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Drama, horror, romance on tap at film festival

The 10th annual Dam Short Film Festival began Wednesday at the Boulder Theatre, offering a record 171 short films playing over five days, as well as film-related events around town. The Boulder City Review compiled a list of recommended films and events, based on the festival website and our experiences at past festivals.


n Filmmaker panel discussion, noon-1 p.m. Filmmakers from six of the festival’s featured films will discuss short films, filmmaking and filmmakers.

n “Drama C: Boom! Bang! Pow!,” 3:30-4:30 p.m. The festival’s action film block features four short films.

n “Horror: The Monster Inside,” 9:45-11 p.m. After you put the kids to bed, you can head over to the PG-13 horror film block, featuring seven films.


n Press conference, 11 a.m. to noon. Stop by the filmmaker/press lounge in the basement of the Boulder Dam Hotel, where a selection of filmmakers will be fielding questions from the press and audience.

n “Drama F: Date Night,” 4-5:15 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this special block of five films for lovers.

n “Retrospective A: 10 Years of Nevada Films,” 6-7:15 p.m. The Nevada filmmakers retrospective will feature eight films made by locals from previous years.

n “Drama G: Love and Romance,” Friday, 9-11 p.m. The festival’s second Valentine’s Day film block features six films. The first 25 couples receive a free box of candy from Grandma Daisy’s.


n “Secrets of the Dam Short Film Festival,” Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Festival executive director Lee Lanier and festival director John LaBonney will give a special presentation about the organization and “deep dark secrets” of the festival.

n “10 Years of Comedy,” 3:30-5 p.m. The festival’s comedy retrospective features nine of the best short comedies from past years.

n 10th Dam Mixer, 5-7 p.m. at Boulder Dam Brewing Co. Go to discuss films, network or simply to eat the free food at this social event.

n “Nevada Filmmakers,” 7:15-8:45 p.m. This annual showcase is always the most popular and features some of the best new films from the state’s film community. Advance ticket purchase for this event is recommended.


n “Documentary B: Persons of Interest,” noon-1 p.m. The hundreds of submissions the festival receives every year usually include a number of compelling short documentaries. The six featured in this film block focus on people.

n “Retrospective C: 10 Years of Animation,” 1:45-2:45 p.m. This retrospective block features the eight best animated films from the festival’s history.

n Awards gala. Celebrate the best films of this year at the Boulder Theatre. The event features a red carpet arrival from 5:45-6:30 p.m. and an awards presentation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Following the presentation, the award-winning films will be screened again from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule and ticketing information, visit www.damshortfilm.org.

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Weekend’s Best Bets, Sept. 19

1 LIVING HISTORY: Noted pilot Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman and famed undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau will appear to return to life to share their stories at Boulder City Chautauqua presents “Pioneers of the Sky and Sea” on Saturday at Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St. Scholars Juanita Westbrook and Doug Mishler will portray the historic figures at the 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. presentations. Tickets are $15 per performance. A scholars reception is planned for immediately following the afternoon show; tickets are $30 each. A $55 VIP ticket includes a ticket to both performances and the meet and greet event. Tickets are available at Ace Hardware, 541 Nevada Way; Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona Street; or Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way. For more information, call 702-293-7853, email info@bcchautauqua.org or visit http://www.bcchautauqua.org.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Sept. 12

1 BRING THE GROG: After a summer hiatus, the Best Dam Wine Walk returns to downtown Boulder City on Saturday with a pirate theme. The wine walk is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., with check in at Grace Christian Academy, 512 California Ave. Cost is $25 per person, with a $5 discount available if you bring a glass from a previous wine walk. For more information, visit https://www.bouldercitychamber.com/2019-best-dam-wine-walk.html

Weekend’s Best Bets, Sept. 5

1  GRAB YOUR BIBS: Delight your taste buds and head to the Boulder City Elks Lodge at 1217 Boulder City Parkway on Saturday for Boulder City United Methodist Church’s fourth annual Loaves &Lobsters fundraiser. The annual event includes a live Maine lobster dinner, silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, 465 Nevada Way.

Artist’s colorful interpretation of desert wins poster contest

Eric Vozzola, a graphic artist from Las Vegas, won the Dam Short Film Festival’s poster contest with his design featuring geometric elements creating a bright, colorful desert scene with Hoover Dam in the background.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Aug. 29

1 POP THE CORN: “The Upside” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. The comedy, starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman, explores the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who was hired to help him. Bring blankets and snacks. There is no cost to attend.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Aug. 22

1 CREATIVE COOKING: Head over to the Boulder City Library to learn how to make delicious meals without an oven during its No Oven August class at 2 p.m. Saturday. The class size is limited, and it’s intended for those 16 and older. There is no cost, but participants are required to register at the information desk at the library, 701 Adams Blvd. For additional information, call 702-293-1281.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Aug. 15

1 CORNHOLE COMPETITION: Boulder Dam Brewing Co. will hold an end-of-summer tournament. The double-elimination cornhole tourney begins at 8 p.m. The event also includes entertainment with a live DJ, raffles and prizes. There is a $20 per person or $40 per team entry fee. The Brewpub is at 453 Nevada Way. Call 702-243-2739 or visit www.boulderdambrewing.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Aug. 8

1 ARTISTICALLY SOUND: Artist Dawn Lockett, who creates acrylic paintings on recycled vinyl albums, will be feted at a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday inside the Boulder City Art Guild’s gallery at the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Those attending will have the opportunity to view Lockett’s work and ask her questions. The exhibit of her art continues throughout August in the gallery. Visit http://www.bouldercityartguild.com for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Aug. 1

1 BON APPETIT: Sunday kicks off the inaugural Boulder City Best Dam Restaurant Week, allowing local eateries to showcase some of their best dishes. A variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options will be provided, ranging from $10 to $40. More than a dozen restaurants have signed up. Visit https://www.bouldercitychamber.com/bc-best-dam-restaurant-week.html for additional information and links to restaurant menus.

Poster entries sought for film fest

Area artists are invited to create a poster for the 2020 Dam Short Film Festival.