The Sundance Institute announced Tuesday that Sundance Next Fest will return Aug. 7-9 to the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This will be the third year that Sundance has put on a summer event in L.A. and the second in a row at the recently renovated, 1,600-seat venue.
The event will be structured the same as last year's, with film screenings paired with either a specially curated musical act or an onstage conversation between the filmmakers and a like-minded artist who inspired them.
Last year’s Next Fest included films selected from the U.S. Dramatic Competition and Next sections of the Sundance Film Festival. The event made for some memorable pairings. Musician Father John Misty played a solo acoustic set after a screening of the zombie comedy “Life After Beth.” R&B singer-songwriter Tinashe performed after Watts-set drama “Imperial Dreams” in an evening that also featured a short film made for rapper
Also included in last year’s program was a screening of “Listen Up Philip” followed by a talk between writer-director Alex Ross Perry and star
The event organizers last year showed an uncanny ability for catching artists just as they were moving on to bigger things. Kendrick Lamar’s new album “To Pimp A Butterfly” has topped the charts, while Tinashe performed on the recent
The upcoming Next Fest program is expected to be announced in early summer. More information can be found at sundance.org/next.