Vegas Cine Fest: How not to run a film festival
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 (6:51 p.m.)
Putting on a film festival is difficult, especially with limited resources in a town where interest in independent cinema is fairly low. So the organizers of last week’s Vegas Cine Fest, held in conference rooms at the Tropicana, deserve credit for their efforts. But the event was mostly a missed opportunity, with the main slate of movies on Thursday and Friday plagued by scheduling mix-ups (finding a movie that started at its designated time was a challenge), poor presentation (murky sound, DVDs projected on inflatable screens) and minuscule turnout. Both the opening-night movie (the dark serial-killer comedy Some Guy Who Kills People) and the closing-night movie (another dark serial-killer comedy, John Landis’ Burke & Hare) were worthwhile entries, and Landis had some entertaining anecdotes to share in his Q&A. But even decent films aren’t worth much without the organization and exhibition quality to showcase them properly. Better luck next year, guys.
Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.The Tropicana's five-acre pool complex stretches throughout the center of the the hotel/casino and remains it's most recognizable feature. It features swim-up blackjack during the summer months, a swim-up bar, dining areas and a wedding chapel. The Tropicana is also home to Brad Garrett's Comedy Club. For pre-show dining, take advantage of one the casino’s dinner and a show packages or just head over to Cafe Nikki, Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine or Bacio Pasta & Vino.