The Sundance Subsequent Fest shouldn’t be a typical movie pageant. Yearly the occasion’s organizers tweak this system to seek out new methods of presenting Los Angeles audiences with movies that premiered earlier within the yr at Sundance’s flagship pageant in Park Metropolis, Utah. This yr’s tagline — “the place films, music and mischief collide” — underscores the distinction from a extra typical movie pageant expertise.
Musical acts are curated to play after sure films, and conversations between filmmakers and specifically chosen friends happen after some screenings. Music movies are included in some packages. This yr, comedians Kate Berlant, Kate Micucci and Natasha Leggero every will host one of many night packages.
“We’re continually considering of a enjoyable factor that we’d love to do, that we’d wish to see,” stated Trevor Groth, the Sundance Movie Pageant’s director of programming in an interview this week. “We put ourselves within the viewers’s footwear and assume, ‘What would get me out of my house in L.A. to go be part of one thing like this?’ So for us all these new additions, all these little parts are simply issues we’re doing for ourselves, one thing we’d like to see.”
This yr’s pageant, beginning Thursday and operating by way of Sunday night time, will start with a 25th anniversary screening of “Reservoir Canine” and a presentation of Sundance’s Vanguard Management award to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. The film would be the first 35-millimeter movie print proven on the Theatre at Ace Lodge downtown because the theater’s current renovations. On the pageant’s shut on Sunday night time, “Mudbound” filmmaker Dee Rees will obtain Sundance’s Vanguard Award.
On Friday night time, Janicza Bravo’s bitter comedy “Lemon” will play, adopted by a efficiency by Lizzo. Saturday will start with a screening of Marvin Lemus’ Net collection “Gente-fied,” on gentrification in Boyle Heights, adopted by a dialog with the artistic workforce, inducing government producer America Ferrera.
Additionally on Saturday, Justin Chon’s “Gook,” set inside the Korean American group in the course of the 1992 L.A. riots, might be adopted by a dialog between Chon and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Saturday will conclude with a screening of Marianna Palka’s “Bitch,” a few housewife pushed to excessive conduct.
Palka is the author, director and star of “Bitch.” She made the movie final yr whereas additionally capturing a task within the Netflix collection “GLOW.” She has attended Subsequent Fest up to now as an viewers member and stated she can be there this yr whether or not her film was enjoying within the pageant or not.
She’s additionally a fan of the NYC-based mostly musical duo Sleigh Bells, who will probably be enjoying after her film, and was excited when organizers introduced their identify up as a risk.
“I used to be, like, ‘Are you kidding? You will get them?’” she stated “The themes of their music are actually unimaginable, and since they’re so deep as a band it simply seems like the correct match. I don’t assume you can have programmed a greater mixture. I’m type of floored that they’re doing it.”
Sunday will start with a screening of Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Dina,” which gained the grand jury prize for U.S. documentary this yr at Sundance. The film shall be adopted by a dialog between the filmmakers, topic Dina Buno and comic and commentator Larry Wilmore.
Additionally on Sunday, Alex Ross Perry’s nuanced Brooklyn-based mostly comedy-drama “Golden Exits” will play, adopted by a dialog between Perry and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Then Michelle Morgan’s romantic comedy “L.A. Occasions” will display, adopted by a efficiency by the duo Electrical Visitor. (Electrical Visitor member Asa Taccone is the brother of “L.A. Occasions” actor and producer Jorma Taccone.)
“It seems like one thing that may be totally different yr to yr, not as a result of what they did final yr failed,” stated Perry, the primary returning filmmaker at Subsequent Fest, whose “Pay attention Up Philip” performed in 2014.
“Often if one thing modifications after making an attempt it as soon as, it’s as a result of it was deemed unsuccessful, whereas right here they appear to have gotten right into a rhythm of being beholden to nothing,” Perry stated. “It’s extra like, ‘We acquired good suggestions on that and we’re simply going to take a swing at one thing totally different.’”
A few of these concepts have made their means again to the January pageant in Park Metropolis. John Cooper, director of the Sundance Movie Pageant, famous that current artist on artist conversations reminiscent of one between Lena Dunham and Norman Lear are partially a results of Subsequent Fest.
“It’s extra a mind-set about it, what attracts audiences,” Cooper stated . “What attracts audiences now’s one-of-a-variety moments, one thing that’s not typical and has traction and a uniqueness the place you may get a spark.
“On the coronary heart of all of that is blowing out the boundaries of what a movie pageant is,” Cooper added. “Hopefully it propels us into making some loopy concepts come to life.”
Sundance Subsequent Fest
When: Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August thirteen
The place: The Theatre at Ace Lodge Downtown, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90015
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