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CineVegas Unveils Lineup for Sixth Festival

CineVegas Unveils Lineup for Sixth Festival

by Wendy Mitchell



Ryan Gosling in Nick Cassavetes' "The Notebook," which will close the 2004 CineVegas Film Festival. Photo by Melissa Moseley/New Line Productions.


The sixth-annual CineVegas Film Festival will open on June 11 with a screening of Angela Robinson's comedy "D.E.B.S.," about a squad of female teenage crime fighters. The festival will run through June 19 at Las Vegas' Palms Casino and Resort and Brenden Theatres. The closing night selection is Nick Cassavetes' "The Notebook," a romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, James Garner, and Joan Allen.

The festival's jackpot premieres section will offer U.S. or world premieres of eight films without domestic distribution: Chris Fisher's "Hillside Strangler," Mitchell Altieri's "Lurking in Suburbia," Gerardo Naranjo's "Malachance," Kim Dempster's "Marmalade," John Harkrider's "Mitchellville," Michael Gibson's "Numb," Andrew Wagner's "The Talent Given Us," and Gregory Hatanaka's "Until the Night."

CineVegas' sure bets section will offer screenings of anticipated films in advance of their theatrical runs, such as Stephen Fry's 1930s comedy "Bright Young Things," Ondi Timoner's Sundance-winning music documentary "Dig!," Irwin Winkler's Cole Porter biopic "De-Lovely," Stacy Peralta's surfing doc "Riding Giants," Jared Hess' high school geek comedy "Napoleon Dynamite," Gabriele Muccino's Italian middle-class study "Remember Me, My Love," Takeshi Kitano's update on the classic blind swordsman tale "Zatoichi," and more.

The diamond discovery section of indie films seeking distribution includes narratives and docs such as Larry Golin's "Cross Bronx," Thom Hoffman's "Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments," Christopher Browne's "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen," and Jennifer Todd Reeves' "The Time We Killed."

Cult/midnight movies, local films, and dozens of shorts (including student shorts) will also be screened.

"I am thrilled CineVegas is able to present such a fantastic slate of innovative films," said the fest's director of programming Trevor Groth. "We have culled a fascinating mix of filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and styles but who share the distinction of having crafted intensely original films."

Honorees this year in Sin City will include Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Holly Hunter, David Lynch, Julian Schnabel, Bruce Conner, and Dean Stockwell.

[For more information on CineVegas, visit http://www.cinevegas.com.]

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