Sundance NextFest 2015 Preview: LA's Most Innovative Fest Ramps Up

Editor, Festivals; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)

You have got to hand it to the good folks at Sundance. As if having the most important festival on the US indie calendar wasn't enough, they go and create one of the most innovative and interesting mini-festivals happening today. This is the future of film festivals folks: bite sized and experiential (see: Stanley, for instance).

Sundance NextFest technically kicked off last Sunday with a Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of fest fave Cop Car. But the main event, a weekend of special screenings followed by live events (music, talks, etc.) starts this Friday August 7 and runs through Sunday at August 9 at LA's historic Ace Hotel.

If great movies, famous musicians, and interesting chats wasn't enough, Sundance just announced they'll also have the live flying virtual reality experience Birdly available for ticket holders as well. Whaaat?

We've got the six events of Sundance NextFest previewed for you below. Visit the Sundance NextFest website for more info and Let us know if you'll be checking it all out.

Mistress America
Noah Baumbach's latest casts muse, lover, and co-screenwriter Greta Gerwig as an idiosyncratic and rather oblivious New Yorker playing big sis to her newfound sibling played by Lola Kirke. It's a Baumbachian romp sure to make fans of him or his GF very fond.

Sky Ferreira
We don't pretend to be experts on pop music here at ScreenAnarchy, but we did learn from Sky Ferreira's Wikipedia that she was discovered on MySpace, has opened for Miley Cyrus, and was an actor in Eli Roth's The Green Inferno. Just another everyday Millennial.

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