Tired of negative natter spilling from TV screens across the land? Weep no more. Participants in the LOL JAX Film Festival offer you a chance to take a humor break because this festival in its third year shines a light on comedy. Who’s responsible for focusing on laughter amid chaos?
Monique and Adam Madrid created this festival to, in their own words highlight, “Jacksonville’s local comedy short films, local stand-up comedians, local musicians and local businesses.”
This truly is a different kind of event. People are accustomed to book festivals, poetry festivals, and music festivals. Comedy festivals don’t come along as often.
The organizers posted a message on Facebook about their goals:
“We created this event, a couple of years ago, to have come people come out, escape from all the drama, stress and worries that is going on in world, the news and in people’s lives to just laugh and get away from it all for a few hours all while supporting local filmmakers, local stand-up comedians, local bands and local businesses. We were serious when we said we “Love Our Locals” while “Laughing Out Loud”.
Hosted by Jenn Weeks, this year’s festival runs for two days, August 3-4, at the MOSH Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. Performers include stand-up comedians Marcus Crespo and Danny Johnson. On Saturday night an afterparty takes place on the MOSH rooftop, with music by Monique Denise and her band. On Sunday, after the screenings, there will be an awards show, hosted by First Coast Living’s Haddie Djemal. Tickets are available for a very reasonable price at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History (MOSH).
You can follow news about the film fest on Facebook where you can also learn more about the events and performers. The festival has received solid media coverage, and you can view videos and announcements there.
The film fest organizers also post on Instagram and Twitter at @loljaxfestival.
Hat tip to Jared Rush with Third Man Entertainment for calling this festival to our attention.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/July 24, 2019)
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