The Sundance Institute has unveiled the lineup for its first-ever Next Weekend film festival. Running August 8 through 11 at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles, the program — which is an extension of the popular NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival — includes 10 feature films and 10 shorts, with two world premieres and eight LA premieres. The full lineup is below.
Included in the program are well-reviewed titles such as Alexandre Moors’ “Blue Caprice,” about the Beltway sniper attacks, Hannah Fidell’s “A Teacher,” starring Lindsay Burdge as a high school teacher obsessed with one of her students, and Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary “Cutie and the Boxer,” following the tumultuous 40-year marriage of Japanese artists Yushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Next Weekend lineup:
12 O’Clock Boys / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lotfy
Nathan) — Pug, a bright 13-year-old boy living on a dangerous, west-side block
in Baltimore, dreams of joining the 12 O’Clock Boys – a notorious Urban dirt
bike pack who invade the streets, popping wheelies and cruising at high speeds
through traffic while clashing with police. (Documentary) LA PREMIERE
Also screening Sunday, Aug. 11 at The Museum of Contemporary
Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Visit MOCA’s box office to purchase tickets.
Blue Caprice / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors,
Screenwriters: R. F. I. Porto, Alexandre Moors) — An abandoned boy is lured to
America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure in this film
inspired by the real-life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.
Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson,
Cassandra Freeman, Leo Fitzpatrick. LA PREMIERE
Also screening Sunday, Aug. 11 at Cinefamily.
Cutie and the Boxer / U.S.A. (Director: Zachary Heinzerling)
— Over the course of the chaotic 40-year marriage between New York-based
Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, their headstrong, yet
complementary personalities form a graceful rumination on companionship,
sacrifice and the creative spirit. (Documentary) LA PREMIERE
Also screening Sunday, Aug. 11 at the UCLA School of
Theater, Film and Television at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.
The Foxy Merkins / U.S.A. (Director: Madeleine Olnek,
Screenwriters: Madeleine Olnek, Jackie Monahan, Lisa Haas) — Two lesbian
hookers work the streets of New York. One is a down-on-her-luck newbie; the
other is a beautiful – and straight – grifter who is an expert on picking up
women. Together they face bargain-hunting housewives and double-dealing
conservative women in this subversive buddy comedy. Cast: Lisa Haas, Jackie
Monahan, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Ziegler, Sally Sockwell, Deb Margolin. WORLD
How to be a Man / U.S.A. (Director: Chadd Harbold,
Screenwriters: Bryan Gaynor, Chadd Harbold, Gavin McInnes) — When former
comedian Mark is faced with a rare form of cancer, he hires an impressionable
cameraman to document his crude and comical lessons on what it means to be a
man for his unborn son. But when Mark nearly loses everything, he realizes he
has the most to learn. Cast: Gavin McInnes, Liam Aiken, Paulo Costanzo, Megan
Neuringer, Nigel DeFriez, Nicole Balsam. WORLD PREMIERE
It Felt Like Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza
Hittman) — On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a 14-year-old’s sexual quest takes a
dangerous turn when she pursues an older guy and tests the boundaries between
obsession and love. Cast: Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni, Ronen Rubinstein,
Jesse Cordasco, Nick Rosen, Case Prime. LA PREMIERE
Also screening Sunday, Aug. 11 at the American Cinematheque
at the Aero Theatre.
Newlyweeds / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shaka King)
— A Brooklyn repo-man and his globetrotting girlfriend forge an unlikely
romance. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love
triangle gone awry in this dark ballad of chemical dependency — part coming of
age romance, part hallucinatory adventure. Cast: Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris,
Tone Tank, Colman Domingo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Adrian Martinez. LA PREMIERE
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors / U.S.A. (Director: Sam
Fleischner, Screenwriters: Rose Lichter-Marck, Micah Bloomberg) — When a young,
autistic Mexican boy runs away from his undocumented family on the outskirts of
New York City, he embarks on an 11-day odyssey in the city’s subway system,
forcing his splintered family to reconcile their differences in order to bring
him home. Cast: Andrea Suarez Paz, Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Azul Zorrilla, Tenoch
Huerta Mejia, Marsha Stephanie Blake. LA PREMIERE
A Teacher / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Hannah
Fidell) — A popular young high school teacher in a wealthy suburban Texas high
school has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as
the relationship comes to an end. Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer
Prediger, Jonny Mars, Julie Phillips, Chris Doubek. LA PREMIERE
This is Martin Bonner / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter:
Chad Hartigan) — In this 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film we
discover two men, each searching in their quiet solitude to begin a new life
amidst an unspoken need for encouragement and support. Cast: Paul Eenhoorn,
Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse. LA
The Apocalypse / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew
Zuchero) — Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how
to spend their Saturday afternoon. Cast: Martin Starr, Ella Rae Peck, Kate Lyn
Shiel, Benjamin Pike, Chanel Michaels, Duke Dlouhy.
The Cub / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Riley Stearns)
— Wolves make the best parents. Cast: Davey Johnson, Savannah Lathem, Mandy
Olsen, Alexis McGraw. LA PREMIERE
The Event / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Julia Pott,
Screenwriter: Tom Chivers) — Love and a severed foot at the end of the world.
Cast: Alex Britton, Laura Free.
K.I.T. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Morgan)
— A guilt-ridden, but well-intentioned yuppie goes to great lengths to prove
she is a decent person. Cast: Michelle Morgan, Stephanie Allynne, John F.
Beach, Ryan Harrison, Jeff Grace. LA PREMIERE
#PostModem / U.S.A. (Directors: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva,
Screenwriters: Lucas Leyva, Jillian Mayer) — A comedic, satirical, sci-fi
pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists, this is
the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with technological singularity,
as told through a series of cinematic tweets. Cast: Jillian Mayer, Kayla De La
Cerda, Arly Montes, Zoom Zoom, Jesse Miller, Shivers Thedog. LA PREMIERE
Seraph / U.S.A. (Director: Dash Shaw, Screenwriters: John
Cameron Mitchell, Dash Shaw) — Seraph is an animated short film about how a
boy’s childhood scars his later life. LA PREMIERE
Social Butterfly / France, U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Lauren Wolkstein) — When a 30-year-old American woman attends a
teenage party in the South of France, guests wonder who she is and what she is
doing there. Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Camille Claris, Ulysse Grosjean.
A Story for the Modlins / Spain (Director: Sergio Oksman,
Screenwriters: Carlos Muguiro, Emilio Tomé, Sergio Oksman) — The tale of Elmer
Modlin who, after appearing in Rosemary’s Baby, fled with his family to a
far-off country and shut himself away in a dark apartment for 30 years. LA
Until the Quiet Comes / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter:
Kahlil Joseph) — Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los
Angeles, this film deals with themes such as violence, camaraderie and
spirituality, through the lens of magic-realism. Cast: Solomon Gibbs,
What Do We Have in Our Pockets? / U.S.A., Israel (Director:
Goran Dukic, Screenwriters: Goran Dukic, based on a short story by Etgar Keret)
— A most unusual love story unravels when the objects in a young man’s pockets
come to life. Cast: Azazel Jacobs, Diaz Jacobs.
NEXT <=>: Then, Now and Beyond — The NEXT <=>
section at the Sundance Film Festival was created in response to a contemporary
wave of filmmaking enlivened by recent technological advances; however it also
shares DNA with past trailblazers in film who have always been a huge part of
the Festival. In this discussion we explore the similarities and differences of
being a NEXT <=> filmmaker today versus the early days of Sundance. Which
barricades have been removed and which new ones have arisen? Through this
process of exploration we try to determine what’s next for NEXT <=>.
Panelists include Gregg Araki (Totally F***ed Up, The Living
End, Mysterious Skin), Allison Anders (Gas, Food Lodging; Mi Vida Loca;
Strutter), Hannah Fidell (A Teacher) and Shaka King (Newlyweeds).
The NEXT <=> Waves of Creative Distribution — Sundance
Institute staffers Chris Horton and Joseph Beyer moderate this FREE Artist
Services event with a surprise lineup of leading industry experts. Get smart on
the latest tech and trends in creative financing, digi distribution, guerilla
marketing and independent theatrical releases. (FREE)
ShortsLab: Los Angeles — An intensive, full-day seminar of
screenings and discussions for filmmakers, providing firsthand insight and
access into the world of story development, production and exhibition of
narrative short-form films. Participants include Sundance Film Festival Short Film
Programmers and filmmakers to be announced. ($150)
YouTube Shorts @ NEXT WEEKEND — A compilation of work from
some of the most popular, compelling and innovative creators on YouTube,
reflecting the wild diversity and imagination of content on the platform.
Co-presented with YouTube and showcasing shorts featured on the platform.