Lights, camera, action! Producers for feature films, reality shows, commercials, and other film projects are flocking to Nevada in droves, despite the sluggish economy.
One reason that Nevada continues to draw film crews from around the world is that the locations are nearly impossible to economically replicate.
“It’s hard to recreate the Las Vegas Strip in front of a green screen,” says Dannette Tull of the Nevada Film Office. “And the gaming – we’re obviously known for that. And we have unique locations, which is what makes Nevada so special.”
The Nevada Film Office’s slogan is “Your Imagination, Our Locations.” Nevada continues to be an industry leader in attracting film projects – despite the failure of a recent tax incentive bill to get out of the state legislature.
Film projects in Nevada have accounted for more than $100 million in revenue for the past nine years in a row.
Robin Williams is always a tough act to follow. But at the 11th annual CineVegas film festival in Las Vegas from June 10 through 15 at the Palms Casino & Hotel he’ll be the last act.
His dark comedy “World’s Greatest Dad” directed by Bobcat Goldthwait will close the six-day film extravaganza. The film features Williams as a high school poetry teacher trying to connect with his teenage son (Darryl Sabara) and an art teacher (Alexis Gilmore) – until a freak accident triggers both tragedy and opportunity.
The very popular annual Las Vegas festival features a “Pioneer Documentaries” section featuring seven non-fiction films including the world premier of the poker documentary “All In.”
“Diamond Discoveries” section spotlights new independent films available for distribution, among them “Palermo Shooting,” starring CineVegas chair Dennis Hopper, and “Vegas: Based on a True Story,” about a compulsive gambler and his blue-collar family living on the outskirts of Glitter City.
The festival’s “Area 52” is devoted to midnight showings of underground and cult films.
A special section will also spotlight features and shorts produced in Nevada, or by Nevada filmmakers, including the world premiere of “Thor at the Bus Stop,” which follows a mythical creature on his final journey.
More information is online at www.CineVegas.com