Sundance reveals roster for Next Weekend fest

The LA-based festival, an extension of the Next program at Sundance's Park City event, will kick off with Chris Smith's 1999 doc American Movie and feature screenings of 12 O'Clock Boys and Cutie and the Boxer (pictured).
July 17, 2013

The Sundance Institute will kick off its inaugural Next Weekend festival in Los Angeles, taking place from August 8-11, with Chris Smith’s 1999 doc American Movie.

The film, a Grand Jury prize-winner at Sundance, is one of the docs featured during the fest, which serves as an extension of the Park City fest’s Next program, designed to showcase films that “stretch limited resources to create impactful art,” according to the Sundance Institute.

Smith will also take part in a filmmaking workshop, ShortsLab: Los Angeles, which will take place during the festival.

Other docs receiving their Los Angeles premieres at the fest include Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys and Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer (pictured). The short doc A Story for the Modlins will also screen during the event, which will be rounded out by eight narrative films.

“In creating Next Weekend we were looking to shed our parkas and boldly celebrate this ‘other side’ of Hollywood – the far edge of independent filmmaking,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, in a statement.

The Next Weekend festival will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood. For more info, click here. (

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