Cinevegas to Welcome Hunter S. Thompson Doc and Much More
by Christopher Henderson
The bright lights of Las Vegas will welcome back one of their most celebrated figures for the fifth-annual Cinevegas International Film Festival. Renegade journalist Hunter S. Thompson will return to Vegas for the first time since completing his novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” to attend the world premiere screening of the documentary “Breakfast with Hunter.” The film, directed by Wayne Ewing, follows Thompson’s political career and his attempts to turn “Fear and Loathing” into a movie.
In addition the Thompson documentary, the festival will present 85 films including 12 world premieres from June 13 – 21. Among the premieres will be opening night film Marcus Adams’ “Octane.” The First Look Pictures horror film stars Madeline Stowe as a mother trying to save her daughter from a bloodthirsty cult.
The festival’s slate also features two films about the city’s best-known extracurricular activity. The first, Richard Kwietniowski’s “Owning Mahoney,” stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a gambling addict who scams the bank he works for out of millions. The other, Damian Niemann’s “Shade,” follows a group of grifters including Sly Stallone, Melanie Griffith, and Gabriel Bryne, through Los Angeles’ underground poker games. Other notable films include Sundance selection “Whale Rider,” Peter Mullan’s “Magdalene Sisters,” and Chen Kaige’s “Together.” The fest will also introduce an athletic doc category, called Reel Sports. Local films, short films, cult and midnight movies will also be shown.
Dennis Hopper will receive the festival’s marquee award for his career works. Following the ceremony, Hopper will participate in a discussion with Thompson, singer Grace Slick, and art critic Dave Hickey titled “Artists, Icons, and Legends.”