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Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Swede fest Palm Beach 4So, it’s on. The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4, and this year it’s even “sweder”! Why? Because it’s going underground, the way it all started. Following three sold-out years, swede fest™ palm beach 4 is happening thanks to the passion (read: possible insanity) of local fans who agreed to take it over from its original producer, Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The underground event showcases laughably bad, 3-minute remakes of Hollywood hits made by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County.  This year’s showcase of bad films made by good people is presented by the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society on October 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Palm Beaches Theatre, located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan.

We have 17 film titles claimed already; we’ll only be screening a total of 20 films that night, so you need to bring your best game there, Skippy. They are, in no particular order…

Inside Out
Avengers/Thor
Into the Woods
Frozen
Pugnado (yes, that would be Sharknado with pugs)
Cars
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight
Goonies
Sound of Music
Dawn of the Dead
Harvey
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Jurassic World
Castaway
Alien
Zoolander

What’s a swede? Based on the movie, “Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious remake of a Hollywood film which spawned an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, Calif. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, then swede fest™ palm beach in 2012. Picture “Twister” filmed using balled up paper towels; the pottery scene from “Ghost” reenacted by giant Lego figures; or “Noah” filmed inside a community pool with a cast of teenagers – these are only a few examples of the more than fifty films submitted last year. Perfect “short attention span theater,” each film is maxed out at 3 minutes, meaning that as “so-bad-it’s-good” as the film may be, another one is soon to appear.

The audience votes on the best/worst film made, which could win bragging rights for the future (or not) filmmaker, and a special grand prize. Additional award prizes will also be given for overall epic-ness. Even if you don’t have a film submitted, seeing the filmmakers dressed in their versions of “Hollywood bizarre” is worth the admission price, which is a mere $13 per person in advance, or $15 at the door.

All films must be rated PG-13. Also, there is only one swede per film title, so no one will be stuck watching three remakes of “Mad Max” (God help us all). Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by September 30. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page, and rules and details are located on this website. The event is now completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth during working hours at 561-543-8276 to learn about the many ways they can gain shameless amounts of exposure to hundreds of all-ages residents. Swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society, and Alchemy Communications Group.

 

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It’s the Moment You’ve Been Waiting Fo(u)r!

It’s the Moment You’ve Been Waiting Fo(u)r!

Swede fest Palm Beach 4swede fest™ 4 is on! And this year it’s “sweeder” than ever! Why? Because we’re taking it underground and dirty, just like it was meant to be. Why dirty? Because swede-ers only have TWO MONTHS to get their masterpieces to us before the big night on October 10, 2015! Thanks to the awesome folks at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, we have a new home at the Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan. The theater has only 200 seats, which means we’ll likely be even more sold-out than ever! So limited time, limited seats, and limitless possibilities to make YOUR spoof of a Hollywood hit!

First time? We understand…

If you don’t know what a swede is, or what swede fest™ palm beach is about, please check out the helpful links we just provided. It’s okay, we’ll wait right here…

The rules this year are the same:

  • Reserve your title TODAY! Only one swede per film title is accepted. None of us want to watch six different videos of you crazy filmmakers strapped to your Hyundai swedeing Mad Max: Fury Road, so first person to reserve that title gets it. Once you call dibs, your film MUST be sent to us by SEPTEMBER 30! Check out the submission rules for the sending instructions.
  • Swedes MUST be PG-13. Keep the nudity, profanity, and gratuitous violence to a minimum, or get creative with working around it. You can send them in rated R and we will probably enjoy watching it, but it won’t have a fudge-ball chance of being screened (see how we got around that)?
  • Keep it less than 3 minutes! We want your terrible films. We want to watch them and share their creative madness with the masses. The thing is, even bad films get worse after a while. And by “a while” we mean around 2:59. So if your film runs to 3:01, it’s going buh-bye. So be as creative with your editing as you are with your personal take on Captain America: Winter Soldier. Consider not crediting your friends who helped you or something. Just keep it under 3:00.

WANT TO GET YOUR BUSINESS NAME OUT THERE? VOLUNTEER? WELL, WE WANT YOU!!

Swede fest™ palm beach 4 is happening because it’s one of the coolest events around, and a dedicated group of people volunteered to take it over. We couldn’t do it without the support of local businesses such as Alchemy Communications Group and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. If your business would like to join in as a sponsor or evening vendor, we want to hear from you! Tons of branding opportunities are available for very little money, which will get tons of exposure for your organization to a diverse age group. Contact Jeff at info@swedefestpalmbeach.com and he’ll tell you all the amazing ways we’ll get your name out there to the masses. We’ve got a 501(c)3 so every sponsorship or donation will be a nice write off, too. Score!

Don’t have the funds to donate, but have some time on your hands? Well, we need volunteers to help us for the next few months, and for that night for very little pay (actually, no pay, but we will try and feed you!). Just like in Hollywood. We’ll even give you a cool title like “key grip” or “craft services specialist” so you can really feel a part of the tinsel town excitement. Just contact Elizabeth at info@swedefestpalmbeach.com and begin your exciting journey into faux movie land!

 

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So Close You Can Almost…

So Close You Can Almost…
basic instinct swede 2014

A scene from the "Basic Instinct" swede. Note the amazing resemblance between the actor and Sharon Stone.

We’d say “taste” it, but taste doesn’t really enter into the whole swede aesthetic, now does it?

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3, in case you haven’t noticed, is this Saturday, August 2, 2014. We’ve had some great coverage in the media, which we’ve posted to the SFPB Facebook page: the Sun-Sentinel, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Weekly — just in the last few days. We’re telling you, it’s going to be quite the hoot.

Assuming you haven’t already rushed out and bought your tickets, we must mention that a sellout is imminent, so better get it in gear. Buy your tickets right here, right now.

So, the final roster of swedes goes like this — in no particular order, so do not assume anything about which will play in the theatre, and which will entertain you in the lobby…

pee-wee 2014

The “Tequila” scene from “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Dig those kinky boots.

Jurassic Park, Insidious, To Have & Have Not, The Big Lebowski, Specific Rim, Pulp Fiction, Swe7en, Robocop, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Mementos, Rocky 3, Tangled, Office Space, The Goonies, Catching Fire, The Shining, Office Space, JAWS the real ending, Noah, Star Wars, Raising Arizona, The Wolf of Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Frozen, Her, Soul Plane, Spider-man, The Matrix, The Ring Sweded, Toy Story, Godzilla, How to Swede Your Dragon, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Swedes, and Percy Jackson.

Our evening’s emcees are the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s improv performers Wally Lurz, Krys Parker, Trent Stephens and Zach Myers, who will “swede the swede” with their own version of the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind, as well as amusing interactions with the audience (with no swears or other inappropriate references, to the relief of parents everywhere).

catching fire 2014

Someone really likes Katniss Everdeen...yes, we're looking at YOU, Nicole Rankin.

Swede fest™ palm beach 3, sponsored by JFK Medical Center, rolls out the red carpet  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).

Viva los amareurs! (that’s our nod to European-sounding stuff)

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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
EMAIL bforino@ramrealestate.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Elizabeth Dashiell
561-543-8276
palmbeachpr@yahoo.com

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‘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.”

Desperado-1995

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 bforino@ramrealestate.com.

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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!

THE HISTORY OF THE SWEDE

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.

SO, YOU WANNA SWEDE A FILM?

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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

Follow SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 on Twitter (#swedefestpb) or “like” us on Facebook

YOU KNOW, THIS EVENT REALLY NAILS THE COOLNESS FACTOR.  HOW DO I SPONSOR?

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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

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