Just in case you didn’t get enough independent film at the recent Florida Film Festival, the Gallery at Avalon Island is hosting the International Freethought Film Festival this weekend. Comprised of 18 shorts and two features, this film festival focuses on issues related to freethinking, from religion and alternative medicine to UFOs and astrology. While that description may make you think of pedantic documentaries straight out of r/atheism, the slate for the festival actually looks pretty varied and entertaining. There’s a pop punk musical (O-Star
), a short (Guest Room
) and a feature (Love Land
) that take intimate looks at characters with developmental disabilities, and a feature-length documentary about the push for recognition of Viking exploration of Minnesota, complete with historically inaccurate historical re-enactors (Lost Conquest
, pictured). The films are spread out in programs over three days and screened in the gallery’s upstairs theater. Splurge on the weekend pass for an invite to the exclusive afterparty at the Woods, where you can pick the brains of some of the filmmakers and organizers behind all this freethought.
5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, noon Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10 | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | freethoughtfilmfest.org