Why Angelenos Will Love (or Hate) NEXT FEST

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Sundance NEXT FEST comes to LA this August for a summer celebration that brings you the LA premieres of films straight from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. We’re breaking down the lineup to help you choose from our full weekend of movies, music, and mischief. See the full lineup.

Bitch + Sleigh Bells

Bitch

Watch as a distraught housewife finally breaks – and takes on a vicious new canine persona. … It’s not pretty. Get tickets.

You'll love it if:

  • You enjoy not-so-subtle feminist satire
  • You’re looking for a film to compete with the level of fucked-upness in Michael Haneke’s Funny Games

You'll hate it if:

  • You prefer predictable dramas about suburban nuclear families

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells released their fourth LP, Jessica Rabbit, at the end of last year. Wikipedia calls their sound "noise pop," which we call a lazy way of saying "raucous meets melodic."

You'll love it if:

  • You thrive on dissonance and disorder
  • You consider towering stacks of Marshall amps an art exhibit of their own

You'll hate it if:

  • You're in the mood for an acoustic folk performance


Gook

Take a harrowing journey into the racial tensions that exploded with the 1992 LA riots, as seen through the lens of unlikely friends Kamilla (an 11-year-old African American girl) and Eli and Daniel (Korean American brothers who own a struggling shoe store). With a biting balance of humor and drama, Gook sheds new light on the Rodney King aftermath. Get tickets.

You'll love it if:

  • You want an experience that rivals the first time you watched Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing
  • You were alive in the '90s

You'll hate it if:

  • You're a contrarian who hates crowd pleasers (Gook won the NEXT Audience Award at the 2017 Festival)


Dina

Dina is ready to take her relationship with Scott to the next level, but he freezes when it comes to physical intimacy. As the couple (both of whom are on the autism spectrum) get ready for their wedding, they navigate moving in together, learning to communicate with each other, and resolving their clashing views on romance and sex. Get tickets.

You'll love it if:

  • You fall for unconventional love stories

You'll hate it if:

  • You're expecting a Notebook-level passionate romance

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"Bitch"