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Three music videos, a full slate of VR experiences, a youth talent show and more have been added to the lineup for 2016 Sundance NEXT FEST. These new additions join short film screenings hosted by Nick Kroll, music acts including “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia, and the Los Angeles premieres of some of the most talked-about films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sundance NEXT FEST takes place August 12 to 14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

Highlighting the connection between music and movies, three brand-new music videos have been added to the lineup.

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE – The video for Mark Pritchard’s “Beautiful People,” featuring vocals by Thom Yorke, screens just before Sunday’s afternoon screening of Iranian horror film Under the Shadow. Michal Marczak, who won the 2016 Sundance Film Festival award for World Cinema Documentary: Director for All These Sleepless Nights, directs the video, a nameless stranger’s exploration of a new world, set to Pritchard’s track, which Rolling Stone called “achingly gorgeous.”

ANNIE – A karaoke video turned fever dream in which Alan has to traverse B-roll cityscapes, taped over TV shows, and phone sex commercial breaks in search of a missing ex-lover. Shot over 8 cities on Neon Indian’s last tour of Asia, all libidinal hell breaks loose in this glistening meta ode to laserdisc-era sing alongs. Directed by Alan Palomo, Neon Indian himself, this is the world premiere video of the song which Pitchfork described as “very much an electro-pop song for when temperatures grow more humid, our actions less responsible and the nights longer.” Annie screens on Saturday afternoon, before the LA premiere of White Girl.

BEST TO YOU – A diverse cast, including Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a Empress Of) and Amandla Stenberg, enacts a hopeful vision of love and belonging amidst modern anxieties, set to music from Freetown Sound, Devonté Hynes’ third album as Blood Orange. A film by Luke Gilford, commissioned by Devonté Hynes and choreographed by Emma Portner, Best to You screens at noon Saturday, before Morris From America.


A curated slate of 12 mobile VR experiences will be available as part of Sundance NEXT FEST, representing some of the most compelling independent narrative and documentary VR storytelling today. Google Cardboards will be given away onsite at NEXT DOOR. This selection has also been featured at the 2016 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, Slithering Screens program at MoMA, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Three young female filmmakers joined forces to create the irreverent, atmospheric festival trailer for Sundance NEXT FEST. Courtney Jines (director), Tara Clune (motion graphics) and Kayla Briët (music) collaborated on the trailer, which will run before each screening. All three women are part of the Institute’s Ignite Fellows Program, which offers 18-to-24-year-old artists year-round mentorship and industry experiences. The live action sequence stars Hannah Marks and Rhoda Pell.

ollowing Saturday’s noon screening of Morris from America, three young talent groups will take the stage for a talent show hosted by comedian Craig Robinson, who acts in the film. Participants include:

826LA, with a reading. 826LA is a non-profit organization that supports students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.

Inner-City Arts, with a dance routine. Inner-City Arts is an arts education provider in the heart of Skid Row, and works to create a safer, healthier Los Angeles.

Stones Throw Records, with live beat-making. Stones Throw Records is an American independent music label based in Los Angeles and was founded by DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.

Venice Arts, with a short film screening. Venice Arts is a nonprofit organization that ignites, expands and transforms the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education.

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