Nomadic Tendencies Film Festival at Beach Theatre — France's Strasbourg International Film Festival will export hundreds of independently produced movies to the Beach Theatre for a weeklong showcase in August. To help spread the news, the festival and Beach owner Mike France present a sampling this weekend of 14 features and two shorts collections showcased at Strasbourg over the past two years.
Shows begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 per screening ($5 for matinees and child/senior/student/military discounts), $12 for a day pass and $30 for a weekend pass.
Movies range from the breezy quirks of Barra Grant's rom-com Love Hurts (7 p.m. Fri.), to the pensive eco-documentary Pirate for the Sea (3 p.m. Fri.), a biography of marine activist Paul Watson. There's existential horror (Tin Can Man, 9 p.m. Sun.), twisted humor (Boppin' at the Glue Factory, 9 p.m. Sat.), Hollywood satire (Redirecting Eddie, 7 p.m. Sun.) and historical drama (El Señor Presidente, 3 p.m. Sat.).
Two filmmakers will attend Q&A sessions after their screenings: Chusy Haney-Jardine with his irreverent documentary Anywhere, USA (5 p.m. Fri.); and Banks Helfrich, writer-director and star of The Donut, the Balloon and the Lifesaver (5 p.m. Sat.), a dysfunctional family comedy in Wes Anderson's whimsical vein.
In a unique move for any festival, owner France agreed to provide a one-week limited engagement for any Nomadic Tendencies films that sell out the Beach Theatre this weekend.
Helfrich, a 1981 Gulf High School graduate now living in Orlando, hopes his movie earns that break.
"Selling out (the theater) would be great," he said. "To get it (playing) there for a week? That just puts it to another notch. . . . It's a great honor if you can get people in the seats. People usually don't want to try out something new or different, and my stuff is new and different. It's not mainstream. It's not chases or sex, guns or blood."
Go to beachtheatre.com for more information.
Steve Persall, Times film critic