THE INLAND EMPIRE: NEW ‘PLAYER’ IN HOLLYWOOD

“Player,” a new movie making the rounds on the film festival circuit, was shot almost entirely in the Inland Empire. It’s a gritty drama with a terrific twist ending that tells the story of a Los Angeles gambler who falls for a young woman and enlists her help in a high-stakes bet that puts both of their lives at risk.

Filming took place in such San Bernardino and Riverside county locations as Ontario, Montclair, Indio, Desert Hot Springs and Cabazon, as well as in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Santa Monica.

The movie stars Robert Fleet, Natalie Avital and Nick McCallum, and is directed by Montclair’s Alina Szpak. It’s a featured title in this year’s Riverside International Film Festival, which continues through April 17 at the UltraStar Cinemas at University Village, 1201 University Ave., Riverside.

For more information on the festival, visit www.riversidefilmfest.org. For more information on “Player,” visit www.playerthemovie.us or www.imdb.com/title/tt1223414/.