Must-watch movies at this year’s Las Vegas Film Festival

Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West, Jerry and Mike Thompson’s second feature, makes its Las Vegas debut at this year’s Las Vegas Film Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the Las Vegas Film Festival is moving from its former home at the onetime Las Vegas Hilton to a new location Downtown, with new sponsorship from Zappos and new programming director West McDowell, a filmmaker and UNLV film-school grad. The film slate also looks more impressive, with greater variety and depth. Here’s a look at some of the most promising screenings coming up this week.

The Motel Life Downtown production company Lola Pictures worked on this drama, shot in Northern Nevada, starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as brothers on the run. July 31, 8:20 p.m.

The Infinite Man This sci-fi comedy, about a man who accidentally traps his girlfriend in an infinite time loop, has been acclaimed at festivals including South by Southwest and Fantasia Festival. August 1, 8:30 p.m.

Heaven Adores You This documentary about the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith features interviews with his friends, family and bandmates, and was produced by one of Smith’s high school friends. August 2, 8 p.m.

Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West The second feature from local filmmakers Jerry and Mike Thompson (Thor at the Bus Stop) is a whimsical, family-friendly comedy starring Strip entertainer Gregory Popovich and his pet menagerie. August 3, 1:20 p.m.

Local Cinema Shorts Block This program of short films by local filmmakers includes new works from veteran Vegas directors Robert Shupe and Jeremy Cloe, among others. August 3, 4 p.m.

Las Vegas Film Festival Through August 3, times vary, $10 per screening, passes $140. Inspire Theatre & Scullery, lvff.com.


Josh Bell

Josh Bell is the film editor for Las Vegas Weekly, where he's been writing movie and TV reviews since 2002. ...

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