Sundance Film Festival to Return to the Enzian in Orlando with Little Accidents

Sundance Institute announced this week the films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that will each screen in one of nine independent theaters in cities across the country on January 30 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative.

Little AccidentsOrlando’s Enzian has been chosen to show Little Accidents, by director and screenwriter Sara Colangelo.

The film’s summary reads: “In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets.”

The film stars Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.

As part of the festival, audiences will hear directly from the filmmaker during a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A.

The film is not yet listed on the Enzian website, but as soon as we hear more details, we will let you know.

Enzian Hopes to Add Two Theaters in Expansion Plan for 2015

Enzian, popular for airing indie and art films, along with hosting events like the Florida Film Festival, announced it is hoping to add two more theaters to its offerings in the next two years.

Enzian TheaterIn addition, the theater will get a new entrance, to the right of the current one, as well as more parking with valet service, too. They promise not to touch the beautiful oak trees already in place.

Enzian says it won’t make a decision to move forward with the expansion until February or March of next year. A lot would depend on getting approval from the city of Maitland, where the theater is located.

The movie house hopes to break ground during its signature Florida Film Festival in April, and open the theaters at the festival in 2015.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Offers Free Scares for October 2013

Enjoy a free horror movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show this month.

enzian-wnps-suspiriaThere are five editions of the WNPS in October:

  • October 02 – Tales from the Crypt (1972)
  • October 09 – It’s Alive (1974)
  • October 16 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • October 23 – Suspiria (1977)
  • October 30 – Saw (2004)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in September 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in September:

  • September 4 – Kingpin (1996)
  • September 18 – Battlefield Earth (2000)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in August 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in August:

  • August 7 – Deep Blue Sea (1999)
  • August 21 – Dirty Harry (1971)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at the Enzian Theater in Orlando Features Two Films for Free in July 2013

Enzian Wednesday Night Pitcher ShowEnjoy a free movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show.

There are two editions of the WNPS in July:

  • July 3 – Flash Gordon (1980)
  • July 17 – Singles (1992)

Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.

Enzian Theater’s Free Movies for July 2012

On select Wednesday nights, the Enzian in Maitland shows a free outdoor movie on the lawn. During the night there is also Jell-o shot movie trivia and a happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at the Eden Bar at the Enzian.

Here’s this month’s movies to enjoy:

July 04 – Jaws
July 18 – Meatballs (“We are the C.I.T.’s, so pity us…)

The Enzian also sponsors a once-a-month free family movie at Central Park in Wnnter Park. This month’s free flick is The Great Muppet Caper on July 12.

Central Florida 2011 Halloween Events – Enzian Theater Hosts Haunted Swamp Walks in October

Looking for haunted house thrills without the craziness of the theme parks? Then you might want to head up to Maitland and check out Enzian Theater’s annual Haunted Swamp Walk of Terror.

Starting tonight, October 14, you and your friends can embark on nightly journeys along the two thousand foot trail of freaky characters and scares. If you make it out alive, there will be drink specials waiting to calm your nerves at The Eden Bar at Enzian.

Tours run Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month, plus Oct 31 (of course). They start at 8pm and go until midnight, except on Halloween, when they end at 10pm.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 day of event for unlimited tours that night. You can upgrade to a VIP ticket, which is $25, and you’ll also get jump the line privileges all night, too.

This event is “rated R” so nobody under 17 can do the tours without a parent or guardian, says the Enzian.

Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland and their info line is 407-629-0054.

Actor Edward James Olmos Added to Florida Film Festival Special Guests

Just got word this afternoon that the Florida Film Festival, running April 8 through 17, here in Orlando, has added a last-minute celebrity guest to its line-up.

Actor and OSCAR®-nominee Edward James Olmos will be appearing at the Enzian on April 15 for a special showing of his classic film Stand and Deliver.

“An Evening with Edward James Olmos” will start at 7:30pm with a showing of the film, followed by a Q&A with the actor. Stand and Deliver was one of the most highly regarded independent films of 1988 and swept the Independent Spirit Awards with six wins.   It also received several other award nods, including an Oscar® (for Olmos), two Golden Globes®, and the 1988 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Olmos first gained worldwide attention as a regular on the 80s TV series Miami Vice, and was most recently appeared on the TV reboot of the Battlestar Galactica series.

“We’re thrilled to host Mr. Olmos and his extraordinary film for our 20th anniversary,” said Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival. “Stand and Deliver sits proudly and comfortably on that shelf of independent movies that burst upon the scene and now live forever.”

“An Evening with Edward James Olmos” tickets are only $20, and the event is also included in the Platinum Passes. Purchase tickets online at the Florida Film Festival website.

One Week Until the 2011 Florida Film Festival in Orlando

Orlando has a lot of festivals dedicated to the arts, but one of my favorites is the annual Florida Film Festival, which runs from April 8 to 17 this year.

Produced by Enzian, one of the best places to catch a movie in Orlando, this fest is a perfect blend of indie and lesser-known films, food and parties.

2011 is the 20th anniversary of the Florida Film Festival, and as such, it will celebrate all things Florida, from film to food.

Among the highlights of the festival are the Opening Night Film and Party, which takes place on April 8. Tickets for this event are $20 to see the film only, $80 to only attend the party, and $100 for both the film and party. The party will feature food from several area restaurants, including Enzian/Eden Bar, the Ravenous Pig, 4 Rivers Smokehouse and more.

There are two celebrity events to attend. The first is “Victor in Paradise: An Afternoon with Victor Nunez, featuring Ruby in Paradise.” Following a screening of the film on April 16 at the Enzian, director Victor Nunez will do a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are only $10.

The second is “An Evening with Alan Arkin,” also at the Enzian on April 16. This event will begin with a special 45th anniversary screening of the classic Cold-War comedy “The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!” – a film that earned Arkin his first Oscar® nomination in 1966. Following the film, the actor will do a Q&A with the audience. Tickets for this are only $30, but this may be postponed due to Arkin’s health following a recent car accident.

There are several food and film events worth noting, too. Enjoy a night of Italian cinema on April 11, along with an intermission of food provided by Olive Garden. Tickets are $10 for each film (La Pivellina and Amarcord), but the tasting reception is free.

The “Peroni & Popcorn: Hitchcock Happy Hour,” happening April 13 at the Enzian/Eden Bar, sounds like fun. It features gourmet popcorn paired with select brews while classic Hitchcock films play on a large outdoor screen. The films are free; the popcorn/drinks are available for purchase.

|: Rainn Wilson Stars in Super

Let’s not forget the films, either. Among the ones I’m interested in catching are:

  • Mutant Girls Squad (a Japanese splatter flick described as “a cross between the Powerpuff Girls, the X-Men, and a Gwar concert”)
  • The People vs. George Lucas (a Star Wars fan documentary)
  • The Troll Hunter (a Norwegian fantasy/horror flick)
  • Midnight Son (a horror film with a twist)
  • Hesher (a dark drama featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman)
  • Super (a dark superhero comedy directed by James Gunn and featuring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion)

Individual tickets to most films are $10, or you can buy them in groups of 4 for $40, 8 for $75 or 16 for $140, all of which include an official program voucher. For film fanatics, there is also the Platinum Pass, which at $650, includes priority seating, party invitations and a swag bag, among other benefits.

All tickets and the platinum pass are available for purchase online at the Florida Film Festival website or in person at the Enzian box office.

[Images courtesy of Florida Film Festival and Ambush Entertainment/James Gunn]

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