The Terminator swede

The Terminator swede

Swede Fest Palm Beach: Fast, cheap and out of control
At this film festival, the movies were made to be bad

By Phillip Valys
Sun Sentinel
August 3, 2012

Remember this classic scene from “The Terminator”?

A big, bad cybernetic organism, played by someone who looks like ex-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, plows a police cruiser through the front entrance of a police station in the dead of night. As the Terminator climbs out of the car, the actor transforms into a musclebound action figure. The plastic Arnie totters to the front door, storms inside and aims a sawed-off, bright-orange Nerf shotgun at a uniformed officer, who, grinning dumbly, yelps, “Huh?” as the Terminator blasts him through the chest, sending the cop and his plastic Solo cup flying.

Meanwhile, a detective with mud smeared across his face, and wearing a sign that reads, “Because we couldn’t find a black guy for this character,” bursts into a room occupied by Sarah Connor, the Terminator’s target. Read the rest


Swede Fest Palm Beach features movies so bad they’re good
By Isadora Rangel
TC Palm
/Treasure Coast Newspapers
Friday, August 3, 2012

When wannabe filmmakers shoot their version of Hollywood movies they love, the results can be laughably bad.

Swede Fest Palm Beach celebrates just that.

The festival happening Aug. 3 is dedicated to swedes: no-budget remakes of popular movies created by the public and that are up to three minutes long. More than 40 videos were submitted to the competition, sponsored by Digital Domain, and several came from the Treasure Coast.

Entries were open to anyone, from professional filmmakers to film buffs. And the worse the swedes are, the better. Poorly-designed costumes, far-fetched acting, toys used as props and sets made out of cardboard are all part of the fun. Read the rest


The Terminator. Sweded.
The Terminator. Sweded.

Swede Fest Palm Beach Remakes Your Favorite Films on Friday, August 3

by County Grind
The New Times
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Remember Be Kind, Rewind? Most people don’t because most people didn’t actually see the movie. A 2008 box-office bomb that barely recouped half of its exorbitant budget, Michel Gondry’s comedy told the tale of a video store employee and his klutzy friend who inadvertently erase the content of every VHS tape in the shop. This prompts the cinephilic duo to remake all of the famous films in single takes, without a budget, creating a phenomenon in their town.

Taken from the film’s parlance, the term for a short, penniless, laughably bad remake is known as a “swede.” This word and concept inspired a festival of outrageously questionable remakes right here in South Florida, Swede Fest Palm Beach. Their tag line is “bad movies by good people.”

Truncated “cover movies” have been around longer than 2008, of course, and sketch-comedy series have parodied hit films. In the late ’80s, a then-unknown comedian named Ben Stiller created a five-minute parody of The Color of Money that went viral before things could even go viral. Read the rest


Jaws, the swede

Jaws, the swede

Swede Fest Palm Beach: Bad films by good people

By Janis Fontaine
Palm Beach Post
Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Something fascinating in film is happening in Palm Beach Gardens Friday. It’s the first ever swede fest Palm Beach, a film festival of an amusing sort.

Dozens of amateur filmmakers made short films based on feature films — called swedes — and submitted them for the festival. This year’s swede fest Palm Beach benefited from a partnership with Port St. Lucie’s Digital Domain Media Group, the mothership of the Academy Award-winning Digital Domain Productions, Tradition Studios and the Digital Domain Institute, a cutting-edge special effects school offering classes in West Palm Beach. Together DDMG’s branches educate, create and produce some of the world’s most stunning entertainment and marketing digital imagery. Representatives from the Digital Domain used their technical expertise to get all the films ready to go. Read the rest


The swede of Old School
The swede of Old School

Aspiring filmmakers show off their stuff on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens
By Bill DiPaolo
Palm Beach Post
Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Two dozen parodies of blockbuster films such as The Hunger Games and Million Dollar Baby made by local filmmakers are scheduled for showing at Friday’s swede*fest at the Borland Center at Midtown.

“We have a vibrant film community here. We want to bring them out,” said Belle Forino, marketing coordinator for Mainstreet at Midtown, the sponsor of the event.

Sweding, the term for short, no-budget, laughable remakes of hit films, comes from the 2008 movie film Be Kind Rewind starring Danny Glover and Jack Black. Glover’s character and his pals struggle to stop the demolition of his VHS rental store to make way for high-end development. Films that were erased and recreated in Glover’s video shop are referred to as having been sweded. Read the rest


The Hunger Games swede

The Hunger Games swede

It’s cheap! It’s cheesy! It’s homemade movie classics!
By Leslie Gray Streeter
Palm Beach Post
Staff Writer
Monday, July 30, 2012

You may have seen the recent big-screen, star-studded, multimillion-dollar film The Hunger Games. But you haven’t seen the saga of Katniss, Peeta and the citizens of Panem until you’ve witnessed the no-budget, no-star, three-minute version by 18-year-old Nicole Rankin.

Wait a minute. She’ll dig it off of her hard drive.

Rankin’s cheeky take on the film will be on display Friday night at Swede Fest Palm Beach, “a grassroots amateur film festival” whose entrants are all short, DIY versions of big-screen movies.

“It’s a popular movie, and I really like it, but I wanted to do something that was more fun, with my own little ideas in it,” says director/star/writer/casting director Rankin, of Palm City. Read the rest



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