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Sundance NEXT FEST Lines Up Conversations With John Landis, Catherine Hardwicke and More

Exclusive: The Los Angeles event is bringing out some big names to support a pair of up-and-comers.

White Girl

“White Girl”


Sundance’s Los Angeles-based NEXT FEST consistently offers a delightful taste of its headlining festival to the movie lovers of Southern California, all removed from the snow and cold of the winter festival and transplanted into downtown LA in the heat of the summer. IndieWire is pleased to exclusively announce the addition of some very special guests to two of the mini-festival’s most exciting conversations, both of which feature two of this year’s most buzzed about festival premieres.

Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke will join “White Girl” director and screenwriter Elizabeth Wood for a post-screening conversation about Wood’s Sundance breakout. The event will take place on Saturday, August 13 at 4PM. For Wood, who shocked audiences with her audacious feature debut at this year’s festival, it should be particularly special, as she considers Hardwicke to be one of her filmmaking heroes.

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On Sunday, August 14 at 4PM, another Sundance standout, “Under the Shadow” filmmaker Babak Anvari will be joined for a post-screening Q&A by his leading lady Narges Rashidi (who is incredible in the film), along with his own filmmaking idol John Landis. The chat will be moderated by horror screenwriter Simon Barrett.

Sundance NEXT FEST takes place August 12-14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. You can find out more information and purchase tickets on the NEXT FEST website.

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