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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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‘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.”

Desperado-1995

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 bforino@ramrealestate.com.

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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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We Recommend Reservations

We Recommend Reservations
Would you want to play Woody?

Would you want to play Woody?

The emails are streaming in for SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH 3, and we have absolutely no reservations about prompting you to call make a reservation. Here’s what your fellow filmmakers have already reserved for their swedes:

  • Toy Story
  • Casablanca
  • Raising Arizona
  • Tremors
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim, in case you didn’t figure that out)
  • Twilight
  • War of the Worlds
  • Mean Girls
  • White Chicks
  • Desperado-Robocop Sweded
  • Castaway
  • Rocky III

With just over 3 months left to submit, that’s already 12 films under wraps and unavailable to swede. If you don’t want another director to swipe your scene, email us now at info@swedefestpalmbeach.com and include the following information:

  • swede FILM TITLE
  • Your full name
  • Your age
  • Your email address
  • Your city
  • Whether you have submitted a swede before (Y/N)
  • Name for the free ticket if your film is selected in the theatre (More than one director? Rock, paper, scissors is recommended for who gets the freebie.)

The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 9 at 11:59 PM. After you submit your stroke of genius, start gathering your garb because you’ll walk the red carpet at 7PM on Saturday, August 2. This festive festival of films will once again be held at The Borland Center for Performing Arts.

We’ll keep you inundated with additional info throughout this entire production, as well as continue to provide reservation updates. If you’d like to be a part of the action, call dibs now. After all, there’s not too much in Hollywood that’s free, people.

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