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Sun, Sept. 15

Kingman-area talent lights up Laughlin film festival

The Laughlin Film Festival opens its four-day run across the river today, and locals are making star appearances as actors and producers.

Isaac Lopez, who was profiled in the Miner when he won more than $50,000 worth of prizes on the "Price is Right" last year, will join fellow Kingman High graduate Angela Williams for "Choices," a short film shot over a period of three days at the old Mohave County Jail.

Lopez plays an inmate jailed for killing his wife's parents. Williams, who grew up with Lopez and studied theater, plays the role of the wife.

The film takes place primarily in the visiting room of the jail as Lopez and Williams reflect on the crime and the choices that landed Lopez's character where he is.

"I got to play someone totally different than myself," Lopez said. "It was definitely an experience. I was in the cell alone and would close the door and try to get into character by imagining myself behind bars."

The film screens at 1:45 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Several other locals will also have films in the festival.

Chloride producer Kirk Slack of Outwest Family Films will screen his 45-minute flick "Secrets of the Desert" as part of a block of local short films at 6:15 p.m. Friday and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The film features locals from Kingman and Chloride and was shot in those locations as well as Hackberry and Grasshopper Junction.

Another film relying on the backdrops of Route 66 is "Outlaw Willie's Tour of Oatman" by Sultana Hall. The film clocks in at a little more than 30 minutes and includes a mock gunfight. The film will screen alongside Slack's Friday night and Sunday morning.

Also included will be the public service announcement "Mohave Desert," produced by Bud Holland, a veteran Emmy-winning cameraman from Bullhead City.

The film festival will also feature a series of filmmaking and acting workshops, social events and after-parties at various Laughlin casinos and hotels.

All movies will be shown at the Laughlin Stadium 9 Cinemas located in the Laughlin Outlet Center.

Individual tickets to showings are $10, or $8 for students and seniors. All-day screening passes are available for $25, or $22 for students and seniors.

Three-day passes are $50, or $45 for students and seniors.

All tickets are available at the box office or www.laughlinfilmfestival.com, where a full schedule of films and events can also be found.

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