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Sundance Institute NEXT WEEKEND Kick-Off

Sundance Institute NEXT WEEKEND Kick-Off

Sundance Institute will have the first-ever NEXT WEEKEND film festival, Aug. 8-11, 2013 at venues throughout Los Angeles. It will kick off with an outdoor screening of Chris Smith’s iconic cult documentary American Movie and Mark Borchardt’s horror film Coven Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Chris Smith will introduce the films. Tickets ($12) are on sale now at Sundance Institute Members will have priority admittance via a members-only line for this event at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This screening is co-presented with Acura.

NEXT WEEKEND – an extension of the popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – is a summer film festival presenting four days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “American Movie and Coven exemplify what NEXT is all about – an undying passion to make movies against odds and with unfettered creativity. One of the coolest cinematic venues in Los Angeles, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the ideal location to launch NEXT WEEKEND and to bring together all the renegade film lovers to be entertained and inspired by these extraordinary classic independent films.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “NEXT WEEKEND was created to not only celebrate the current generation of filmmakers working with NEXT sensibilities, but also to reflect on those films that paved the way.”

Feature Films

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)

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. U.S.: Sundance Selects. No ISA, Contact: Cinetic

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).  U.S.: Magnetic, ISA: K5.  I loved this film!  The couple is so sweet, so energetic, and as Noriko finds her own voice through her art, I empathized 100%!

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.

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.

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. ISA: Visit. Film Fests: Debut Sundance, Rotterdam, Goteborg, Groningen, BUFF, Nashville, Sarasota, Maryland, Champs Elysees, BAM, Munich

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. U.S. & Canada: Phase 4. ISA: Artist View.

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. Karlovy Vary FF, Tribeca FF: Best Narrative Feature – Special Jury Mention

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. U.S. Oscilloscope Pictures, ISA: Visit. Winner US in Progress, Champs Elysees FF, Sundance NEXT.  This film captured my soul when I saw it as a jury member of works in progress in Paris.

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. U.S.: Monterrey Media. Nashville Film Festival, Free State Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Middle of the Map Fest, Maryland Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Cinetopia International Film Festival, Refocus Film Series, Canada, BAM CinemaFest, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Munich Film Festival

Short Films

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.

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.

#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.

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.

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.

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, Storyboard P.

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.

Additional Programming

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.

The festival will be headquartered at Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. On the final evening, Aug. 11, the festival expands with its NEXT SUNDAY initiative by hosting screenings at venues across Los Angeles including the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum. In conjunction with NEXT WEEKEND, the Institute will host its annual ShortsLab: Los Angeles full-day short filmmaking workshop.

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