Nomadic Tendencies Film Festival — This 10-day collection of exceedingly independent films lives up to its name. An off-shoot of the Strasbourg International Film Festival, Nomadic Tendencies has bounced around Tampa Bay theaters for months drumming up interest in this final splash at six — count 'em — six Pinellas County venues.
Movies will be shown free of charge at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's campus activity center, ArtON! Central in downtown St. Petersburg and the Blueberry Patch in Gulfport. Screenings at Dalí Museum require a regular admission ticket, museum membership or festival pass. Films shown at Muvico BayWalk 20 and Beach Theatre will charge for tickets.
Nearly 140 features, documentaries and shorts from around the world are included in the ambitious lineup. One of the festival's most intriguing offerings is St. Petersburg artist David Meek leading a 90-minute tour of experimental films projected outdoors in a half-dozen locations. "Meek on the Prowl" will be held Friday, Wednesday and Sept. 11, beginning at ArtON! Central about 7:45 p.m.
Panels of filmmakers discussing their craft are scheduled at BayWalk 20 at noon each day from Monday through Sept. 12. You probably haven't heard of them or else they wouldn't be here. But it's a perspective outside the mainstream that's worth hearing.
Dates and times of film presentations are as scattered as the venues, so visiting the festival website (www.nomadic-tendencies.com) is strongly urged.