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Ooooh, press mention.

Ooooh, press mention.

Ben Crandell at the Sun-Sentinel did a nice piece on swede fest™ palm beach 3 in his Go Guide column on the SouthFlorida.com website today — and it will be IN PRINT tomorrow. Which makes it, like, totally legit.

Go read it now, then share it with all your friends. You know you want to.

 

 

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Tickets for swede fest™palm beach 3 ON SALE JUNE 11!

Tickets for swede fest™palm beach 3 ON SALE JUNE 11!

The 45 films submitted to date promise to make this year’s event the greatest festival of all time in Palm Beach County!*

* (out of all other Palm Beach County festivals celebrating bad movies by good people)

Festival planners at Mainstreet at Midtown promise that this year’s swede fest™ palm beach 3 will be the biggest, baddest, and worst (in the best way) film festival in its long, nearly two-year history. Based upon the films submitted so far, they are proving themselves correct, with 45 three-minute spoofs of Hollywood hits reserved so far for the cult-favorite evening scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Borland Center for Performing Arts.

The all-ages film festival has been a sold-out, blockbuster hit each year, and Mainstreet at Midtown is promising to be sold out even more for this year’s “three-quel.” That in mind, tickets will go on sale June 11 on this very website, with advance purchase tickets for $8 and VIP seats for $11. VIP tickets include a nifty lanyard, along with reserved seating in the theater’s front rows. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase and music provided by Double-Shot Entertainment. Showtime starts at 7:00 p.m. and audiences vote for their favorite “bad” movie. The winner of swede fest™ palm beach 3 will receive a year’s subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro CC film editing software (a $250 value). Following the awards, everyone is invited to Cantina Laredo for the swede fest after party.

Emcees for the evening will be the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s comedic performers Wally Lurz, Darryl Willis, Krys Parker, Trent Stephens, and Zach Myers, who are crafting their own “fun with film” for the entertainment of the audience.

But what is a “swede?” the uninitiated ask. Based on the movie Be Kind, Rewind, a “swede” is a no-budget, laughably bad 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. Those interested in swedeing a film are encouraged to use “found items” as props and their own imaginations.

All sweded films must be PG-13, even if the source material is not (like The Wolf of Wall Street, one film already reserved this year). Other films in this year’s Festival are: Spiderman, The Goonies, Aquamarine, Argo, Casablanca, Castaway, Catching Fire, Chariots of Fire, Dark Knight Rises, Desperado, Robocop, Fast 5, Frozen, Gravity, Jaws The REAL Ending, John Tucker Must Die, Jumper, Jurassic Park, Mean Girls, Mementos, Next Friday, Noah, Parent Trap, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Project X, Pulp Fiction, Raising Arizona, Rocky 3, Soul Plane, Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim), The Avengers, The Big Lebowski, The Matrix, The Princess Bride, The Ring Sweded, The Wizard of OZ, To Have & Have Not, Toy Story, Tremors, Twilight, Up, War of the Worlds, White Chicks, and X-Men.

Those who want to take part in the coolest film festival in existence are encouraged to claim their film title now. All films are due by 11:59PM on July 9. “Sweders” receive one free ticket per movie submitted and are encouraged to dress “Hollywood bizarre” when attending the event. Because why not, right?

Swede fest™ palm beach 3, sponsored by Emergency Care Services at JFK Medical Center, rolls out the red carpet on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Borland Center of Performing Arts at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 at the door, and $11 VIP with Limited Edition Lanyard and VIP seating. Sponsorships and volunteer positions are now available for this must-see event. For advance tickets, sponsorship opportunities, rules and regulations on submitting a film, or more information about the festival, take a look around on this website — it’s all here!

For general information, or to get in on the groovy sponsorship opportunities, call Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Manager, Belle Forino 561.282.4623 or email bforino@ramrealestate.com

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Because Five Is Not Enough…

Because Five Is Not Enough…

“Five what,” you ask? Why, five Spiderman movies, of course! Some intrepid sweder has decided the canon cannot live without a sixth cinematic commitment to the story of Peter Parker. And so we have an updates of swedes you can’t swede at swede fest™ palm beach 3

  • Spiderman
  • The Goonies
  • Aquamarine

Plus:

  • Argo
  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Desperado, Robocop Sweded
  • Fast 5
  • Frozen
  • Gravity
  • Jaws The REAL Ending
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Jumper
  • Jurassic Park
  • Mean Girls
  • Mementos
  • Next Friday
  • Noah
  • Parent Trap
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Rocky 3
  • Soul Plane
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim)
  • The Avengers
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Matrix
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Ring Sweded
  • The Wizard of OZ
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street
  • To Have & Have Not
  • Toy Story
  • Tremors
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • War of the Worlds
  • White Chicks
  • X-Men

And so, you may think, that is a lot o’ swede-y goodness so early in the game, what with swede fest™ palm beach 3 scheduled for a far-off Saturday in August. But the deadline for submissions isn’t all that far away — in fact, it’s less that two months, a measly seven weeks, i.e. Wednesday, July 9th at 11:59 pm. Frankly, it’s all cake after that: planning your sweet outfit, making your grand entrance, planning your acceptance speech. It’s these next seven weeks that require you to heft the camera, harass your friends into playing non-lead roles (lead roles=volunteers), securing your location, creatively acquiring props, and editing your brilliance down into three PG-13 appropriate minutes.

So, call dibs if you haven’t already by emailing info@swedefestpalmbeach.com (following the fairly simple rules, of course) with your name (first AND last), the title of your film, your age, and your email address. Easy peasy.

We’ll see you at The Borland Center for Performing Arts when the doors open at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The festivities begin at 7:00. We’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale (and hey, you get one for free just for submitting a swede).

swede fest™ palm beach 3 is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown, ‘cuz they’re cool like that.

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We’ve Hit Our Forties

We’ve Hit Our Forties

Yes, fine people, we have over 40 films reserved for SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3.

Well, okay, it’s only 41, but still.

The Big Lebowski

The dude abides...

Here are the latest 13 reservations…

  • Argo
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Fast 5
  • Frozen
  • Jaws The REAL Ending
  • Jumper
  • Next Friday
  • Soul Plane
  • The Avengers
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Matrix
  • The Wizard of OZ
  • X-Men

Those are in addition to these even earlier birds…

  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Desperado Robocop
  • 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
  • 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

Not bad, eh? Of course, there are always those of you who work best under pressure, and since we still have a little over two months until the submission deadline, you may be thinking, “Chill baby.” We hasten to point out that only 24 of the “best” swedes will be screened in the theater, so 10 weeks to cast, shoot, edit, and submit your masterpiece is going to go by fast and furious. Reserve now, or regret it later. Send your deets to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3, which once again unspools at The Borland Center for Performing Arts on the evening of August 2nd, is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown.

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Dude, Where’s Your Swede?

Dude, Where’s Your Swede?

First, you realize we can pretty much take any movie title and pun it into submission, sort of a meta-swede thingy we do to come up with the occasionally catchy headline.

And, second, you then realize we can be as un-funny as some of the movies we’re making fun of. Even more meta!

"We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter."

So. Anyway.

This is the updated list of reserved films you CANNOT swede:

  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Desperado, Robocop Sweded
  • Gravity
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Mean Girls
  • Memento
  • Parent Trap
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Rocky 3
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • To Have and Have Not
  • Toy Story
  • Tremors
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • War of the Worlds
  • White Chicks

We will be posting information shortly on how to upload your films for us. But — sneak preview — our preferred format for delivery is a Quicktime file (.mov), which is also known as an H.264 for people who may be exporting their footage from an editing program. Other options are .mp4 or perhaps .wmv.

Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, other formats will be accepted, too. We just find they are tricksy to upload, leaving us scrambling at the very end to get your swede. Don’t freak out…it’s not like we’re big techno geeks either.

We want you to focus on having a gas making your swede and submitting some funny movies so we can laugh at each other that night.  Heh. We said “gas.”

And hey — if any of your pals are considering making a swede…excellent. Just be sure to tell them they need to call dibs ASAP.

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First Press

First Press

So, we’re in the April issue of the Palm Beach Film Commission’s Focus on Film newsletter, which we think is very cool:

Focus on Film/PBCFTC articleWant to read the whole newsletter? Well, here you go…

PB FILM FEST_April14Newsletter

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