Hidden beneath the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip, lives a dark under world of the forgotten, struggling to survive under the neon. Hundreds of miles of underground tunnels, built to hold the flood rains, is home to hundreds, searching for shelter from their mistakes and misfortunes. Struggling with drug and gambling addictions, family issues, and unemployment, for some there’s light at the end of the tunnel. For others, the darkness takes hold and the end for them is the tunnels.
“Lost Vegas”, the short documentary by filmmaker Steve Birnbaum, tells the story of two men, living separate lives, but who have one thing in common - the tunnels. Mike Sweeny, A veteran and former police officer revisits the tunnels he lived in for over a year, recounting the life he lived and the things he took away from his experience. Ned Sokolovic, a club promoter and heroin addict, still faces the struggle to beat his addiction and return home to Colorado to the family he hasn't seen in over six years.
The film, shot over nine days, is the first documentary collaboration between producer Jeff Werner, and director Steve Birnbaum and co-director Alex Cannon.
Director: Steve Birnbaum
Assistant Director: Alex Cannon
Producer: Jeff Werner
Cinematography: Steve Birnbaum/Alex Cannon
Consultant: Matthew O'Brien
Editor: Steve Birnbaum