Film Festival scheduled for Sept. 28-29
By Chris Fish
BREVARD - Those looking for a Hollywood experience are encouraged to attend the Melbourne Independent Filmmaker's Festival on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at The Premiere Theaters/The Oaks.
The Melbourne Independent Filmmaker's Festival is aimed at promoting local filmmakers and those with an interest in the film industry. Filmmakers, talent agencies and production groups will be present at the event to promote their work.
"We like to think of it as bringing a little bit of Hollywood to Melbourne," said Terry Cronin, one of the creators of the 14-year-old film festival. "It's a joyous celebration of independent films in Florida and films from around the world."
Kicking things off at 4:30 p.m. on Friday will be a screening of three never-before-seen episodes of the PBS series "Real Food Real Kitchens," a new cooking series that takes viewers into real kitchens of everyday people.
There will be a reception to follow where guests can meet and greet the producer Brevard native Craig Chapman and guests from the series. There will also be a tasting of food and drinks featured in each episode that is screened.
"Stupid Videos and Comedy Goofballs," a comedic program, will be from 9-11 p.m. on Friday. The event will feature Host Dana Snyder, best known as Master Shake from the Adult Swim show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." Brian Studler, who worked on the films Minority Report and Terminator 3, and Melbourne Beach native Lear Bunda, of Cartoon Network, will also be in attendance.
Mr. Bunda will be showing his latest project for Adult Swim.
Martin and Billy Tracy, from Facebook's "WhatArePatandBillyDrinking?," will be teaching the audience drink recipes.
Then, at 11 p.m. on Friday, Gore Horror Legend Herschell Gordon Lewis will be screening his new film "The Uh-Oh Show"
Awards for film in various categories, including Best Horror Film and Best Comedy, will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
"Winning will help a lot filmmakers build their resume," Mr. Cronin said. "They can take the win on the road and show that they are award-winning filmmakers."
There will also be an Independent Spirit award given to the film that best embodies the theme of the festival, as well as a viewer and filmmaker's choice award for best film.
Tickets vary depending on the event for Friday, and all-day Saturday tickets can be purchased for $20. Those interested can purchase a VIP ticket for $60.
All proceeds from the "Real Food Real Kitchens" screening will go the Children's Hunger Project. Everything else will go to No Limits Academy, a Melbourne not-for-profit Christian school for children with physical disabilities.
For more information about the festival, visit www.3boysproduction.com.