It’s the fourth year that the festival, launched with the idea of getting attention for independent films outside the confines of the Sundance Film Festival in January, has been held in Los Angeles. The events pair six new independent films with either a special music act that shares a complementary artistic sensibility, or conversations between the filmmakers and those who inspired them.
Last year’s events included showings of “Cop Car,” Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America,” “Finders Keepers” and “Turbo Kid,” along with conversations with Aubrey Plaza and Thomas Middleditch, and performances by Sharon Van Etten and Sky Ferreira. In 2014, the Next Fest included the premiere of “Life After Beth,” screenings of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” as well as a solo acoustic performance by Father John Misty.
Other Next Fest events have included a live performance by Warpaint, a back-to-back DJ set by Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi, the world premiere of Kendrick Lamar’s short film “m.A.A.d.,” and an extended conversation between the filmmakers of “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” and Werner Herzog.
The Los Angeles festival is an extension of the Sundance Next section in Park City, which has included “Obvious Child,” “Compliance,” “Appropriate Behavior,” “Tangerine” and “Escape From Tomorrow.”
The Theatre at Ace Hotel is a restoration of the 1,600-seat United Artists Theater, built in the 1920s. It hosted the world premiere of “The Interview” in December.
John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Sundance Next Fest is a heat wave of new independent film, music and more. For our fourth year we’re mixing things up with more films and an outdoor entertainment venue, offering bigger and better opportunities for audiences to celebrate the summer energy and spirit of film and music in L.A.”
Sundance also plans to honor emerging artist on Aug. 11 with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Institute. Honorees in previous years have included Ryan Coogler, Benh Zeitlin, Marielle Heller and Damien Chazelle. Tickets cost $150 and up.
The lineup will be announced later this summer.