One week annually of offering independently produced movies to Tampa Bay audiences isn't enough for the Gasparilla International Film Festival. On Thursday, the festival began its new Indie Film Series, one-time screenings of movies generating buzz at festivals, that aren't getting booked in local theaters.
Kicking off the series is newcomer Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer, that was favorably compared to Stand by Me when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The movie focuses on three boys escaping from pesky adults (including Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally) by building a house in the woods, discovering that becoming masters of their own destinies isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The Kings of Summer will be shown tonight only at 7:30 p.m., at Muvico Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City. Tickets are $12, and $10 for students, seniors and military personnel with ID. Admission to all Indie Film Series offerings is free for Gasparilla International Film Festival members.
Next up in the series on Aug. 20 is Tio Papi, a family-friendly dramedy from writer-director-star Joey Dedio, who'll attend for a post-show Q&A session. Stay posted on upcoming screenings by visiting facebook.com/gasparillafilm or calling (813) 260-4433.
Steve Persall, Times movie critic