Looks like the recently concluded Florida Film Festival helped whet the appetite for independent cinema in Central Florida judging from the past weekend’s numbers for both THE BAND’S VISIT and the April edition of FilmSlam. The gentle Israeli/Egyptian comedy had a huge opening weekend, an unusual occurrence coming on the heels of the film festival where local audiences have traditionally shown a post-festival “burn-out” factor with foreign films and skewed a bit more commercial with their filmgoing. What a pleasant surprise!
And what a showing for April’s FilmSlam, the monthly program consisting of Florida-made shorts competing for a spot in the end-of-the-year’s Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase. A record 166 tickets were sold for Sunday afternoon’s offerings, the most in the history of the event (and certainly the most in the last 16 months that Enzian has served as its home). So congratulations to all of the filmmakers and community supporters, as well as FilmSlam producer John Thiesen–obviously everyone’s efforts to make this a vital part of the Orlando indie film scene are paying off.
So let’s not forget April’s winners. First place (and that automatic bye into Brouhaha, time permitting) went to Art D’Alessandro’s THE MESS, a story about a man freaking out who fails to see the bigger picture. Second place went to Bill Clar and Donald Lee’s FINAL TOLL, a two-girls-in-a-cemetery story, while Banks Helfrich’s music video, POOCH SMOOCH, took third in the audience voting.
Mark your calendars now for FilmSlam # 5, Sunday, May 11 at 1:00 PM. Yes, it’s Mothers Day, so bring Mom after you take her to breakfast or before you take her to brunch or dinner. Or better yet, treat her to some of Enzian’s gourmet offerings and have a delicious lunch at the theater.