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NW13_Web_WebPageHeaderCall it brand extension, call it community outreach, call it just plain smart, non-profits are getting their acts together and taking them on the road: Consider the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the Singapore campus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Sundance is now taking their cue with Next Weekend, a mini-festival in venues around in LA August 8-11.

crxlmQX74S5GRratmocQq2MauDiI don’t know how “Sundance” it will be without all the industry-types in their North Face parkas, but it should be a fun long weekend of “screenings, panels, parties and filmmaker workshops.” Check out the line-up HERE. Don’t miss “American Movie” in association with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the 8th!

13373-2For the past four years, the “Next” section of Sundance has been the place to find more experimental and edgy work, and Next Weekend will stay true to its roots. For instance, “Cutie and the Boxer” is a painful little gem of a doc about artist Ushio Shinohara and his talented but long-suffering wife Noriko; “A Teacher” is a rather disconcerting film about an attractive, young high school teacher’s affair with one of her students that devolves from obscene to obsession.

shortslab-introThe Sundance Shorts Lab will be part this new event this year; it’s a wonderful full-day seminar that goes deep into the art of the short. It’s perfect for folks who’ve been thinking about making their first short, or people like who just appreciate the craft of filmmaking. It’s at the amazing Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood.

With 81 festivals and counting (see “Film Festival Capitol of the World“) and the home to such amazing places as the Cinefamily, I’m not 100% sure we need Next Weekend. But if we’re going to have a festival carpetbagger, it might as well be Sundance.

So…we’ll see you around Next Weekend next weekend!

I have a few pairs of tickets to the following screenings. Tell me about your favorite “edgy” movie in the comments section below and I’ll pick winners by 6PM tonight (Monday 8/5). Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so I can let you know you’ve won!

Sorry…all tickets have been given away. Thanks for all your great responses.

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  • Anonymous

    my favorite edgy movie is “No Country for Old Men”.
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  • Anonymous

    My favorite edgy movie has to be, KIDS.
    it was the coming of age movie for me in the 90′s that I knew nothing of and shouldn’t have been watching in the first place do to how young I was at the time it came out, but it did shape my wrong from right mentality and everyone else I knew who watched it growing up. It was in your face honest.

    e-mail: moandino@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    My favorite “edgy” movie is Usual Suspects. Kevin Spacey just does such an excellent job keeping you on edge, literally, all movie long. The ending is totally brilliant, but the whole movie draws you in and in. It’s a movie I could watch time and time again and always find something different and interesting.

    mwbrozen@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    My favorite edgy movie, “Irreversible,” was simultaneously one of the most troubling movies I’ve seen, and one of the most uplifting. I can’t think of another film that’s made me feel so many conflicting emotions. For those who are not familiar with “Irreversible,” It’s told in reverse, and it ends/begins with a brutal beating inside a gay nightclub. Then there’s the middle, which features a nine-minute rape scene in a subway tunnel. But the beginning… the beginning is so peaceful, and it leaves you feeling cleansed of the nightmare you just experienced.

    jenn@jenniferbosworth.com

  • Anonymous

    My favorite edgy movie, “Irreversible,” is simultaneously the most troubling and the most uplifting movie I’ve seen. I’ve never experienced a film that made me feel so many conflicting emotions. For those not familiar with “Irreversible,” it’s told in reverse, and the end/beginning is, as they say, hard to watch. The story begins/ends with a brutal beating in a gay nightclub in Paris. The middle features a nine-minute rape and face-smashing of Monica Bellucci in a subway tunnel. But the end/beginning . . . it is so peaceful, and leaves you feeling cleansed of the rest of the nightmare you just endured.

    jenn@jenniferbosworth.com

  • Anonymous

    Recently saw Frances Ha. It truly got to me. Maybe because I’m in my twenties, and it makes me feel good that Frances doesn’t have it together or maybe because it’s a beautiful story about friendship about two women. Another one I liked was Mud, it was sort of like a modern day fairy tale. Didn’t expect to like anything with Matthew McConaughey as the main character this much.

    jimenagamio@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    Recently having experienced Mulholland Dr and a few of Winding Refn movies, I can’t help but think of these directors fitting into this “genre of edgy”. The silence plays such a strong role, and I’m not one for long periods without dialogue in a film, yet the music and cinematography enhance the experience so much more. However, I have trouble differentiating what falls under edgy. Chan Wook Park’s films, albeit being thrillers, still have an eerie/looming feel that translates somewhat as edgy, just as much as “Martha Marcy Macy Marlene” .
    But I’ll go with “Se7en” as my favorite.
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  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Congrats! I’ve e-mailed info to you about tickets. Please e-mail your full name ASAP. Enjoy!

    M

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all your great replies…I’ve e-mailed all the winners.

    M

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