Sundance Institute announces program for first Next Weekend festival

Sundance Institute will put on the first-ever Next Weekend film festival in Los Angeles, running Aug. 8-11 and based at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood.

The festival's core program, announced Tuesday morning, includes 10 feature films, with two world premieres and eight Los Angeles premieres. Six of the films were screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The weekend will also feature 10 short films, two panels and a full-day workshop on making short films.


The two world premieres are Madeline Olnek's "The Foxy Merkins" and Chadd Harbold's "How to Be a Man."

The program includes the documentaries "12 O'Clock Boys," directed by Lofty Nathan, and "Cutie and the Boxer," directed by Zachary Heinzerling.

Fiction features in the program are Alexandre Moors' "Blue Caprice," Eliza Hittman's "It Felt Like Love," Shaka King's "Newlyweeds," Sam Fleischner's "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher" and Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner."

The short-film program will include Andrew Zuchero's "The Apocalypse," Riley Stearns' "The Cub," Lauren Wolkstein's "Social Butterfly" and Kahlil Joseph's "Until the Quiet Comes."

As previously announced, the festival will begin with an outdoor screening of "American Movie" at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Aug. 8. The enduring 1999 documentary, directed by Chris Smith, follows aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt. The evening will also include a screening of Borchardt's short film "Coven," the making of which is chronicled in "American Movie."

In a statement, John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said the Next Weekend was created to celebrate "the far edge of independent filmmaking."

Trevor Groth, director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said in a statement, "Next Weekend presents a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling."

Other venues hosting screenings for "Next Sunday" on Aug. 11 include the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, Cinefamily, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.

Tickets are on sale now for Sundance Institute members and will be available to the public beginning Thursday at For more information, including screening dates, times and locations, visit