And if you think I’m talking about that little college hoops tournament that begins this week, you are mistaken my friends. Instead I am referring to the explosion of independent cinema that rocks the Sunshine State in such a short period of time it will make your head spin. While Ft. Lauderdale still unspools in the Fall from mid-October to mid-November, Florida’s three other major film festivals all open in the month of March for the first time ever. It’s inevitable that there will be at least a small amount of overlap in the programming between Miami, Sarasota, and the upcoming 15th annual Florida Film Festival at Enzian Theater and Regal Winter Park Village beginning next Friday, 3/24, but each of us is unique and has its own special attributes.
If you don’t have the luxury of taking a few weeks off in a row, travelling around the state, and watching great movies until your eyes bleed, I urge you to at least check out the event that’s closest geographically and take part in what will inevitably be a very special experience. And if you have the benefit of living in Central Florida or are looking for a great reason to come visit the Orlando suburbs, you will not want to miss what we have in store for this year’s Florida Film Festival–141 films from 18 countries, 108 of them making at least a Florida Premiere; 18 World, U.S., or North American Premieres, 45 East Coast Premieres, and 22 films having their 2nd U.S. showings; free panels, hot parties, tons of surprises, and the one and only John Waters. From family films to midnight movies and everything in between, it’s guaranteed we have something you’re gonna need to see…and I hope you come talk to me about it afterwards!