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Benjamin film teacher's 'Swede' entry earns top 'bad' award; 'Back to the Future' remake wins worst film at annual fest.

August 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Nick Crisafi knows bad movies.

He suffered through some terrible scripts in his years as aHollywood script reader, evaluating movie projects for a SonyPictures producer.

He even teaches how to make good ones in a TV and film class at TheBenjamin School in North Palm Beach.

So he never imagined he'd actually set out to make a bad movie.

He should have started sooner.

Crisafi's remake of "Back to the Future" was so incrediblyamateurish, so remarkably laughable that only it could be chosenthe audience favorite at last weekend's Swede Fest 2 Palm Beach, acelebration of bad filmmaking.

These spoofs or "swedes"-- no-budget, short-film remakes ofHollywood blockbusters -- get their name from the 2008 JackBlack- Mos Def comedy "Be Kind to Rewind," in which a pair of videostore clerks mistakenly erase their entire inventory and have toreshoot every film themselves. They call them "swedes" to make themsound European and edgy to customers.

Crisafi's film class of mostly middle-schoolers produced four ofthe 36 entries screened July 27 for more than 500 people at thesold-out Borland Center for Performing Arts in Palm Beach Gardens.But the filmmakers ranged from seasoned independent filmmakers tochildren.

Crisafi, 34, split the difference by casting his own children -- Briley, 10; Cade, 7; Jacen, 5 -- and even his 9-month-old, Evrynn,made a cameo.

"We just love to watch movies and we watch them with our kids," hesaid.

The event also gives out just the kind of awards you'd expect froma spoof film festival: Best Use of Moving Boxes went to "Ghost!";Best Use of a Red Solo Cup to "Super Troopers"; Best Use of SaranWrap to "Home Alone."

Watching and making homemade movies are a hobby for the Crisafis,who met while Nick's wife, Piper, 36, was working in film at FoxSearchlight.

The family made a short film for Cade's 7th birthday, where he donsthe role of Spider-Man and saves the day from an army of spidersthe Green Goblin unleashes on his birthday party. They shot anotherfor Briley as a character in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,No Good, Very Bad Day" for her birthday.

When it came time to spoof a movie for Swede Fest, he went to achildhood classic, down to using a detailed collector's editionDeLorean model car from the 1985 movie. He cast his children,nieces and nephews and even neighborhood kids. (Nick Crisafi playedthe role of Doc Brown.)

It was just bad enough to be great.

"It's a movie the kids were able to make with all their family andfriends," Crisafi said. "That's what was so fun about it."

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swede fest

You can see the winning swede for "Back to the Future" athttp:// bit.ly/17XOIz1.

And other dubious awards for Swede Fest 2 Palm Beach 2013 wentto...

Best Batman voice: "Dark Knight Rises"

Best crash sequence: "Starship Troopers"

Best special effects: "The Thing"

Best use of a red Solo cup: "Super Troopers"

Best use of a tennis racket: "Looper"

Best use of a theater cast: "Little Shop Of Horrors"

Best use of moving boxes: "GHOST!"

Best use of mums: "Napoleon Dynamite"

Best use of safety scissors: "Edward Scissorhands"

Best use of Saran Wrap: "Home Alone"

Best use of slow motion: "Grown Ups: Arrow Roulette"

Best use of South Florida locations: "They Live"

Best use of theatrical makeup: "Goodfellas"

Best voiceovers: "The Exorcist"

Funniest Interview scene: "The Shining"

Most accurate costumes: "Back To The Future"

Most exotic filming location: "Dead Man Down"

Most local film: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The Swede"

Most movie puns in one script: "Tvistor"

Most shameless use of a green screen: "Indiana Jones and the LastCrusade"

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