ScreenGems' comedy D.E.B.S. about an all-girl crime-fighting unit willopen the 6th annual CineVegas Film Festival, which runs in Las Vegasfrom Jun 11-19 and closes with New Line's epic romance The Notebook.
JackpotPremieres for titles without a US distributor include world premieres of ChrisFisher's Hollywood Hills thriller Hillside Strangler, MitchellAltieri's dark coming-of-age comedy Lurking In Suburbia, Kim Dempster'srelationship drama Marmalade, John Harkrider's drama Mitchellville, Michael Gibson'ssci-fi drama Numb, Andrew Wagner's road movie The Talent Given Us and GregoryHatanaka's erotic drama Until The Night.
Playingin the Sure Bets strand for advance screenings of high profile titles with USdistributors are Japanese horror maestro Miike Takashi's Gozu (Pathfinder Films),Stephen Fry's Evelyn Waugh adaptation Bright Young Things (ThinkFilm), OndiTimoner's rock music documentary DiG! (Pal Pictures), DannyLeiner's stoner comedy Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle (New Line) and Jared Hess'comedy Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight).
The Diamond Discovery section for young film-makers withoutdistribution deals features Larry Golin's friendship drama Cross Bronx, Steven Lovy's edgy romance Mix, Thom Hoffman's profile of CineVegas creativeadvisory board chairman Dennis Hopper in Dennis Hopper: The DecisiveMoments, Luciana Pedraza's profile ofcountry music singer/songwriter Joe Shaver in The Portrait Of BillyJoe and The Night We Called It ADay, Paul Goldman's account of FrankSinatra's disastrous 1974 tour of Australia.
Other strands include cult and midnight pictures under theArea 52 banner, a range of short films and a Nevada film-making spotlight.
'Wehave culled a fascinating mix of film-makers with diverse backgrounds and stylesbut who share the distinction of having crafted intensely originalfilms,' director of programming Trevor Groth said in a statement.
Aspreviously reported (Screendaily, May 2) this year's honourees include Jack Nicholson, SeanPenn, Robin Wright Penn, Holly Hunter, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, JulianSchnabel, Dean Stockwell and Bruce Conner.