'Great Buck Howard' to close festival

CineVegas will open with the world preem of Peter Catteneo’s comedy “The Rocker,” starring Rainn Wilson as a failed drummer who joins a high school rock band. Sean McGinly’s “The Great Buck Howard” will close the fest.

Artistic director Trevor Groth announced the Sin City fest’s full lineup, including its world preem section called Jackpot Premieres. Set to unspool are Rachel Samuel’s noir musical “Dark Streets” and Matthew Wilder’s sci-fier “Your Name Here,” starring Bill Pullman.

Over the past 10 years, CineVegas has evolved into “an intimate, supportive environment for innovative films and filmmakers, as well as a dynamic launching place for studio releases,” said Groth, who also serves as a programmer for Sundance.

Fest will also debut a new section for docs, Pioneer Documentaries. The program will include Aaron Rose’s festival hit “Beautiful Losers” and the U.S. premiere of Abel Ferrara’s “Chelsea on the Rocks,” about New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel.

Other sections include a sidebar highlighting Mexican filmmakers; docs on Vegas in Vegas Uncovered; and Diamond Discoveries, which screens indie films still available for distribs, including another pic by Ferrara — his strip-club comedy “Go-Go Tales.”

Sure Bets offers advanced screenings of indie studio pics such as Clark Gregg’s “Choke” and Alex Gibney’s doc “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.” Fest’s midnight section, Area 52, will unspool the world premiere of Giuseppe Andrews’ sci-fier “Schoof.”

CineVegas will run June 12-21 at the Palms Casino.


  • “Big Heart City”
    Director: Ben Rodkin (USA, 2007)
  • “Dark Streets”
    Director: Rachel Samuels (USA, 2008)
  • “Happy Birthday, Harris Malden”
    Directors: Juan Cardarelli, Ben Davidow, Nick Gregorio, Eric Levy and Matthew Sanchez (USA, 2008)
  • “Memorial Day”
    Director: Josh Fox (USA, 2008)
  • “She Unfolds by Day”
    Director: Wolf Belgum (USA, 2008)
  • “South of Heaven”
    Director: J.L. Vara (USA, 2008)
  • “Your Name Here”
    Director: Matthew Wilder (USA, 2008)


  • “Beautiful Losers”
    Director: Aaron Rose (USA, 2008)
  • “Chelsea on the Rocks” – U.S. Premiere
    Director: Abel Ferrara (USA, 2008)
  • “The End”
    Director: Nicola Collins (USA, 2008)
  • “Hi My Name is Ryan” – World Premiere
    Directors: Paul Eagleston and Stephen Rose (USA, 2008)
  • “Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong” – World Premiere
    Director: Dan Lindsay (USA, 2008)
  • “Lost in the Fog” – World Premiere
    Director: John Corey (USA, 2007)


  • “Cochochi”
    Directors: Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán (Mexico, 2007)
  • “Déficit”
    Director: Gael García Bernal (Mexico, 2007)
  • “¿Dónde Están Sus Historias?” (“Where Are Their Stories?”)
    Director: Nicolás Pereda (Mexico, 2008)
  • “Año uña” (Year of the Nail)
    Director: Jonás Cuarón (Mexico, 2007)


  • “Where I Stand” – World Premiere
    Director: Scott Goldstein (USA, 2008)


  • “Explicit Ills”
    Director: Mark Webber (USA, 2008)
  • “Finally, Lillian and Dan”
    Director: Mike Gibisser (USA, 2007)
  • “Goliath”
    Director: David Zellner (USA, 2008)
  • “Go-Go Tales”
    Director: Abel Ferrara (USA, 2008)
  • “Visioneers”
    Director: Jared Drake (USA, 2007)
  • “Wellness”
    Director: Jake Mahaffy (USA, 2007)


  • “The Black List: Volume One”
    Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (USA, 2008)
  • “Choke”
    Director: Clark Gregg (USA, 2007)
  • “Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin’ With the Godmother”
    Director: Billy Corben (USA, 2008)
  • “The Cool School”
    Director: Morgan Neville (USA, 2007)
  • “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”
    Director: Alex Gibney (USA, 2008)
  • “Hank and Mike”
    Director: Matthiew Klinck (USA, 2008)
  • “Help Me Eros”
    Director: Lee Kang-sheng (USA, 2007)
  • “The Last Mistress”
    Director: Catherine Breillat (USA, 2007)
  • “Momma’s Man”
    Director: Azazel Jacobs (USA, 2008)
  • “The Rocker” (Opening Night Film)
    Director: Peter Cattaneo (USA, 2008)
  • “The Great Buck Howard” (Closing Night Film)
    Director: Sean McGinly (USA, 2008)


  • “The Juche Idea”
    Director: Jim Finn (USA, 2008)
  • “Mock-Up on Mu”
    Director: Craig Baldwin (USA, 2008)
  • “Schoof” – World Premiere
    Director: Giuseppe Andrews (USA, 2008)
  • “Them!”
    Director: Gordon Douglas (USA, 1954)


  • “Primo” – World Premiere
    Director: Francisco Menéndez (USA, 2008)
  • “Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake”
    Director: Michael Albright (USA, 2007)
  • “Women in Boxes” – World Premiere
    Directors: Phil Noyes and Harry Pallenberg (USA, 2008)
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