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THE ACE HOTEL’S DOWNTOWN THEATRE PLAYS HOST TO SUNDANCE’S FOURTH ANNUAL NEXTFEST.

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Housed in a historic 1920s arts building and just a quick jaunt from a few of downtown’s greatest gems (ahem, Bestia, Hammer & Spear,  The Last Bookstore and the newest Hauser Wirth & Schimmel), there’s little reason needed to visit The Ace DTLA— if only for a quick rooftop cocktail in between gallery hopping— but alas, the impending weekend brings us one more: Sundance NEXT FEST, the fourth annual film festival to be hosted at the hotel’s storied theatre. Kicking off with an inaugural fete, “Night Before NEXT,” this Thursday night, guests will be greeted with cocktails and live music from former-M83 Morgan Kibby’s soulful solo project, The White Sea. Screenings of the highly anticipated films— including Nick Jonas and James Franco’s dramedy Goat— will run Friday evening through Sunday. Below, are a few festival highlights we’ll be snagging tickets for…

Morris from America

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Played by young Hollywood starlet Markees Christmas, Morris is forced to move to Germany for his father’s job, who, BTW, is played by uber-comedian Craig Robinson (think Pineapple Express). Comedy ensues as Morris tries to keep his hip-hop dreams alive despite the abrupt transcontinental change, plus court the girl of his dreams, his German-language tutor, in a hilarious story of cultural barriers and love.
Saturday, August 13 | 12 pm | SNAG TICKETS 

White Girl

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New to college, an impressionable girl Leah (Morgan Saylor, famously Dana Brody on Homeland) moves to New York City, where she falls in love with a cocaine-slinging bad boy (Brian ‘Sene” Marc). After a night of partying goes awry, she goes to extreme lengths to get him back. Based loosely on director Elizabeth Wood’s own life, the film boasts an all-star cast including Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Chris Noth and Justin Bartha too.
Saturday, August 13 | 4 pm | SNAG TICKETS

Goat

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OK, yes this film has some serious eye candy: read Nick Jonas and James Franco co-star as Greek fraternity brothers, but before you get too excited for an Old School second coming, Goat is surprisingly the opposite. Marking abnormally serious roles for both actors, the film shines a light on on the lesser-talked-about “dark” side of Greek life i.e. fraternity hazing. Inspired by Brad Land’s famed memoir (where an Ohio teen was beaten and abused during “Hell Week”), the dynamic story is part-bro, part-indie with an unexpected moral compass.
Saturday, August 13 | 8 pm | SNAG TICKETS

Downtown & Dirty Shorts, Hosted by Nick Kroll

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Zoe Kravitz in “Too Legit”

Shaping up to be the fest’s highlight, The League‘s Nick Kroll will play host to a screening of the best comedic shorts from this year’s Sundance. Viewers will catch The Procedure, a short film funded via Kickstarter, Thunder Road, a eulogy-turned-kooky-Bruce-Springsteen-karaoke and Too Legit, a Zoe Kravitz picture that’s both thrilling and sentimental– and given Kroll’s involvement, we’re guessing some hilarious commentary in between.
Sunday, August 14 | 12 pm | SNAG TICKETS

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