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Top 5 | Anticipated Short Films at Florida Film Festival 2015

Have you seen this year’s Florida Film Festival trailer by Academy Award Nominee (and longtime friend of the fest) Bill Plympton? Next time you stop by, make sure to wish a very Happy 30th Birthday to the staff at Enzian Theater!


This is our list of our Top 5 Anticipated Shorts.  You can find our list of  Top 5 Anticipated Features here!




Blood Below the Skin

We see the lives of three teenage girls who, despite being in different high school circles, form a special bond after an unexpected event.  It explores the secret lives and true selves behind their bedroom walls.

You can find times and tickets for Shorts Program 4: Wake Up Little Susie here!



Dolphin Lover

In the 1970s Malcolm Brenner met Dolly the dolphin at an amusement park in Florida.  The two would go on to have a sexual and, according to him, consensual relationship. Only in Florida. (Warning: While this film is Not Rated, it is probably not one meant for younger viewers.)

You can find times and tickets for the 8X Very, Very Real shorts program here!



Midnight Shorts

This might seem like a cop-out but I’m putting the entire Midnight Shorts program, all 17 of them, on this list. Every year this program is certain to be a rowdy party with some of the most sick, twisted, and deranged shorts of the festival.  If you’re looking to awkwardly laugh, be disgusted, and most certainly offended, this is where you’ll want to be. (Warning: This program is NOT for the faint at heart!)

You can find times and tickets for the Midnight Shorts program here!



Myrna the Monster

FFF alumni Ian Samuels, writer/director of 2013’s Caterwaul, returns with the story of Myrna.  She’s an alien from he moon trying to make her way through life in LA, with punk legend Kathleen Hanna providing the voice.

You can find times and tickets for Shorts Program 3: When Will I Be Loved here!




Rory Uphold, FFF alum and creator of the popular web series OnlyinHelLA, returns with her follow up to Safety (2012).  Her character Andy is back, but this time we see her on a first date that’s quickly fumbled but has an awkward sense of humor.

You can find times and tickets for Shorts Program 2: Bye Bye Love here!

Top 5 | Anticipated Feature Films at Florida Film Festival 2015

There are over 170 films playing at this year’s Florida Film Festival! Have you seen this year’s trailer by Academy Award Nominee (and longtime friend of the fest) Bill Plympton? Check it out!


Below is our list of our Top 5 anticipated features. Our list of Top 5 anticipated shorts can be found here!



Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Having grown up on movies like Animal House and Vacation, I certainly knew National Lampoon by name but beyond it being a parody magazine before my time, I knew little else.  Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead documents the creation, rise, and fall of an empire that would live on longer after it was gone.  The film explores not only the brilliant writers of the magazine, but it’s partnership with some of the biggest names in comedy during the early parts of their careers, including Bill Murray and John Belushi.

For more information on Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead including times and ticket purchases, click here.



The Editor

Astron-6 is a Canadian production company known for making homages to exploitation films of the past and blending it with their own style of comedy.  Their newest film, The Editoris a love letter to Italian giallo films of the 70’s, which were a blend of murder mystery and horror whose style is unmistakable.  Not only does it celebrate the works of filmmakers like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, it also pokes fun at some of their conventions.  As a long-time horror fan, this instantly shot to the top of my must-see list for the festival’s Midnight Movies. The film follows Rey Ciso, a famous editor who ends up as the prime suspect in a series of murders surrounding the newest film he’s working on.

For more information on The Editor including times and ticket purchases, click here.



Her Composition

Joslyn Jensen won the Special Jury Award at the 2011 Florida Film Festival for her performance in Without, my favorite film from that year.  While the film itself was incredibly divisive, everyone seemed to agree that her performance was terrific.  This is the first feature I’ll have the opportunity to see her in since Without and that’s more than enough for me to put it on this list.  From first-time writer/director Stephan Littger, Her Composition tells the story of Malorie (Jensen), an orchestral composition student who, after failing to get a PhD scholarship, ends up visiting high-end escort clients as a means to help pay for school.  Malorie uses the encounters as inspiration of her thesis composition and struggles to hold onto her sanity in the process.

For more information on Her Composition including times and ticket purchases, click here.



Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

The Zellner Brothers are also Florida Film Festival alumni.  Their last film, Kid-Thing, polarized FFF audiences in 2012 and I fell on the “loved it” side.  Their newest film, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, is based on an urban legend about a woman who travels from Tokyo to North Dakota after seeing the movie Fargo. It’s said that she believed the movie was a documentary and that the money buried by Steve Buscemi’s character is real. With that legend as its basis, this dark comedy follows the adventure of Kumiko as she travels across the world in search of the missing money.

For more information on Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter including times and ticket purchases, click here.



When Marnie Was There

When Marnie was There is the newest, and possibly final film from Studio Ghibli.  It’s also the second Ghibli film from Hiromasa Yonebayashi who previously directed The Secret World of Arrietty and has been an animator with the studio since Princess Mononoke.  The film focuses on Anna, a young girl who is sent to the country due to issues with her health, and her new friendship with a mysterious girl named Marnie who lives by the sea.  While the English dubbing may turn off some, GKids has a great record with Ghibli films and has gotten quite a bit of talent for the English cast, including Haillee Steinfeld, John C. Riley, and Kathy Bates.

For more information on When Marnie Was There including times and ticket purchases, click here.

My Florida Film Festival Experience, so far

First, I should point out, this is my first post here, at Central Florida Top 5. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the team. I have been a huge fan and supporter. I could bore you with my stories of living in/out of Central Florida for the last 20 years (no matter how many times I leave, I keep coming back); but I think I can save that for another day.

A little background, though, on my Florida Film Festival history.

I have been a photographer for the Florida Film Festival events for the last five years. It has, most definitely, been the highlight of my year for the last five years. I take of work (because I have a ‘normal job’). I usually stay in a hotel (having living in DeLand, and Daytona for every year prior). I completely fill my entire day. I photograph every bit of the festival. I love it. I truly do.

This year, I wasn’t on the photographer list; and I was crushed. Central Florida Top 5 came to my rescue and asked me to take pictures at the Opening Night Party. I could not have been more happy. I actually cried on my way home. I was so happy to be able to do what I want to do, to do what I’m good at – photographing the Florida Film Festival.

So, here I am – I’ve attended a few things, so far. I’ve participated in some behind-the-scenes events as well.

First experience – my boyfriend is on the UCF Marketing Team for a film – Copenhagen. You can check out the facebook page, here. I got to watch this film with him, in preparation for the marketing/festival madness. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I was quite impressed, as it didn’t initially sound like something incredibly moving. It was. I think there are parts of us that can always relate to the characters/situation of this movie. I highly recommend the watch, if for no other reason than to be able to speak to you about it – we don’t have to agree! Either way, I ended up hanging posters around town (Mills, to be exact).

We were kind of worried about attendance – because the Weekly wrote a horribly scathing review, just tore the movie apart. However, I went to the premier, and it was packed! There were tons of people, and tons of ballots. Even Gabriel Byrne came out of the movie! I was incredibly pleased, and super excited for the Director, Mark Raso – as the film is playing in half a dozen festivals this month! Good news, all around. In case you missed the film, it’s playing again on Friday, April 11th at 1:15pm, at Enzian Theater.

Second experience, I got to hang out with the Orlando Weekly, and the guys at STARTFEST. They’re a student-only film festival – taking high school and college film submissions. I think it’s a great organization – the founder, Kyle Snavely, was always being asked by his students on where to submit their films, and he realized that there weren’t any student-festivals. Sure, there are festivals with student categories, but nothing primarily student-oriented. So, now there’s an opportunity for students in Florida to submit their films to a film festival – and four others – as submission to STARTFEST is also a guaranteed submission to four other Florida festivals. So, it’s a great networking and learning opportunity, as you get personalized feeback from their panel, if nothing else. An overall win-win.

Third experience, I was immensely excited to get to see Bill Plympton‘s Cheatin’. Now, for those who aren’t familiar – Bill Plympton is actually the artist behind the walls at Eden Bar. He’s also been endorsed by Quentin Tarantino. Anyway, this film was great – it was everything an adult could hope for in an animated movie. Bill’s intro was great, too – he explained that he wanted to do another animated feature, he wanted something that he believes the public actually wants to see. He explained the sketches and artistry; how it just feels so organic and unique; not like the computer-animation of today. He hosted a kickstarter to raise funds for the film, as it went a bit over-budget. And, jeez, I’m so glad everything worked out. It’s a great film, another great addition to the Bill Plympton collection. Futhermore, he stuck around afterward for a Q&A and sketching.

While waiting to see Cheatin’, I got to meet and hang out with Ron Judkins. He’s the director of another festival film, Finding Neighbors. I was happy to find out he is also a big fan of Bill! I got to speak a little about his film, as well. He’s a very cool guy! His film is playing again on Thursday, April 10th, at 7:00pm, at the Regal – He and other members of his production team will be in attendance! You should definitely check that out, as well!

Overall – I’ve been very please with my experiences. Things are about to kick it into high gear for me, though. I have booked the remaining days, and am pleased to announce I’ll get many interviews and Q&A’s out of it. I’m very much looking forward to it. Anyway, I hope this has been informative and enjoyable. I am thinking the next few updates will go over more smoothly!