Fresno’s Swede Fest held its 14th installment over the weekend at the Tower Theatre and audiences were treated to some of the best entries of the festival’s run.
The close-to-30 short film parodies offer some interesting interpretations of what it means to “swede.” Some stick with the tried-and-true cardboard- and duct-tape, lo-fi aesthetic, while others embrace digital technology as a tool for the form.
While, it would be against Swede Fest ideals to judge the films, the Beehive has taken to offering its best-of-the-fest with the Swedies.
All judging for this year’s awards was done by me, based on categories I chose and my knowledge of the form. Winners receive their names in this post (and forever in Google search) and the knowledge that they left me totally inspired.
Organizers of Fresno’s Swede Fest have opened submissions for the fourteenth edition of the low- or no-budget parody film festival, taking place 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Tower Theatre.
The announcement comes just in time for Halloween, which means you may have your costuming done. That’s two birds with one stone.
For consideration in the festival, films must be no longer than four minutes and suitable for all ages and entered by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 17.
Swede Fest, is an internationally known festival loosely based on Michael Gondry’s 2008 film “Be Kind Rewind,” and spawned several satellite festivals on the East Coast. A “sweded” film is a summarized recreation of a popular movie. It takes the best (and often the worst) of Hollywood and combines it with the creativity and ingenuity of the biggest film fans. The results can be epic, as in the case of Dumb Drum’s series of scene-for-scene movie-trailer recreations.
Swede Fest’s held its 13th installment last weekend at the Tower Theatre. While the semi-annual celebration of sweded films has never been keen on actual judging (it would pretty much go against everything the festival stands for), The Beehive has made it habit to hand out awards for what we see as the best of the fest.
And the Oscar for best scream in a “Godzilla” promotional video goes to … Aileen Imperatrice.
She was one of a bunch of folks who showed up at the Fulton Mall a few weeks ago to help the Dumb Drum team put together a video for Legendary Pictures, the studio behind the new “Godzilla” film. The video is being used for a fan contest.
The Dumb Drum offering is on the landing page of the studio’s Godzilla Alert site. (Scroll to bottom.)
I like the “Brady Bunch” style montage near the end. That’s when you get to see Aileen, lower right corner. She really does look like Godzilla is finding a shortcut way to opening the Fulton Mall to traffic.
Come on, admit it. You have always had, tucked deep down in that place we keep our most primal movie desires, the wish to be in a crowd scene screaming your head off as you run away from Godzilla.
You’ll get that chance Sunday on the Fulton Mall. Roque Rodriguez of Fresno’s famed Dumb Drum writes:
We were contacted by Legendary Pictures (the studio behind the new “Godzilla” film opening in May) to help create a promotional video for an upcoming fan contest. We need as many people as we can get to pretend like they’re running from Godzilla on the Fulton Mall outside the Pacific Southwest Building this Sunday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. There’s no pay, but this is chance to be in a fun video that will be promoted online by Legendary Pictures. Come prepared to run!
I wonder how Godzilla feels about opening the mall to traffic? Perhaps that’s his acting motivation for a rampage.
You have right around two months to put an entry together before the deadline, 11:59 p.m. May 12, but the first 20 entries get screened, so there’s benefit in getting yours in early. Films must be under 4 minutes suitable for all ages. Submission is free and open to the public (film makers of all ages are encouraged).
We have written before about the viral success of Dumb Drum’s “Pacific Rim” trailer swede — How it was seen by director Guillermo Del Toro, mentioned specifically in his panel at Wondercon and earned the Fresno filmmakers tickets to the film’s premiere, July 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Now Brodiemash, aka Roque Rodriguez, aka one of the guys behind Dumb Drum (and the Fresno Swede Fest), tells the full story, in his own words on a post over at Reddit. It’s a touching read that captures the “oh-my-God-this-isn’t-really-happening-is-it?” feeling these guys must be having. Go over and read it and maybe give it an upvote while you’re there.
Then, watch the side-by-side trailer comparison below.
On a Swede Fest note: Organizers Bryan Harley and Roque Rodriguez say Sunday’s event, its first at Tower Theatre, drew 500 people, which is a good crowd for the Tower, which seats about 761. Other swedes from the festival should be up today. Check swedefest.com.
Much like YouTube, anybody can upload content to Gotta Love Fresno. Unlike YouTube, the folks behind Gotta Love Fresno invested in our local Internet community, commissioning new, original shows from some faces you’re probably familiar with. (Because it needs to be said: Kudos to Comcast to shelling out some money and getting behind some proven voices, instead of just recycling content.)
Gotta Love Fresno has three clip-style shows that’ll have new episodes weekly:
The Fresno interwebs patted itself on the back last night at the second annual Frebby Awards, held at Fulton 55.
I’m proud to say that I was among the winners for my work here on The Beehive, so thanks to everybody who reads all my “information.” As a whole, the Fresno blogosphere was well represented among the winners. Here’s the list:
There’s a long list of honorable mentions you can see at The Daily Dues. Congrats to everyone.
Now that all that award stuff is out of the way, I need to say something about the videos. They were great — my favorite part of the Frebbys. The wonderful intro video (see above) was made by Windsong Productions and stars Frebby host Zara Arboleda of CBS 47. Each category had an intro video, created by folks like Dumb Drum and Dead in 60 Years — and those were quite entertaining. Some of them are below for your enjoyment.
Our post last week on Taco Bell’s Doritos Loco taco — which Fresno is currently a test market for — proved one thing: People definitely have opinions on this dusty orange taco concoction. So we knew what our next step had to be: assemble a panel of taste-testers from the local blogging community and put the whole thing on video.
Three afterthoughts: It’s nice to see City Hall tapping into the blogosphere (more on that later), the Mayor is a pretty good actress and we need more of Mr. Fitness on the Fresno Internets immediately.
The Cross Streets guys are back with a new installment of their funny web series — this time exploring the ugly eyecare building, drive-thru Domino’s and hobo ninjas that you’ll find at the corner of Herndon and Blackstone. Warning: Language NSFW.
As a whole, people have donated $1,725, a good chunk of the festival’s $2,500 goal. Personally, I’ve got 13 donors who applied for my incentive program, totaling $700. You guys all rock! (Reminder: You gotta send me your donation confirmation to get your gift).
Here’s the first wave of rewards for donors. I haven’t gotten to everybody yet, but please be patient. More are coming soon. And if you want to donate, you can get something fun too!
The guys from The Dumb Drum are back with another installment of their most hilarious Cross Streets series, in which they examine various local intersections. For this one, they head downtown to Divisadero and Fulton. I had an actual LOL moment in this one.
If you’ve never been to a Tweetup before, it’s basically just a real-life meeting of Twitter users. We’ll all gather in one area of the ballpark and watch Thursday’s Grizzlies game. There are specially discounted $5 tickets that include your first beer (it’s Thirsty Thursday!). But you have to RSVP with The Grizzlies on Twitter to get the special ticket price.
If you’re more into trying to win tickets, there’s a little bit of that happening too.
On more important note: The Tweetup starts at 6 p.m., when the gates open and the beer sales start. So get there early and avoid the $1 beer lines. You also want to make sure you don’t miss @ImJmi throwing out the first pitch.
Here’s the latest, hilarious installment of Cross Streets, by the Dumb Drum guys. Hands down, it’s the best video series on the Fresno Internets. This time, they head out to my ‘hood: Sunnyside. Oh, and remember they got their Swede Fest coming up this weekend.
Not mentioned: I heard there’s gonna be a Wing Stop over there soon. That’s worth a man-hug, methinks.
Dumb Drum’s Cross Streets series is easily one of the best things on the Interwebs of Fresno. Brodiemash and Bryan are back with their third installment, this time covering all 360 degrees of The Belmont Loop. If you missed the first two Cross Streets installments, you can see them here.
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Tired of Top 40 club nights? Give Meatball Magic a try. Tonight is actually its five-year anniversary (congrats!) of playing indie, electro, new wave and more bi-weekly at The Red Lantern. If that’s not a good enough reason, how often do you party at Belmont and Maple?
The Dumb Drum’s “Cross Streets” video series is back with a second hilarious installment. There is a lot of amazing stuff happeing around the Fresno blogsophere right now, and these videos rank right near the top. I like this new one so much, I’m making a rare Saturday post. Enjoy. (Warning: Language NSFW)
I don’t think we posted the first “Cross Streets” video about First & Shields, so here it is:
Once again, The Beehive is proud to host The Swedies, the Fresno sweding community’s most prestigious award ceremony.
There were many great entries into this past Saturday’s Swede Fest 4, which made these picks especially hard. We wish to applaud everybody who participated, but also want to point out some exceptional Swedes and Sweders.
Just like last years, the winners get their names in a Beehive post. Congratulations.
- Best Picture: “No Country for Old Swedes” - Best Actor: James McLane, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and Parker “The Swedelot.” (tie) - Best Actress: Heidi Harian, “Stealing Magnolias.” - Best Supporting Actor: John Rios, “No Country for Old Swedes.” - Best Supporting Actress: Whitney Grover, “Blues Brothers.” - Best Director: “Titanic,” Kevin Searchy - Best Cinematography: “Once Upon A Time in the Old West,” Vince Cosentino. - Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Swedelot,” The Fresno Grizzlies - Best Original Screenplay: “Stealing Magnolias,” Jessica Satori - Best Film Editing: “The Rocketeer,” dumbdrum.com - Best Visual Effects: “The Aviator,” Michael Banti. - Best Costume/Props Design: “The Rocketeer,” dumbdrum.com - Best Documentary: “Balloon Boy,” Michelle Perry and Christy Clover
You can watch all the entries at swedefest.com. Give us your “People’s Choice Awards” in the comments.