Laughlin Buzz

Sep 28, 2014

3rd Annual Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF)

Cat Smith
Publicist for Laughlin International Film Festival

For Immediate Release:

Lights, Camera, Action!! LIFF returns for 3rd Annual Film Festival

Laughlin, (Nev.) – Filmmakers, writers, directors and actors from all over the world will converge on the small gambling mecca next month for the third annual Laughlin International Film Festival. 
A long line-up of independent films from all over will be brought to life on the big screen at Phoenix Stadium 9 theater inside the Laughlin Outlet Center from Oct. 16-19, 2014.
“This years film line-up promises to be a great, diverse mix of independent short and feature-length films,” said Erik Karsen Puhm, director of LIFF.
The event will kick off on Oct. 16 with red carpet arrivals followed by a special screening of a feature-length film that will be announced in mid-September. Last year's opening film was Red Wing, starring Luke Perry, Frances Fisher, Bill Paxton and newcomer Breann Thompson. Thompson, along with other cast and crew members attended the film festival and held a meet-and-greet shortly following the premiere.
Red Wing won the 2013 U.S. LIFF Pick category and went on to win at several other film festivals across the nation. The indie film is now available for streaming on demand with Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.
Director and writer Brian Brown, of Needles, will premiere his newest short flick Verdict. This is Brown's third time submitting a film into the film festival. Verdict centers around the high profile trial of a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death.
“The story goes through the trial and really shows both sides of the case and leaning on both sides of guilty or innocent,” Brown explained. “The ending will definitely have the audience talking for sure.”
Brown added that he filmed a large portion of the courtroom scenes at the Mohave County Superior Courthouse, in Kingman, in just one day.
“Even though it wasn't the easiest time frame, we shot about 90 percent of it in a day,” says Brown. “The cast and crew have worked together on a lot of projects, so it really helped make the most of our limited time in the location.”
In 2012, Brown took home the award for Best Local Film for his first short film, Choices, and again in 2013 for his movie Dream Date.
Newcomer to the film industry, veteran journalist Andrea Z. Smith, of Needles, has written and produced a documentary titled Victim for this years film festival. 
The documentary is based on Smith's script“If I Die Before I Wake” that was broadcast in 2004 by ABC/FOX networks as well as news station KESQ in Palm Desert, California. 
News reporter Mina Nguyen gave a compelling report on rape survivor Sunny Coleman, who later became an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Her case in 1986 was the first rape case in Southern California where a new scientific technique—DNA—was used to apprehend the assailants.  
Brown and Smith are just one of many film industry movers and shakers that will be on hand for this years LIFF festivities. 
“Last year, we had over 50 entries that included several feature-length, short films, three 
television pilots, music videos and 10 documentaries,” said Dave Davidson, LIFF's director of
operations. “The one thing we can't stress enough is that this festival is geared for everyone.”
Davidson added that the film festival is also an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work. “We just want everyone to come out and enjoy the movies that are being screened,” he said.
Those interested in attending four days of fun-filled activities and screenings of films can purchase discounted pre-sale VIP “all access” passes for only $75 a piece ($55 for seniors) during the month of September.
The VIP passes includes admittance to all the film screenings during the four-day event, as well as entry to all the social networking activities. 
Social events include the “red carpet” arrival, screening of the opening film and an “after party” at Casa Serrano's Laughlin on Oct. 16; Cosmic Bowling and Halloween bash on Oct. 17 at the Riverside Resort and Casino bowling alley; LIFF's award ceremony inside the Tropicana Pavilion Theater on Oct. 18; and a morning breakfast with a panel session with several directors, writers and film creators on Oct. 19.
A full list of movies and screening times will be announced in the coming weeks. The discounted VIP “all access” passes are available for purchase online at All LIFF VIP tickets will be available for pick up at “will call” at the LIFF sales table which can be found in front of the Phoenix 9 Stadiums beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16.
For those not wanting to attend all four days of events can purchase individual film tickets for features and short blocks showings at $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Each short block consists of approximately an hour and a half of short films and documentaries.
These tickets will be available for purchase at the LIFF sales table throughout the festival.
For more information about LIFF visit them online, by email at or by phone at 702-755-8391. 




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