Documentary film to record growth of downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- A new star is set to make an appearance on the big screen; that star is downtown Las Vegas! It's part of a documentary that is hoping to capture the restoration of downtown. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new star is set to make an appearance on the big screen; that star is downtown Las Vegas! It's part of a documentary that is hoping to capture the restoration of downtown.
The real stars of the show will be the owners of small businesses who have moved into the area, and others who are working hard to bring back the glory of downtown Las Vegas. The producer is William Swaney.
"This is a place where things are happening and things are thriving. That's what our film is really about," said Swaney.
The documentarian wants to capture the change that is bringing back the once dilapidated area.
"Las Vegas is always forever reinventing itself, you know? And this is a reinvention of kind of epic proportions at the same time," he said.
It all happened at Insert Coins, a small business that recently made downtown its home.
"Actually downtown is going through something really special and everyone needs to know about it, because there are going to be people coming to Vegas, not just to gamble.They're going to be coming to Vegas to see the culture we have started to cultivate here downtown," said Christopher LaPorte, the owner.
Vegas StrEats is another festival in downtown Las Vegas that a lot of people out here say helps bring a new flavor to the area.
"It brings a lot of new people down here. Every time we come down here we meet more people that are asking about, gee how often does this happen, and they want to know about it. It's bringing a new crowd," said Joe, a man at the festival.
The producer plans to finish shooting when on-line giant Zappos.com moves into it's new headquarters old city hall. Swaney hopes the film will also encourage small businesses to set up shop nearby.
"And small businesses decide, where do I want to go? Well, they want to go to Las Vegas, and they don't want to go to the Las Vegas Strip. They want to come here," said Swaney.
The producer still hopes to raise $15,000 to finish the project.
When the film is complete in 2013, the plan is to enter it into film festivals, and later donate it to UNLV's special collections.