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C’mon, Buy Your Tickets Already: Update

C’mon, Buy Your Tickets Already: Update

Swede fest palm beach 5 posterHey there; you can buy your swede fest™ palm beach 5 tickets online now on our — wait for it – Buy Tickets page. We also should let you know what film titles have been claimed. While you’ve been procrastinating, your more-together peers have snaked you:

  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Forrest Gump
  • Ghostbusters
  • Jurassic World
  • Labyrinth
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • The Great Debators
  • The Martian
  • Willy Wonka

As a gentle reminder, here are the bare basics: We’re celebrating a half-decade of comically bad remakes of Hollywood hits at the Kelsey Theater, located at 700 Park Avenue in Lake Park on October 15, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with an entertainment-packed after party next door at the Brewhouse Gallery. In case you’ve forgotten…

WHAT’S A “SWEDE?” Based on the movie, “Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious 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.

Picture “Twister” filmed using balled up paper towels; “The Fast and the Furious” reenacted using children’s Big Wheels – these are only a few examples of the hundreds of films submitted over the past four years. Perfect “short-attention-span theater,” each film is maxed out at 3 minutes, meaning that as “so-bad-it’s-good” as the film may be, another one is soon to appear. The audience votes on the best/worst film made, which could win bragging rights for the future (or not) filmmaker, and special prizes for overall epic-ness.

It is completely free to enter a swede, and selected films will receive a complimentary ticket for its director. Admission to the fest for the rest of you mere mortals is $12 per person in advance, or $15 at the door.

RULES TO ENTER All films must be rated PG-13 AND UNDER 3 MINUTES (so keep it clean and keep it short)! Also, there is only one swede per film title, so no one will be stuck watching three remakes of X-Men Apocalypse (God help us all). Claim your title by emailing to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by September 30. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page.

The event is completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth Dashiell during working hours at 561-543-8276 to learn about the many ways they can gain shameless amounts of exposure to hundreds of all-ages residents. Swede fest™ palm beach 5 is sponsored in-kind by the Brewhouse GalleryPalm Beach Film Society and the Alchemy Communications Group.

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Only 15 Tickets Left (and maybe not even that by the time you read this)

Only 15 Tickets Left (and maybe not even that by the time you read this)

Swede fest Palm Beach 4Attention swede fest™ palm beach 4 fans!

Pre-sale Eventbrite purchases end at midnight, Friday October 9 — that’s TONIGHT! If you haven’t purchased your tickets by then, be prepared to bring $15 cash to the door.

If you already have your tickets, swanky. You’ll be hanging with us at The Palm Beaches Theatre in Plaza del Mar on Manalapan this Saturday, October 10.

Lobby doors open at 6:30 for “red carpet”(it’s in quotes for a reason) arrival and ticket pick-up. There will be beverages and snacks available for purchase. Be sure to wear your best directorial and/or diva duds for the photo op and attending media.

Showtime at 7:30 pm and an after party takes place in the plaza at Basil’s Bar and Italian Restaurant with discounted drinks and eats for anyone showing a swede fest™ palm beach 4 ticket stub. We’re looking forward to a great night of bad films, and a PACKED house!

See you on the red carpet!

Ad for your reading pleasure, check out all the media attention SFPB4 has garnered:

THE PALM BEACH POST…

Palm Beach’s Swedefest profiles best in amateur, low-budget filmmaking

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

By Leslie Gray Streeter – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Big budget movies make the impossible look real. Swedes are ultra, ultra low-budget movies that are impossibly — and lovingly — cheesy-looking.

Thus is the charm of Swedefest, the local film festival now in its fourth year of celebrating the art of turning blockbuster productions into homemade works that proudly display not only their creators’ complete lack of budget and, perhaps, actual filmmaking skill, but also a lot of love.

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SOUTH FLORIDA.COM…

Swede Fest Palm Beach 4

Swede Fest Palm Beach 4

7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, The Palm Beaches Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, $12.65-$15; 561-282-4623 or SwedeFestPalmBeach.com.

Know that every film screened at Swede Fest qualifies as a horrible, no good, very bad remake of a hit Hollywood movie. So why recommend a so-called Swede, a term inspired by the 2008 Jack Black comedy “Be Kind, Rewind” to describe a three-minute, shoestring-budget sendup of a favorite film? Answer: the shorts are intentionally horrible, no good, very bad. They’re also funny, with previous swedes lampooning “The Dark Knight” as re-enacted with giant Lego figures; and the biblical epic “Noah,” shot entirely at a community swimming pool.

The blockbusters claimed for this year’s swede treatment (parental caution: all films are PG-13) include “Frozen,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Aliens,” “Jurassic World,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Star Wars.” We hope that last one offers zero references to Jar Jar.

 

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Cult Film Festival: swede fest palm beach 4

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Cult Film Festival: swede fest palm beach 4Audiences looking for the chance to see local filmmakers take a bite out of Tinseltown can purchase their tickets now for the #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is back and even “sweder” with the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society producing the underground hit event.

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Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Swede fest Palm Beach 4So, it’s on. The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4, and this year it’s even “sweder”! Why? Because it’s going underground, the way it all started. Following three sold-out years, swede fest™ palm beach 4 is happening thanks to the passion (read: possible insanity) of local fans who agreed to take it over from its original producer, Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The underground event showcases laughably bad, 3-minute remakes of Hollywood hits made by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County.  This year’s showcase of bad films made by good people is presented by the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society on October 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Palm Beaches Theatre, located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan.

We have 17 film titles claimed already; we’ll only be screening a total of 20 films that night, so you need to bring your best game there, Skippy. They are, in no particular order…

Inside Out
Avengers/Thor
Into the Woods
Frozen
Pugnado (yes, that would be Sharknado with pugs)
Cars
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight
Goonies
Sound of Music
Dawn of the Dead
Harvey
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Jurassic World
Castaway
Alien
Zoolander

What’s a swede? Based on the movie, “Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious 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. Picture “Twister” filmed using balled up paper towels; the pottery scene from “Ghost” reenacted by giant Lego figures; or “Noah” filmed inside a community pool with a cast of teenagers – these are only a few examples of the more than fifty films submitted last year. Perfect “short attention span theater,” each film is maxed out at 3 minutes, meaning that as “so-bad-it’s-good” as the film may be, another one is soon to appear.

The audience votes on the best/worst film made, which could win bragging rights for the future (or not) filmmaker, and a special grand prize. Additional award prizes will also be given for overall epic-ness. Even if you don’t have a film submitted, seeing the filmmakers dressed in their versions of “Hollywood bizarre” is worth the admission price, which is a mere $13 per person in advance, or $15 at the door.

All films must be rated PG-13. Also, there is only one swede per film title, so no one will be stuck watching three remakes of “Mad Max” (God help us all). Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by September 30. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page, and rules and details are located on this website. The event is now completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth during working hours at 561-543-8276 to learn about the many ways they can gain shameless amounts of exposure to hundreds of all-ages residents. Swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society, and Alchemy Communications Group.

 

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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:

BEST USE OF A LAZY DOG:  Insidious
MOST ABUNDANT USE OF HEINZ KETCHUP:  Swe7en
BEST LOOKING SHORTS WE’VE EVER SEEN ON AN ACTOR:  Rocky 3
GREATEST AMOUNT OF PROPS WE’VE EVER SEEN IN A SWEDE: Goonies

Clever girl...you 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:

ACT 1

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

ACT 2
5. Specific Rim by Brett Weiner
6. Pulp Fiction by Arden Jurskis
7. Swe7en by Mike Gomez
8. Robocop by Jason Galotti

ACT 3
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

ACT 4
13. The Goonies by Nick Crisafi
14. Catching Fire by Nicole Rankin
15. The Shining by Meg Mufson
16. Office Space by Richard Palacios

ACT 5
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

ACT 6
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

 

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So Close You Can Almost…

So Close You Can Almost…
basic instinct swede 2014

A scene from the "Basic Instinct" swede. Note the amazing resemblance between the actor and Sharon Stone.

We’d say “taste” it, but taste doesn’t really enter into the whole swede aesthetic, now does it?

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3, in case you haven’t noticed, is this Saturday, August 2, 2014. We’ve had some great coverage in the media, which we’ve posted to the SFPB Facebook page: the Sun-Sentinel, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Weekly — just in the last few days. We’re telling you, it’s going to be quite the hoot.

Assuming you haven’t already rushed out and bought your tickets, we must mention that a sellout is imminent, so better get it in gear. Buy your tickets right here, right now.

So, the final roster of swedes goes like this — in no particular order, so do not assume anything about which will play in the theatre, and which will entertain you in the lobby…

pee-wee 2014

The “Tequila” scene from “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Dig those kinky boots.

Jurassic Park, Insidious, To Have & Have Not, The Big Lebowski, Specific Rim, Pulp Fiction, Swe7en, Robocop, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Mementos, Rocky 3, Tangled, Office Space, The Goonies, Catching Fire, The Shining, Office Space, JAWS the real ending, Noah, Star Wars, Raising Arizona, The Wolf of Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Frozen, Her, Soul Plane, Spider-man, The Matrix, The Ring Sweded, Toy Story, Godzilla, How to Swede Your Dragon, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Swedes, and Percy Jackson.

Our evening’s emcees are the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s improv performers Wally Lurz, Krys Parker, Trent Stephens and Zach Myers, who will “swede the swede” with their own version of the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind, as well as amusing interactions with the audience (with no swears or other inappropriate references, to the relief of parents everywhere).

catching fire 2014

Someone really likes Katniss Everdeen...yes, we're looking at YOU, Nicole Rankin.

Swede fest™ palm beach 3, sponsored by JFK Medical Center, rolls out the red carpet  at the Borland Center of Performing Arts in Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens at 5:30 PM, and the swedes start rolling at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 cash only at the door (if we have any tickets left).

Viva los amareurs! (that’s our nod to European-sounding stuff)

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Many thanks to Gainsville’s Mr. Tom Petty for the lyric we stole to make that kinda trite headline.

2014 swede "Mementos"

A still from Jacek Gancarz's swede "Mementos", NOT starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano

So, the swedes are in. Lots o’ swedes. Lots of good, lots of bad, lots in between. We’re doing our jobs going through all of the footage; have you done yours?

Because your only job, at this point, is to buy your tickets. Oh, and VIP tickets are all sold out. None left. Nada. Nein. Non. Just General Admission advance tickets for $8 bucks. And we highly recommend you buy them online and in advance. IF (and that’s a big if, people) we have any left the night of the show, they will be $9, cash only.

And do you really want to get all snazzied up, drive to Palm Beach Gardens, stand in line with your crumpled Abe and four Washingtons, only to find out YOU CAN’T COME IN?? The walk of shame back to your car will be sort of embarrassing.

You’ll be missing out on the potent bevvies from Potions in Motion, music by DJ Sean Hennessey, the big screen in the lobby looping the swedes that didn’t make the finals, and our fab step-and-repeat with photographer John Sessa, who will capture you in all your cinematic drag..

We still need some volunteers, for you intrepid souls who like to be helpful, get in free, and hang out with the cool folks who organize this madness. Email Belle Forino at bforino@ramrealestate.com if you’re feeling all interested.

Details, details…

swede fest™palm beach 3

  • Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • The Borland Center for Performing Arts on Mainstreet at Midtown, 4801 PGA Boulevard
  • Doors open at 5:30 PM so you can pick up your WILL CALL tickets and enjoy the lobby ambiance
  • VIP ticket holders enter the theater at 6:25 PM
  • GA ticket holders enter the theater at 6:40 PM
  • Festival starts at 7:00 PM
  • Theater doors close at 7:05 PM
  • Once you enter the theater, you will pick up a program, voting card, and pencil, then find your seat. Due to the sell-out crowd, please do not leave gaps in the rows. We’ll ask you to scoot over as the theater fills up, and all the heavy sighing is unnecessary. We’re one big sweding family.

As always, swede fest™palm beach 3 is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown, because they’re just cool that way.

 

 

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