This weekend, The Sundance Institute brought a bite-sized portion of their flagship festival for the fifth year with Sundance Next Fest. Acting as an extended limb of sorts for the “Next” category in Utah’s premiere festival, the weekend showcased a wide array of upcoming visionary talent. From Janicsza Bravo’s Brett Gelman vehicle Lemon, to Marvin Lemus’ episodic tribute to Boyle Heights in Genti-Fied. That wasn’t all the fest offered, as
Ticketed – L.A. Times / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Morgan) — In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. Cast: Michelle Morgan, Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone, Kentucker Audley, Margarita Levieva, Adam Shapiro. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE. Followed by a performance by Electric Guest. The
Ticketed – Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles and the subject of Dina for a conversation following the afternoon screening. Dina is the Winner of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Ticketed – Jill, a lonely, distraught housewife with four unruly children, paces on her dining room table with a belt around her neck, contemplating a desperate end to her wretchedness. Her husband, Bill, focused on his identity as breadwinner and an affair with a lusty co-worker, is as oblivious to Jill’s growing terror that she will do something destructive as he is to the panic at his unraveling company. Meanwhile,
Ticketed – Gente-fied / U.S.A. (Director, creator and co-writer: Marvin Lemus; Co-writer: Linda Yvette Chavez; Executive Producers: Charles D. King, Aaliyah Williams, America Ferrera) — Seven characters deal with the effects of change in LA’s Boyle Heights. Bicultural millennials and old-school business owners hustle to create spaces that celebrate their Latino identities—even while faced with rent hikes, a housing crisis, and a steady stream of outsiders threatening to gentrify their
Ticketed – The Greasy Strangler bursts with the best of bizarro cult cinema aspirations in this hilarious anti-horror tale of a father & son competing for the same woman. New Orleans’ Big Freedia commands a dazzling Bounce rap show flanked by her unforgettable Diva dancers that bring the party like few other touring acts. The program will be preceded by a short film oddity from Flying Lotus.
Ticketed – A wide-ranging showcase of some of the funniest short films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, hosted by stand-up comedians. The Festival is widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Affections | Director and screenwriter: Bridey Elliott The Procedure | Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder A Reasonable Request | Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich Thunder
Ticketed– The premiere of intense fraternity drama Goat starring Nick Jonas + music by Sunflower Bean.
On Thursday August 11th, Sundance Institute celebrated the Night Before Next benefit presented by Acura at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The event honored Nate Parker for The Birth of a Nation with the Institute’s annual Vanguard Award presented to him by actor and Sundance alum Michael B. Jordan. During the event, Nate Parker and The Birth of a Nation team announced the Sundance Institute:The Birth
Ticketed – Morris From America tells the winning tale of an American teen coming of age abroad. The film features one memorable scene where the titular ‘Morris’ performs at a talent show in front of his German classmates. Following the screening, star of Morris From America, Craig Robinson, will host a talent show showcasing local Los Angeles youth arts organizations.