Swede Fest XII (that’s 12 for those who don’t count in Rocky numerals) happened this weekend at the Tower Theatre. It was a packed house.
While the semi-annual celebration of sweded films isn’t actually judged, The Beehive has made it habit to hand out awards for what we see as the best of the fest. 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 my sincerest admiration (seriously, the efforts are inspiring).
Get our your cardboard and your Flip Cam because Swede Fest 12 is taking place 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Tower Theater. If you don’t know about the festival (which was the first of its kind), here’s a quick summary from the organizers.
Swede Fest gives everyone who participates the unforgettable experience of seeing their work on the big screen. A “sweded” film is a summarized, low-budget recreation of a popular movie, starring you! “Sweding” takes the best and worst movies that come out of Hollywood and combines them with the creativity and ingenuity of their greatest fans.
Entries for the festival are being accepted now through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 4. Film enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to submit. Films must be no longer than four minutes and suitable for all ages.
Fresno’s favorite low- (or no) budget film festival, Swede Fest, returns to the Tower Theatre 6 p.m. May 19. For those not familiar, this is the only film festival dedicated to sweded films. A “sweded” film is a summarized recreation of a Hollywood movie using friends as actors (and directors and camera people). Homemade props and costumes are also encouraged. This will be the festival’s 11th installment.
Before the festival, Fresno Filmworks will present a special screening of “Be Kind Rewind,” the 2008 film that inspired the whole “sweding” movement. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at the Tower Theatre box office or the Filmworks website. Admission to Swede Fest is free.
If you are interest in submitting a film, entries are being accepted through May 13. You have until 11:59 p.m. Films should be under four minutes in length and suitable for all ages. Contact organizers for more information on the event, rules for submission or to see entries from past Swede Fests.
1. ENJOY SPRING WHILE IT LASTS
Since this is Fresno and it could be 100 degrees by next weekend, enjoy our “spring” as long as you can. One thing to do in that vein is Saturday’s Spring Fling — it’s a new party with a Springtini-type approach. There’s food, drinks, a fashion show and live music. Notably: Shiver Fox is playing its first gig back at home since playing SXSW and spending a few months recording in Nashville.
The idea of having to sit through the work of a group of amateur filmmakers seemed like a punishment. Generally, these short projects tend to lack originality as the filmmakers just copy their directing influences or write scripts only they find interesting. The two longer form presentations at the Rogue Film Festival about a suicide attempt and a swede of “Steel Magnolias” do little to dispel those thoughts.
What makes this a must see event are the 12 short political remix films. These satirical snippets take footage from news reports, TV broadcasts and films and twists them into smart and funny political jabs. Its similar to the work Michael Moore was doing when he still had a filmmaking hunger. The shorts touch on topics such as water conservation, oil, war and politics. The filmmakers deliver their political punches with such finesse you won’t see them coming until they slap you in the face.
I’m pretty psyched about Saturday’s Swede Fest. I’ve heard a couple secrets about swedes that will be screened. I’m not going to leak those, because it’s all meant to be a surprise — but let me just say, this sounds like the most awesome Swede Fest yet.
You might have even seen Fresno’s Swede heroes, Brodiemash and Bryan, on KMPH’s “Great Day” this morning. Hopefully there’s a big turnout for this Fresno original.
The Beehive, of course, wants you to be at the Swede Fest on Saturday, so we’re trying to hook you up with a chance to get in for free. Details and official rules after the jump …
It’s the event that the Fresno Swede community has been waiting for — The Beehive’s Swedies. OK, that’s a total lie. You didn’t even know we were doing these awards. But we just thought it sounded cooler if we said everyone was waiting.
- Best Picture: “La Bamba — Sweded,” by Vince Cosentino - Best Actor: Will Albritton, “A Few Swede Men” - Best Actress: Brittany Stapleton, “Interview With a Vampire Sweded” - Best Supporting Actor: Jimmy Cosentino, “La Bamba — Sweded.” - Best Supporting Actress: Whoever was Donna in “La Bamba” - Best Director: Bryan Harley, “Signs (Sweded)” - Best Cinematography: Roque Rodriguez, “The Fast & The Furious (Sweded)” - Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay: “A Few Swede Men,” Josh & Will Are Idiots. - Best Writing – Original Screenplay: Travis Sheridan, “The Office: Swine Flu.” - Best Film Editing: Roque Rodriguez, “A Few Swede Men” - Best Visual Effects: Travis Sheridan, “The Office: Swine Flu.” - Best Costume Design: “Signs (Sweded)”
Feel free to give your own “people’s choice awards” in the comments after watching the films below.
Meanwhile, in another always-populartopicaround here –here’s some details on the next Fresno Swede Festival. If you want to learn everything there is to know about Swedes, go see festival hosts The Dumb for a tutorial.