The Sundance Institute’s NEXT FEST summer film festival hits Los Angeles the weekend of August 7-10, set to be headquartered at the Ace Hotel Theatre, and offering feature and short
film screenings, some paired with live music performances.
The event was conceived as an extension of the popular NEXT section from Sundance, which showcases primarily first films from
up-and-coming directors, and builds on the Institute’s original NEXT WEEKEND
event, hosted in 2013.
For the festival’s kickoff on August 7, a cult classic film will
screen at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A similar event for last
year’s NEXT WEEKEND featured a double-bill screening of Chris Smith’s iconic and
hilarious documentary “American Movie” and the horror film it chronicled, Mark
Buzzy films you’ve probably heard of that have premiered in
the NEXT section include “Bellflower,” “Blue Caprice,” “Compliance,” “Sleepwalk
With Me,” “Sound of My Voice” and the upcoming “Obvious Child,” as well as the
still-seeking-US-distribution title “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” (Picture above. We’d bet money that one lands in the yet-to-be-announced festival lineup.)