This year’s Las Vegas Film Festival expands to six days and features a lineup that includes favorites from other festivals, short films, local productions and a partnership with the much-missed CineVegas, plus plenty of parties and mixers.
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl CineVegas President Robin Greenspun makes her directorial debut with this documentary about Dana Marshall-Bernstein, daughter of local attorney and media personality Ed Bernstein, and her struggle with Crohn’s disease. August 11, 5 p.m.
Beats4Tanner Local filmmaker and DJ Landon Dyksterhouse (aka the Mash-Up King) directs this documentary about Tanner Seebaum, an EDM-loving teenager with terminal brain cancer who in 2013 got to fulfill his wish of DJing at Rehab at the Hard Rock. August 13, 5 p.m.
Tangerine Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, this LA-set dramedy about two transgender prostitutes tracking down the cheating boyfriend of one of them premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has had an acclaimed run at various festivals since then. August 15, 9 p.m.
CineVegas Presents The onetime centerpiece local film festival, which ran from 1999-2009, returns to sponsor four screenings: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (August 13, 9 p.m.), a documentary about experimental filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews; Call Me Lucky (August 15, 4 p.m.), Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary about his friend, comedian and activist Barry Crimmins; Jauja (August 16, 8 p.m.), a Danish drama starring Viggo Mortensen as a father searching for his daughter; and the Johnny Knoxville-produced Evel Knievel documentary Being Evel (August 15, 6:30 p.m.). There will also be a CineVegas reunion party at El Cortez on August 13 at 9:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Film Festival August 11-16, $12 per screening, passes $70-$250. Inspire Theatre, lvff.com.