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The Swedies: Swede Fest XI awards

SwedeFest11-PosterThough it’s called Swede Fest, Fresno’s semi-annual (that mean’s twice a year, right?) celebration of sweded films isn’t judged like many festivals (It’s not judged at all). But being the arbiters of art that we are, we here at The Beehive have taken to handing out awards for what we see as the best of the fest. Swede Fest XI happened last night at a packed Tower Theatre. You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site. Winners receive their names in this post, which they can feel free to link on IMDB.

And the Swedies go to:

  • Best picture:Thelma & Louise.” Nice editing, design, direction and acting. The full package as Swedes go.
  • Best director: Heather McLane, “Clue.” Lots of movement to this one and it was handled well. McLane shows a clear understanding of what a Swede should be.
  • Best actor: Vince Consentino, “Dog Day Afternoon.” Consentino proves that Swedes aren’t just for amateurs.
  • Best actress: Dana Parker-McClain, “Thelma & Louise.” I don’t remember the original movie much, but she sold the character well.
  • Best supporting actor: Brandon Lowe, “Wilfred.” It was more than the costume that made this Swede spot on.
  • Best supporting actress: Vince Consentino, “Dog Day Afternoon.” The guy is versatile.
  • Best writing (adapted screenplay):Scarface.” Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?
  • Best costume design:Whip It.” Cone hats, black turtle-necks and cowboy hats. That about does it.
  • Best special effects:Over the Top.” The opening 20 seconds are what make Swedes so fun to watch.
  • Best use of children or animals:Looper,” w/special recognition to “Thelma & Louise.” No explanations needed, I think.
  • Creepiest use of a mask:Scarface,” w/special recognition to “They Live.” Seriously, WTF??

Responses to "The Swedies: Swede Fest XI awards"

Mike Oz says:

I’m sorry, but any Swede of “Over the Top” without this scene shouldn’t count:

John says:

OMG! I don’t know what to say! I feel like Ben Affleck right now… which means our swede was basically equivalent to Argo. Yep, that’s what I’m taking away from this. ;) Thanks Josh!

Bobbi Rocha says:

I am really surprised that Matrix didn’t get any mention for their really clever “special effects.” I have seen so many attempts that fell flat. We loved Matrix!!!!!!!! You guys did a really awesome job. The swede entries are getting better and better. They were all so good. It was by far, the most entertaining Swedefest we have attended. Can’t wait til the next one :)

Josh Tehee says:

I actually loved what they did with the “Matrix,” and would have included it, but it was not an “official” entry. I think it was from the Orlando Swede Fest.

Heather says:

John was definitely robbed for Best Director, but as the Swedies’ Kathryn Bigelow, I’m not going to complain. Thanks, Josh!

Heather says:

Also want to add: Another great job by Roque and Bryan and all of their volunteers, and thanks to Fresno Filmworks and the Tower Theatre for hosting another wildly successful Swede Fest!

Josh Tehee says:

@Mike Oz. YES! I know. That’s like the only scene in the movie that maters.

@Heather. Agreed that Roque, Bryan and crew pulled off another really awesome event. I hate it because now I feel like a loser for not doing a Swede of my own. I’d say maybe next time, but we know how that works out.

Vince Cosentino says:

Thank you so much for attending and honoring me with a Swedie. Thanks Roque and Bryan for not giving up on putting together these festivals.

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