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.
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.)