Sundance Institute Announces Program of Films, Panels and Workshops for First-Ever NEXT WEEKEND
Sundance Institute today announced the program of 10 feature films, 10 short films and related programming for the first-ever NEXT WEEKEND film festival, Aug. 8-11, 2013 at Sundance Sunset Cinema and additional venues throughout Los Angeles. Tickets ($12–15) are on sale now for Sundance Institute members and will be available to the public Thursday at www.sundance.org/nexttickets.
NEXT WEEKEND – an extension of the popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – is a summer film festival presenting four days of screenings, parties and artist programs that celebrate the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking.
As announced last week, NEXT WEEKEND will kick off with an outdoor screening of Chris Smith’s iconic cult documentary American Movie and Mark Borchardt’s horror film Coven Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, co-presented with Acura. Chris Smith will introduce the films. Tickets to that event ($12) are on sale now at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/312351.
The 10 feature films in the festival’s core program include two world premieres, by Madeleine Olnek and Chadd Harbold, respectively, as well as eight Los Angeles premieres, six of which first screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Eight feature films are narratives and two are documentaries. Ten short films, two panels and the ShortsLab: Los Angeles full-day short filmmaking workshop round out the program. Among the filmmakers, cast and crew expected to attend the festival and discuss their work are Gregg Araki, Allison Anders and Chris Smith.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In creating NEXT WEEKEND we were looking to shed our parkas and boldly celebrate this ‘other side’ of Hollywood — the far edge of independent filmmaking.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “NEXT WEEKEND presents a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The creative means employed in these films will take audiences on a wild ride towards the future of cinematic storytelling.”
NEXT WEEKEND will be headquartered at Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. In addition to the kick-off event Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, on the final evening, Aug. 11, the festival expands with its NEXT SUNDAY initiative by hosting screenings at venues across Los Angeles including the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.
For more information about NEXT WEEKEND, including screening dates, times and locations, visit www.sundance.org/next.
Founding Sponsors of NEXT WEEKEND include: Principal Sponsors – Acura and YouTube; Media Sponsors – KCRW 89.9 and Los Angeles magazine; Supporting Sponsors – Beachside Films, CB2, Dolby, FilmL.A., Inc., Recycled Paper Greetings, Southwest Airlines and Stella Artois®. The support of these organizations has made this first-ever festival possible by providing critical funding and services that defray costs associated with the four-day festival and support the nonprofit Sundance Institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists. For sponsorship opportunities with Sundance Institute, email email@example.com.