Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon, which gets you into a red-carpet event at the Jacksonville Film Festival, taking place from October 14–17, 2010, at several venues (a $20 value). Choose one of the following Groupons:
- For $10, you get two tickets to The Six Wives of Henry Lefay red-carpet screening event, on Saturday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Florida Theatre.
- For $10, you get two tickets to the kids' red-carpet event for Finn on the Fly, on Saturday, October 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Florida Theatre.
- For $10, you get two tickets to the Thespians red-carpet event, on Saturday, October 16, at 3:30 p.m. at Florida Theatre.
Since 2003, the Jacksonville Film Festival has annually served as one of the city's most anticipated cultural events, screening international and independent films and hosting some of Hollywood's most accomplished names. The first deal plunks cinephiles squarely on the red carpet with access to Saturday's special event, a screening of The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, starring Tim Allen, Elisha Cuthbert, and Andie MacDowell. Young film critics that already possess Roger Ebert's critical eye and Gene Shalit's bushy mustache can attend the kids' red-carpet event, which will screen the zany kid-friendly comedy Finn on the Fly. The third options gets you into the world premiere of Thespians, which documents the theater programs at two Duval County high schools as they prepare for the Florida State Thespians theater festival. Afterward, stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guests.
All three shows take place at the grandiose Florida Theatre, an 80-year-old theater that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cancel sneaking into the event by wearing your red-carpet camouflage jumpsuit and legitimately catch a cinematic spectacle with today's Groupon to the Jacksonville Film Festival.
The Jacksonville Film Festival was mentioned in the Jacksonville Film and Television blog and the Florida Times-Union film blog. The Florida Times-Union recently mentioned some of the films that will appear at the fest. The festival has more than 2,400 Facebook fans:
- Organizers did announce a partial slate of films to run during the Oct. 14-17 event, including an Australian zombie comedy and documentaries on the band Fishbone and the things people will do to get in the Guinness World Records. There’s also a trio of documentaries with connections to Jacksonville. – Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union