August 3rd, 2016

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

Here’s  some of the new stuff you have to look forward to:


“Best to You” – Blood Orange

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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

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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

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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.



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



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:




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.

  • 826LA, with a reading. 826LA is a non-profit organization that supports students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.
  • Inner-City Arts, with a dance routine. Inner-City Arts is an arts education provider in the heart of Skid Row, and works to create a safer, healthier Los Angeles.
  • Stones Throw Records, with live beat-making. Stones Throw Records is an American independent music label based in Los Angeles and was founded by DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.
  • Venice Arts, with a short film screening. Venice Arts is a nonprofit organization that ignites, expands and transforms the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education.


… Whew! That was a lot. Here’s the new full schedule for you:


Friday, August 12, 2016

  • 8:00 p.m.: LA Premiere of Lovesong + Shamir
    • Lovesong – Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
    • Musical performance by Shamir


Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • Noon: World Premiere of Best to You + LA Premiere of Morris from America + Talent Show Hosted by Craig Robinson
    • Best to You – Director: Luke Gilford, Artist: Blood Orange
    • Morris from America – Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan
    • Talent Show Hosted by Craig Robinson: Featuring participants from 826LA, Inner-City Arts, Stones Throw Records and Venice Arts
  • 4:00 p.m.: World Premiere of Annie + LA Premiere of White Girl + Conversation with Elizabeth Wood and Special Guest
    • Annie – Artist: Neon Indian
    • White Girl – Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Wood
    • Conversation: A conversation with Elizabeth Wood and a special guest to be announced
  • 8:00 p.m.: LA Premiere of Goat + Sunflower Bean
    • Goat – Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts
    • Musical Performance by Sunflower Bean


Sunday, August 14, 2016

  • Noon: Downtown & Dirty Shorts, Hosted by Nick Kroll
    • 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
    • Too Legit – Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw
  • 2:00 p.m.: Short Film Master Class
  • 4:00 p.m.: World Premiere of Beautiful People + LA Premiere of Under the Shadow + Conversation with Special Guest
    • Beautiful People – Director: Michal Marczak, Artist: Mark Pritchard, featuring Thom Yorke
    • Under the Shadow – Director and screenwriter: Babak Anvari
    • Conversation: A conversation between Babak Anvari and a special guest to be announced
  • 8:00 p.m.: World Premiere of Royal + LA Premiere of The Greasy Strangler + Big Freedia
    • Royal – Director: Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus
    • The Greasy Strangler – Director: Jim Hosking, Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, Toby Harvard
    • Musical Performance by Big Freedia

Details and more information at