(PRESS RELEASE)_LAKE PARK, Fla. (October 10, 2021) James Bond meets Squid Game, a plastic toy replaces the T-Rex of Jurassic World, and The Breakfast Club gets a modern makeover – these are a few of the creatively awful filmmaking decisions in this year’s swede fest palm beachTM 7 (the Se7en Deadly Swedes). The film festival celebrating bad remakes of Hollywood hits by amateur filmmakers takes place at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park. This year’s showcase of ‘bad films made by good people’ is presented by the Palm Beach Film Society on October 24, 2021 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm(ish) at 700 Park Avenue, Lake Park. “Where the Heck is the Red Carpet” walk starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are limited and on-sale now at lakeparkblackbox.com.
But what is 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 in past 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 a special grand prize. Additional award prizes will also be given for overall epic-ness from Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach and Jupiter Dolphin Tours, South Florida Science Center, Palm Beach Zoo, Best Western Hotel WPB, Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham, as well as gift certificates. The evening event will once again be emceed by the hilarious improv group Cheese & Crackers. “Directors” and audience members are invited to dress up in their version of “Hollywood” for a stroll down the “Where the Heck is the Red Carpet?” red carpet photo op.
The line-up of swedes this year includes: Se7en, Breakfast Club, Squid Game, Castaway, The Many Masks of Michael (Halloween swede), 50 First Dates, A Quiet Place, Jumanji, Mean Girls, Terminator, Titanic, Jurassic Park World, Mickey Mouse Mafia House, The Empire Lightly Smack Back, Disaster artist, March of the Penguin, Ghostbusters.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at lakeparkblackbox.com. swede fest palm beach™ 7 is sponsored by the Palm Beach Film Society, an anonymous donor, and The Alchemy Group in cultural partnership with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission. For more information and to view past swedes, visit swedefestpalmbeach.com. Link to current “student swedes” and behind the scenes outtakes from this year’s line-up can be accessed via Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y61t2ri45n11pqo/AACCQTx_o-AFtF6iRZB1aQKJa?dl=0
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