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New Fest In Vegas; Chi-Fest and Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Fest Open; L.A. Latino Fest Wraps

New Fest In Vegas; Chi-Fest and Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Fest Open; L.A. Latino Fest Wraps

New Fest In Vegas; Chi-Fest and Atlanta Gay &
Lesbian Fest Open; L.A. Latino Fest Wraps

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Stephen Garrett

>> Vegas Has New Fest

A new entrant has joined the crowded world of film festivals, with the
announcement of the inaugural CineVegas Film Festival, to be held
December 10-13 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each day of the fest is
to have different themes, with December 10th being billed as the Las
Vegas Filmmakers Showcase, which will include a selection of films by
University of Nevada -Las Vegas (UNLV) students, as well as the world
premiere of the Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer starrer, “Monkey Park.” The
closing film on Thursday is “Stripped and Teased: Tales of Las Vegas
,” a documentary by Amie Williams.

On Saturday, December 12th, CineVegas will present the “Festivals of
Festivals,” a selection of four films from four different festivals,
presented by representatives from the Cannes, Seattle, Locarno and
Singapore film festivals. Attending from Cannes to present Erick Zonca’s
The Dream Life Of Angels” will be Pierre Ressient, advisor to festival
Director Gilles Jacob, while Seattle Executive Director Darryl McDonald
of the Seattle International Film Festival will present former Saturday
Night Live star Julia Sweeney’s “GOD SAID HA!“. The film picked up the
Golden Space Needle Award at the 1998 Seattle fest and was exec produced
by Quentin Tarantino. The Locarno Film Festival’s Marco Muller will
present Abolfaz Jalili’s “Raghs-E- Khak” (“Dance Of Dust“), and Philip
Cheah, Director of the Singapore International Film Festival, will
present Wang Shaudi’s “Yours And Mine.” Plans are in the works to bring
the directors of these films to Las Vegas, as well as to program the
selections from several other festivals. Attending festival
representatives will also participate in a conference on Saturday.

While plans for the fest are still in the works, CineVegas is presenting
a salute to Paris, with a screening of Vincent Minelli’s “An American in
,” as well as a retrospective of the films of this year’s tribute
subject, who is still to be decided. Other events planned for the fest
include the world premiere of T.J. Scott’s “Legacy,” starring Rod
Steiger, Corin Nemec and David Hasselhoff; a screening of Iara Lee’s
Modulations,” to be followed by a late night rave, and a series of film
industry seminars.

[For more information on CineVegas, call 702/261-1000, ext. 2325, or
check out the web site at:]

>> Chi-Town Fest Kicks Off

The 34th Chicago International Film Festival kicks off today, with the
U.S. premiere of Mark Herman’s “Little Voice,” starring Jane Horrocks
(“Life is Sweet,” TV’s “Absolutely Fabulous”), Michael Caine, Brenda
Blethyn, Jim Broadbent and Ewan McGregor. Over 170 features and shorts
from 36 countries will screen during the two weeks of the fest,
including 10 North American and 48 U.S. premieres. The festival will
also feature tributes to directors John Boorman (“Excalibur,” “Hope and
Glory”) and Monte Hellman (“The Shooting,” “Two-Lane Blacktop”). Both
Boorman and Hellman will be on hand, with Roger Ebert hosting a Q & A
following a screening of Boorman’s upcoming Sony Pictures Classics
release, “The General.” Boorman will also present a tribute to the late
actor, Lee Marvin. The tribute will be aired on American Movie Classics
on November 17th.

This year’s Gold Hugo for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to John
Travolta, and this year’s celebration of Black Cinema will include a
tribute to Pam Grier, complete with a screening of “Foxy Brown.” Other
special programs include Dutch actor/director Jeroen Krabbe being on
hand to kick off “The Dutch Touch,” a selection of eleven films from The
Netherlands, and a Latino Cinema section featuring eleven films from
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.
[For tickets and information, call 312/332-3456, or visit Ticketmaster.]

>> Out On Film Begins Today

Out on Film, Atlanta’s 11th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival opens
today and runs through Sunday, October 11th. The opening night film is
P.J. Castellaneta’s “Relax… It’s Just Sex,” starring Lori Petty,
Jennifer Tilly and Mitchell Anderson, and the closing night film is Paul
Oremland’s “Like It Is,” starring Stephen Bell, Ian Rose and Roger
Daltry. Other features in the fest include Hilary Brougher’s “The Sticky
Fingers of Time
,” Kevin DiNovis’ Slamdance Film Festival award-winning
Surrender Dorothy,” Heidi Arneson’s “Some Prefer Cake,” Randy Barbato
and Fenton Bailey’s documentary, “Party Monster” and David DeCoteau’s
Leather Jacket Love Story.” Out on Film is produced by IMAGE Film &
Video Center and Etcetera magazine.
[For information and tickets, call 404/352-4225, or check out the IMAGE
web site at:]

>> L.A. Latino Fest Closes

This Sunday the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film
(Oct. 2-11) draws to a close its ten-day schedule of movie
programs and events with the U.S. Premiere of “La Ciudad,” David Riker’s
acclaimed multi-part film about the Latin American immigrant experience
in New York City. Despite invitations from more renowned venues, Riker
and his producers have chosen to debut their film domestically at the
Hispanic-run festival.

LALIFF expects more than 15,000 people this year to attend its
screenings of over 70 films from Latin America, Spain, and the U.S.,
including Victor Gavira’s “La Vendedora De Rosas,” which played in
competition at the Cannes Film Festival last May. Screenings have been
primarily at Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk; closing night
will be held at Paramount Studios. For ticket information, please call
the LALIFF Hollywood office at 323-469-9066.
[Stephen Garrett]

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