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Sundance Next Fest Pairs Films With Music By Father John Misty, Warpaint and Tinashe

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Sundance leaves Park City for Los Angeles this week (Aug. 7-10) bringing together an interesting intersection of films, live music and discussions. Sundance Next Fest—most of which takes place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel—is an extension of the film festival’s popular NEXT <=> section which showcases “stylistically adventurous and bold films.”

Among the eclectic film lineup is an Iranian vampire film, Aubrey Plaza’s turn as a zombie, Dan Stevens’ taking a very un-Matthew Crawley-like role and yet another chance to celebrate Napoleon Dynamite’s 10th anniversary. Each of the seven feature films only screens once and is paired with either conversations that complement the program or music sets by Father John Misty, Tinashe and Warpaint.

Here’s the lineup:

Thursday, Aug. 7 at 8:30 pm: Napoleon Dynamite screens outdoors at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. [Note: This is the only film that’s not at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.] The film celebrates its 10th year as it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. The cast/creative expected to attend are: Jerusha Hess, Jon Gries, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin and Shondrella Avery. Tickets: $14.

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Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 pm: In Life After Beth’s L.A. premiere, it’s Aubrey Plaza’s chance to do a lot of physical “comedy” as girl who dies then returns to her family and boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) a changed woman. The screening's followed by an acoustic solo set by Father John Misty. Tickets: $25.

Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 pm: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter follows a lonely Japanese woman as she leaves her ordered Tokyo life to dig for buried money in frozen Minnesota. The film is followed by a conversation between director David Zellner and co-screenwriter Nathan Zellner with filmmaker Werner Herzog. Tickets: $15.

Saturday, Aug. 9 at 4:45 pm: Listen Up Philip features Jason Schwartzman as an angry writer trying to escape his relationships and New York as he awaits the publication of his second novel. The screening of the film is followed by a conversation between Schwartzman, director Alex Ross Perry and author Bret Easton Ellis. Tickets: $15.

Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 pm: In Imperial Dreams, a 21-year-old reformed gangmember’s future is at stake when his loyalties to friends and family test him as he returns home to Watts. Imperial Dreams won the Audience Award: Best of NEXT <=> at 2014 Sundance and makes its L.A. premiere on Saturday. Also screening is "m.A.A.d," a short film commissioned by Kendrick Lamar. The soul/R&B stylings of Tinashe wrap up the festival’s Saturday program. Tickets: $25.

Sunday, Aug. 10 at 4 pm: The Guest stars Dan Stevens, formerly of Downton Abbey, trying to shake off any residuals of upper-crust Matthew Crawley in this action-thriller-slasher directed by Adam Wingard. The screening is followed by a discussion between The Guest’s filmmakers and special panelist, director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, 2011). Tickets: $15.

Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7:45 pm: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in an Iranian ghost town whose depraved residents are stalked by a lonely vampire. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl is followed with music by local favs Warpaint. Tickets: $25.

There are also four free, indie filmmaker-centric panels on Saturday and Sunday sponsored by YouTube and Kickstarter.

Sundance Next Fest. At Hollywood Forever Cemetery and the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Aug. 7-10. Tickets: $14-$25.