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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 5:00 PM - Tampa Indie Film Log for Filmmaker C. A. Passinault

Experiment 7 And Sunscreen Film Festival Screening Coverage.

Well, at the last minute, I decided to drive to Channelside and see Experiment 7 at the Sunscreen FilmExperiment 7 sucked, and so did the experience of going to see it. The most over-rated, overpriced hype in the history of Tampa indie film! Festival. The drive over was uneventful, and I arrived at Channelside just before 8:30 PM.
That’s when my adventure begins.
Without turning this into a full review, I’ll gloss over the reviews here.
First off, there were two major things going on which did not bode well. The Channelside parking garage was undergoing some sort of construction project, and there was a Lightning Game going on at the forum. I was not aware of either development, and would have, frankly, stayed at home if I had been. It was chaos, and not fun at all.
Our coverage of the Sunscreen Film Festival screening of Experiment 7 will come in three parts (and, at the rate that this is going, it may be tomorrow before everything is up. Like everything else that I work on, I’m not rushing this). I will be doing the following, and here is what I will be writing, in synopsis form.
Links to the reviews will go active one the reviews are up.

Experiment 7 Review published on Tampa Film Review, a Tampa Bay Film site.
In my opinion, Experiment 7 was the worst Tampa indie film that I have seen. It had some good points, and even had a title sequence which was awesome, but after the film began, it began a disintegrating plummet into one of the worst films that I’ve had to endure.
High Points? The title sequence, some of the music, most of the acting (particularly the great performances from actors Rod Grant and Jack Amos), the awesome poster, some of the special effects (Rod’s “Scroll” PDA was brilliant, and the rocket launcher and burning city effects were well done!), and some of the camera work.
Low points? The script. No exposition. Weak characterization. Boring story with a few bland plot points and lots of repetitive action sequences. Washed-out film footage. Glitches in the sound. Joe Davison and his “acting”. Lots of confusing story elements. Aco hitting on Joe Davison’s character in what seemed to be a dream sequence, because it broke character and came out of nowhere, only to be revealed to be reality, which confused a lot of people (kind of like the lack of chemistry and the murky definition of the relationship between the two lead characters in 100 Tears, another indie film which Joe Davison wrote). Rod Grant’s character slapping Aco, and moments later, Aco and Rod’s characters behaving like best friends. The old-lady doctor and the blonde girl in their “who knows, and who cares what is going on” side story; a side plot which seemed to be more of a rip-off of “I am legend” than relevant to the main story. Made-up science and scientific gibberish which had no basis in reality, and which served to insult the intelligence of the audience. Zombies in the wake of a nuclear war. Ridiculous premise. Lack of explanation for relevant plot developments (again, poor script!). Characters breaking character. Interjection of comedic “buddy movie” elements in a story which should have focused on drama and horror (once again, poor script!). Paul Guzzo asking stupid questions during the Q&A segment, a segment which Joe Davison skipped out on (yes, Paul, you were one of the few who bought the made-up crap in the film, and one of the few for which the film’s B.S. was indeed “over your head”. Experiment 7: best enjoyed by morons? Perhaps!). A big rule in writing is to write what you know. If a writer does not know the subject, then they have to take their time and research it. This looks to be, in my opinion, another poorly researched, rushed script by Joe Davison, and it crippled the film! Did the screenwriter even know what he was writing about? Why did we leave with more questions about the characters, and their actions, than answers? Why were the characters, and what happened to them, so hard to care about? Why was the Aco character (Tits, pits, and slits... who writes, or talks, like this? Certainly no one educated, or who I would like to know!) written so trashy that she was no longer attractive, despite what she looked like?

Sunscreen Film Festival Screening Review published on Tampa Film Review, a Tampa Bay Film site.
Another bad experience. I’ve been to, and have reviewed, a lot of Tampa film festivals, and this one was a mess. One of the worst Tampa film festivals that I’ve been to, and it made the Tampa Film Review look like it was well-organized.
The high points: Good venue for viewing films (the theater was top-notch), Derrick Miner was cool to talk to, the film festival staff (when they could be found), were nice, too.
The low points: Parking. Lack of easy parking validation (if it was possible at all). Conflicts with the Lightning Game, which made parking hard to obtain (several people who I talked to could not find parking, and did not attend). No Sunscreen branding or signs. The table where you bought tickets was off to the side and not obvious. Cheap carnival tickets dispensed at full movie prices; tickets which could not be used for parking validation. Poor organization. Bad schedule (Experiment 7 started an hour late, and I had to find out by heresay from other confused people at the specified time of the screening, which made all of us wonder if we had been directed to the correct theater), and confusing directions to the screening theater. High ticket prices ($10.00 for the film, and $10.00 for parking made for a $20.00 price tag, which was a rip-off, in my opinion- I could have seen Avatar at AMC Regency Brandon, or at AMC Veterans, with a date, for less; a good movie, with the same good venue set-up! I left pretty pissed off when I left, with the theater was already closed due to the late start of the film, the late start being the film festival’s fault, and no one could be found to validate my parking.). Overall, a confusing film festival, which became lost in the clutter of normal cinema business. Is this what happens when you spread a film festival too thin over a variety of film venues and days- lack of focus and direction?

Channelside Venue Review on Tampa Film Review, a Tampa Bay Film site.
Ah, then there was Channelside. Who in the hell thought that it was a good idea to screen an indie film at a film festival with all of the construction, parking issues, and other venue conflicts? The Lightning Game made attending very difficult.
The high points: AMC theater is a nice venue. Best quality theater for film viewing, with stadium seating.
The low points: Parking. Construction. Conflicts such as the Lightning Game. Too crowded. No easy way to validate parking, if it was possible, at all, with the Lightning Game going on (God, I hate sports!), idiot AMC employees who can’t tell you where a film is being screened (I had to check, twice, with the same person. A thought: With the gross incompetence that I experienced, it wouldn’t take much to take one of those cheap carnival tickets that Sunscreen gave out, use it to get past the overwhelmed ticket checker, and see any films that they wanted to see).
Read this, AMC: I will never, ever go to Channelside to watch a movie at AMC ever again. Your parking sucks! This B.S. is a BIG reason that I will never use AMC Channelside for one of my film festivals, or film premiers, too!

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