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CineVegas’ 2009 honorees include Willem Dafoe, Jon Voight

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Actor Jon Voight arrives at the "24" Season 7 finale screening and panel discussion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Voight will be honored at this year's CineVegas film festival in Las Vegas, which runs June 10-15.

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Actor Willem Dafoe poses during a photo call for the film 'Antichrist', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 18, 2009. Dafoe will be honored at this year's CineVegas in Las Vegas.

Beyond the Sun

The CineVegas film festival, June 10-15, brings out the celebrity hound in all of us with Hollywood stars and top-notch actors descending upon Las Vegas for a week of parties, premieres and award presentations.

This year, the festival will honor two actors, two directors and two video game design pioneers.

This year’s Marquee Award recipient is actor John Voight whose storied career spans four decades.

An Academy Award winner for his role in Coming Home, Voight has also starred in other notable films such as Midnight Cowboy and Deliverance.

In honor of the actor’s award, CineVegas will present the rare, newly re-mastered director’s cut of the 1982 film, Lookin’ To Get Out, which Voight starred in and co-wrote and was shot in Las Vegas. Following the screening, Voight will hold a Q&A session to discuss the film.

The Vanguard Actor Award will go to Willem Dafoe.

With more than 70 films under his belt, Dafoe, a two-time Academy Award winner, has several upcoming releases including Antichrist, My Son My Son and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Dafoe will host a conversation at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, followed by a screening of his 1982 classic The Loveless.

The Vanguard Director Award will be presented to George and Mike Kuchar for films such as Hold Me While I’m Naked, Sins of the Fleshapoids and Summer of No Return.

The brothers are the subject of Jennifer Kroot’s documentary titled It Came from Kuchar, a Pioneer Documentary at this year’s Festival.

A new category at CineVegas 2009 will be the Planet Illogica Award for Excellence in New Media. The inaugural award will go to Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago, two USC alums who focus on video game design.

They worked together to develop the game Cloud, which landed them much critical acclaim and led to the development of their own studio, thatgamecompany. Check CineVegas.com for more information on this year’s nominees and the entire Festival’s schedule.

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