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CineVegas sweet on ‘Candy’ and ‘Lies’

Jackpot section features titles without U.S. distribution

The eighth annual CineVegas Film Festival opens June 9 with ThinkFilm’s “Strangers With Candy” and closes June 17 with the U.S. preem of Sony’s “Lies and Alibis.”

Pics in the Jackpot Premieres section, which brings world preems of titles without U.S. distribution, include the Steve Kessler-directed drug drama “5 up 2 Down” and the psychological thriller “Danika,” helmed by Ariel Vromen and starring Marisa Tomei. Other offerings are “G.I. Jesus,” the war drama directed by Carl Colpaert; the Los Angeles-flavored comedy “Park,” directed by Kurt Voelker and starring Billy Baldwin, Ricki Lake and Cheri Oteri; and “The Favor,” a family drama from Eva Aridjis.

Also skedded to preem are “Thanks to Gravity,” a coming-of-age drama directed by Jessica Kavana starring Sean Astin; “The 4th Dimension,” a drama directed by Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni; and the U.S. premiere of John Maringouin’s “Running Stumbled.”

Fest also will bow the Vegas Uncovered section, which will showcase docs that lift the lid on Sin City. These include “Skin City,” Gregory Berkin’s candid reveal of the Vegas sex industry; and “Wet Dreams,” Steve Willis’ work that chronicles Rebecca Romijn’s journey to her dream job — choreographing the Bellagio fountains.

Other CineVegas sections are titled “Sure Bets,” “Diamond Discoveries” indie films, several shorts programs and a locally flavored “Nevada Filmmaking Features” sidebar.

Fest unspools June 9-17 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theaters.

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