Sundance's Next Fest Sets Dates

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The mini-fest will return to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Sundance’s Next Fest will return to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The weekendlong Sundance Film Festival spinoff, running Aug. 7-9, once again will pair five new independent films with either a special music act that shares a complementary artistic sensibility or conversations between the filmmakers and those who inspired them, organizers said Tuesday.

The minifest, now in its third year, will feature films chosen by the Sundance programming staff, with most of the films drawn from this past January’s Sundance festival. Last year’s Next Fest included the premiere of Life After Beth with a solo acoustic performance by Father John Misty, a screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night with a live performance by Warpaint, and a screening of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter followed by a conversation between the filmmakers and Werner Herzog. Sundance Next Fest is an extension of Sundance’s Next sidebar, which has launched films including Obvious Child, Compliance, Appropriate Behavior, Tangerine and Escape From Tomorrow.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel is the former United Artists Theatre, built in the 1920s for the Maverick Film Studio founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charlie Chaplin.