This year’s Sundance NEXT FEST lineup was already stacked and intentionally more endearingly weird than previous years, but the festival has just announced a slew of new additions to the lineup that really up the ante.
Three music videos world premieres, a brand new virtual reality experience program and a youth talent show have now been added to the festival alongside short film screenings hosted by Nick Kroll, musical performances from artists like Big Freedia, and the Los Angeles premieres of some of the most talked-about films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance NEXT FEST takes place August 12-14 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. More info and tickets ($15-25) at sundance.org/next.
Here’s some of the new stuff you have to look forward to:
“Best to You” – Blood Orange
Lorely Rodriguez of Empress Of stars alongside Amanda Stenberg in this hopeful vision of love and belonging set atop the backdrop of modern anxieties. The track is from “Freetown Sound,” Dev Hynes’ third album as Blood Orange. Directed by Luke Gilford and choreographed by Emma Portner, “Best to You” will screens at noon Saturday, before Morris From America.
“Annie’ – Neon Indian
Alan Palomo’s vibrant electro-pop ballad materializes in the frantic chase of a girl named Annie who’s gone missing. Screens on Saturday afternoon, right before the L.A. premiere of White Girl.
“Beautiful People” – Mark Pritchard feat. Thom Yorke
Just before the Sunday screening of Iranian horror film Under the Shadow, NEXT FEST will screen the video for Pritchard’s achingly gorgeous track. Directed by Mark Marczak, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival award for World Cinema Documentary: Director for All These Sleepless Nights, the video showcases a mysterious stranger’s exploration of a new world.
VR LINEUP AND GOOGLE CARDBOARD GIVEAWAY
NEXT FEST has just announced a curated slate of 12 mobile VR experiences which will represent some of the most exciting examples of independent narrative and documentary VR storytelling in these modern times.
Google Cardboards will be given away onsite at NEXT DOOR. You can find the full VR lineup at sundance.org/VR.
YOUNG FEMALE FILMMAKERS CREATE FESTIVAL TRAILER
Three young female filmmakers have joined forces to create the irreverent, atmospheric festival trailer for Sundance NEXT FEST. Courtney Jines (director), Tara Clune (motion graphics) and Kayla Briët (music) all collaborated on the trailer, which will screen before each film. All three women are part of the Institute’s Ignite Fellows Program, which offers 18-to-24-year-old artists year-round mentorship and industry experiences. The live action sequence stars Hannah Marks and Rhoda Pell. Watch the trailer right here, right now:
YOUTH GROUPS FOR MORRIS FROM AMERICA TALENT SHOW
Right after Saturday’s screening of Morris from America, NEXT FEST has invited three young talent groups to take the stage for a talent show hosted by Craig Robinson, who also stars in the film.
… Whew! That was a lot. Here’s the new full schedule for you:
NEW FULL LINEUP
Friday, August 12, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Details and more information at sundance.org/next.