Vegas: Based on a True Story

North American Premiere

USA | 101 MINUTES

VEGAS: BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Eddie Parker, his wife Tracy, and their 12-year-old son Mitch lead blue-collar lives on the outskirts of America's pleasure capital, Las Vegas. Former compulsive gamblers, the couple carefully try to hold on to their 'normal' existence—Eddie works at a used tires shop while Tracy waits tables at a diner and tends to her small desert garden. Despite Tracy's efforts to keep the fragile family life together, when an elusive stranger pretending to be a marine just back from Iraq shows up claiming there's something special about their home, his extravagant offer quickly turns into the family's obsession. The only question is, how deep are they willing to go?

Returning to the Festival, acclaimed director Amir Naderi (Sound Barrier, TFF '05) applies his inimitable cinematic style to Vegas. Even though it takes place away from the glittering strip of luxury mega casinos, the judgment-clouding greed of Sin City is just as pervasive on the desert outskirts of town where the film is set. Made before the current financial crisis materialized for real in our lives and in the news, Vegas can nevertheless be seen as a sort of complex fable about our economic system, the American promise, the current situation, homeownership, Ponzi schemes, greed, easy money, and more.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Amir Naderi

Amir Naderi started his international career in Iran in the 1970s with award-winning films such as Waiting and Requiem. In the '80s, he helped focus international attention on Iranian cinema with acclaimed works such as The Runner and Water, Wind, Dust. Based in New York City since the late '80s, Naderi made Manhattan by Numbers (1993), A, B, C... Manhattan (1997), and Marathon (2002). His last feature, Sound Barrier (2005), had its world premiere at the 2005 Festival and won the Roberto Rossellini Critics Prize at the Rome Film Festival.
Director of Photography
Chris Edwards
Primary Cast
Mark Greenfield, Nancy La Scala, Zach Thomas, Walt Turner, Alexis Hart, Cathy Leach
Director
Amir Naderi
Sound Editor
Jamie Canobbio
Production Manager
Brandon Kordic
Associate Producers
Ram Devineni, Nasser Ghaderi
Producers
Amir Naderi, Abou Farman
Screenwriters
Amir Naderi, Susan Brennan, Bliss Esposito, Charlie Lake Keaton

CONTACTS

Publicist
Lauren Schwartz
Donna Daniels PR
20 W 22nd Street - Suite 1410 New York, NY 10010
Phone: 347-254-7054 x103
lschwartz@ddanielspr.net
Press Contact
Abou Farman
6 Allapartus Circle Ossining, NY 10562
Phone: 914 432 8964
boutan@att.net