By Indiewire | Indiewire June 6, 2006 at 9:50AM
The CineVegas Film Festival has announced it will open its eighth edition with Paul Dinello's comedy, "Strangers With Candy," about an ex-con and junkie (played by Amy Sedaris) who returns to her hometown to try to start her life over. The film also stars Stephen Colbert and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The festival, which takes place at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theaters, runs June 9-17. The U.S. premiere of "Lies and Alibis," a drama-comedy directed by Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila, is slated for the closing night. The film is about an "ex-confidence man (Steve Coogan) who runs an alibi service for adulterous husbands and finds himself in a jam with a new client," a CineVegas description says.
According to a festival release, the CineVegas Film Fest "spotlights sex, adultery, drugs and dangerous social circles," in addition to offering advance screenings of high-profile films and homegrown Nevada film fare. This year, the fest will showcase a new section, 'Vegas Uncovered,' which will feature films that reveal aspects of Sin City. The documentary "Skin City," about the Las Vegas sex industry, and Steve Willis' documentary "Wet Dreams," about choreographing the Bellagio fountains, will both screen during the 'Vegas Uncovered' section.
CineVegas is set to screen a number of world premieres in the 'Jackpot Premieres' section of the fest. They include: Steven Kessler's "5 Up 2 Down," about a New York artist struggling with drug addiction who takes a spiritual journey with his best friend; Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni's "The 4th Dimension," about an introverted genius who sets out to solve the complexity of time; Ariel Vromen's "Danika," a psychological thriller about a wife who begins to have terrifying delusions; Eva Aridjis' "The Favor" about a middle-aged man who unexpectedly ends of adopting a troubled teenager; and Carl Colpaert's "G.I. Jesus," about a Mexican immigrant who serves time in Iraq in exchange for U.S. citizenship.
Another highlight of the fest is the 'Nevada Filmmaking Features,' which showcases the best and most recent work being made in Nevada. Robert Shupe's feature, "Damn Yankee Day," about a foreign exchange student who experiences culture shock when he comes to America, will screen during the Nevada filmmaking section, along with a compilation of student shorts from the Community College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"Resounding with attitude and ambition, the slate of films this year displays a great deal of talent and passion for original storytelling," CineVegas Programming Director, Trevor Groth, said in a festival release. "I am ecstatic about the lineup as we continue to present and celebrate the work of risk takers and innovators."
For a complete lineup of films and scheduled events, please visit www.cinevegas.com.