SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH was another smashing success. Playing to a second-year sold-out crowd of 500 this past Saturday night, SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, produced by Mainstreet at Midtown at The Borland Center for Performing Arts, was high-energy entertainment for everyone involved, with “swedes” submitted by amateur filmmakers ages 10 to 60. Swede fest™ is a grassroots amateur film festival, in which short, DIY versions of big-budget feature films are reproduced as cheaply as possible, using family and friends as cast; bedrooms, backyards, and local parks as sets; and toys, pets, and found objects as props.
The "Twister" sweders
Filmmakers submitted 34 swedes; 21 were screened during the festival and 13 were shown in the lobby of the theatre during the festivities before SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH got underway. Once attendees walked the red carpet and collected their tickets or VIP special-edition commemorative lanyards (both were sold online on this website), they could have their picture taken by John Sessa Photography in front of the SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH step-and-repeat — just like any red carpet movie event! New Vision Productions was roving the crowd interviewing film directors and attendees for a short film on SWEDE FEST™, Potions in Motion sold adult beverages to film fans, Oceana Coffee offered snacks and drinks, all while DJ Victor Russo played popular movie soundtracks.
After everyone was seated in the theatre just after 7:00 PM, the evening’s emcees took center stage. Emcees (and stand-up comedians) Will Watkins and Dan DeCotiis presided over the interstitial moments, introducing each “act” and adding commentary to the film trailers show between sets.
After the swedes were showcased, the Audience Favorite Award was presented to Nick Crisafi and family for their swede of Back to the Future. They were ecstatic to win a gift card to Best Buy.
The man behind the winning swede, Nick Crisafi
The rest of our sweders were students from local schools (The Benjamin School, South Tech Academy), film enthusiasts, and semi-professional filmmakers. We’re working on getting all of this year’s swedes uploaded to this website, but in the meantime, you can watch the swedes we do have available on our Vimeo channel.
Since SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH was such a smashing success we’ve already scheduled next year’s event, so mark your calendars NOW for August 2, 2014. Don’t plan that far ahead? No worries — we’ll remind you. Frequently.
Every film submitted was given credit in the night’s printed program, and in addition to the Audience Favorite Award, other sweders received “special” awards:
Best Batman Voice: Dark Knight Rises
Best Crash Sequence: Starship Troopers
Best Special Effects: The Thing
Best Use of a Red Solo Cup: Super Troopers
Best Use of a Tennis Racket: Looper
Best Use of a Theatre Cast: Little Shop of Horrors
Best Use of Moving Boxes: GHOST!
Best Use of Mums: Napolean Dynamite
Best Use of Safety Scissors: Edward Scissorhands
Best Use of Saran Wrap: Home Alone
Best Use of Slow Motion: Grown Ups: Arrow Roulette
Best Use of South Florida Locations: They Live
Best Use of Theatrical Makeup: Goodfellas
Best Voiceovers: The Exorcist
Funniest Interview Scene: The Shining
Most Accurate Costumes: Back To The Future
Most Exotic Filming Location: Dead Man Down
Most Local Film: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Swede
Most Movie Puns in One Script: Twister
Most Shameless Use of a Green Screen: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
After the event ended, we headed over to Midtown’s Cantina Laredo for the VIP After Party. Thanks to everyone who submitted a swede, came to SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, the media who wrote about and supported the event, everyone who followed us on Facebook and Twitter, joined the Fan Club through this website, and all of the great people who got involved in some way to make our little indie film festival such a great success:
Alchemy Communications Group
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
DJ Victor Russo
Elizabeth Dashiell PR
John Sessa Photography
Mainstreet at Midtown
New Vision Productions
Potions in Motion
Ram Realty Services
Will Watkins and Dan DeCotiis
Snooze=lose. These babies sold like the latest iPhone. If we have any tickets left, they’ll be $6 and available in the lobby at The Borland Center for Performing Arts. Doors open at 6:30 PM tomorrow, and the screenings begin at 7:00 PM.
Two days. 58 hours. 3,480 minutes, give or take. That’s all that’s left until SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH gets underway at 7:00 PM this Saturday, July 27. Online ticket sales end at noon tomorrow, and there’s a good chance we’ll sell out and there won’t be any available for people who thought they could just stroll in and pay at the door.
Dig those Patrick Swayze-style abs on the Lego version of 1990s weeper GHOST
Don’t let that be you.
WOW!!! The Los Angeles Times published an article about SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, interviewing our intrepid festival organizer, Belle Forino! Now THAT’S how we do publicity here at SF2PB HQ. And that’s the “royal we,” since our crack publicist, Elizabeth Dashiell, is the one who really deserves the credit for our terrific press coverage.
Scott Simmons over at Florida Weekly interviewed the team that sweded one of the most recognizable romantic moments of the Nineties, the pottery wheel scene from Ghost. Their twist? Subbing in Lego costumes for Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Read the whole enchilada over here. And dig that punny headline.
We have almost 40 films to screen Saturday night, and you get to help pick the Audience Favorite. One lucky sweder (or swede team) will win professional editing software courtesy of our presenting sponsor, Mainstreet at Midtown. There will be plenty of other awards, too, and then the festivities move over to Cantina Laredo for the after party. They’ll be offering drink specials for those holding SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH tickets.
The doors of the Borland Center for Performing Arts will open at 6:30. We’ll have lots of stuff going on in the lobby before the screening, including the film crew from New Vision Productions, DJ Victor Russo, cocktails and other drinkables from Potions in Motion, gourmet coffee and munchies from Oceana Coffee, swag tables from Florida Weekly, Yelp! and PureHoney.com, and more.
Swede-makers from the inaugural SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH. They're back again this year!
SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH is on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 PM at The Borland Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 right now online, $8 for the VIP package (ticket + cool commemorative lanyard/badge combo). Tix will be $6 cash at the door. We sold out last year, so waiting until the night of is a calculated risk.
While you spend the next ten days working on the splendor of your threads for this wicked spiffy occasion, we’ll be watching the submissions, readying the awards, harassing the directors for the names of their “plus ones,” printing programs, fielding calls and emails, dusting off the step-and-repeat, and generally trying to dial back the insanity that ensues in the lead-up to this event.
Gotta run; we have a date with a big roll of red carpet…
Anticipation is building for our quirky little event, and tickets are selling. Remember that The Borland’s capacity is only 500 — and we sold out last year. The time is now to drop your Lincolns and grab your tix; they’ll be $6 cash at the door. And who carries that stuff anymore, we ask?
Stuff to look forward to on Saturday, July 27, 2013…
Emcee Will Watkins tribute to Mystery Science Theater 3000, cleverly titled Mystery Swede Theater 3000.
How Will characterizes himself on Facebook: I smell like cigarettes but do not smoke. I smell like beer but do not drink. I smell like success but am not famous. I am a stand-up comedian.
Booze-based drinkies from Potions in Motion. Yes, they will also serve non-alcoholic beverages.
We’re busting out the step-and-repeat so that you can stand in front of it and look like a true Hollywood type in the event pics.
DJ Victor Russo, in case you plan to totally bust a move on the red carpet.
New Vision Productions will have a film crew out again this year. So, if they didn’t capture you yelling “swede fest palm beach” into the camera last year…well, there’s hope.
Oceana Coffee will be open in The Borland Center’s lobby for your caffeinated pleasure. Plus, they serve food.
Comparing your glitter-bombed sartorial choices with those of your peers.
This year’s Audience Favorite Award (our equivalent of Best Picture for the Oscar-obsessed), which is NOT a tour of Digital Domain. Sorry again, Jonah and Noah. With that in mind, this year’s winner gets cool editing software.
At least 90 minutes of swede-based laughs and cushy seats.