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The Awful Smell of Swede Success; Only 50 Tickets Left!

The Awful Smell of Swede Success; Only 50 Tickets Left!

PBG Lifestyle Magazine posted the following article yesterday, and we’re already down to just 50 remaining tickets for swede fest™ palm beach 4. And there’s an article scheduled for Thursday’s Palm Beach Post, so if you think you can wait until the last minute, we pretty much guarantee you’ll be standing outside The Palm Beaches Theatre all dressed up with nowhere to watch. You can even buy your tickets BEFORE you read the article…

The awful smell of swede success

Michelle's-blog-291-second-photoOct. 10 will mark the return of the only comedy event that can make you laugh as hard as you did at the lunch table in elementary school – you remember that day, when the milk came out of your nose – thanks to the magic of “swedes.” Bring your friends to The Palm Beaches Theatre, Saturday, Oct. 10 for the Palm Beach Film Society’s swede fest™ palm beach 4

So, you may be asking yourself, “What’s a swede?”

“A swede is a hilariously bad remake of a Hollywood hit using found objects as props,” said Elizabeth Dashiell, vice president of the Palm Beach Film Society and coordinator of the event. “Attendees to the event will see these under three-minute remakes, meet the ‘filmmakers’ and enjoy a mock red-carpet experience.”

It all started with the 2008 movie Be Kind, Rewind, in which the owners of a video store lose all of their films and decide to remake them (poorly) using whatever props they have on hand.

“This gives every single person, regardless of age, taste or talent a chance to shine on the big screen,” Dashiell said. “Literally ANYONE with a recording device can make a swede so it is all-inclusive, and anyone can come and laugh at the hilariously bad remakes. The purpose is to let people explore their creativity while having fun with movies.”

This year promises some pretty ‘swede’ stuff as the following films will be remade into three-minute epic disasters: Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado (a parody of Sharknado), Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic World, Castaway, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, The Fast and the Furious and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

All films must be rated PG-13, so it’s perfect entertainment for those sarcastic teens.

Advance tickets are $13 through Eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 S Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. Doors open at 7 p.m., but get there early because you don’t want to miss the walk down the red carpet.

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swede fest™ palm beach 4 Puts the Fun(ny) Back Into Filmmaking on October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre

swede fest™ palm beach 4 Puts the Fun(ny) Back Into Filmmaking on October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre

Line-up promises another year of fantastically “bad movies made by good people”

The Goonies Batsweded

The Goonies Batsweded

The swedes are coming in, and organizers for this year’s swede fest™ palm beach 4 say audience members won’t be disappointed in the selection of “bad movies made by good people.” The hilarious, amateur film festival showcases 3-minute “remakes” of Hollywood hits on Saturday, October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre. Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite.com for the “odd” price of $12.65, or $15 cash-only at the door that night. The evening begins with a mock red-carpet arrival at 6:30 pm featuring filmmakers dressed in their directorial finest enjoying a cash bar and photo op. The hit improv group Cheese & Crackers will emcee the screenings which start at 7:30 pm. An after party with food and drink specials takes place at Plaza del Mar’s Basil’s Bar Italian Cuisine offering reduced drink and food prices for swede fest™ palm beach 4 ticket stub holders.

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. The list of submitted film titles this year include:  Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado, Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Jurassic World, 127 “Snaps”, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, and The Fast and the Furious.

Aliens sweded

Aliens sweded

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 of a fabulous, luxury stay at Crane’s Beach House in Delray Beach. Other prizes will be given for swede fest™ specialty awards (i.e. Best Use of Paper Towels, Most Blatant Exploitation of One’s Own Children, etc.) Yes, these have been actual awards.

All films are rated G to PG-13. All the necessary rules and submission details can be found on this website or by calling 561-543-8276 during business hours. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society and The Alchemy Group.

www.swedefestpalmbeach.com or by calling 561-543-8276 during business hours. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society and The Alchemy Communications Group.


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Tickets on Sale Now for Cult Film Festival swede fest™ palm beach 4

Tickets on Sale Now for Cult Film Festival swede fest™ palm beach 4

Audience Choice Award winner to receive luxury stay
at Crane’s Beach House

Audiences looking for the chance to see local filmmakers take a bite out of Tinseltown can purchase their tickets now for the #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is back and even “sweder” with the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society producing the underground hit event. The fest showcases laughably bad, 3-minute remakes of Hollywood hits made by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County at The Palm Beaches Theatre on October 10 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 200 ticket buyers. Advance tickets are $13(ish) through Eventbrite.com or $15 at the door. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 South Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan.

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. The list of submitted film titles this year include: Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado, Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Jurassic World, Castaway, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, The Fast and the Furious, and Mockingjay Part 1.

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 of a fabulous, luxury stay at Crane’s Beach House in Delray Beach.

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 submission 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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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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Swede fest™ 3 palm beach CELEBRATES SECOND SOLD-OUT YEAR!

Swede fest™ 3 palm beach CELEBRATES SECOND SOLD-OUT YEAR!

Cool film festival draws all-ages crowd for a night of hilarious Hollywood spoofs in Midtown PGA; Audience Choice Award goes to swede of “Noah”

The audience favorite, "Noah"

A blooper reel of the famous “whistle” scene from 1944’s To Have or Have Not; a mock-up of artsy film Memento using Mentos candy as “product placement;” cardboard cutouts of dinosaurs for a spoof of Jurassic Park, and even an in-person visit from the star of Robocop-sweded. These were only a few of the outrageous clips and delights attendees experienced during this year’s swede fest™ 3 palm beach, presented by Mainstreet at Midtown at the Borland Center for Performing Arts in Palm Beach Gardens. The 500 member audience in the sold-out theater chose a swede of the epic movie Noah as this year’s Audience Choice Award winner, with the prize of premium editing software for the winning director.

The "blooper reel" from "To Have & Have Not"

The shindig began with guests walking a red carpet for their group photo ops by John Sessa while being entertained by movie soundtrack cuts spun by DJ Hennessy. Attendees also enjoyed food from Oceana Coffee and tasty beverages from Potions n’ Motion. “Paparazzi” included filmmaker interviews from G-Star School of the Arts’ film team. Opening to an original score by Jon Lamboy, this year’s swede fest™ 3 palm beach showcased more than 30 entries running in the lobby and the main theater. Main sponsor JFK Medical Center handed out branded “Swedish Fish” chocolate bars and trail mix at their “concessions” table to continue the night’s theme.  Emcees from the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival kicked the event off with their own swede of the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind, then offered Tinsel Town-themed improv between each block of laugh-out-loud remakes. Following the awards announcement, attendees and filmmakers headed over to the after-party at Midtown’s Cantina Laredo.

The opening credits for "Mementos"

Noah creators Max Shteiman, Justin Wisnicki, and Maeve A’hearn, who all attend Oxbridge Academy, used local settings and basic effects combined with tongue-in-cheek humor to win over the crowd. Close runner up, Chris Notarnicola, utilized hand-made signage, tin foil over cabinets in a home kitchen, and toy dinosaurs to recreate the 3-minute take on the 20-year-old hit film, Jurassic Park. In the spirit of swede fest, additional medals were given for:

BEST USE OF A LAZY DOG:  Insidious
MOST ABUNDANT USE OF HEINZ KETCHUP:  Swe7en
BEST LOOKING SHORTS WE’VE EVER SEEN ON AN ACTOR:  Rocky 3
GREATEST AMOUNT OF PROPS WE’VE EVER SEEN IN A SWEDE: Goonies

Clever girl...you do know your "Jurassic Park" dialogue, right?

“Every year gets better,” says RAM Real Estate Marketing Manager, Belle Forino, who is the creator and organizer of the event. “What I enjoy the most are the filmmakers’ imaginations. Everyone has a different take on how a scene can be recreated. The vibe of the event itself is simply fantastic. Everyone is here to have a fun time, and having it be all-ages is really special.”

Based on the movie Be Kind, Rewind, in which the hapless owners of a video store have to re-create their own Hollywood hits, which they called ‘swedes,’ swede film festivals have become a phenomenon, with even non-filmmakers enjoying the novelty of using “found objects” to represent special effects and details from their favorite films.

So, without further ado, here is the evening’s lineup:

ACT 1

1. Jurassic Park by Christopher Notarnicola
2. Insidious by Elliot Skogman
3. To Have & Have Not by Wally Lurz
4. The Big Lebowski by Brenden Stefano

ACT 2
5. Specific Rim by Brett Weiner
6. Pulp Fiction by Arden Jurskis
7. Swe7en by Mike Gomez
8. Robocop by Jason Galotti

ACT 3
9. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure by John Burke
10. Rocky 3 by Belle Forino
11. Tangled by The Benjamin School
12. Mementos by Jacek Gancarz

ACT 4
13. The Goonies by Nick Crisafi
14. Catching Fire by Nicole Rankin
15. The Shining by Meg Mufson
16. Office Space by Richard Palacios

ACT 5
17. JAWS the real ending by Thomas Targe
18. Star Wars by The Collins family
19. Noah by Max Shteiman
20. Raising Arizona by Melissa Wise

ACT 6
21. The Wolf of Wall Street by Lamar Pitts
22. Basic Instinct by Krys Parker

We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we received! In order to accommodate them all we screened some of the entries in the theater lobby:

Frozen by SouthTech Academy
Her by Brian Slusser
Soul Plane by SouthTech Academy
Spider-man by Jovany Poncedeleon
The Matrix by SouthTech Academy
The Ring Sweded by Juan Diaz
Toy Story by Allison Engelke
Godzilla by The Benjamin School
How to Swede Your Dragon by The Benjamin School
Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Swedes by The Benjamin School
Percy Jackson by The Benjamin School

Special thanks to:

Alchemy Communications Group
Ancomp events
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
Cinderelle Marketing
DJ Hennessy
Elizabeth Dashiell Public Relations
Entertainment Consultants
Florida Weekly
G-Star School of the Arts
Immagine Productions
InterACT Drama Camp
John Sessa Photography
Jon Lamboy
Jupiter Courier
Listen Hear Sound
Mainstreet at Midtown
Orange Theory Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
Potions In Motion
Pure Honey Magazine
Ram Realty Services
Seaview Radio

 

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