It’s a good thing Sundance NEXT FEST is this weekend because I need an escape from reality! The stressors of the world seem pretty impossible to physically escape at the moment, so I’ll let my mind take me away at what Sundance calls “the summer’s boldest indie movies and music.” I’ve attended every year NEXT FEST has been in L.A. and it gets better each time. This year looks like they topped themselves once again, as women directors are a huge part of the weekend festivities.
Three women-directed features that played the big Sundance fest in January will make their Los Angeles premiere this weekend: Lemon (directed by Janicza Brazo), Bitch (directed by Marianna Palka), and L.A. Times (directed by Michelle Morgan). If you follow Sundance you might recognize these directors from festivals past– Michelle had a short that debuted at Sundance in 2013, Janicza won the Short Film Jury Award in 2014, and Marianna debuted her first feature at Sundance in 2008. So yes, these are some exciting voices in indie film. Also, fun fact, Marianna has a great role in the 80’s women’s wrestling show “GLOW” on Netflix.
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Each screening this year also includes additional “special features” like indie band performances, comedy sets (female comedians in the house!), or conversations with noteworthy guests. One such guest is the ever-amazing director/writer/producer/super human Ava DuVernay. Ava will be joining Gook director Justin Chon for a conversation after his screening. Gook won the NEXT Audience Award at Sundance this year, and I had a chance to catch a screening while I was there, so I can guarantee this will be an excellent night at this weekend’s festival.
One last highlight of this year’s NEXT FEST is sure to be the Sundance Alumni and Member party where Dee Rees will receive the Vanguard Award! Dee’s latest film Mudbound made a big splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival when it sold for a whopping $12.5 million to Netflix. You might also know her from her debut film Pariah. Dee is truly an independent artist, and it looks like she’ll continue to be defiantly so for years to come.
So all this is to say, if you live in L.A., I highly recommend you head out to NEXT FEST this weekend! There are a lot of women to support and, btw, it ends up being one big fun film nerd party. If you like that sort of thing, I’ll see you there….
After you check out the fresh filmmaking talent below!
Reminder: All of the projects listed below have female directors at the helm OR they are projects that benefit women directors (e.g., film festivals, funds, etc). The campaigns at the top of the list are the ones ending soonest, so get in there and support ASAP (with $$ or an RT on Twitter). Click the titles to go directly to each project’s crowdfunding page, those in italics are new additions this week.
Thanks for visiting and thank you very much for helping us support and raise awareness about WOMEN DIRECTORS AT WORK!
Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
LAST STAND TO NOWHERE, directed by Michelle Muldoon – @paisleymedia2 @LSTNMovie
WHITE WOLVES, directed by Sarah Koteles – @whitewolvesfilm
CAMPING TRIP, directed by Amy McLeish – @amymcleish1
BIRTHDAY PARTY!, directed by Elizabeth Mizon – @elizabethethird
GRAY GROUND, directed by Jess Dunn – @graygroundshow
ESCAPING FED, directed by C. Kimberly Toms – @CKimberlyToms
AND BREATHE, directed by Molly McKee – @andbreathefilm @acciomolly
STOWE TRAVEL FUND, director Elise Salomon – @EliseSalomon
BUT WHAT WAS SHE WEARING?, directed by Vaishnavi Sundar – @vaishax
MOTHERLAND DEPARTED, directed by Jamila J. Brown – @moviemakingmila
BEYOND INK & PAINT, directed by Chrissy Guest – @ChristineGuest1 @InkAndPaintDoc
RALLY DRIVER, directed by Heledd Wyn Hardy – @heleddwynhardy @SinsirProd_ltd
THE ALLNIGHTER, directed by Aimee Graham – @aimeegraham_ag @cineglitch