Sundance Next Fest Lineup Descends on DTLA

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Sundance Next Fest Lineup Descends on DTLA

Sundance has done a great job of evolving their Next Fest Los Angeles mini film festival into a film and music-filled weekend at downtown LA's trendy Ace hotel and theater. This year's fest runs August 12-14 and the list of Sundance faves making their LA bow include the wackier than hell The Greasy Stranger, Iranian period horror Under the Shadow, and Nick Jonas hazing drama Goat. There will also be a shorts program hosted by Nick Kroll, a talent show hosted by Craig Robinson, and all kinds of cool music including sets from Shamir, Sunflower Bean, and a special surprise guest that will close the event after the Greasy Strangler screening. This year's Next Fest will also include an outdoor entertainment venue to drink and hang dubbed "Next Door."

Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow and you can find more info at the Next Fest site. The full lineup follows:


Friday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.
Lovesong / U.S.A. (Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray) — Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Cast: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Shamir — 20-year-old Shamir’s androgyne croon recalls Nina Simone and moves in and out of soul, r&b, house, disco, rap and pop – in the tradition of Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie and Madonna. His albums include “Northtown” and “Ratchet,” an ecstatic dance-pop record that sparkles with the grit of a desert geode.

Saturday, August 13, noon

Morris from America
 / U.S.A., Germany (Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) — Craig Robinson stars as the father of 13-year-old Morris; though they have just relocated to Germany, Morris won’t let anything stop his pursuit of hip-hop stardom and the girl of his dreams in this hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age comedy. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub GierszaƂ, Levin Henning. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance – Craig Robinson at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Followed by a talent show featuring participants from Los Angeles youth arts organizations. Hosted byMorris from America star Craig Robinson.

Saturday, August 13, 4:00 p.m.

White Girl
 / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Wood) — Summer, New York City: A college student goes to extremes to get her drug dealer boyfriend out of jail. Cast: Morgan Saylor, Brian 'Sene' Marc, Justin Bartha, Chris Noth, India Menuez, Adrian MartinezLOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Followed by a conversation with director and screenwriter Elizabeth Wood and a special guest.

Saturday, August 13, 8:00 p.m.

/ U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts) — Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy pledges his brother’s fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood. What happens there, in the name of "brotherhood," tests both the boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Cast: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Virginia Gardner, Danny Flaherty, Austin Lyon.LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Sunflower Bean
 — Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. The New York trio’s full-length debut album, Human Ceremony, emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica and urgent, fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colors the aural tapestry of these three musicians called “NYC's Coolest Young Band” by Rolling Stone.

Sunday, August 14, noon

Downtown & Dirty Shorts, Hosted by Nick Kroll — A wide-ranging showcase of some of the funniest short films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, hosted by one of the funniest guys we know: Nick Kroll. The Festival is widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Screening at Sundance NEXT FEST are:     
  • Affections (Director and screenwriter: Bridey Elliott)
  • The Procedure (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder), winner of the Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
  • A Reasonable Request (Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich)
  • Thunder Road (Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings), winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize
  • Too Legit (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw) film pictured above
Sunday, August 14, 2:00 p.m.
Short Film Master Class — The Short Film Master Class is a half-day event of panel discussions and Q&As with filmmakers and Sundance Institute Short Film Programmers, providing real world advice on the art of making shorts, focusing on narrative storytelling. The event will conclude with a networking reception. Tickets are $75 and include access to Downtown & Dirty Shorts at noon.

Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m. 

Under the Shadow / United Kingdom, Jordan, Qatar (Director and screenwriter: Babak Anvari) — Tehran, 1988: As the Iran-Iraq War rumbles into its eighth year, a mother and daughter are slowly torn apart by the bombing campaigns on the city coupled with the country's bloody revolution. As they struggle to stay together amidst these terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment. Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Followed by a conversation between director and screenwriter Babak Anvari and a special guest.

Sunday, August 14, 8:00 p.m. 

Royal (Director: Flying Lotus aka steve) — Unearthed from Los Angeles's worst quake nightmare. The story of Royal begins where the curses of human survival have left off. Inside the dark rooms and dim minds of Missy and Kenneth. Some of the strangest secrets find their way out from behind the curtain, revealing wounds that may never heal. WORLD PREMIERE

The Greasy Strangler / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard) — When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour—the best and only disco walking tour in the city—a fight for Janet's heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed. Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Jesse Keen, Joe David Walters. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Surprise Music Artist to be Announced. Get ready to let your freak flag fly.

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