Before he arrived in Las Vegas to teach film production at UNLV, David Schmoeller made movies. He’s still making movies.
And those movies form the focus of a special showcase, "The Film World of David Schmoeller," scheduled at 8 p.m. Thursday in Room A-106 of UNLV’s Classroom Building Complex.
The evening features a collection of Schmoeller’s short films, along with trailers and clips from his features — including the recent made-in-Vegas feature "Thor at the Bus Stop," written and directed by UNLV alumni Mike and Jerry Thompson, which Schmoeller produced with another UNLV alum, May May Luong.
A variety of shorts made in Schmoeller’s master directing class also will screen — including "Spanking Lessons," winner of a best Nevada short award at CineVegas, plus the festival favorite "Wedding Day" (filmed in Singapore, Paris and Las Vegas), "Two Frenchmen in Las Vegas" and a sneak preview of "The Rules of House-Sitting."
Also on the bill: "Please Kill Mr. Kinski," a documentary short about Schmoeller’s experience directing actor Klaus Kinski in the 1986 feature "Crawlspace," plus scenes from "Crawlspace," "Tourist Trap" (1979) and "Catacombs" (1988).
During the program, Schmoeller also will discuss his path from film school to Hollywood to UNLV.
The program is free and open to the public; call 895-2535 for more information. Additional information about UNLV’s Short Film Archive and its upcoming screening are available at http://shortfilmarchive.unlv.edu.