Sundance Institute at Sundown Presented by Acura

Los Angeles summer benefit honoring Boots Riley and his film Sorry to Bother You

Thursday, June 14
Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. Premiere party (includes complimentary food and beverages)
  • 7:00 p.m. Doors open for screening ticket holders
  • 7:30 p.m. Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presentation to Boots Riley & screening of Sorry to Bother You
  • 9:30 p.m After-party

We’re returning to LA for another summer rendezvous. You know, the kind where we bring one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival for its LA debut. This year’s pick is the breakout hit Sorry to Bother You, and as part of the celebration, we’re also giving major kudos—aka the Sundance Institute Vanguard Award presented by Acura—to the film’s standout director, Boots Riley. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek, celebrate one of the most exciting new indie voices, and do it all for a good cause, as your attendance helps fund grants, mentorships, and other critical resources that will allow the next wave of artists to bring their stories to life.

Grab your tickets now for this can’t-miss sneak peek event. Oh, and did we mention there’s a party?

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About the Film

There’s nothing safe about Boots Riley’s film—nothing predictable, nothing derivative or generic, nothing routine. It is what we want from Sundance.


In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

Sorry to Bother You tells the story of Cassius Green, a 30-something telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he’s rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit, a sign-twirling gallery artist. But the unimaginable hits the fan when Cassius meets the company’s cocaine-snorting, orgy-hosting, obnoxious, and relentless CEO, Steve Lift.

Sorry to Bother You is unlike anything you have ever seen. It is a searing social satire about greed, racial dynamics, and capitalism in a universe not unlike our own. Prepare yourself for something outrageous and totally original.

Director / Screenwriter: Boots Riley
Principal Cast: Lakeith Stanfield / Tessa Thompson / Steven Yeun / Jermaine Fowler / Armie Hammer / Omari Hardwick

About Boots Riley

Honoree—Sundance Institute Vanguard Award Presented by Acura

We're excited to announce that we’re honoring first-time director/screenwriter Boots Riley with this year’s Vanguard Award presented by Acura. Before getting rave reviews for Sorry to Bother You at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Riley (who you might also know as the lead vocalist of The Coup) brought his satirical, fantastical script to Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, and Catalyst Forum to help bring his story to life on screen.

Join us at our summer benefit to celebrate his achievement and recognize him as a new indie filmmaker to watch.

Packages & Tickets


($340 is tax-deductible)

  • RESERVED SEATING for two at the Sorry to Bother You screening at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • COMPLIMENTARY FOOD AND DRINKS at the premiere party
  • RECOGNITION on site in digital and print materials



($80 is tax-deductible)

  • SEATING for one at the Sorry to Bother You screening at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • EARLY ACCESS to the theatre prior to the screening
  • COMPLIMENTARY FOOD AND DRINKS at the premiere party



(Item is not tax-deductible)

  • SEATING for one at the Sorry to Bother You screening at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • AFTER-PARTY access for one




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