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Indie Music And Film Come Together At Sundance Next Fest

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The Sundance Next Fest returns to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA from Aug. 12-14, presenting the L.A. premieres of selections from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. As in years past, each of the six feature films is paired with a music act, live performance or a conversation with an indie cinema icon.

Here's the just-released lineup:

Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 pm
Lovesong (Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray). Riley Keough and Jena Malone are two lifelong friends who try to rebuild an intimate connection before one of their weddings. The film is paired with a performance by Shamir.

Saturday, Aug. 13 at noon
Morris from America (Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) stars Craig Robinson (The Office) as the father of 13-year-old Morris (Markees Christmas) who continues his quest for hip-hop stardom—and love—though the family’s just moved to Germany. The coming-of-age film is followed by a talent show, hosted by Robinson, that features participants from LA youth arts organizations.

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Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4 pm
White Girl (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Wood). It’s summer in New York City and a college student falls hard for a drug dealer and goes to great lengths to get him out of jail. A conversation with director and screenwriter Elizabeth Wood and a special guest follows the screening.

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 pm
Goat (Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts). Ben Schnetzer plays a 19-year-old who, still recovering from an assault, pledges his brother’s (Nick Jonas) fraternity to prove his manhood. The drama is a terrifying look into college hazing and brutality. The guitar-inflected, dreamy pop of Brooklyn-based trio Sunflower Bean follows the screening.

Sunday, Aug. 14 at noon
Downtown & Dirty Shorts. Comedian Nick Kroll hosts a showcase of short comedy films from the 2016 festival. The showcase includes: Affections (Director and screenwriter: Bridey Elliott); The Procedure (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder); A Reasonable Request (Director: Andrew Laurich, Screenwriters: Gabriel Miller, Andrew Laurich); Thunder Road (Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings) and Too Legit (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw).

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 pm
Under the Shadow (Director and screenwriter: Babak Anvari). In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq War, a mother and daughter in Tehran are slowly torn apart by the bombings and violence. If that weren't enough, as they struggle to stay together, they're stalked by a mysterious evil in their apartment.” The horror film is followed by a conversation with Anvari and a special guest.

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***This trailer is definitely NSFW.***

Sunday, Aug. 14 at 8 pm
Royal (Director: Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus). The short film marks the world premiere screening of Flying Lotus’ directorial debut. It precedes the screening of the wild and wooly The Greasy Strangler (Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard). When father and son compete for the attention of a woman taking their Disco Walking Tour, an oily inhuman maniac who strangles the innocent emerges. The films are followed by a performance by a surprise musical guest.

In addition to the screenings, this year's Next Fest also features Next Door—a free, outdoor entertainment venue next to the Theatre where attendees can go for snacks, drinks and activities before or after screenings. There’s also a Night Before Next cocktail and dinner benefit reception on Aug. 11, which will honor Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation) who will receive the Institute’s Vanguard Award. Performance by White Sea (led by Morgan Kibby, formerly of M83). Tickets to the outdoor party start at $150.

On Sunday at 2 pm, there’s also a half-day Short Film Master Class of panel discussions and Q&As with filmmakers and Sundance Institute Short Film Programmers, providing real world advice on the art of making shorts, focusing on narrative storytelling. The $75 ticket price includes access to Downtown & Dirty Shorts at noon and a networking reception at the end of the night.

Tickets for the film screenings ($15-25) go on sale to the public on Thursday (July 7) at sundance.org/next.