October is Enzian’s “Membership Month” and the days have been filled with an amazing array of terrific films and events for both regular and special programming to help shine the spotlight on the Enzian Film Society and our non-profit status. From OUTSOURCED for the South Asian Film Festival to THE VIOLIN for the UCF Latin American Cultural Festival of Orlando to FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO and three others for the Gay Orlando Film Festival. Free outdoor screenings of GHOSTBUSTERS for Popcorn Flicks and a last minute THE 11th HOUR as part of the 2007 Florida Renewable Energy Expo, as well as a forthcoming Halloween Eve ARMY OF DARKNESS on 10/30 as part of the Sundance Channel Film Series. Theatrical runs of IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON into KING OF CALIFORNIA into Enzian’s current presentation, Ang Lee’s LUST, CAUTION. And our special Membership Month events including “Damn the Man! Save Enzian!” with its outdoor music festival, BBQ and beer, and screening of EMPIRE RECORDS, along with the “Chocolate, CHOCOLAT & Wine” happening including (you guessed it) gourmet chocolate, fine wine, and a screening of Lasse Hallstrom’s multiple Oscar-nominated CHOCOLAT.
This Saturday, 10/27 at 12 noon, marks the third and final shindig in honor of Membership Month, as Enzian salutes the art of guerilla filmmaking with a special panel discussion and screening of John Waters’ “personal” comedy, CECIL B. DEMENTED. Panelists include John Thiesen (Interlude Films, FilmSlam), Jason Liquori (Hocus Pocus Productions), Steven Shea (Abyssmal Entertainment), and Tim Anderson (Sin-A-Rama Films), and it promises to be a lively exchange of ideas and war stories. And what could be more appropriate than following the discussion with FFF honoree John Waters’ insane action-comedy about a young indie director (Stephen Dorff) and his loyal cult of film fanatics who declare war on bad cinema by kidnapping an A-list Hollywood movie queen (Melanie Griffith) and forcing her to star in their underground film. Once again, admission is free to this fantastic event for all current members of the Enzian Film Society–if you’re not already part of the family (and earning tons of other benefits as well), what are you waiting for?