Sundance Will Host 4-Day Film Festival in Los Angeles This Summer
by Ben Pearson
March 4, 2013
The Sundance Film Festival is a perennial favorite for those of us at FirstShowing.net, and Robert Redford's long-running festival has always been on the cutting edge, embracing experimental and often controversial movies and giving them a place to be seen. Now, a press release tells us that the Sundance Institute will continue its progressive ways by taking a break from the chilly Utah weather and heading to the West Coast this summer, hosting a 4-day film festival right here in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. Next Weekend will feature screenings and panels from August 8th-11th.
The event is being called "an extension of the popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which showcases stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling." The programming schedule hasn't been announced yet, but some of the films from the NEXT section that played at Sundance this January were Blue Caprice, Newlyweeds, A Teacher, Milkshake, the award-winning doc This is Martin Bonner, so we're guessing at least a couple of these titles will be among the films shown.
But more excitingly, could this be an opportunity for L.A. film geeks who couldn't make the trip to Park City to finally see that trippy film shot illegally in Disney theme parks, Escape From Tomorrow (Alex's review here)? Eight movies will be played during the event, including some that have premiered at the Festival's NEXT section, "as well as new films and films that have premiered elsewhere." Sounds like an exciting time for those based in L.A. who missed Sundance this year, so stay tuned as the programming schedule is unveiled later this summer. Next Weekend will kick off with a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, so mark your calendars for August 8th.