The 11th annual CineVegas film festival runs June 10-15; all screenings are at Brenden Theatres at the Palms, unless otherwise indicated.
In addition to Jackpot Premieres, world premieres will compete for a $10,000 prize, and Pioneer Documentaries entries will contend for a $2,500 cash award. Other CineVegas sections spotlight Diamond Discoveries (new independent features), Sure Bets (advance screenings of high-profile releases), Area 52 titles (midnight, underground and cult films), shorts (with a $1,000 award at stake) and shorts and features from Nevada filmmakers.
Individual screening tickets are $10, except for Wednesday’s $25 opening-night feature; passes range from $40-$500, with local, senior, student and military discount packages available. Tickets may be purchased at the CineVegas box office at the Palms, online at www.cinevegas.com or by phone at (888) 883-4278.
The complete CineVegas screening schedule:
7:30 p.m. “Saint John of Las Vegas” (world premiere)
A gambling-addicted Albuquerque insurance adjuster (Steve Buscemi) returns to the land of temptation to investigate a fraud case.
11:30 a.m. “In the Loop” (Sure Bets)
James Gandolfini plays a Colin Powell-like general in this satire about the U.S.-British rush to war in Iraq.
12:30 p.m. “Impolex” (Area 52)
An American soldier searches the woods of post-World War II Germany for the last V-2 rocket made.
1 p.m. Shorts Program One: “Performance”
2 p.m. “Moon” (Sure Bets)
After three years at a lunar mining base, a solitary astronaut (Sam Rockwell) starts seeing and hearing strange things that may interfere with his imminent return to Earth.
3 p.m. “Vegas: Based On A True Story” (Diamond Discoveries)
Far from the Strip’s glitter, ex-gamblers try to avoid trouble for themselves and their 12-year-old son until the promise of cash buried in their desert yard proves irresistible.
4 p.m. “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” (Pioneer Documentaries)
Japan’s obsession with insects inspires a revealing look at the quest for harmony between humanity and nature.
5 p.m. “Beautiful Darling” (Pioneer Documentaries)
A portrait of transgender pioneer Candy Darling, an Andy Warhol Factory superstar in ’60s and ’70s New York.
6 p.m. “Redland” (world premiere)
A family on the brink of starvation struggles for survival in Depression-era rural America.
7 p.m. “The Square” (Diamond Discoveries)
In this Australian thriller, adulterous lovers scheme to escape their spouses, and lives, with perilous results.
7:30 p.m. “All In: The Poker Movie” (world premiere)
A documentary look at the all-American game of poker and its current renaissance.
8:30 p.m. “Daylight” (world premiere)
In this thriller, financially troubled New Yorkers become lost — in more ways than one — on their way to a family wedding.
9:30 p.m. “Winnebago Man” (Pioneer Documentaries)
A portrait of RV salesman-turned-recluse Jack Rebney, once known as “The Angriest Man in the World” for his sales-video outbursts.
10 p.m. “Black Dynamite” (Sure Bets)
Blaxploitation lives as the legendary title brother (Michael Jai White) vows vengeance when “the man” kills his brother, pumps heroin into the local orphanage and floods the ghetto with a secret weapon disguised as Anaconda Malt Liquor.
10 p.m. Watts And Volts From Across The Field, Palms Lounge (Area 52)
Animator Brent Green performs live with a band, accompanying a selection of his short films.
11:30 p.m. “The Revenant” (Area 52 world premiere)
An undead war hero and his buddy become zombie avengers.
10 a.m. “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” (see 4 p.m. Thursday)
10:30 a.m. Shorts Program Two: “Hugs Not Drugs”
12:30 p.m. “All In: The Poker Movie” (see 7:30 p.m. Thursday)
1 p.m. “Redland” (see 6 p.m. Thursday)
1:15 p.m. “Daylight” (see 8:30 p.m. Thursday)
3 p.m. “Harmony And Me” (Diamond Discoveries)
A 20-something lyricist, pining for the woman who broke his heart, tries to find solace in song.
3:30 p.m. “Easier With Practice” (world premiere)
On the road promoting his unpublished novel, a writer receives a random phone call from a mysterious woman, igniting a long-distance relationship.
3:45 p.m. “It Came From Kuchar” (Pioneer Documentaries)
A salute to underground filmmakers (and CineVegas award-winners) George and Mike Kuchar, from the ’50s to today.
5:30 p.m. “Sea of Darkness” (world premiere)
A documentary look at thrill-seeking surfers who sought the perfect wave — and smuggled drugs — in 1970s Indonesia.
6 p.m. “Patriotville” (world premiere)
The mayor of a historic small town tries to lure an Indian casino in this comedy featuring Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Rob Corddry.
6:30 p.m. “Beautiful Darling” (see 5 p.m. Thursday)
8 p.m. “(500) Days of Summer” (Sure Bets)
Boy meets Girl, Boy falls in love — but Girl doesn’t believe true love exists — in a romantic comedy featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
8:30 p.m. “Etienne!” (world premiere)
Two kindred spirits — shy college dropout and a dwarf hamster — hit the road when one of them develops terminal cancer.
9 p.m. “Stingray Sam” (Diamond Discoveries)
In this sci-fi Western musical, the title space outlaw joins his partner, the Quasar Kid, to save a damsel in distress.
10:30 p.m. “Impolex” (see 12:30 p.m. Thursday)
11 p.m. “Winnebago Man” (see 9:30 p.m. Thursday)
10 a.m. Nevada Shorts: “Backyard Sagas”
10:30 a.m. “Patriotville” (see 6 p.m. Friday)
11 a.m. “Stingray Sam” (see 9 p.m. Friday)
12:30 p.m. “Sea of Darkness” (see 5:30 p.m. Friday)
1 p.m. “Easier With Practice” (see 3:30 p.m. Friday)
1:15 p.m. “It Came From Kuchar” (see 3:45 p.m. Friday)
1:30 p.m. “The Art of Storytelling in the 21st Century”
A panel discussion tracing storytelling and technology’s role in filmmaking and marketing.
3 p.m. “Etienne!” (see 8:30 p.m. Friday)
3:30 p.m. “Asylum Seekers” (world premiere)
A nymphomaniac virgin, a trophy wife, a rapping stockbroker, a faded pin-up girl and a paranoiac are among those competing for the last available bed in a luxurious insane asylum.
4 p.m. Shorts Program One: “Performance”
5:30 p.m. “Thor at The Bus Stop” (U.S. premiere)
The Norse God Thor lands in a Nevada suburb, encountering a variety of offbeat characters in the feature debut of directing duo (and CineVegas veterans) Jerry and Mike Thompson.
6 p.m. “Godspeed” (world premiere)
In Alaska, a modern-day faith healer finds his beliefs tested by his family’s murder — and the arrival of a mysterious young girl.
6:30 p.m. “Youth Knows No Pain” (Pioneer Documentaries)
A plastic surgeon’s daughter explores the ins and outs of the anti-aging industry, from eye lifts to hair transplants.
8 p.m. “Humpday” (Sure Bets)
Two former college bad boys reunite — and enter an amateur porn contest — in this Sundance award-winner.
8:30 p.m. “Mercy” (world premiere)
A novelist who’s never experienced love (played by screenwriter Scott Caan) meets his match in a critic (Wendy Glenn) who writes a scathing review of his latest book.
9 p.m. “Modus Operandi” (Area 52 world premiere)
Milwaukee provides the unlikely backdrop for a spy tale full of double-crossing agents, gun-packing babes and deadly revenge.
9:30 p.m. “Yellow Submarine” (Mandalay Bay Beach)
A special “dive-in” screening of the 1968 animated classic.
11 p.m. “The Revenant” (see 11:30 p.m. Thursday)
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
10 a.m. “Youth Knows No Pain” (see 6:30 p.m. Saturday)
10 a.m. CineVegas Clubhouse Screening
The comedic short “Where Da Girls At?” — made by Boys & Girls Clubs members who participated in filmmaking workshops.
12 p.m. Jon Voight: Marquee Award
A conversation with the Oscar-winning actor accompanies a screening of a new director’s cut of “Lookin’ to Get Out,” a 1982 made-in-Vegas comedy filmed at the original MGM Grand (now Bally’s).
12:30 p.m. “Mercy” (see 8:30 p.m. Saturday)
1 p.m. “Vegas: Based On A True Story” (see 3 p.m. Thursday)
3 p.m. “Godspeed” (see 6 p.m. Saturday)
3 p.m. Willem Dafoe: Vanguard Actor Award
Dafoe discusses his eclectic career prior to a screening of the 1982 motorcycle drama “The Loveless.”
3:30 p.m. “Harmony And Me” (see 3 p.m. Friday)
5 p.m. Filmmakers & Honorees Awards Ceremony & Reception, Rain Nightclub (Palms)
In addition to awards to Voight, Dafoe and the Kuchar Brothers, Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago will receive the Planet Illogica Award for New Media.
5:30 p.m. Shorts Program Two: “Hugs Not Drugs”
6 p.m. “Asylum Seekers” (see 3:30 p.m. Saturday)
7:30 p.m. “World’s Greatest Dad”
Tragedy transforms the life of a frustrated writer (Robin Williams) in an edgy comedy from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait.
8 p.m. “Palermo Shooting” (Diamond Discoveries)
Reunited for the first time since 1977’s “The American Friend,” director Wim Wenders and CineVegas chairman Dennis Hopper reteam for a tale of a photographer (German pop singer Campino) en route to the title city, accompanied by a deathly stranger.
9 p.m. The Kuchar Brothers: Vanguard Directors
The underground pioneers will discuss their careers before a screening of their new short films.
11 p.m. “Bronson” (Sure Bets)
Known as “Britain’s most violent prisoner,” a convicted robber (Tom Hardy) adopts the name of Charles Bronson — and spends 34 years in prison, from high-security psychiatric hospitals to solitary confinement.
11 p.m. “Modus Operandi” (see 9 p.m. Saturday)
MONDAY, JUNE 15
1 p.m. “Palermo Shooting” (see 8 p.m. June 14)
3 p.m. Nevada Shorts: “Backyard Sagas” (see 10 a.m. Saturday)
3:30 p.m. Jury Documentary winner
4 p.m. “The Headless Woman” (Sure Bets)
In this award-winner from Argentina, a dentist hits something — or someone — with her car, then drives on, becoming increasingly disoriented.
5:30 p.m. “Thor At The Bus Stop” (see 5:30 p.m. Saturday)
6 p.m. Jury Prize feature film
6:30 p.m. “Adam” (Sure Bets)
In this Sundance award-winner, a teacher (Rose Byrne) becomes fascinated by her quirky new neighbor, an electronic engineer (Hugh Dancy) with Asperger syndrome.
8 p.m. UNLV Showcase
8:30 p.m. CSN Showcase
9 p.m. “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (Fremont Street Experience)
An alien encounter transforms an abused wife into a titanic terror in the campy 1958 horror favorite.