Vegas fest to open with Mendes’ ‘Girl’

Event to highlight Mexican pics

The Vegas Film Fest will open with Eva Mendes starrer “Girl in Progress” and close with the world premiere of Roger Corman’s “Stealing Las Vegas.” Films will unspool at the Cinemark Century Theaters at Suncoast Resort and Casino.

Director Patricia Riggen’s “Girl in Progress” follows the relationship of a single mom (Mendes) and her daughter (Cierra Ramirez). Featuring Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette, pic was also selected for Dallas and Newport Beach fests.

“Stealing Las Vegas” is exec produced by Corman and helmed by Francisco Menendez. Pic depicts of the fallout of a Vegas casino owner cutting staff pensions. Fest will also feature the doc “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.”

With Mexico designated as the country of invite, the event will focus on Latino-based films. Screenings will run from May 5-10.

Mexican productions include Trisha Ziff’s doc “The Mexican Suitcase,” Rafael Lara’s “The Fifth Commandment” and Fernando Kalife’s “180 Degrees.”

The fest is also geared toward fostering local culture and education. Event was organized in partnership with the U. of Nevada, Las Vegas, film department.

All screenings for the fest are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the Century box office two hours before each screening.

Visit the event’s site at vegasfilmfest.org.

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