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They’re Here…

They’re Here…

No doubt sweders have been breathlessly waiting to find out which movies made the cut. Without further ado, here is the list of films that were chosen to make their debut at swede fest™ palm beach 3.

1992's iconic interrogation scene from "Basic Instinct." Imagine the sweded version. No, really.

They are in no particular order, and are not indicative of which swedes will be playing in the theatre, and which will  play in the lobby during the opening festivities. But every filmmaker has a free ticket, and you’ll want to bring your friends, family, and your cast and crew, so be sure to snatch up tix before we’re all sold out:

Basic Instinct, Jurassic Park, Insidious, To Have & Have Not, Jaws the REAL ending, Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim), Pulp Fiction, Swe7en, Desperado, Robocop, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Mementos, Rocky 3, Office Space, The Goonies, Catching Fire, The Shining, Noah, Star Wars, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski,  Frozen, Her, Soul Plane, Spider-man, The Matrix, The Ring, Toy Story, Godzilla, How To Swede Your Dragon, Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Swedes, and Percy Jackson.

We may add a few more films to the line-up, as we’re still reviewing a few of the final entries (yes, there was begging involved, and we’re susceptible to abject flattery).

Emcees for the evening will be the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s comedic performers Wally Lurz, Krys Parker, Trent Stephens and Zach Myers, who plan to “swede the swede” with their own hilarious take on the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind. The improv group promises amusing lampoons of Hollywood’s mediocre hit that spawned this whole tsunami of swedes, as well as fun interactions with the audience (with no swears or other inappropriate references, to the relief of parents everywhere).

Swede fest™ palm beach 3, sponsored by JFK Medical Center, rolls out the red carpet August 2 at the Borland Center of Performing Arts in Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens at 5:30 PM, and the swedes start rolling at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 cash only at the door (if we have any tickets left). Sponsorships and volunteer positions are still available for this see-and-be seen event. Check here to snatch up advance tickets, and check out the volunteer opportunities (which, we might note, come with a free general admission ticket). We still could use outside greeters, inside greeters/door openers, ticket helpers, ticket runners, ticket checkers, and VIP ushers.

For general information, to volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities:

CALL Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Manager
Belle Forino 561.282.4623 or

Elizabeth Dashiell


‘You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not swede, then you will not meet your destiny.’

‘You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not swede, then you will not meet your destiny.’

Heh. Nice twist on some Darth Vader dialogue, no? For those of you who are not raging Star Wars geeks, that line was from The Empire Strikes Back.

Speaking of back (how’s that for a clunky transition?), the #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns to Mainstreet at Midtown during swede fest™palm beach 3, at the Borland Center for Performing Arts. The all-ages cult film festival has been a sold-out, blockbuster hit for the past two years, and it is promising to sell out even sooner for this year’s “three-quel.”


Yummy Antonio Banderas goodness...which you NOT see in the Desperado swede.

Emcees for the evening will be the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s comedic performers Wally Lurz, Darryl Willis, Trent Stephens, and Zach Meyers, who are crafting their own “fun with film” for the entertainment of the audience on Saturday, August 2 (doors open at 6:00 pm, showtime beginning at 7:00 pm).

But what is a “swede?” Based on the movie Be Kind, Rewind, a swede is a no-budget, laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film. This kinda mediocre Jack Black/Mos Def comedy had an unintended side effect: it spawned an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, Calif. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, then the first swede fest™ palm beach in 2012. Those interested in swedeing a film are encouraged to make extensive use of their imaginations, and “found items” as props. Visualize Star Wars made with whatever you can find in your garage…yes, that bad. Never fear though, films can only be 3 minutes long and must be rated PG — even Pulp Fiction, which is on the list already selected for this year’s Festival. Other movie titles already nabbed by would-be filmmakers are:

  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Desperado
  • Gravity
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Jurassic Park
  • Mean Girls
  • Mementos
  • Noah
  • Parent Trap
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Robocop
  • Rocky 3
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim)
  • The Ring
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street
  • To Have & Have Not
  • Toy Story
  • Tremors
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • War of the Worlds
  • White Chicks

Only one swede per film title. Those with Oscar dreams should take a pass on this festival entirely; but those who want to take part in the coolest film festival in existence anywhere are encouraged to claim their film title now, or be stuck sweding something like August: Osage County, which would be sad since no one in the audience will likely appreciate your efforts, not having seen the original.

All film submissions are due by July 9. “Sweders” receive one free ticket per movie submitted — this ain’t Entourage where your posse gets in for free because you’re famous — and are encouraged to dress “Hollywood bizarre.” Wow, is that a wide-open door for, um, creative haberdashery.

Tickets are going to be $8, or you can pop for a $20 VIP ticket with Limited-Edition Lanyard and V.I.P. Seating. We’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale right here, on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to make like Coke and pop for product placement (i.e. sponsorship)? Call Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Manager, Belle Forino at 561.282.4623 or email


Stuff You’ll Want to Know.

Stuff You’ll Want to Know.

Hey there. It’s time to start thinking about the third annual swede fest, boasting the ever-so-original name of SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3. Feeling all Fellini? Submit an entry until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Not so much? Then come watch the swedes at 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at The Borland Center for Performing Arts, located on Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens.  The lobby doors open at 6:00 PM.

But wait, you cry! What are the rules? The fees? Who’s in charge? Why is this happening?

We’ll start at the beginning.

We want YOU!


First, there was a little cinematic gem called Be Kind, Rewind. It starred Jack Black and Mos Def. It was kinda ho-hum, but it contained the seeds that would grow into a cult phenomenon. Yes, this film is responsible for the existence of the swede (n. laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film, so named because it sounds European and nouvelle vague). It is therefore like a grandparent to the swede fest.


Lest you think SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is nothing more than an amateur free-for-all, we have RULES and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Email us ASAP to reserve your film, because we only want one of everything. Once you call dibs on your movie, start calling in favors, because you’ll need a cast and a location — even if that turns out to be you, your BF, and your dog in the backyard. A little planning never hurt.

Keep your swede under 3 minutes. Embrace its amateur nature. The bigger the original film’s budget, plus the less you spend on your swede, equals comedy gold. Make it the equivalent of PG-13, even if you’re sweding Pulp Fiction. Work creatively around cussing, nekkidness, and other grown-up stuff since SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is open to all ages.

It’s free to enter a film in SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3. Tickets to the festival are $8 online – we’ll let you know as soon as they go on sale here.

If you enter a film, you receive one free ticket. Tempting, no?

Plus, the audience votes for its favorite swede in both under- and over-18 categories and we award prizes.  And because this is such a spectacularly popular event, we’re showcasing 24 swedes in the theatre the night of the festival; the remaining swedes will play in the lobby.

For more information, email us at

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SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is the only film festival of its kind in Southeast Florida.  This year, we’re happy to announce that we’re allowing sponsor participation for the first time. The festival receives enormous audience participation, has a substantial viral following on social media, and will provide its sponsors major visibility in front of 500 amateur filmmakers, their families, and friends on the night of the festival. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,000.  For more information, email


We Have Some Reservations…

We Have Some Reservations…
A director's still from this year's "Point Break" swede.

A director's still from this year's "Point Break" swede.

We have some reservations…for SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, about which we have NO reservations. It’s going to be even more fun that last year!  The list of films upon which your peers have called dibs has grown. We now have the following movies slated to make an appearance…

  • Titantic
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Super Troopers
  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Starship Troopers
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Goodfellas
  • Back to the Future
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Dead Man Down
  • Point Break
  • They Live
  • The Exorcist
  • The Shining
  • Shrek
  • Tron
  • Ghost
  • Alien
  • Ted
A still from this year's "Super Troopers" swede. Nice outfit...

A still from this year's "Super Troopers" swede. Nice outfit...

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 9th at 11:59PM. The festival is on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7:00PM at last year’s comfy venue (where every seat is a great set), The Borland Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale here, and they’re $5 in advance, $8 in advance for a VIP Ticket that includes our highly coveted SF2PB lanyard. You can buy you advance-price tickets until noon on Friday, July 26th. After that, it’s $6 cash at the door and $4 cash for a lanyard (if we have any left).

We’ll keep you updated on what films are reserved and unavailable for you to swede. If you have any aspirations (heh, now that’s pretty funny) toward making a swede for this year’s festival, reserve it now. Or you could be very disappointed and have to completely rethink your concept. Because they never have to do THAT in Hollywood.




SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

But seriously's The Jove Comedy Experience.

But seriously's The Jove Comedy Experience.

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH has new emcees for our renegade amateur film festival, since we had to gracefully bow out of our original date in order for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics to get decent ratings for NBC. They paid a LOT of money for this exclusive, and who are we to siphon off their audience on the very first broadcast.

Big of us, yes?

And even bigger is THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE, our new emcees for the festive night o’swedes, now FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd, at 7:00 PM at the Borland Center for Performing Arts at Midtown. Granted, it’s not Sundance, Slamdance, or even the White River Independent Film Festival (that’s in Vermont, population 2500). There won’t be an celebrities (except in their own minds), overseas distributors looking to write checks, or paparazzi (unless you count parents with Canon SureShots), but there will be plenty of entertainment in the finest sense, because swedes are just funny, even if the film being sweded is dead serious.

The evening will be even more entertaining with emcees THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE. And just who are these highly gifted comedic talents? Frank and Jesse.

Oh, you want to know more? Okay, fine.The Jove is “Florida’s Funniest Improvisation and Sketch Comedy.” They take comedy seriously! Thus is the motto of The Jove, a creation of Frank Licari, Jesse Furman, and a third funny guy who is on hiatus while teaching at a college in St. Louis. The goal of The Jove is to provide a professional, unique, and hilarious comedy experience based on sketch and live improv.

When see The Jove, they want you to feel that you were part of an experience, and that you witnessed something you had never seen before. Their mix of sketch, improvisation, music, and video will hopefully leave you excited about the possibilities of live theater. If they don’t live up to their goal, let them know…and heads will roll! Because they take comedy seriously…very seriously!

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

FRANK LICARI (Founder/Performer/Director) is a 20-year veteran professional actor, musician, and director with a Certificate in Theater from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. A member of the Obie and Drama Desk award-winning show “Blue Man Group” for close to three years, he also performed in over 70 stage plays in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Florida. His TV credits include hosting the upcoming reality TV show Recreating A LegendLaw & Order, and CBS’s short-lived Dellaventura starring Danny Aiello. His film work was featured at the New York, Los Angeles, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, and Milan International Film Festivals. His last film House of Heartbreak won “Best Short Film” at The Palm Beach International Film Festival, and just premiered at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. His previous film, The Fallen – Letters From The Dead won “Best Picture” at The Milan and Brooklyn International Film Festivals and is available through Hollywood Video and Netflix. Frank is also an award-winning director and playwright and has won The Sears Drama Festival and Village Gate One-Act Festival (NYC). He is the owner/founder/artistic director of Atlantic Arts Academy and The Atlantic Theater in Jupiter, Florida for the past 11 years. Frank is also an accomplished singer and musician, playing piano, bass guitar, guitar and percussion. Some of his work has been featured on WFNX Radio, Boston’s #1 alternative radio station. Frank has toured upstate New York and Ontario Canada with his music and has performed at Fleet Center in Boston and at Sunfest 2005 & 2006 with The Jeff Harding Band. Frank is a proud member of  The Screen Actor’s Guild adb the Actor’s Equity Association. His upcoming 2012 projects include two new TV Pilots, a feature-length film, and directing a brand-new up- and-coming Broadway musical entitled Greenwood.

JESSE FURMAN (Founder/Performer/Director) has been an acting instructor with Atlantic Arts Academy for the past eight years. His acting credits include six years with The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, the Spotlite Players, and five years with Northstage.

Over the last eight years he had the privilege to assistant direct and perform with The Atlantic Theater, appearing in Misery as Paul Sheldon, A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley and as Huey in Italian American Reconciliation. His film credits include roles as Frank Drevin in Scary Tales 2, and as Prowler in Christian Soldiers and a lead role in the feature film Film Contest? Jesse lives happily with his wife Jen, his son Miles, and a farm’s worth of animals.

Now you have even more reasons to buy your tickets to SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH today. Just $5, or be a big spender and spring for the $8 VIP Ticket and Limited-Edition Laminate Badge on a Lanyard, and look like a major big shot. Tickets are available for purchase online — the VIP Package is only available through midnight on July 20th — that’s this coming Friday. The regular $5 tickets are available through August 1st. After that, they’re $6 at the door. All the details are here.



Deadline for entries is at 11:59PM Friday night, July 20th. Yes, THIS FRIDAY. That’s it, peeps. Then all you can do is ATTEND swede fest™ palm beach and watch OTHER PEOPLE’S SWEDES. Wouldn’t that bite? Avoid all of this sturm und drang (you did study the post-war German oeuvre, yes?) and get your swede on already. All the submission info is right here, Herzog.



SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

Amateur Film Festival Will Have ‘Audience Favorite Award’
Provided by The Digital Domain Institute


On Friday, July 27th, at 7:00PM, swede fest™ palm beach and The Digital Domain Institute are pairing up to recognize the most “original remakes” at this first annual amateur film festival. Hosted at the dining and shopping destination Mainstreet at Midtown, swede fest™ palm beach takes place in Palm Beach Gardens’ state-of-the-art theatre facility Borland Center of Performing Arts located at 4885 PGA Boulevard (just west of Military Trail). Tickets are $5.

BUT WHAT’S A SWEDE, YOU ASK? A “swede” is a no-budget, laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film. The term comes from the 2008 comedy, Be Kind Rewind, which started an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, CA. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, and now Midtown is rolling out the very first swede fest™ palm beach.

Entries are open, and targeted to all students, film buffs, creative types, film lovers, and professionals, or simply anyone with any type of camera. It is free to enter a film but ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 13th. The festival embraces the highly amateur nature of “sweding” while supporting creativity within the community.

“We have a vibrant film-making community here, and we wanted to tap into that creative group and bring them to Midtown. Obviously we’re ecstatic to have the DIGITAL DOMAIN INSTITUTE involved!” says Belle Forino, Marketing Coordinator for Mainstreet at Midtown.

There are a few RULES for the entries. Films must be under three minutes and PG-13, even if the “source material” is not. This means finding creative ways to get around violence, objectionable language, and nudity. Guidelines are on the swede fest™ palm beach website, along with example swedes such as The Breakfast Club, Wayne’s World, and Se7en.

The audience is encouraged to dress in their finest berets, cravats, safari vests, or other directorial cliché’s. Emcee for the evening will be LESLIE STREETER from the PALM BEACH POST.

For those interested in sweding a film, email to call dibs on your movie. Swede-makers are encouraged to embrace the amateur nature of sweding and opt to use found objects rather than spending any real money making these movies.


EVENT:   swede fest™ palm beach

AWARDS: Under 18 & Over 18 Audience Favorites

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 7:00 PM 

FILMS DUE: By July 13th

WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center of Performing Arts
4885 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens FL 33418

WEB:   You’re already here

FACEBOOK: swedefestpalmbeach

Digital Domain


FACEBOOK: DigitalDomainInstitute