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Film Block D: Short "Renardo" Feature "What Happened in Vegas"

  • Wealthy Street Theatre 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)
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Renardo: A murderer finds redemption from an unexpected source.



Director Biography: Nathan Roels is a Calvin College student majoring in Digital Filmmaking. He aims to tell stories that contain themes of redemption and reconciliation to bring hope to those who watch.


What Happened in Vegas: While on vacation in Las Vegas, filmmaker Ramsey Denison is walking through a parking lot when he sees a group of police officers abusing a stranger in custody. Shocked by what he’s witnessing, he calls 911 to report police brutality -- only to find himself being attacked by police and arrested. After reading a police report filled with lies and discovering that the video documenting his attack by police has conveniently gone missing, Denison investigates a terrifying pattern of police brutality and discovers that behind the shimmering surface of Las Vegas lies a police department with individuals willing to go to any lengths to cover up its crimes. 
What Happened In Vegas exposes the truth surrounding three murder cases in which all of the victims were shot by cops. With the help of victims’ friends and family, this shocking documentary weaves its way through the maze of lies from top LVMPD officials. Even in the shadow of this deep corruption, we meet heroic Las Vegas police officers who fight to improve relations with the community while keeping the streets safe. What Happened In Vegas takes a deep look at what is going wrong and what, if anything, can be done to fix it.