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Sundance NEXT FEST


Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2017 – All Day

929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 Map

  • Sleigh Bells
  • Electric Guest
  • Quentin Tarantino

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Sundance NEXT FEST is a weekend-long summer festival marking its fifth appearance in LA celebrating film, music, and the renegade spirit of independent artists. This year, NEXT FEST will present the Los Angeles premieres of seven films direct from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, paired with three energizing musical performances by Lizzo, Sleigh Bells and Electric Guest.

The festival will kick off on August 10 with NEXT FEST After Dark, presented by Acura, featuring a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs on restored 35mm and presentation of the Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Award to Quentin Tarantino. In addition, Sundance alum Dee Rees, writer and director of Pariah, Bessie and Mudbound, will receive the Vanguard Award at NEXT FEST, which celebrates an emerging artist with creative independence.

Sundance NEXT FEST lights up downtown LA August 10-13 at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel. Tickets ($15-$35) are on sale now at sundance.org/next. Proceeds benefit Sundance Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists.

NEXT DOOR will be open during the festival for guests to continue the party between screenings. Adjacent to The Theatre at Ace Hotel, NEXT DOOR is an outdoor space with food, drinks, games and more. Sundance NEXT FEST is an extension of the popular NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance NEXT FEST supporters include: Principal Sponsors – Acura and Adobe; Media Sponsors - LA WEEKLY, Los Angeles Times, Mashable; and Supporting Sponsors – Allbirds, Beachside, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., FilmL.A., Inc., Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye, Stella Artois®, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and Utah Office of Tourism and Film.
Sleigh Bells: The discordant Brooklyn dancepop duo Sleigh Bells. The band came together when songwriter and producer Derek Miller, a veteran of Florida hardcore warriors Poison the Well, hooked up with singer Alexis Krauss, who spent time in the teenpop group RubyBlue before becoming a teacher at a Bronx public school.

Sleigh Bells tracks like the BNM'ed "Crown on the Ground" have bits and pieces in common with Poison the Well's punishing growl and RubyBlue's sunburst chirp, but they occupy aesthetic ground miles removed from both. Miller pushes all the levels into the red, so the duo's fun synth rave-ups become way blurrier and more intense than you'd expect, while Krauss grounds everything with cool sass. It's quite a package.

Quentin Tarantino: In January of 1992, Reservoir Dogs (1992) appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, by first-time writer-director Quentin Tarantino. The film garnered critical acclaim and the director became a legend immediately. Two years later, he followed up Dogs success with Pulp Fiction (1994) which premiered at the Cannes film festival, winning the coveted Palme D'Or Award. At the 1995 Academy Awards, it was nominated for the best picture, best director and best original screenplay. Tarantino and writing partner Roger Avary came away with the award only for best original screenplay. In 1995, Tarantino directed one fourth of the anthology Four Rooms (1995) with friends and fellow auteurs Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Allison Anders. The film opened on December 25th in the United States to very weak reviews. Tarantino's next film was From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), a vampire/crime story which he wrote and co-starred with George Clooney. The film did fairly well theatrically.

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