The ninth annual Las Vegas Film Festival starts next Tuesday, June 7th and runs through Sunday, June 12, 2016. As readers of my blog recall I provided some extensive coverage of the 2015 Festival and for a good reason-the Las Vegas Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the best emerging festivals for film and musical talent. OK, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased since I live here, but if you don’t want to take my word for it consider the outstanding lineup that this year’s festival has to offer.

The film festival is thrilled to host a selection of local films based out of Las Vegas including Frank and Lola, a love story between a chef and a mysterious young woman; and Dealer, a dark comedy/action flick about a blackjack dealer that is forced to sell drugs for the day resulting in disaster. As readers of my blog know Frank and Lola has already played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, where it received great reviews.

This year’s festival will also feature a special “CineVegas’Throwback Thursday Celebration” at The Palms’ Brenden Theaters on Thursday, June 9. This celebration features the much anticipated film Hunt for the Wilderpeople—a story about a national manhunt ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle (played by Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Hunt for the Wilderpeople premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and broke box office records during its opening weekend. Thursday’s celebration will also feature “Directors Cut” starring local legend Penn Jillette from “Penn & Teller”, and there will be a special appearance from Penn himself.

As usual, in addition to the film screenings, the festival will also include a collection of eccentric parties and mixers. Last year these high energy events featured amazing live music and also provided a great opportunity for socialization and networking. If you’ve never attended the Las Vegas Film Festival you are missing out on a world of opportunity and excitement, and I highly recommend taking at least one evening to enjoy one of the best film festivals in America.

Tickets for the festival start at $12 for individual screenings, and passes for all access range from $120 to $250. VIP passes include admittance to all films, panels, parties, special events, mixers, and parties throughout the festival.  For show times and more information on how to purchase tickets and passes please visit

I hope to see you all there, feel free to say hi if you see me!

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