Quirky Documentaries at Florida Film Festival 2014


The documentary features category at a film festival may be the greatest proof that truth is stranger than fiction. At Florida Film Festival, produced by Enzian Theater each April and held throughout Central Florida, a selection of quirky characters are included in competing and non-competing documentary programs. The following represent some of the most oddball feature-length docs included in this year’s festival, exploring uncommon subjects, or in the case of The Final Member, exploring a common subject in an uncommon way.

American Jesus

This funny and intelligent film by Spanish filmmaker Aram Garriga looks at some of the less-traditional ways Christianity blends with the American dream. How does religion fit into our current drive-through, disposable culture? Born-again bikers and Christian cage wrestlers are just a few of the highlights in this focus on fringe spirituality that’s bound to spark controversy everywhere it screens.

  • Starring: Keenan Smith, Mara Einstein, Mickey Stonier, Douglas Rushkoff, Billy Talen, Jason David Frank, Daniel Radosh, Kerri Pomarolli
  • Director: Aram Garriga
  • Run Time: 80 minutes

The Final Member

Things are good at the Icelandic Phallogical Museum in Husavik, the world’s only official site devoted to preserving, cataloging, and displaying male sex organs from every known species. Curator Sigurdur Hjartarson has collected these specimens for more than 40 years. What began as a gag gift turned into a private collection and then became a public museum. Nearing retirement, however, he wants to obtain the only missing member: please visit:-https://circlesnews.com/ https://bluenewsdaily.com/ https://fortbeez.com/ https://flaxnews.com/ a human phallus. His search for this final member leads to hilarious encounters with two men fighting for the chance to participate. An artfully crafted film, The Final Member skips the cheap shots and goes after the human drama, which escalates as the movie progresses.

  • Starring: Sigurdur Hjartarson, Pall Arason, Tom Mitchell
  • Directors: Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math
  • Run Time: 76 minutes

For No Good Reason

Artist Ralph Steadman talks to Johnny Depp about his years working with gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson. Claiming his lifelong goal was to “change the world” rather than create great art, Steadman shares his painting techniques as freely as his stories about various collaborations. A collage of artistic creation, relationship examination, pop culture exploration, and historical remembrance, this film shows how the artist is often as animated as his artwork, though quite separate from it.

  • Starring: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp
  • Director: Charlie Paul
  • Run Time: 89 minutes

Love Me

In its world premiere at Florida Film Festival, this documentary examines the modern-day mail-order bride business as lonely American men hope to meet the women of their dreams in the Ukraine. Is it all just a con? Is it truly a means of finding love? Is it merely a business arrangement to meet individual emotional and financial needs? The filmmaker spent two years looking at both sides of the story to present a balanced view in this funny and provocative look at arranged relationships through an international marriage broker.


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