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The Sundance Film Festival Comes to LA

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Every January the quaint Mormon hamlet of Park City, Utah is overrun by tens of thousands of people eager to attend the films (and parties) of the Sundance Film Festival. Having attended the festival for the last three years, I can highly recommend the experience. In fact, I'd say that everyone should try to attend at least once. From the freezing weather to the immense crowds to the abundance of cinema, alcohol and sleeplessness, it is a film festival that is unique to the world, and tomorrow night a little bit of Sundance comes to Los Angeles.

Downtown and Dirty Shorts kicks off at 8 pm at the Downtown Independent. The event features shorts by James Franco, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill and others. Most importantly, it's completely free! No RSVP is necessary as the event is first-come, first-served. Once the screenings conclude, there will also be a party on the roof of the theater featuring DJ Suckapunch. LAist spoke with one of the event's organizers, Trevor Groth, and one of its participants, Jody Hill earlier this week about what's in store for the evening.


LAist: How are you guys doing today?

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Trevor: We're doing all right.

LAist: Trevor, tell me a little bit about the short film event you guys have coming up this week.

Trevor: It's something I'm really excited about. It's the first time we've really done a specific program like this in terms of having a curated shorts program in LA. We wanted to do it for a number of reasons. Kind of to expand the awareness and the audience of the type of work that Sundance supports. Also to spread the word about short films in general. As much as people fall in love with shorts online, there's still nothing like seeing them in a theater. So we wanted to do that. We wanted to pick films that set a fun tone for the night. We wanted films from filmmakers that are serious about film but don't take themselves too seriously. And that kind of led us to this group that Jody is a part of, this North Carolina troupe of filmmakers. It's Jody Hill and David Gordon-Green and Danny McBride and Todd Rohal. We really found some nice little gems from these guys. Some early stuff and some stuff that's been made more recently. I think it's a nice mix.