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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By Jeanne Goodrich

For an intriguing, eye-opening look at the cruelties and complexities of slave-era relationships between slave mistresses and their masters (and among the slave mistresses themselves), take a trip via Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ novel Wench (HarperCollins, 2010) to an Ohio resort that catered to these peculiar couples. Over three summers, four slave women meet during their “vacations” with their masters, share the challenges of their lives, their men, their children and the tension caused by their knowledge that while in Ohio they are in a free state but still the chattel of their mast