Betting on 'Dad'

CineVegas deals out Williams starrer as closer

Bob Goldthwait's offbeat comedy "World's Greatest Dad," starring Robin Williams as an unsuccessful writer who suddenly makes good by concocting fake diaries that turn his son's accidental death into a poignant suicide, will serve as the closing-night film at the 11th annual CineVegas Film Festival in June.

Having instituted a documentary competition last year, festival artistic director Trevor Groth also rolled out this year's lineup Thursday in the Pioneer Documentaries section. Described as films whose subjects defy odds and expectations, they include Douglas Tirola's "All In," which looks at poker's resurgence during the past decade; Jennifer Kroot's "It Came From Kuchar," a portrait of underground filmmakers the Kuchar Brothers; and Mitch McCabe's "Youth Knows No Pain," an insider's tour of the plastic surgery industry.

Other doc titles on tap include James Rasin's "Beautiful Darling," a portrait of Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling; Jessica Oreck's "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo," which examines Japan's cultural obsession with bugs; Michael Oblowitz's "Sea of Darkness," a modern pirate tale; and Ben Steinbauer's "Winnebago Man," which takes off from a Winnebago sales video.

As previously announced, the fest will open with Hue Rhodes' "Saint John of Las Vegas" and include eight world premieres in its Jackpot Premieres section.

The fest runs June 10-15 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres in Las Vegas. (partialdiff)