World premieres in competition include Ben Rodkin's romance Big Heart City; Rachel Samuels' neo-noir Dark Streets; comedy Happy Birthday, Harris Malden from Philadelphia comedy troupe Sweaty Robot; family dramas She Unfolds By Day from Rolf Belgum and South Of Heaven from JL Vara; and Matthew Wilder's sci-fi tale Your Name Here starring Bill Pullman, Taryn Manning and Traci Lords.
The inaugural competitive documentary section Pioneer Documentaries includes the US premiere of Abel Ferrara's Chelsea On The Rocks about the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary Chelsea Hotel; the world premiere of John Corey's Lost In The Fog, about a championship racehorse; and Beautiful Losers, Aaron Rose's profile of a close-knit group of underground American artists.
Among the titles screening in Mexican sidebar La Proxima Ola profiling first and second-time film-makers are Cochochi, Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman's tale of two Raramuri boys and their efforts to find a lost horse; Gael Garcia Bernal's feature debut Deficit about complex characters at a house party just outside of Mexico City; and Donde Estan Sus Historias' (Where Are Their Stories'), Nicolas Pereda exploration of family conflict.
Other expected highlights include Vegas Uncovered, a section of documentaries about Las Vegas; the local film-maker strand Nevada Filmmaking; independent section Sure Bets with morsels like Clark Gregg's Chuck Palahniuk adaptation Choke with Sam Rockwell and Help Me Eros from Taiwanese director Lee Kang-sheng; and genre section Area 52, which includes Gordon Douglas' 1954 classic Them!
Artistic director Trevor Groth noted the festival's evolution over the past decade, adding: 'This year's programme continues our history of championing films that take risks, challenge audiences and push the artistic limits of film-making.'
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