What's all that racket?

by Matthew Curtis
December 1, 2006 4:06 AM
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Why it's Brouhaha of course! Enzian's annual two-day event of films produced in Florida by Florida residents only, the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase was conceived 15 years ago by future BLAIR WITCH PROJECT producer Gregg Hale. This weekend (Dec. 2 & 3) it takes flight once again, with 33 films to be screened over two programs beginning at 12:30 PM each day. A mix of curated titles from four Florida schools and independently submitted films chosen by a selection committee, the program of shorts from 2 minutes to 15 minutes in length is an eclectic mix of narrative, docs, animation, experimental and even a couple of music videos. Represented schools include University of Central Florida, Florida State University, Valencia Community College, Ringling School of Art & Design, Daytona Beach Community College, Full Sail Real World Education, University of Miami, and Winter Park High School.

And in a process inaugurated last year, the participants in Brouhaha will be judged by a panel of local industry pros with the chosen films going on to a "Best of Brouhaha - Emerging Filmmakers Showcase" at the 2007 Florida Film Festival in March. The Orlando Weekly's Jason Ferguson, Florida Film Monthly's Michael McNamara, and Enzian's own Shannon Lacek will be doing the honors. So come join them, see some things that may surprise you, and show some support for some real up-and-comers. Most of these films are having their first-ever public screenings, and for a mere 5-spot you can be part of their audience. Doesn't that sound like a fun thing to do?

--Matthew

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