Tarantino to Headline a Diverse Slate at Sundance's NextFest

July 31, 2017
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Didn’t make it to Sundance last January? Now you have a chance to catch some of the fest’s great indie film lineup in L.A. without pulling your snow boots out of storage.

At Next Fest, the good people at Sundance bring the highlights from Park City to the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s celebration of film and music kicks off with a 35mm screening of “Reservoir Dogs” with director Quentin Tarantino present to receive accolades for his distinguished career. The film will play on the side of the hotel followed by an opening night party.

The rest of the fest features a diverse range of selections. Friday night’s selection is “Lemon” from director Janicza Bravo in her feature debut. The comedy follows Isaac Lachmann whose failing acting career and recent breakup with his blind girlfriend throws his life into disarray as he tries to find his place in the world. The film has a solid supporting cast in Michael Cera, Judy Greer, Nia Long, Martin Starr and Gillian Jacobs.

 Isaac Lachmann in "Lemon"

Looking for a less traditional screening? The fest will also show “Gente-fied,” a drama series that features seven characters handling the effects of gentrification in LA’s Boyle Heights. All seven episodes of the first season will be screened starting at noon on Saturday.

Marianna Palka in "Bitch"

If you’re in the mood for female empowerment, look no further than “Bitch,” screening on Saturday night. Director Marianna Palka helms this dark story of Jill, a housewife with four unruly children and a cheating husband. When Jill finally cracks, she takes on the persona of a vicious canine. The film stars Jaime King and Jason Ritter.

One of the bonuses of NextFest is that each of the evening screenings is paired with a concert. Check the website for more details on screening times and bands. The festivities start Aug. 10 and runs through the weekend.

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Gina Hall

Gina Hall is a writer and producer experience in television, documentary and feature film production. She started in the business on productions such as Friends and Big Brother and has produced documentaries for Warner Brothers, MGM and Universal. She is also a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and contributes to HuffPo LA and Silicon Valley Business Journal. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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