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”

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 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.

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

“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