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Sundance announces summer festival for experimental works

March 04, 2013|By John Horn
  • The Sundance Film Festival is launching a new summer festival, called Next Weekend, in West Hollywood this summer.
The Sundance Film Festival is launching a new summer festival, called Next… (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

The Sundance Film Festival will showcase some of its more experimental features in a new mini-festival in West Hollywood this summer.

Called Next Weekend, the Aug. 8-11 event will include screenings, panel discussions and parties, and will be headquartered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood.

Next Weekend will open with an outdoor screening Aug. 8 at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Other venues such as  the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum will host Next Weekend activities.

The Sundance Institute, which presents the annual Sundance festival in Park City, Utah, did not announce which eight films will be shown at Next Weekend.

The titles will include movies that have shown at the festival’s Next programming section, which is dedicated to more experimental works.  Among the films that played in the Next category at January’s festival were “Escape From Tomorrow,” “Blue Caprice” and “A Teacher.”

“We look forward to celebrating the energy of this work and these artists and to sharing it with a larger community in collaboration with like-minded cultural institutions,” Keri Putnam, the executive director of the Sundance Institute, said in a statement.

Some of the films at the Next Weekend event will not have played at Sundance.

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