Sundance Next Fest 2016 Preview: Indie Film Indulgence Descends on DTLA

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

One of the coolest events in downtown LA the past few summers has been Sundance's version of a fun festival weekend: Sundance Next Fest. While Next Fest may not be the high-powered industry fest that its wintertime sibling is, it is a great excuse to see some cool movies and see some awesome talks and bands do their thing. Every screening includes some kind of extra special add-on. What's more The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is one of the coolest venues to see a film in all of LA.

This year Next Fest has added a host of panels, an entire VR sidebar, and a much-needed "outdoor social hub" dubbed Next Door to hang and have a refreshing drink or two. We've got a preview of all of the events for you in the gallery below.

Sundance Next Fest kicks off this Friday. Check out more info plus ticket info at the Next Fest website.

Opening Night Friday 8/12 – 8pm

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.
SCREENWRITERS Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim CAST Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Rosanna Arquette

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.

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