Travelers on I-75 or I-95 have a chance for the strong in heart to veer onto I-4 for a detour at Maitland, Florida to attend the 2012 Florida Film Festival’s cornucopia of lust and vice. This weekend is part of the last two days remaining for you purveyors of all things cinematic. It’s been eight days of provocative films, history, and gourmet delights thanks to collaborators like the United Arts Council.
Every year Winter Park, Florida turns into a venue for best of independent and foreign filmmakers. This weekend marks the 21st anniversary of this event. Imagine ten days, 160 films, 100 directors, and two days to get a crack at cinematic delights. Be still my heart. There is too little time for so many choices beckoning discriminating cinephiles. So grab a bite at Enzian Theater and brace yourself for the likes of director-writer Zam Salim. UP There, Salim’s dark comedy is the Panavision Spirit Award winner for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Burn Gorman’s portrayal of Martin coping with the afterlife leaves you blistered.
Don Coscarelli’s film John Dies at the End isn’t for the faint at heart. Paul Giamatti as Arnie, the jaded reporter brings a healthy dose of cynicism as he investigates Soy sauce, a paranormal, psychoactive drug. His hands are full tackling out-of-body experiences and portals to invisible worlds where humans return diminished after grappling with monsters. Award winning director-writer Barry Levinson generously offers a Q & A session after the screening of Liberty Heights, his 1999 film. Cloris Leachman and the Best of Brouhaha have rounded out this eclectic event. Make the most of this weekend. Get your tickets at Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida.