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Sundance's NEXT FEST Is Coming to Los Angeles This Summer

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 20, 2014 at 2:47PM

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.
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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 Borchardt’s “Coven.”

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.)

This article is related to: Festivals, Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.