The 2016 Sundance NEXT FEST will present the Los Angeles premieres of six new independent films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as a showcase of comedy short films.
Each is paired with a music act, live performance or conversation with an icon of independent cinema.
The festival kicks off on Friday, August 12th with the premiere of Lovesong, an offbeat love story starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone, and a performance by Shamir.
Saturday’s lineup includes: coming-of-age comedy Morris from America and a local teen talent show, hosted by Craig Robinson; the edgy, New York-set White Girl; and the premiere of intense fraternity drama Goat, starring Nick Jonas and paired with Sunflower Bean, called “NYC’s Coolest Young Band” by Rolling Stone.
Sunday’s events include: a showcase of comedy short films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, hosted by comedian Nick Kroll and followed by a Short Film Master Class for filmmakers; the premiere of highly acclaimed, Iranian horror film Under the Shadow; and the festival closes with the wild and debaucherous The Greasy Strangler, and the world premiere of Flying Lotus’, aka steve’s, directorial debut, the short film Royal.
Sundance NEXT FEST this year includes NEXT DOOR, a free outdoor entertainment venue next to the Theatre for attendees to mingle and enjoy a drink, snacks and sponsor activities before or after a screening.
Also, just before NEXT FEST kicks off, NIGHT BEFORE NEXT, a celebration event on August 11, will benefit the Institute. Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation) will receive the Institute’s Vanguard Award during cocktails and dinner, and the outdoor party afterwards will feature a live musical performance by White Sea, fronted by Morgan Kibby, formerly of M83.
The 2016 Sundance NEXT FEST will run August 12 to 14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
Lovesong / U.S.A. (Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray) — Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Cast: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Morris from America / U.S.A., Germany (Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) — Craig Robinson stars as the father of 13-year-old Morris; though they have just relocated to Germany, Morris won’t let anything stop his pursuit of hip-hop stardom and the girl of his dreams in this hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age comedy. Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał, Levin Henning. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance – Craig Robinson at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
White Girl / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Wood) — Summer, New York City: A college student goes to extremes to get her drug dealer boyfriend out of jail. Cast: Morgan Saylor, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Justin Bartha, Chris Noth, India Menuez, Adrian Martinez. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Goat / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts) — Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy pledges his brother’s fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests both the boys and their relationship in brutal ways. Cast: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Virginia Gardner, Danny Flaherty, Austin Lyon. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Downtown & Dirty Shorts, Hosted by Nick Kroll — A wide-ranging showcase of some of the funniest short films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, hosted by Nick Kroll. Screening at Sundance NEXT FEST are:
Affections (Director and screenwriter: Bridey Elliott)
The Procedure (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder), winner of the Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
A Reasonable Request (Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich)
Thunder Road (Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings), winner of the Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Too Legit (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw)
Under the Shadow / United Kingdom, Jordan, Qatar (Director and screenwriter: Babak Anvari) — Tehran, 1988: As the Iran-Iraq War rumbles into its eighth year, a mother and daughter are slowly torn apart by the bombing campaigns on the city coupled with the country’s bloody revolution. As they struggle to stay together amidst these terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment. Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
Royal / (Director: Flying Lotus aka steve) — Unearthed from Los Angeles’s worst quake nightmare. The story of Royal begins where the curses of human survival have left off. Inside the dark rooms and dim minds of Missy and Kenneth. Some of the strangest secrets find their way out from behind the curtain, revealing wounds that may never heal. WORLD PREMIERE
The Greasy Strangler / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard) — When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet lone female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie’s Disco Walking Tour—the best and only disco walking tour in the city—a fight for Janet’s heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous Greasy Strangler is unleashed. Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Gil Gex, Jesse Keen, Joe David Walters. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE