‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Kicks Off Sundance Next Fest in L.A.

The Sundance Institute Next Fest will kick off with a 10th anniversary screening of “Napoleon Dynamite” on Aug. 7 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The film, starring Jon Heder and directed by Jared Hess, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

The four-day Next Fest, which will be headquartered at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, is aimed at celebrating the intersection of film and music and the renegade spirit of independent artists.

The Aug. 8 program will feature “Life After Beth” followed by a performance by Father John Misty. The Aug. 9 shows include screenings of David Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” and Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” with each followed by conversations with the filmmakers.

Sundance Audience Award winner “Imperial Dreams” will also screen Aug. 9 followed by a performance by singer Tinashe.

Adam Wingard’s “The Guest” and Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” will screen at the Aug. 10 closing, followed by a performance by Warpaint.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Next Fest is a continuation of our efforts to connect film-loving audiences with the next generation of independent filmmakers. The unique convergence of film and music enhances the experience of each and offers fresh insight into the talent and vision of these outstanding independent artists.”

Sundance programming director Trevor Groth told Variety that the the idea is to get attention for films outside the January festival.

“We’re looking for films with attitude that are coming from an adventurous place,” he added.

Tickets go on sale to Sundance Institute members on Wednesday and all others on Thursdsay.

The event is extension of the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Sundance launched the event in Los Angeles last year with a Next Weekend event, which included a double-bill screening of Chris Smith’s documentary “American Movie” and the film it chronicled, Mark Borchardt’s “Coven.”

Titles that have premiered in the Next section at Sundance, launched in 2010, include “Bellflower,” “Blue Caprice,” “Compliance,” “Sleepwalk With Me” and “Sound of My Voice.”

 

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