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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
LivingFLA
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

 

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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.

 

 

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SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

But seriously folks...it's The Jove Comedy Experience.

But seriously folks...it's The Jove Comedy Experience.

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH has new emcees for our renegade amateur film festival, since we had to gracefully bow out of our original date in order for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics to get decent ratings for NBC. They paid a LOT of money for this exclusive, and who are we to siphon off their audience on the very first broadcast.

Big of us, yes?

And even bigger is THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE, our new emcees for the festive night o’swedes, now FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd, at 7:00 PM at the Borland Center for Performing Arts at Midtown. Granted, it’s not Sundance, Slamdance, or even the White River Independent Film Festival (that’s in Vermont, population 2500). There won’t be an celebrities (except in their own minds), overseas distributors looking to write checks, or paparazzi (unless you count parents with Canon SureShots), but there will be plenty of entertainment in the finest sense, because swedes are just funny, even if the film being sweded is dead serious.

The evening will be even more entertaining with emcees THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE. And just who are these highly gifted comedic talents? Frank and Jesse.

Oh, you want to know more? Okay, fine.The Jove is “Florida’s Funniest Improvisation and Sketch Comedy.” They take comedy seriously! Thus is the motto of The Jove, a creation of Frank Licari, Jesse Furman, and a third funny guy who is on hiatus while teaching at a college in St. Louis. The goal of The Jove is to provide a professional, unique, and hilarious comedy experience based on sketch and live improv.

When see The Jove, they want you to feel that you were part of an experience, and that you witnessed something you had never seen before. Their mix of sketch, improvisation, music, and video will hopefully leave you excited about the possibilities of live theater. If they don’t live up to their goal, let them know…and heads will roll! Because they take comedy seriously…very seriously!

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

FRANK LICARI (Founder/Performer/Director) is a 20-year veteran professional actor, musician, and director with a Certificate in Theater from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. A member of the Obie and Drama Desk award-winning show “Blue Man Group” for close to three years, he also performed in over 70 stage plays in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Florida. His TV credits include hosting the upcoming reality TV show Recreating A LegendLaw & Order, and CBS’s short-lived Dellaventura starring Danny Aiello. His film work was featured at the New York, Los Angeles, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, and Milan International Film Festivals. His last film House of Heartbreak won “Best Short Film” at The Palm Beach International Film Festival, and just premiered at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. His previous film, The Fallen – Letters From The Dead won “Best Picture” at The Milan and Brooklyn International Film Festivals and is available through Hollywood Video and Netflix. Frank is also an award-winning director and playwright and has won The Sears Drama Festival and Village Gate One-Act Festival (NYC). He is the owner/founder/artistic director of Atlantic Arts Academy and The Atlantic Theater in Jupiter, Florida for the past 11 years. Frank is also an accomplished singer and musician, playing piano, bass guitar, guitar and percussion. Some of his work has been featured on WFNX Radio, Boston’s #1 alternative radio station. Frank has toured upstate New York and Ontario Canada with his music and has performed at Fleet Center in Boston and at Sunfest 2005 & 2006 with The Jeff Harding Band. Frank is a proud member of  The Screen Actor’s Guild adb the Actor’s Equity Association. His upcoming 2012 projects include two new TV Pilots, a feature-length film, and directing a brand-new up- and-coming Broadway musical entitled Greenwood.

JESSE FURMAN (Founder/Performer/Director) has been an acting instructor with Atlantic Arts Academy for the past eight years. His acting credits include six years with The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, the Spotlite Players, and five years with Northstage.

Over the last eight years he had the privilege to assistant direct and perform with The Atlantic Theater, appearing in Misery as Paul Sheldon, A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley and as Huey in Italian American Reconciliation. His film credits include roles as Frank Drevin in Scary Tales 2, and as Prowler in Christian Soldiers and a lead role in the feature film Film Contest? Jesse lives happily with his wife Jen, his son Miles, and a farm’s worth of animals.

Now you have even more reasons to buy your tickets to SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH today. Just $5, or be a big spender and spring for the $8 VIP Ticket and Limited-Edition Laminate Badge on a Lanyard, and look like a major big shot. Tickets are available for purchase online — the VIP Package is only available through midnight on July 20th — that’s this coming Friday. The regular $5 tickets are available through August 1st. After that, they’re $6 at the door. All the details are here.

 

BIG REMINDER!

Deadline for entries is at 11:59PM Friday night, July 20th. Yes, THIS FRIDAY. That’s it, peeps. Then all you can do is ATTEND swede fest™ palm beach and watch OTHER PEOPLE’S SWEDES. Wouldn’t that bite? Avoid all of this sturm und drang (you did study the post-war German oeuvre, yes?) and get your swede on already. All the submission info is right here, Herzog.


 

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SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH CHANGES DATES!

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH CHANGES DATES!
Swede Fest Palm Beach Changes Date to Friday, August 3

Swede Fest Palm Beach Changes Date to Friday, August 3!

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SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

Amateur Film Festival Will Have ‘Audience Favorite Award’
Provided by The Digital Domain Institute

 

On Friday, July 27th, at 7:00PM, swede fest™ palm beach and The Digital Domain Institute are pairing up to recognize the most “original remakes” at this first annual amateur film festival. Hosted at the dining and shopping destination Mainstreet at Midtown, swede fest™ palm beach takes place in Palm Beach Gardens’ state-of-the-art theatre facility Borland Center of Performing Arts located at 4885 PGA Boulevard (just west of Military Trail). Tickets are $5.

BUT WHAT’S A SWEDE, YOU ASK? A “swede” is a no-budget, laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film. The term comes from the 2008 comedy, Be Kind Rewind, which started an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, CA. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, and now Midtown is rolling out the very first swede fest™ palm beach.

Entries are open, and targeted to all students, film buffs, creative types, film lovers, and professionals, or simply anyone with any type of camera. It is free to enter a film but ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 13th. The festival embraces the highly amateur nature of “sweding” while supporting creativity within the community.

“We have a vibrant film-making community here, and we wanted to tap into that creative group and bring them to Midtown. Obviously we’re ecstatic to have the DIGITAL DOMAIN INSTITUTE involved!” says Belle Forino, Marketing Coordinator for Mainstreet at Midtown.

There are a few RULES for the entries. Films must be under three minutes and PG-13, even if the “source material” is not. This means finding creative ways to get around violence, objectionable language, and nudity. Guidelines are on the swede fest™ palm beach website, along with example swedes such as The Breakfast Club, Wayne’s World, and Se7en.

The audience is encouraged to dress in their finest berets, cravats, safari vests, or other directorial cliché’s. Emcee for the evening will be LESLIE STREETER from the PALM BEACH POST.

For those interested in sweding a film, email info@swedepalmbeach.com to call dibs on your movie. Swede-makers are encouraged to embrace the amateur nature of sweding and opt to use found objects rather than spending any real money making these movies.

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EVENT:   swede fest™ palm beach

AWARDS: Under 18 & Over 18 Audience Favorites

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 7:00 PM 

FILMS DUE: By July 13th

WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center of Performing Arts
4885 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens FL 33418

WEB:   You’re already here

FACEBOOK: swedefestpalmbeach

Digital Domain

WEB: http://ddinstitute.com

FACEBOOK: DigitalDomainInstitute


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Call for Entries Open Through July 13th; Palm Beach Post’s Leslie Streeter to host swede fest™ palm beach on July 27th!

Call for Entries Open Through July 13th; Palm Beach Post’s Leslie Streeter to host swede fest™ palm beach on July 27th!

THE LATEST NEWS!

  • Leslie Streeter, entertainment columnist for The Palm Beach Post, will emcee swede fest™ palm beach’s big shindig on Friday, July 27, 2012.
  • The films reserved for sweding now include 21, 8 MILE, ANNIE, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, CLUELESS, DARK KNIGHT, DRAG ME TO HELL, FOOTLOOSE, GHOSTBUSTERS, HARRY POTTER, HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE, I AM (A) LEGEND, JUNO, MEAN GIRLS, MEDEA’S FAMILY REUNION, MEN IN BLACK, PROJECT X, SALT, SCARFACE, SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS, THE MATRIX, THE NOTEBOOK, THINK LIKE A MAN, TITANIC,  and TRAINSPOTTING.

Ever entertained the dream of being the next Steven Spielberg? The next QuentinTarantino? The next Ed Wood? Have we got an opportunity for you…whether you have mad skills or none at all, swede fest™ palm beach is the showcase for your shorts (that’s film-speak for a non-feature-length movie).

 

What is a sweded film, man?

Coined by the characters in the 2008 comedy, Be Kind Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, laughably awful remake of a hit film using found objects; handheld camera work; amateur actors like your mom, your brother, or your dog; and a huge dose of hubris (look it up). The result should be 3 minutes (or less) of creative license with the source material that would make the original director laugh and cringe all at the same time.

Here’s an “schwinging” example of the art of the swede…

Swede: Wayne’s World from Swede Fest Tampa Bay on Vimeo.

 

SUBMISSION DATES:  Submit your swede April 1 through July 13, 2012

SWEDE FEST DATE:     Friday, July 27, 2012

WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center for The Performing Arts
4801 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
(just west of I-95 and Military Trail, on the north side)

COST: It’s free to enter your film

CATEGORIES | AWARDS:

  • Student swedes (ages 10 through 17)
  • Adult swedes (ages 18 and up)
  • Sweded Movie Posters (open to all ages)
  • Audience Favorite Awards will be given at the conclusion of the screenings, with a very special swede fest™ palm beach trophy.

Brought to you by Midtown, which is obviously much hipper than you thought.

 

 

 

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