Las Vegas is a city well known around the world as an “Adult’s Playground” for vacation getaway and fun. What about the children and teens who reside here as “locals”? They are enclosed in a beautiful place where its main focus is money, tourism and more money. Las Vegas resides in Clark County, which is the fifth largest and second worst school district in America with 309,051 students enrolled in K-12. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. In the 1980’s there were 12 major high schools in Vegas but as of 2009, there are now 52. There are city municipal codes, which enforce a strict minor curfew of midnight for anyone under 18 years old. That includes movie theaters, bowling alleys and even arcades. 75% of the movie theaters in Vegas are built inside a casino and heavily upholds this law. Where are the entertainment outlets for teenagers? There are none.
With the grueling five-day week at school behind them, kids just want to have fun. The most common form of escapism for Vegas teens is house parties. These are thrown at a teen’s house sometimes with no parental supervision, as a parent working a graveyard shift is common in this 24-hour city. Most often than not- the parties spin out of control. Violence occurs, gangs clash, gunshots go off and the party ends in an abrupt state of panic.
Lost Vegas will explore the restrictions placed upon the adolescence that reside in the city of Las Vegas and the dampening effects it has on their lives. The young people in this city struggle with positive entertainment outlets because of the lack of resources Vegas provides for them. The films point of view will be seen through the children of Las Vegas, those who have resided here their entire lives or through grade school but have been deeply impacted by this ever growing problem. Telling the story through their eyes will suggest a style that is most empathetic with viewers. The subject is the city of Las Vegas and these are the people who know this city best. Ultimately, I want the audience to feel and understand that this social problem may also exist elsewhere in the country. I want to focus on an issue of positive change in resources for ALL teenagers and explore different solutions to help better their lives overall.
I am approaching this project single handily all shot on an HD small consumer video camera. At the end of the day, its the story that counts and this style will reinforce that (which is why the budget is so tiny)!