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Sundance Next Fest's Film and Music Lineup Features Sky Ferreira, Sharon Van Etten and a DJ Battle
The Sundance Next Fest returns to Los Angeles from Aug. 7-9, presenting the L.A. premieres of six films from the 2015 festival. Five films screen at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, paired with either a musical performance that shares the same artistic sensibility as the film, or feature a conversation with the filmmakers and the artists/directors who inspired them. (Last year’s guests included Werner Herzog, Bret Easton Ellis and Nicolas Winding Refn.)
The festival kicks off with a special screening of Cop Car on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 pm at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Directed by Jon Watts, the film features Kevin Bacon as a small-town sheriff who sets out to find the boys who have taken his car on a dangerous joyride.
Other Sundance Next Fest events:
Aug. 7 at 8 pm
Noah Baumbach's comedy Mistress Americafeaturing Greta Gerwig with Lola Kirke as a lonely college freshman who gets pulled into her soon-to-be stepsister’s crazy adventures. It’s followed by a live performance by Sky Ferreira.
Aug. 8 at 3:30 pm
The documentary Finders Keepers traces what happened in 2007 when a severed human foot is discovered in a grill bought at a North Carolina auction. (It only gets stranger from there.) The afternoon features a conversation with directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel and a special guest.
Aug. 8 at 8 pm
Rick Alverson's Entertainment stars Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz and Lotte Verbeek. In the film, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the California desert to revive his career and reunite with his estranged daughter. It’s followed by a live performance by Sharon Van Etten.
Aug. 9 at 3:30 pm
Michael J. Larnell's Cronies, about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their relationship, is followed by a conversation between the director and a special guest.
Aug. 9 at 8 pm
The post-apocalyptic adventure film Turbo Kid, written and directed by Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, features a DJ battle between Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi immediately following.
Tickets ($15-25) go on sale to the public tomorrow (Thursday) at noon at sundance.org/next.