Sundance fires up NEXT WEEKEND summertime film festival

Sundance = cold. Usually.

The January indie movie festival held in the snowy mountains of Utah is synonymous with winter, but organizers have decided to heat things up a bit.

The film festival has announce plans for a summertime spin-off, with a program of 10 feature films, 10 short films, and special events to be held in Los Angeles on the weekend of Aug. 8-11.

It’s an extension of Sundance’s NEXT category, which is a loose title given to low-budget or guerilla-style filmmaking.

“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 festival director John Cooper.

The weekend kicks off on the night of Aug. 8 with an outdoor showing of director Chris Smith’s 1999 comedic documentary American Movie, about aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt’s effort to shoot a horror film, followed by … ta-da! the horror film Coven that Borchardt ultimately made.

Smith (pictured above with American Movie producer Sarah Price) will be on-hand to present both movies, and the screening will take place at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and $12 tickets are now on sale.

For details on the other films in the line-up, check out the official Sundance page for NEXT WEEKEND.

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