Sweding Festival preview
Hey everybody! What are you doing Sunday night? You say you’re all going to curl up with “Ghostbusters” and dread the coming midterm week? I’m surprised there are enough copies on campus…
Well, instead, why don’t you attend the Second Annual WUTV Sweding Festival at 5 p.m. in Brown 100? It’s guaranteed to be a blast, as you can watch your fellow students’ film creations on the big screen.
And if you want to participate in the festival, there may still be time, as the deadline to enter the contest was extended to 5 p.m. Friday. No movie-making experience is necessary, and WUTV provides all of the equipment.
To those of you who don’t know what “sweding” is, I offer you Jack Black’s definition from the movie “Be Kind Rewind”:
“You wanna know what ‘sweding’ is? You take what you like, and mix it with some other things you like and make a new thing. Your thing! It’s putting you into the thing you like!”
In other words, “to swede” is to take your favorite movie and remake it into a five-minute film with your closest friends and a tripod. A sweded movie captures the spirit of cinema itself; the inspiration, the vision and, of course, the outtakes. And boy, are the sweded films funny. In “Be Kind Rewind,” Jack Black’s and Mos Def’s characters swede “Rush Hour 2” and “Robocop,” but entrants at Wash. U. are allowed to branch out to other movies, although this freedom can be a hinderance.
Take last year, when sophomore Jackie Steege and her friends picked “Highlander,” even though none of them had seen it before.
“It made script-writing a little difficult,” Steege said.
Last year, the winning team sweded “Jurassic Park,” with dinosaur skin made of bubble wrap and shaving-cream beards.
This year, Steege and her fellow filmmakers want to swede “Edward Scissorhands.” Like the other groups, they’ll pick their movie Oct. 9, and then they’ll have 24 hours to shoot and edit their movie. Entries will be judged by WUTV staff and professors in the Film and Media Studies program, and the top three teams receive cash prizes!
So be sure to show up to Brown 100 at 5 p.m. on Sunday so you can watch the screenings and enjoy the cinematographic efforts of your peers. After all, no matter how campy it may be, every movie needs at least one viewer.