Cine Vegas Goes for the "Break" and "Dallas 362"
by Brian Brooks
The Cine Vegas Film Festival awarded Scott Caan the Critics' Award for his feature, "Dallas 362." The Critics' Award is presented to an American feature-length narrative film seeing U.S. distribution. Additionally, "Break a Leg," the debut film by Monika Mitchell, took the fest's audience prize.
"Dallas 362" is Caan's gritty, semi-autobiographical portrait of "what the new American family is really like." The film is the story of a man's life-challenges and the choices made along the way. Caan received the prize in person during the Festival awards presentation. "Break a Leg," starring John Cassini, centers on a frustrated actor that never quite breaks over to stardom, until he undertakes more desperate measures to ascend to celebrity-hood.
In other prizes, Simeon Soffer won the audience doc award for "4th and Life." The film gives an account of the U.S. prison system by capturing a championship football game between two of the most notorious penitentiaries in the South.
Actress Juliette Marquis also received Cine Vegas kudos, winning the the Newcomer Actor Award for "This Girl's Life," while veteran actor Dennis Hopper received the festival's Marquee Award during the closing night gala at Skin in the Palms Casino resort. Saturday's closing festivities also included the art panel at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, with an informal discussion with notable 20th century personalities including Hopper, Grace Slick, director Wayne Ewing and Dave Hickey, moderated by New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell. Ewing's premiere of "Breakfast with Hunter" rounded out the festival's closing events.
The Entertainment Development Corporation (EDC) of Las Vegas produces the Cine Vegas Film Festival. The non-profit organization promotes film and television production through events including Cine Vegas.