Voight, Dafoe among CineVegas honorees

Directors, game developers also set for awards

The 11th annual CineVegas Film Festival, which takes place next month in Las Vegas, will honor actors Jon Voight and Willem Dafoe, directors George and Mike Kuchar and videogame developers Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago.

The awards will be presented on June 14 at the CineVegas Awards Reception at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort.

Voight, with credits ranging from "Midnight Cowboy" to the just-completed season of "24" and an Oscar for "Coming Home," will be given the Marquee Award, recognizing "his artistic excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to cinema." As part of its tribute to the actor, CineVegas will present a newly remastered director's cut of Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out," in which Voight starred.

Dafoe, who stars in the controversial "Antichrist," which bowed at the Festival de Cannes, is to receive the Vanguard Actor Award, which honors "the distinctive mark he has made in film through his brave performances." A conversation with Dafoe will be held on June 14, followed by a screening of his 1982 film "The Loveless."

The Vanguard Director Award will be given to brothers George and Mike Kuchar for "their distinctive vision and ability to make films without compromise." The Kuchars' films include "Hold Me While I'm Naked," "Sins of the Fleshapoids" and "Summer of No Return." A collection of their new shorts will be shown as part of the awards presentation. In addition, Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the brothers, "It Came from Kuchar," will screen in the fest's Pioneer Documentaries section.

The festival's inaugural Planet Illogica Award for Excellence in New Media, for "artists working in the realm of video gaming who have pushed the boundaries of storytelling in their field," will go to Chen and Santiago, who collaborated on the game "Cloud" and who recently released "Flower" as part of a three-game deal with Sony Computer Entertainment America to develop downloadable games for PlayStation Network.

"In addition to paying tribute to such powerful acting forces as Jon Voight and Willem Dafoe, as well as two pioneers of underground cinema the Kuchar brothers, we are also proud to partner with Planet Illogica to award Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago, two revolutionaries in the video gaming design world, for their outstanding achievement in the world of new media and as trailblazers in a compelling new era of storytelling," festival artistic director Trevor Goth said.

CineVegas runs June 10-15 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas.
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