The desert aesthetic isn’t for everyone; cacti aren’t always attractive and rocks are, well, rocks. But the Mojave Desert provides a beautiful backdrop for several films in the eighth annual Las Vegas Film Festival.
Headquartered at Downtown’s Inspire Theater Aug. 11-16, the showcase (sponsored in part by Vegas Seven) features dozens of feature films, documentaries and shorts (including the highly anticipated return of elder film festival, CineVegas) paying homage to our dusty landscape.
Entertainment (starring Michael Cera and John C. Reilly) chronicles a washed-up stand-up comedian as he attempts to lead a comeback tour through the Mojave and reconnect with his daughter; Bare (with Glee’s Dianna Agron) introduces audiences to a young girl in Nevada who becomes involved with a dangerously intoxicating older woman; and documentary Beats4Tanner tells the story of terminally ill teen Tanner Seebaum as he fulfills his dream of DJing a Rehab pool party.
Also putting the desert on display is Sundance favorite Tangerine (shot entirely on an iPhone 5s) about two Los Angeles “working girls” seeking revenge on one cheating boyfriend.
Returning to the festival this year are filmmaker panels, after-parties, a screenplay contest and a music video project, which pairs homegrown bands and local directors. So grab your popcorn, movie lover, you’ve got a lot screen time ahead of you.
Las Vegas Film Festival
Aug. 11-16, 107 Las Vegas Blvd. North, $12 per screening or $70 for access to all, LVFF.com.