Fall is prestige season at the theaters, the time of year every movie studio has waited for to unleash the potential Oscar nominees they've held in their pockets all year. But while it might be tempting to drop your hard-earned $74 (a coming-soon modern-day ticket price) on classy, intriguing Academy fare like The Social Network (Oct. 1), For Colored Girls (Nov. 5) Love and Other Drugs (Nov. 24) or Little Fockers (Dec. 22), why not spend considerably less on the mostly middling, cheap and otherwise disregarded films sprinkled across Central Florida's many C-level film festivals?
Actually, we kid. There are, in fact, some perfectly valid and fascinating weekends full of fest fodder to check out this fall around town. Most of them are themed and consist of documentaries or message flicks meant to shed new light on world cinema. The Central Florida Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 7 and 8) and the South Asian Film Festival (Oct. 2-4), both put on by the Enzian Theater, are stellar examples, boasting efficient screenings and smaller film counts focused on high quality.
This year saw the loss of the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, but we still have the Orlando Film Festival (Nov. 3-7), a party-happy hit-or-miss affair focused on little-seen national and international films. And let's not forget the Freak Show Horror Film Festival (Oct. 8-10), celebrating the best in never-seen, low-to-no-budget, independently made horror films, presented as part of Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend.
The best that fall has to offer in cinema-going, however, consists of movies you've probably already seen: With their one-off Cult Classics and Popcorn Flicks in the Park programs, the Enzian Theater yet again delivers with must-see films like Run Lola Run (Nov. 30), Rushmore (Dec. 14) and Seven Samurai (Sept. 26), as well as an open-field screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Nov. 11) at Central Park. (Visit www.enzian.org for details).
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