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Joe Downtown: TV series to showcase Las Vegas arts scene?


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Symphony Park, including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

Just beyond the doors of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a film crew is focused on Charles Ressler.

Living in Las Vegas the past two years, Ressler, a New York native, has thrown himself into various roles supporting and bolstering connections between the arts, culture and community in downtown Las Vegas. It’s no stretch to say Ressler has become the face of First Friday, the monthly downtown arts walk/street fair that draws close to 30,000 people downtown one night a month.

But from a distance Tuesday afternoon, it’s hard to make out what Ressler says as he walks toward the camera crew outside the Smith Center. Later, neither Ressler nor his executive producer, Matt Heller, will provide details.

Heller, however, who is a working Writers Guild of America writer/producer in film and television, does say they are filming a promo for a television series about arts, culture and community “in front of the embodiment of arts and culture, the Smith Center.”

Heller, who is writing a book on the millennial generation, recently moved from Los Angeles into The Ogden high-rise, a hub for downtown redevelopment activity. The Ogden is also Ressler’s home.

Providing a few more clues as to what’s going on, Heller called Ressler “the perfect host to bring raw talent and emerging artists together.”

Where’s the material going? When might people see it?

Heller said that with “the right network,” he was confident the show would be on television as soon as this fall.

Stay tuned.

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