Las Vegas Film Fest Features Outstanding films

Written and photography by Nikki Artale

The Las Vegas Film Fest showcased 60 films in downtown Las Vegas and the Brenden Theaters on April 28-May 5 that featuring documentaries, short films, music videos, parties, and Q&A sessions. Work from local, national filmmakers, from Sundance and UNLV film students, were shown during the 12th Annual FF sponsored by Zappo, under the direction of Executive Director Milo Kostelecky. 

The festival opened with the feature film “Untitled the Amazing Jonathan,” a documentary of the Amazing Jonathan who was diagnosed with heart disease and given one year to live. Three years later he was on tour filming his last hurray of magic and comedy. Director Ben Berman was trying to separate the truth from illusion, shock, and deception as he filmed his epic comeback tour. 

From left: Ben Berman, Amazing Johnathon, and Anastasia Synn

In an interview with his wife Anastasia Synn after the Q&A, I asked what has kept him alive and she said it was all the loving good care she has given him. This is a must-see film and after being shown at Sundance, Hulu has picked up the rights for $2 million worldwide distribution.

Anastasia Synn and Amazing Johnathon

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in northern New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry, she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in-depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her for any questions, comments or requests of services.


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