CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS LOCALS AS MEMBERS OF SHORTS JURY
LAS VEGAS – David Schmoeller, Jason Feinberg and Teller are the three Las Vegas locals who will be the sole members of the Shorts Jury for the CineVegas Film Festival and will decide who will be awarded the $1,000 cash prize for Best Short. In addition, a separate jury will decide who will be awarded the Grand Jury Award and $10,000 cash prize for Feature Film, marking the first time in its history that CineVegas will be awarding cash prizes to films.
David Schmoeller is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he is also founder and director of the UNLV Short Film Archive. Jason Feinberg is the newest addition to the Fox 5 morning news team and has just reached his 14th year in television news. Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975. Their critically acclaimed stage show enjoys a full-time home at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
“CineVegas is thrilled at the prospect of having Las Vegas locals make up our Shorts Jury,” said Trevor Groth, director of programming for the CineVegas Film Festival. “These three gentlemen are very different from each other, but are all experts in their respective fields, and will provide an exciting new aspect to the judging at this year’s festival.”
CineVegas has established itself as one of the hottest and fastest growing film festival in the world, being mentioned in a TIME Magazine cover story as well as listed as one of the top 5 small fests to visit by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. The 8th annual festival will be held June 9-17, 2006 at the Las Vegas Palms Casino Resort in highlighting the most exciting offerings from up and coming filmmakers and visionary veterans. CineVegas combines the glamour and energy of world premiere films and the intensity of in-depth celebrity tributes. The festival has honored such talents as: Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, David Lynch, Wim Wenders and Festival Advisory Board Chairman Dennis Hopper. CineVegas has also hosted the world premieres of such films as “George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead,” “Spun,” “Bubba Ho-tep,” and “Poolhall Junkies,” as well as advance screenings of high profile and independent films, shorts and documentaries such as “Hustle & Flow”, “Whale Rider,” “Riding Giants,” “The Aristocrats,” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”
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CineVegas announces Las Vegas locals as shorts jury.