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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:


Clever 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:


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


‘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


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.