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A clapper board for film projects. Photo by: Pexels.com
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Kate Berlant, Kate Micucci, Natasha Leggero will Represent some of the Comedy at NEXT FEST

The Sundance Institute has announced additional screenings and speakers for the NEXT FEST event taking place in Los Angeles from August 10 – 13.

Guests will pack into The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to experience screenings to some of the hottest films from the Sundance Film Festival.

The festival organizers have noted:

Conversations
Ava DuVernay (13thSelma) will join a conversation, presented by FilmL.A., Inc., with director Justin Chon after Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of Gook. Also on Saturday, Gente-fied executive producer America Ferrera, director/creator/co-writer Marvin Lemus, co-writer Linda Yvette Chavez and producer Aaliyah Williams will be in conversation following the noon screening of all seven episodes of the series.

On Sunday, Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santiniand Dan Sickles and the subject of Dina for a conversation following the afternoon screening. Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) will be in conversation with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry following Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of Golden Exits.

World Premiere Music Videos
Highlighting the connection between music and movies, three brand-new music videos have been added to the lineup and will screen before films.

Temptation — Joey Bada$$
Directed by Nathan R. Smith. A little girl journeys through Brooklyn as an omniscient Joey Bada$$ protects her from the alluring temptations she encounters. The track is featured on Joey Bada$$’ latest album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. The music video will premiere Saturday, August 12 with the 4:00 p.m. screening of Gook.

Do It, Try It — M83

Written and directed by David Wilson. A family outing to a burger joint sparks an argument between the parents whilst two children draw pictures to entertain themselves, taking the viewer into their imaginations. This four-minute adventure of mixed media film, fusing live action and hand-drawn animation, premieres Sunday, August 13 with the noonscreening of Dina.

Fingers — Hundred Waters 
Directed by Allie Avital. Fingers is an eerie meditation on the dissolution of a relationship featuring 10,000 live insects.The music video will make its world premiere on Sunday, August 13with the 4:00 p.m. screening of Golden Exits.

Comedians
Kate Berlant will host the screening of Lemon and performance by Lizzo on Friday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.Berlant has been described by The New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” and named by Time Out New York as one of New York City’s “Top Three Comics to Watch.” She is also one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”

Kate Micucci will host Saturday‘s 8:00 p.m. screening of Bitch and performance by Sleigh Bells. Micucci can be seen in The Little Hours with Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly. Kate is co-creator and co-star of the group GARFUNKEL AND OATES, with Riki Lindhome. They were one of Variety’s comics to watch in 2010 and their two-woman show regularly sold out Largo and UCB.

Natasha Leggero will host Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. screening of L.A. Times and performance by Electric Guest. Leggero has built her body of work with numerous roles on prominent television series including NBC’s Community, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaArrested Development, Comedy Central’s Reno 911 and Drunk History, ABC’s Suburgatory, the sketch comedy Key and PeeleComedy Bang! Bang! Chelsea Lately, and The Tonight Show, among many others.

Watch over previews with clips featuring NEXT FEST artists with the YouTube Playlist.

NEXT FEST 2017 | YouTube Playlist