Jason Schwartzman
Next Fest a little taste of Sundance in L.A.
Next Fest a little taste of Sundance in L.A.

It's easy to take the richness of Los Angeles film culture for granted, what with the steady stream of festivals, new venues and regular revival screenings. Local film fans now have one more exciting event to add to their calendars. This weekend sees the first edition of the Sundance Next Fest, a reconfiguration of last year's Next Weekend; it's moving mostly to downtown and bringing six movies from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for their local premieres, plus a 10th anniversary tribute to "Napoleon Dynamite." Three of the pictures will feature post-screening conversations between the filmmakers and artists who have inspired them or been an influence, with...