The Sundance film festival 2021 features NEXT, a category presented by Adobe. This unites digital technology with the art of movie-making, with the promise of shaping a different future in the American cinema. Sundance 2021 features some pure and bold, innovative works in the NEXT category.
The Infiltrators, Searching, Skate Kitchen, A Ghost Story, and Tangerine, were some of the works presented in this category in the previous years.
Sundance Institute presents the following films this year in the NEXT category.
Beast Beast / U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Danny Madden
Producers: Benjamin Wiessner, Matt Miller, Tara Ansley
Southern American town story of entwined stories of young love, guns, and identity crisis.
Black Bear / U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine
Producers: Julie Christeas, Jonathan Blitstein, Richard J Bosner, Aubrey Plaza, Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal
Blurring the lines that define various forms of arts, a filmmaker is trying to play a secret game.
I Carry You With Me / U.S.A., Mexico
Director: Heidi Ewing
Screenwriters: Heidi Ewing, Alan Page Arriaga
Producers: Mynette Louie, Heidi Ewing
An aspiring chef leaves everything behind to travel to New York, only to find out that his life will change altogether.
The Killing of Two Lovers / U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Robert Machoian
Producers: Scott Christopherson, Clayne Crawford, Robert Machoian
A couple going through a divorce, and trying to keep a family together, only to discover that the man cannot handle his wife’s new relationships.
La Leyenda Negra / U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Patricia Vidal Delgado
Producers: Alicia Herder, Marcel Perez
A teenager fighting to stay in the United States while striving to keep herself documented and risking everything, including her family and her first love.
The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me / U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Cedric Cheung-Lau
Producers: Alexandra Byer, Madeleine Askwith
A story of a Nepali man going to Dubai for work, only to be rerouted back to his homeland to see and discover things from a new perspective.
Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia / U.S.A.
Directors and Screenwriters: The Daniels, Hannah Fidell, Alexa Lim Haas, Lucas Leyva, Olivia Lloyd, Jillian Mayer, The Meza Brothers, Terence Nance, Brett Potter, Dylan Redford, Xander Robin, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Celia Rowlson-Hall
Producers: Olivia Lloyd, Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Taylor Shung
Miami adventure in a speed boat.
Some Kind of Heaven / U.S.A.
Director: Lance Oppenheim
Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Kathleen Lingo, Melissa Oppenheim Lano, Pacho Velez, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman
The Villages, the biggest retirement home facility in the United States, where residents are trying to find meaning and happiness for themselves.
Spree / U.S.A.
Director: Eugene Kotlyarenko
Screenwriters: Gene McHugh, Eugene Kotlyarenko
Producers: Matthew Budman, Sumaiya Kaveh, John Lang, Eugene Kotlyarenko
A story of a rideshare driver, whose deadly ideas of trying to get famous on social media go viral.
Summertime / U.S.A.
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Screenwriters: Dave Harris, 27 Get Lit Poets
Producers: Kimberly Stuckwisch, Jeffrey Soros, Alisa Tager, Simon Horsman, Diane Luby Lane
25 Los Angeles young poets who come together to write and perform.