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Swede Fest Palm Beach Will Feature Hilariously Bad Spoofs All Your Favorite Hollywood Movies. You Ready?

Film buffs with an appreciation for movies but a short attention span are sure to appreciate the fourth annual swede fest, where the stars are humorous, no-budget flicks that are no more than three minutes long.

The festival, which essentially spoofs Hollywood blockbusters, will kick of at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Palm Beaches Theatre. This year’s event will feature remakes of classics like "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and "The Sound of Music,” as well as more recent favorites like “Into the Woods,” “Jurassic World” and “Frozen.”  

But don’t worry, you won’t be forced to watch multiple versions of the same movie.

“There is only one swede per film title, so no one will be stuck watching three remakes of ‘Mad Max’ (God help us all),” a press release reassures readers. 

According to Elizabeth Dashiell, vice president of the Palm Beach Film Society and volunteer organizer of the event, the clips are created by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County. The creatives behind the flicks come from a broad range of professions, including teachers, students, copywriters and global corporate executives.

“The nature of the event is for anyone from any walk of life with a recording device and imagination to be able to spoof a Hollywood hit,” Dashiell said. “Many of the filmmakers have non-creative jobs in their daily lives and I've noticed that they seem to turn out the most over-the-top swedes.”

All the films will be showcased in under two hours, and audience members will be able to vote on the best/worst film. The winner will receive a stay at Crane’s Beach House in Delray Beach (and bragging rights, of course). 

So, what can viewers expect? In short, eccentric films filled with laughable moments. 

Case in point: Dashiell said she vividly remembers a swede of the scene from “Ghost.” Instead of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze at the pottery wheel, the filmmaker’s version featured two adults in life-sized Lego costumes

“The fun of gathering some friends, brainstorming about their favorite film and how to make it zany seems to be what brings people together for it,” Dashiell said. “Seeing the wild creativity always seems to spark the imagination in others.”

Seating at the fest is limited to the first 200 ticket-buyers. Tickets can be purchased for $13 in advance at eventbrite.com or for $15 at the door.

Check out which other films will be represented at this year's festival: Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado, Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Bueller​’s Day Off, Jurassic World, Castaway, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, The Fast and the Furious, and Mockingjay Part 1.​

The Palm Beaches Theatre; 262 South Ocean Blvd.; Manalapan


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