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Now the Fun Begins…

Now the Fun Begins…

…for us, anyway. The swedes are in!

Mystery Swede Theater 3000Anticipation 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…

  1. Emcee Will Watkins tribute to Mystery Science Theater 3000, cleverly titled Mystery Swede Theater 3000.
  2. 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.
  3. Booze-based drinkies from Potions in Motion. Yes, they will also serve non-alcoholic beverages.
  4. 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.
  5. DJ Victor Russo, in case you plan to totally bust a move on the red carpet.
  6. 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.
  7. Oceana Coffee will be open in The Borland Center’s lobby for your caffeinated pleasure. Plus, they serve food.
  8. Comparing your glitter-bombed sartorial choices with those of your peers.
  9. 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.
  10. At least 90 minutes of swede-based laughs and cushy seats.
  11. The after-party at Cantina Laredo.

Buy your tickets. Mark your calendars. Plan your wardrobe. Tell your friends.

SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown, home of excellent events.




Marissa Dimascio and Chris Mash

Some of last year's "sweders"

One week and 11 hours from now (give or take a minute), we hit the entry deadline for SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH. That’s it. Finis. No mas. Done.

If you haven’t already called dibs on your swede, there’s still PLENTY of time to pick your film, beg friends and relatives to help out, produce less than 3 minutes of usable footage, and skate in under the deadline. Officially, said deadline is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH takes place at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Borland Center for Performing Arts on Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. Come around 6:00 PM when the doors open and the party gets started, and you stand a very good chance of being a featured player in our swede of SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH. Yes, that same crew will be with us again this year, sticking a mic in your face and asking you to yell, “swede fest palm beach!”


In case you weren’t there (or were a wee bit overindulgent with the bevvies), here’s a reminder…


We’ll focus a bit more on how much cool stuff slated to happen before and after our little shindig in the next post. But here’s the most updated list of movies YOU CAN’T SWEDE:

  • Alien
  • Back To The Future
  • Cast Away
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Dead Man Down
  • Edward Scissor Hands
  • Ghost
  • Goodfellas
  • Grown Ups: Arrow Roulette
  • Harry Potter and The Scorcerer’s Stone
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Life of Pi
  • Little Shop Of Horrors
  • Looper
  • Mama
  • Moby Dick
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Point Break
  • Raging Bull
  • Roman Holiday
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The Swede
  • Shrek
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Starship Troopers
  • Suptertroopers
  • Ted
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The Avengers
  • The Exorcist
  • The Shining
  • The Titanic
  • They Live
  • Tron
  • Twister

Have a cool 4th of July. We’ll be back.



Call for Entries Open: swede fest™ 2 palm beach

Call for Entries Open: swede fest™ 2 palm beach

It’s THAT time again! The Call for Entries is officially open for our second annual swede fest, boasting the ever-so-original name of SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH. You can submit your entries until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. How? The bestest best way is via one of the many file-sharing sites like or Barring that, you can send us your 3-minutes-or-less epic on a DVD.

(Cue the sound of screeching brakes)

But wait, you cry! What are the rules? The fees? Who’s in charge? Where?

All of the answers are here, young Jedi. That’s the reason this website exists…

We’ll start at the beginning.

First, there was a little gem of a movie called Be Kind, Rewind. It starred Jack Black and Mos Def. The movie 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), and is therefore like a grandparent to the swede fest™. For a linear timeline, check out the “what’s a swede, man?‘ page.

Lest you think swede fest™ 2 palm beach is nothing more than an amateur free-for-all, we have RULES and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. First, email us ASAP to reserve your film, because we only want one of everything. Once you reserve your movie, start roping in whoever you can to help with this little labor of love, 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 at under 3 minutes, and embrace the amateur nature of sweding. The bigger the original film’s budget and the less you spend on your swede are comedy gold, even if your source material is high drama. Your swede must be he equivalent of PG-13, even if you’re sweding Pulp Fiction. Find creative ways to work around any cussing, nekkidness, or other “grown up” stuff in the original movie, since swede fest™ 2 palm beach is open to all ages.

It’s free to enter a film in swede fest™ 2 palm beach. Tickets to the actual event on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 7:00 PM are $5 in advance online, and $6 at the door. If you enter a film, you receive two free tickets. Although it’s not a competition per se, the audience that night will vote for their favorite swede and we will award a prize.

Check out last year’s submissions on the “watch our swedes!” page of this site. Or check out the swedes produced for the 10 previous swede fests in Fresno.

We’ll keep you updated here, via Twitter and Facebook as movies are reserved and the entries start rolling in. swede fest™ 2 palm beach will take place again this year at The Borland Center for Performing Arts on Mainstreet at Midtown


Now, THAT Went Well…

Now, THAT Went Well…
Ramal, Greg & Lamar Pitts, sweders of "Million Dollar Baby (Hit the Bag)"

Ramal, Greg & Lamar Pitts, sweders of "Million Dollar Baby (Hit the Bag)"

Not to brag or anything, but the inaugural SWEDE FEST™PALM BEACH was an out-of-the-box smash success. Playing to a sold-out crowd of 500 last Friday night, SWEDE FEST™PALM BEACH 2012, 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. This was 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 sweders who brought us "Hunger Games"

Chris Mash, director Nicole Rankin, and Kelsie Rybalk, who brought us "Hunger Games"

Filmmakers submitted 38 swedes; 23 were screened during the festival and 12 were shown in the lobby of the theatre during the hour-long festivities before SWEDE FEST™PALM BEACH 2012 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 as well as at the door), they could have their picture taken in front of the SWEDE FEST™PALM BEACH 2012 step-and-repeat — just like any red carpet movie event! — by AJ Shore Photography. Arts Radio Network was on hand to conduct radio interviews for their podcast, and New Vision Productions was roving the crowd interviewing film directors and attendees for a short film on SWEDE FEST™.

The sweders of "Old School"

Kevin Sinicki, Jason Pennington, Virginia Sinicki, and Magnolia Lang, who sweded "Old School"

Potions in Motion sold beer and wine to a long line of thirsty — and patient — film fans, Hollywood Cupcakes handed out tiny explosions of joy in the form of movie-themed cupcakes (think Men in Blackberry — yum!), while DJ Joel Malkin played the soundtracks to some of our favorite films, and the students from Atlantic Arts Academy performed impromptu set pieces. The night’s biggest sponsor, The Digital Domain Institute, set up a booth in the lobby to distribute literature about its educational programs — but Digital Domain’s biggest impact, by far, was felt when everyone took a seat and the lights went down.

But before that happened, the evening’s emcees took to the stage. The Jove Comedy Experience — Frank and Jesse to their nearest and dearest — proved to be just as entertaining as the films they introduced. They stepped in when our original emcee, the Palm Beach Post’s Leslie Gray Streeter, was unable to attend, and quickly won the audience over with their rapid-fire wit, deadpan delivery and relentless heckling of anyone who dared come in late, get up to use the facilities, wear a hat, shave their head, or breathe regularly.

Our emcees, The Jove Comedy Experience

Our emcees, The Jove Comedy Experience...

The Digital Domain Special Events Team supported the festival by editing the master tape, creating a lead-in short film of its own about SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH that was shot around the area, using our festival logo on a stick and some creative voiceover to poke a bit of fun at the question, “Where is The Borland?” and interstitial graphics that made the entire production look, well…Hollywood.

The Digital Domain Institute also provided the night’s Audience Favorite Award, won by brothers Noah and Jonah Kalter (aged 10 and 11) from Stuart, for their swede of THE HULK. They were ecstatic to win a tour of the Digital Domain Tradition Studios in Port St. Lucie.

‘The Hulk’ Swede (2012) from swede fest palm beach on Vimeo.

The rest of our swede-makers were a range of students from local middle and high schools (The Pine School, The Benjamin School, South Tech Academy, St. Lucie West High School, Palm Beach Gardens Community High School), film school students (G-Star), film enthusiasts, and semi-professional filmmakers.

The Kalter brothers, winners of the Audience Favorite Award for their swede of "The Hulk"

The Kalter brothers, winners of the Audience Favorite Award for their swede of "The Hulk"

Our inaugural SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH was such a blockbuster we’ve already scheduled next year’s event, so mark your calendars NOW for Friday, August 2, 2013. 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, we gave out a few other “special” awards:

Best Misuse of Gym Equipment: I Am (A) Legend

Most Likely to Eat Pop Rocks: Jaws

Most Unsettling: 2012

Most Likely to Lose a Contact: Avatar

Best Yoda Impression: Men in Black

Most Empty Beer Bottles: The Birds

Tallying the votes for the Audience Favorite Award

Tallying the votes for the Audience Favorite Award

Most Repetitive Dialogue: Million Dollar Baby (Hit the Bag)

Best Death Scene: Hunger Games

Most Likely to go to the Mall: Sleepover

Best Father-Son Relationship: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Most Orphans in a Garage: Annie

Most Politically Incorrect Use of Makeup: Terminator

Best Use of Blue Paper: Avatar

Best Use of Legos: The Hulk

Best Hairpiece: Footloose

Most Likely to Wear Sensible Cowboy Boots:City Slickers

Best Transition to a Completely Different Movie: Chronicle

Most Dramatic Fast Food Order: No Country For Old Men

Fewest Trains Harmed in the Making of a Film: Trainspotting

Event organizer Belle Forino and Sherri Gedraitis, both of whom work for Midtown.

Event organizer Belle Forino and Sherri Gedraitis, both of whom work for Midtown.

Best Mustache: Old School

Best Use of Bubbles: Avatar

Most Likely to be Tom Cruise: Mission Impossible

Most Likely to be a Bunch of Hooligans – District 9

We called it a wrap after that, and headed over to Midtown’s Cantina Laredo for the VIP After Party. Thanks to everyone who submitted a swede, came to SWEDE FEST™PALM BEACH 2012, 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:

The SRO crowd at The Borland Center for Performing Arts theatre for swede fest palm beach 2012

The SRO crowd at The Borland Center for Performing Arts theatre for swede fest palm beach 2012

Aaron Shore Photography
Alchemy Communications Group
Arts Radio Network
Atlantic Arts Academy
Cantina Laredo
Chuck Burger Joint
Digital Domain Institute

Digital Domain Special Projects Team
DJ Joel Malkin
Elizabeth Dashiell PR
Entertainment Consultants
Florida Weekly
Hollywood Cupcake
Kinane Printing
Mainstreet at Midtown
New Times
New Vision Productions
Palm Beach International Film Festival
Palm Beach Post
Potions in Motion
Ram Realty Services
Sun Sentinel
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
The Jove Comedy Experience
Wild 95.5



This is It! We’re in Pre-Production…

This is It! We’re in Pre-Production…

Tomorrow is the REALLY BEEG SHEW (you have to say this in your best Ed Sullivan voice for it to work, you know).

Yes, it’s SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH! Polish the tiaras, fluff the feather boas, set your berets at a jaunty angle, and practice tying the cravats, kiddies.

We’ve got red carpet, a highly sweded step-and-repeat WITH photographer (nothing but the best for you!), our own film crew shooting a non-sweded mini-doc of the First Annual SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH, Arts Radio Network on site to do interviews, The Digital Domain Institute and New Times handing out swag, plenty of bevvies (of the G-rated and Adult-Only kind), a live DJ, — we even have official SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH cupcakes!!

mainstreet at midtown presents swede fest palm beachPlus we have a killer set of emcees (The Jove Comedy Experience), nice comfy chairs to screen some of the funniest swedes ever, and a VIP after-party at Cantina Laredo with drink specials for ticket holders. We’re just piling on the fun, peeps. Get there at 6:00PM sharp or you’ll miss out on the festive parts.

This extravaganza is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown, which is pretty cool when you think about it.




swede fest™ palm beach is Friday, August 3; Things are Gearing Up!

swede fest™ palm beach is Friday, August 3; Things are Gearing Up!

Now that all the swedes are in, we’re working on making the first annual SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH a totally kick-A event. The technical wizards at The Digital Domain Institute are putting all of the submitted swedes together for your viewing pleasure and a glitch-free (yes, we are truly tempting fate by making such a proclamation) screening a mere 10 days from now.


In case you missed any of the billion Facebook posts, Tweets, or updates to this website, here are some of the reasons you should plan on arriving at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 3rd. Yes, the festival doesn’t “officially” start until 7:00 pm, but arrive then and you could miss out on…

  • Being featured in our special ode-to-swede-fest-palm-beach film shooting that night with New Vision Productions.
  • Being one of the film makers and attendees interviewed by Caroline Breder-Watts of Arts Radio Network (formerly of the local NPR station WXEL).
  • Sipping an alcohol-based libation provided by Potions in Motion. There is also a lovely coffee bar with snacks in the lobby as well for those who just want a caffeine and/or sugar rush.
  • Appreciating the mad skills of DJ Joel Malkin from 1290AM, who will be “spinning” great tuneage from your favorite movie soundtracks (think Pulp Fiction, O Brother Where Art Thou?, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, The Breakfast Club).
  • Having your picture taken against the official swede fest palm beach “step-and-repeat” backdrop we crafted especially for photos we can send out to the media.
The Jove Comedy Experience

Frank and Jesse -- otherwise known as The Jove Comedy Experience

And remember we have the humorous stylings of The Jove Comedy Experience, our emcees.

And we’ve even managed to secure actual red carpet, so you’ll get to have that experience as well. Don’t say we never did anything for you…