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2009 CineVegas Film Festival: June 10th-15th

Though none of the main HTN contributors will be attending this year’s CineVegas Film Festival, we thought we should let you know that if you aren’t planning to go, you probably should. Here are just a few reasons to attend:

MOVIES — This year’s lineup is damn impressive, though only time will tell if any of the Jackpot Premieres are in any way exceptional (one world premiere I have seen is Clay Liford’s hilarious short My Mom Smokes Weed). When it comes to films that have already established themselves on the festival circuit, there is very much very goodness to be found. Here are some that we’ve already written about in some way, shape, or form: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, The Dirty Ones, Fiddlestix, Countertransference, Vegas: Based On A True Story, Winnebego Man, World’s Greatest Dad.

HONOREES — This year’s pics include recent Sarasota Film Festival attendee Jon Voight (Marquee Award), Anti-Christ victim Willem Defoe (Vanguard Actor Award), underground filmmaking legends George and Mike Kuchar (Vanguard Director Award), and video game artists Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago (Planet Illogica Award for Excellence in New Media).

PARTIES — CineVegas is known for its parties, and this year promises to deliver more of the same. Maybe even more than that. I’ve never been to the festival, but I’ve heard stories. I have been to Vegas, though, so I have some stories of my own (one of my all-time favorites, in fact, took place there). Even if you haven’t been to Las Vegas, everyone knows that one doesn’t need an indie film celebration to up that town’s debaucherous ante, but the combination pretty much guarantees that’s going to happen. Here’s the party schedule.

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS — This is another category in which CineVegas rocks. Several standouts include a special live screening and performance by the amazing Brent Green (with Alan Scalpone of The Bitter Tears), an outdoor screening of Yellow Submarine, FOUND Magazine’s Denim and Diamonds Tour 2009 presented by Davy Rothbart, as well as a pre-screening conversation with the Kuchar Brothers. Go here for info.

I wish I could be there. Alas, maybe next year…

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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