Not everyone has the time or the connections to head to Park City, Utah, to check out Sundance. So why not have Sundance come to you?
This weekend, its Next Fest heads to LA.
"I think it's something that's been at the forefront of our minds: sort of the notion of expanding the awareness of independent film," says John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival.
Organizers also changed up the venue this year around to the theatre at downtown's Ace Hotel.
"We saw the theatre and we just knew that it would be the home for this," says programming director Trevor Groth. Among this year's showcase is, as star Aubrey Plaza puts it, a "zom rom com dram."
"Life After Beth," is about a girl who dies, but comes back to life as a zombie to reunite with her boyfriend.
"It's a heartbreaking love story," says Groth. "It's about relationships and processing of them when you start to drift apart from them, whether they are alive or dead."
As a bonus, Sundance has paired each screening with either a conversation with filmmakers or a musical performance. For example, Father John Misty will perform live after "Life After Beth."
"We like the notion of different mediums coming together, and we really wanted to play around with this in programming," says Cooper. "I really like the notion of giving a really unique experience that's different than what everybody else is doing."
Next Fest runs through this weekend, and for more information and tickets, head HERE.