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Vegas Cine Fest: How not to run a film festival

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John Landis directed Burke & Hare, the closing-night movie at Vegas Cine Fest.

Putting on a film festival is difficult, especially with limited resources in a town where interest in independent cinema is fairly low. So the organizers of last week’s Vegas Cine Fest, held in conference rooms at the Tropicana, deserve credit for their efforts. But the event was mostly a missed opportunity, with the main slate of movies on Thursday and Friday plagued by scheduling mix-ups (finding a movie that started at its designated time was a challenge), poor presentation (murky sound, DVDs projected on inflatable screens) and minuscule turnout. Both the opening-night movie (the dark serial-killer comedy Some Guy Who Kills People) and the closing-night movie (another dark serial-killer comedy, John Landis’ Burke & Hare) were worthwhile entries, and Landis had some entertaining anecdotes to share in his Q&A. But even decent films aren’t worth much without the organization and exhibition quality to showcase them properly. Better luck next year, guys.

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