban secrets, co-starring Dennis Hopper, who chairs CineVegas’ creative advisory board.

JUNE 15

1 p.m. "In the Land of Merry Misfits" — See 7:30 p.m. June 14.

1:30 p.m. Short films: Nevada Filmmaking — See 3:30 p.m. June 13.

3 p.m. Half-Life Award: Charlize Theron — Conversation with the Oscar-winning actress, plus clips from the upcoming "Ferris Wheel," which she produced and stars in — with CineVegas’ own Dennis Hopper.

4 p.m. Short films 3: Still Lives — Portraits of memorable characters.

6 p.m. Marquee Award: Anthony Hopkins — Conversation with the Oscar-winning actor, plus a screening of "Slipstream," which Hopkins wrote and directed, about a screenwriter (played by Hopkins), trying to separate real from reel.

6:30 p.m. "Penelope" (U.S. premiere) — Christina Ricci stars in a contemporary fairy tale about the daughter of wealthy parents (Richard E. Grant, Catherine O’Hara) afflicted by a disfiguring family curse.

7 p.m. "Mr. Untouchable" — The documentary focuses on gangster Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, who brought boardroom strategy to the heroin trade in ’70s Harlem.

9 p.m. "On the Road with Judas" — A New York businessman leads a double life as a computer thief in this Sundance success.

JUNE 16

1 p.m. "On the Road with Judas" — See 9 p.m. June 15.

1:30 p.m. Short films 3 — See 4 p.m. June 15.

2 p.m. Vanguard Director Award: Mike Newell — Conversation with the director of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Donnie Brasco" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," plus clips from the upcoming "Love in the Time of Cholera."

4 p.m. "Penelope" — See 6:30 p.m. June 15.

4:30 p.m. "Chávez" — See 6:30 p.m. June 14.

5 p.m. Vanguard Actor Award: Ben Kingsley — CineVegas honors the Oscar-winning star of "Gandhi," "Schindler’s List," "Sexy Beast" and CineVegas’ closing-night attraction, "You Kill Me."

7 p.m. "You Kill Me" — Ben Kingsley stars in a black comedy about an alcoholic hit man trying to sober up — by getting a job in a mortuary.

7:30 p.m. "Phantom Love" — See 4:30 p.m. June 14.

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