Sundance NEXTFEST 2014


  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel 929 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Spend a long weekend with the best films from the most recent Sundance Film Festival courtesy of NEXTFEST, a new micro-festival designed to shine a light on emerging, newly-established artists. The brilliance of NEXTFEST is (at least) twofold: 1) there are no screenings before noon on any of its four days and 2) there is only one event to attend at any given time. In other words, if - like me - you are in for the whole weekend's program, you can pace yourself throughout and what's more, there is no need to scramble from one venue to the next, due to a single massive venue (The Theatre at the Ace Hotel) - both a refreshing change from the (at times blissful) chaos of many film festivals. Unlike most fests, there is no single pass that allows access to every event; instead, every event is individually ticketed. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but my guess is that it slyly evens the playing field for attendees, avoiding the obvious and sometimes awkward hierarchy. There's a lot to look forward to and, although it may sound cliché, something for everyone. Expect further coverage in our Blog in the days to come. At this point, I am most eager to see Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP. I have a curious sense that this film, Perry's follow-up to 2011's THE COLOR WHEEL and NEXTFEST's midpoint, may also be its highlight. Bonus: writer-director Perry and actor Jason Schwartzman will be in conversation with Bret Easton Ellis. - SBP

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