Orlando Film Festival
Through Oct. 26 | Cobb Plaza Cinema, 155 S. Orange Ave. | 407-982-5444 | orlandofilmfest.com | $15 and up
Though the complete schedule of events for this year’s Orlando Film Festival was still being assembled when this issue went to press, the information about the films being shown at this year’s showcase are intriguing. The offerings range from ridiculous comedy (Tiger Lily Road, a comedy about two sisters who take a hot wannabe burglar hostage and try to have their way with him), to heartbreak (Hard Sun, which explores the tough decisions a young woman has to make when her parents die and leave her to care for her special needs brother), to fascinating documentary (Paradise Garden, which explores the work of legendary folk artist Howard Finster and the foundation that’s trying to preserve his legacy), to the true crime (Untold, based on the astounding true story of a local woman who was kidnapped as a child from Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall and managed to escape her captor). As always, you can also expect after-parties and related events, including a VIP dinner at Kres Chop House. Day passes for the festival are just $15, but if you splurge for a VIP package for $495, you can immerse yourself in the full experience.