Two take top spots at CineVegas

Fest taps new artistic director, head of programming

CineVegas Festival has made several personnel moves, promoting Mike Plante to director of programming and retaining Trevor Groth as artistic director.

Groth had run programming at the June fest, but there had been questions about his ongoing involvement when he was promoted to director of programming at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Tuesday's news means he'll stay at the Las Vegas fest, while Plante, who had been associate director of programming, will take the reins of the fest's programming responsibilities.

Plante, who began at CineVegas at 2002, is a film fest veteran with a number of indie bona fides: He began work at the Arizona Film Festival in the early '90s and also created the cult film magazine Cinemad. He also serves as an associate programmer at Sundance.

CineVegas kicks off the this week and continues through the weekend.