Thursday thru Saturday of this past week was full of excellent films, (short and feature length), and documentaries. There were also tons of filmmakers and actors who do film for the love of it and not the job of it. Indie film as an art form is alive and well in Las Vegas.
‘Vegas Cine Fest’ featured several red carpets with filmmakers and actors. Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and John Landis (Awarded a lifetime achievement award) were two of the bright lights at the festival. Landis is behind many iconic films from the 70s and 80s such as; Animal House, The Blue’s Brothers and An American Werewolf in London.
There were some hilarious shorts such as PIE, (review to follow) and the very funny Quality Time directed by James Redford. Documentaries, with such subjects as friendly fire and breast cancer and several dramatic feature films.
Each day included one or two ‘featured’ films which were considered standouts, even among the quality films that were shown. Thursday featured Some Guy Who Kills People, a funny and touching film about a man who is outcast in high school, and for much of his adult life. Then he is united with his 11 year-old daughter who changes his whole life. This isn’t you everyday run of the mill comedy gone soft. It is also a tale of revenge and redemption. Starring Barry Bostwick, Karen Black and Kevin Corrigan, Some Guy Who Kills People is a delightful, charming film that is now making the festival circuit.
Friday’s featured films were The Making of Sometimes When We Touch, a documentary about Manny Pacquiao and his new musical career.
Also featured on Friday was the excellent documentary about bone marrow donation and transplants, More to Live For.
Saturday was superstar day with James Redford’s hilarious short film Quality Time starring Jason Patrick and Lena Redford, (son and grand daughter of Robert), is only nine minutes long, the audience laughed for most of the nine minutes.
The closing film was the new John Landis film Burke and Hare a dark comedy starring Simon Pegg, (Shaun of the Dead) and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit). Also featured in smaller roles are Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture show) and Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings). If you get a chance to see this film you won’t be disappointed.
Stay tuned here for slide shows and reviews of some of the films at this excellent festival, and of course the winners.
My Thanks to Jeff Grinstein who did such a great job on the red carpets and award show….