Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT FEST

A content preview with programmer Charlie Reff and highlights of the upcoming LA spin-off

Those who were unable to make it to Park City, Utah for the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival have another opportunity to see some of the best emerging cinema stateside—this time in LA from 7-10 August 2014. Part of the official festival last February, the NEXT division turns attention to the latest in micro-budget movies, or those helmed by first- or second-time filmmakers. …

Kevin Spacey on Jameson First Shot

The celebrated actor and the Irish whiskey brand continue to discover outstanding writer/directors with their annual short film competition

by Mya Stark Being “discovered” is a storied tradition in the tribal memory of the film industry. Drugstore soda fountains were crowded with hopefuls in the ’40s, presenting their pretty cheeks for the same kiss of fate as Lana Turner and the mythos continues to the present, with the discovery of Uma Thurman, for example, who didn’t emerge from the sea as in her famous …