So what's the deal with CineVegas? Do they actually show movies, or is it just a big excuse for movie people to unleash their gambling urges? Answers to these tantalizing questions and more can be found in my first dispatch from the festival for indieWIRE.
Today was undoubtedly the best day for me as far screenings go. I had an interesting conversation with Dwayne Johnson (more details later), but Get Smart was too flat and uninspired to waste any real conversation on. Chelsea on the Rocks, however, was a real hoot -- especially for anyone remotely acquainted with Abel Ferrara's unique brand of crazy. And then there's Memorial Day, a uniquely fascinating work with built-in controversy that's bound to get people talking, even if they hate it. I can't wait to delve into its importance in a few days, but let me just note for now that it's a historic work simply because it exists. I'll leave you with that. Cheers.