Film Festival Highlights

Friday, July 15

Opening Night Premiere: The Story (7 p.m., Hilton Theater). A documentary about overcoming challenges, featuring U.S. Olympic skiers Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.

Las Vegas Film Festival V.I.P. Michael Madsen party (11 p.m., The Bank at the Bellagio). Presented by Vegas Seven and The Bank.

Saturday, July 16

Chuck Jones’ Saturday Morning Cartoons (9 a.m., Hilton Theater). A tribute to legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones, the man behind characters such as Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. Following the screening of the collection of his work, there will be a Q&A session with Jones’ grandson Craig Kausen.

Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians: (11:15 a.m., Hilton Theater). The story of Church Team, a group of Christians who play blackjack for a living, and their constant struggle between their faith and their profession.

UNLV Short Film Block (noon, Shimmer Theater). A collection of short films created by UNLV students.

Beatles Stories (2:45 p.m., Hilton Theater). A documentary by musician and Beatles fan Seth Swirsky that shows average people’s recollections of their life stories in relation to Beatles songs and stories.

Michael Madsen “Indie Icon” Award Presentation and Audience Q&A (4:15 p.m., Hilton Theater). Actor Michael Madsen, best known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco and Kill Bill, will be honored with the Indie Icon Award after a screening of his film Vice. Will also include a Q&A session with the actor/director Ash Adams.

VIP pool party (10 p.m., Artisan Hotel). General admission is $25.

Sunday, July 17

Hooligans at War (9 a.m., Hilton Theater). The story of the day-to-day lives of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

Zero Percent (10 a.m., Hilton Theater). Takes audiences inside the Sing Sing Correctional Facility and shows how inmates are transformed through educational programs. Starring Ice T, Warren Buffet and Harry Belafonte.

College of Southern Nevada Film Block (noon, Shimmer Theater). A collection of short films created by the students of CSN.

Virgin Alexander (noon, Hilton Theater). An unlikely love story about a 26-year-old virgin who falls in love with a prostitute, starring local Jersey Boy Rick Faugno. Created by locals Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon.

Short Film Blocks (1:40 p.m., Hilton Theater and Shimmer Theater). A collection of national and international short films covering various topics, including love, loss and magic.

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Chad Plummer wants to educate the public about the other scene in Las Vegas. Forget nightclubs and their performances by mainstream pop stars, Plummer is hoping to “showcase musical acts that would normally fall outside the mainstream perception of ‘Vegas entertainment.’” Plummer is using the television show Vegas in Tune as the platform to help support the musical community that “locals know and what to see grow.” He is the senior producer, but the show is primarily created by UNLV journalism and film students.