Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 4:56 p.m.
Beyond the Sun
The CineVegas film festival, June 10-15, brings out the celebrity hound in all of us with Hollywood stars and top-notch actors descending upon Las Vegas for a week of parties, premieres and award presentations.
This year, the festival will honor two actors, two directors and two video game design pioneers.
This year’s Marquee Award recipient is actor John Voight whose storied career spans four decades.
In honor of the actor’s award, CineVegas will present the rare, newly re-mastered director’s cut of the 1982 film, Lookin’ To Get Out, which Voight starred in and co-wrote and was shot in Las Vegas. Following the screening, Voight will hold a Q&A session to discuss the film.
The Vanguard Actor Award will go to Willem Dafoe.
Dafoe will host a conversation at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, followed by a screening of his 1982 classic The Loveless.
The brothers are the subject of Jennifer Kroot’s documentary titled It Came from Kuchar, a Pioneer Documentary at this year’s Festival.
A new category at CineVegas 2009 will be the Planet Illogica Award for Excellence in New Media. The inaugural award will go to Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago, two USC alums who focus on video game design.
They worked together to develop the game Cloud, which landed them much critical acclaim and led to the development of their own studio, thatgamecompany. Check CineVegas.com for more information on this year’s nominees and the entire Festival’s schedule.