Fresno is the epicenter of Swedes. What the hell are we talking about here? Well (kinda unfortunately) we’re not talking tall beautiful blonde people with fun accents. We’re talking about a sorta new genre of movie making.
If you remember the Jack Black movie “Be Kind Rewind” you might know what ‘swed-ing’ a film is. If not, read this. Or just accept that is a short version of an existing movie, scene or trailer. A lovingly done version. A version done in the dorkiest and most low budget way possible – that’s the art of it.
Lucky for us Fresnans we have our own festival devoted to this style of filmmaking called Swede Fest. Fresno was the only city with its own festival until it spawned others. So yes, Fresno is the center of a film genre. Beat that, Vancouver.
The latest Swede Fest (#12) had a solid batch of entries. PLUS it even had one involving podcast icon, Chris Hardwick, as Luke Skywalker, swede-ing the trench run scene. Haven’t been able to find the full version of it online but there is a short bootleg version. Luckly all the others are online, including our favorites, a mash-up from Dead In 60 Years:
And Napoleon Dynamite, done by some kids from a daycare campus (which makes it way more awesome):