Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FILMMAKER WITH A TWIST; John Waters Is Bringing His Creative, Campy and Often Outrageous Presence to Town, along with One of His Most Celebrated Flicks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FILMMAKER WITH A TWIST; John Waters Is Bringing His Creative, Campy and Often Outrageous Presence to Town, along with One of His Most Celebrated Flicks

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Byline: MATT SOERGEL

John Waters will be a big part of the fifth Jacksonville Film Festival.

Saturday night's Talkies with John Waters, during which he'll talk about Polyester as it plays on screen at the San Marco Theatre, is already sold out. But as of mid week, tickets were still available to a Friday night showing of the film (Waters isn't scheduled to appear there), as well as to a Saturday afternoon interview and Q&A session with the filmmaker.

Scratch-and-sniff Odorama cards will be available at each screening of Polyester so filmgoers can experience the, um, pungent smells of the film.

And Waters will be given the festival's lifetime achievement award, the Tortuga Verde, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Theatre. He's the often outrageous filmmaker behind movies such as Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Cry-Baby and Cecil B. Demented. He's also a star on Court TV's series, 'Til Death Do Us Part.

And his wry, twisted wit was captured in in his new DVD, This Filthy World, in which he summed up his career: "All young people need somebody bad to look up to, and I hope I can do that for you tonight. Sort of a filth elder, if you will."

Waters' Tortuga Verde will be presented before the screening of Chops, a documentary on the jazz band from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. After Chops, members of the D.A. band will jam on stage with trumpeter Marcus Printup, a Jacksonville native.

Chops is one of several films with North Florida connections. Throwing Stars, an edgy comedy filmed in Jacksonville last year, will gets its first public showing. There will be two screenings of When Pigs Fly, a documentary about a quadriplegic woman from Bunnell trying to run a sanctuary for hundreds of pigs. Music Farmers looks at music festivals on the banks of the Suwannee River. And a program called Green Shorts, a series of environmentally themed films, features made-in-Jacksonville programs on the St. …

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