Las Vegas Film Festival Celebrated 10 Years of Magic June 6-10, 2017

Written and Photography by Nikki Artale

It was magic attending the screenings of many fabulous films with daily festival mixers, parties and panel discussions that were attended by filmgoers and film makers.  This year’s festival was held entirely in Brendan Theaters inside the Palms Casino Resort. National filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world came to enjoy the films and attend the daily panels that were very informative. 

Included once again was CineVegas Presents at LVFF which featured a fine selection of films, under the direction of Trevor Groth and Mike Pante. The festival lineup was a mixture of documentaries, feature films and highlighted films made by and produced in Southern Nevada. Three college showcases were produced by students from UNLV, CSN and NSC, showing a collection of short films. We are so proud of our young filmmakers and look forward to see their work every year. 

There were many outstanding film shown and one in particular was California Dreams, a semi documentary about five individuals who are pursuing their life time dreams, directed by Mike Ott. The film portraits real people and their Hollywood dreams. 

                                                                 Mike Ott

It is also a time to meet and greet with old friends at the LV Film Fest and enjoy the event that is put together by Milo Kostelecky President, Robin Greenspun CineVegas Chairman and West McDowell Creative & Program Director.
Professor Francisco Menendez, Milo Kostelecky

                                         Jeremy Settles Producer Got Films

Thank you for a great Las Vegas Film Festival and we look forward to next year’s event.
Fathom Events Bring Movie Classics to the Big Screen
Written by Nikki Artale

Timeless classic masterpieces are being shown in select movie theaters across the country and it is a great theater experience seeing it on the big screen. I am a movie buff and I have seen thousands of movies and it is so special to see these old classics once again. Thanks to Fathom Events and TCM these classics will go on forever for everyone to see again.

One of the last films I saw was The Godfather, which was a special 45th Anniversary Event about a New York Mafia family, starring Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. The film was nominated for seven Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Picture of 1972 and Best Actor for Marlon Brando. The film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola who went on to make Godfather 11 and Godfather 111. The Godfather is one of the greatest films in world cinema. I have seen this movie many times on a small TV but it was awesome to see it on the big screen. I love this movie and I would watch it over and over again.

All About Eve received 14 academy award nominations and won six for Best Picture, Best Director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Actress Bette Davis, Best Film and Special Jury Prize. Also starring in the film was Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe and George Sanders. Bette Davis as Margo Channing is an aging Broadway star whose career is threatened by her assistant Eve Harrington played by Anne Baxter. All About Eve is a 1950 American Drama that has been preserved in the United States Film Registry

Some Like It Hot a Timeless Classic Masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest film comedies. A black and white film starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon is a film about two musicians dressed as women in an all-girl band who are escaping from gangsters after they witnessed a Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Marilyn Monroe won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Sugar Kane, a ukulele player and singer, Jack Lemmon won a Best Actor and Tony Curtis won a 2nd  place Bambi award for Best Actor. It is a fabulous comedy and so entertaining to watch these legends in this magnificent film. 

We began in 2002 as an experiment - a test to see whether the movie theater could become home to unique content beyond studio blockbusters and if one-of-a-kind entertainment events could draw audiences to cinemas on weeknights and other off-peak timeframes.
15 years later, Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the event cinema industry, offering a variety of world-class entertainment events in movie theatres across the United States. We give audiences the best seats in the house to experience music’s biggest stars, breathtaking performing arts, thrilling sporting events and popular comedy acts. We provide expert insights into beloved classic films, early access to Hollywood’s hottest releases and big-screen presentations of original programming featuring the top names in radio, television, faith and more. No matter your interests, we give you the opportunity to be fully immersed in content that awes, inspires and entertains – all in the comfort of your local movie theater, surrounded by fellow fans.

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