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September 11, 2002

Melbourne film festival starts tonight

By Pam Harbaugh
FLORIDA TODAY

The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival begins with a kickoff party at 8 tonight at DaKine Diego's Insane Burritos in Satellite Beach. The official festival runs Friday at the Metro Cinema in West Melbourne and Saturday at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne.

DaKine owner Scott Brasington offered his casual venue to festival organizer Terry Cronin Jr. last month. DaKine shows surfing and old films free in its outdoor "Bamboo Theater" on Sunday and Wednesday nights.

"When Terry came over here to see what we have, he said, 'This is awesome,' " Brasington said. "He was stoked."

Cronin said the Bamboo Theatre has that "cool little surfer vibe. . . . It's not standard for a film festival, but it's uniquely Brevard."

Tonight's kickoff includes 11 short films. DaKine's is at 1360 SR A1A, Satellite Beach. Bring a lawn chair and bug repellent. The small neighborhood eatery will sell items from its casual menu of sandwiches, rice and beans, tacos, salads and "Insane Burritos" -- from $2.95 to $5.45.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the festival benefit Unconditional Love, a local charity for HIV and AIDS patients. Florida Today will run an in-depth preview on the festival in Friday's People section.

The films on tonight's schedule are: "Thrust Into Space: How the Space Program Changed Brevard County," a documentary; "Moving," about a man forced out of his simple life; "Winter Break," an odd tale about two boys, a girl and a frog; "Christian Soldiers," a story about a mafia hit man discovering morality; "The 5th Chamber," a tragic man tries to save his ex-girlfriend; "Bored of the Rings," a witty sendup of Olympic fever; "Moon Palace," a Canadian film about a writer playing with fate; "Café Nova," a German animation experiment; "Call of the Wild," telemarketers for animals; "Famed," from Australia, a three-minute film about "Humanimation"; and"Squint," winner of the Best Short Film at the 2002 Malibu International Film Festival, about a meek obituary writer finding his mettle.

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