Trevor Groth will stay on at CineVegas as Artistic Director, while Mike Plante has been named Director of Programming at the festival, which opens this week. There was some question as to Groth’s involvement with CineVegas after his recent appointment as Sundance’s Director of Programming.
“It has been a privilege working with Mike for the past eight years at CineVegas and his contributions to the growth and success of the Festival are immeasurable,” said Groth in a statement. “I don’t know anyone more passionate and knowledgeable about film than he is and especially about the type of renegade films that have stamped an indelible mark on anyone who has taken the wild cinematic ride that is CineVegas. With his expanded role, I am confident that we will reach new heights in discovering distinctive, alternative films.”
Plante began working for film festivals as a projectionist and film programmer for the Arizona Film Festival in 1993 and later at The Loft Cinema. In 1998, Plante created the zeroxed magazine Cinemad. Produced out of pocket, Cinemad’s six issues were distributed worldwide, morphing into the current website iblamesociety.com. He is a regular contributor to Filmmaker and Razorcake Magazine.
Like Groth, Plante also has ties to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2001, he started working for Sundance as Presentation Manager. He served as a Short Film Programmer there from 2002-2006, as New Frontier Consultant for the 2007 and 2008 festivals, and continues to be an Associate Programmer and Consultant for the festival. Groth recently took over the reins of Director of Programming from John Cooper, who has been appointed Director of the Sundance Film Festival following the departure of longtime event head Geoff Gilmore to the Tribeca Film Institute in March.
Plante started working for CineVegas in 2002 as a Programmer and became Associate Director of Programming two years ago. Plante also produces the Lunchfilm series, where he buys a filmmaker lunch in exchange for a short film to be made for the cost of the lunch.
The 11th Annual CineVegas Festival kicks off tomorrow at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas, and runs through June 15th. indieWIRE will be offering full coverage of the festival, and has already published interviews with filmmakers here, here, here, and here.