Mistress America at Sundance NEXT FEST

There was more than one debut on the opening night of the film and music celebration

Before the L.A. premiere of writer/director Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America at Sundance NEXT FEST, Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper shared an exciting piece of news. “Film L.A. has made a commitment to waive the Film L.A. permit fee for Sundance supported artists filming in Los Angeles,” he said joyfully. All those who had gathered at The Ace Theatre Downtown erupted into cheers. “This is an amazing thing,” he continued, “and it’s fantastic to offer this to our filmmakers so they shoot more in L.A.” Shortly after, director Taylor Cohen and the band Super Humanoids debuted the music video for their new song “Anxious in Venice.” “It’s very rare these days to see music videos on screens this big,” Cohen said.

Baumbach then took to the stage with Mistress America co-writer/lead actress Greta Gerwig and lead actress Lola Kirke. “When introducing a movie, I always find it’s good to talk for as long as possible,” he joked. “So …you’re going to watch the movie. This is Greta, and Lola, Trevor, Noah.” Kirke and Gerwig are fantastic in the smart flick about two soon-to-be stepsisters, which feels like a 2015 version of a John Cassavetes/John Hughes film. And in case there wasn’t enough coolness happening, Sky Ferreira hopped onstage after the film to sing for the crowd, which included indie darlings Mark and Jay Duplass, Miranda July, and Jason Reitman.

Fox Searchlight’s Mistress America hits theatres on August 14th.