The Los Angeles event will include six features from this year’s Sundance festival and a showcase of comedy shorts.
Sundance prize-winner Morris from America and five other features from this year’s Sundance festival have been set to screen in Sundance Next Fest, which runs August 12-14 in Los Angeles.
The features will be getting their Los Angeles premieres at the Sundance Institute event, staged at the city’s downtown Ace Hotel, and each will be paired with a music act, live performance or conversation with an icon of independent cinema. The event will also include a showcase of comedy short films.
The event will kick off on Friday with a screening of offbeat love story Lovesong, which will be paired with a performance by Shamir. On Saturday, coming-of-age comedy Morris from America (pictured), winner of the Sundance festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, will be paired with a local teen talent show hosted by Craig Robinson, who won a Special Jury Prize at the festival for his performance in the film. The same night will also see screenings of New York drama White Girl and fraternity story Goat coupled with a performance by New York band Sunflower Bean.
Next Fest’s Sunday programme includes the showcase of shorts from this year’s Sundance festival, screenings of Iranian horror film Under the Shadow and horror comedy The Greasy Strangler and the world premiere of Royal, a short film directed by music producer Flying Lotus.
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper said this year’s Next Fest “showcases stories from all over that still hit close to home. Tied to music performances by breakout artists and extended conversations with prolific filmmakers, this weekend celebration is an indie oasis in a summer of big-budget blockbusters.”
Next Fest is an extension of the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival, which has showcased films including Obvious Child, Tangerine and Nasty Baby.