Here's to pension plans and time spent with the family
This is Jane.
So CineVegas was an absolute blast. I recommend everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, to try and attend at some point. I say this in spite of (or maybe because of) minimal time for gambling on my part.
First of all, the screenings were great. Except for the technical glitches on the second screening, although they didn't seem to dampen the particularly enthusiastic laughing of at least one audience member. We had people coming up to us all the time telling us how much they enjoyed the film. Love that.
Secondly, I actually had time to see other people's films. Since everything was centrally located at the Palms, we were constantly running into the same group of filmmakers and film lovers. It was a very laid-back, cozy, filmmaker-friendly festival.
I'm not much into parties so I only really went to the opening night festivities and the Aristocrats bash (dude, who knew that Bob Saget had such a potty-mouth?!?) but some of the highlights for me included: walking across the glass floor at the ghostbar in the Palms while looking down 50+ floors to the asphalt below, the very classy pole-dancers at the opening night poolside party (all wearing Red Doors light necklaces), hearing Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) actually speak. I hear from Georgia that I missed the scantily-clad mermaids and stilt-walkers at the Vegas Magazine party.
We had a couple fun photo shoots with Denise Truscello of WireImage. The first one has Elaine, Freda, Georgia, Mia and I lounging about on a large comfy bed. Then we had an outdoor shoot by the pool imitating the Desperate Housewives Vanity Fair cover. Those pics turned out really well. And my lower back has almost recovered from thrusting my hip out continuously with so much attitude.
Oh, and one last shout out to our main man michaelb. He can convince anyone to wear a Red Doors necklace and that's a talent worth applauding.