An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until November 21, 2021
The Key West Film Festival is an annual celebration of ﬁlm and ﬁlmmakers set to take place Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 17-21. The event honors creativity, diversity, sustainability and beauty.
Scheduled are about 100 short ﬁlms and 20 features. With documentaries taking center stage, director Penny Lane is to appear with her ﬁlm “Listening to Kenny G” about saxophonist Kenny G.
The fest, annually themed “Passion Meets Paradise,” will host a welcome party Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Audubon House, 205 Whitehead St.
The opening night documentary, “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road,” showcases the life of the Beach Boys co-founder.
A ﬁlmmakers’ party will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at Sloppy Joe’s Dockside at The Perry Hotel Key West, 7001 Shrimp Road on Stock Island. Also Thursday, the 20th anniversary singalong of “Moulin Rouge,” hosted by local drag celebrity Epiphany, is to be screened.
“The Power of the Dog,” starring actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristen Dunst, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 20, at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Director Jane Campion’s work highlights sexuality, repression and cowboy “toxic masculinity.” International ﬁlms are to include Academy Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God,” about heartbreak and liberation; and “Final Set,” about an aging tennis prodigy starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
Florida premiere “C’Mon, C’Mon” stars Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist embarking on a cross-country trip with his young nephew.
LGBTQ ﬁlms include “Great Freedom,” winner of the Jury Prize for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, about a homosexual in postwar Germany; and “Boulevard! A Hollywood Story,” an exploration of Gloria Swanson’s attempts to adapt “Sunset Boulevard” into a musical.
Venues include Truman Waterfront Park’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater, 35 E. Quay Road, for outdoor screenings; Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., for Florida focus and feature ﬁlms; and Williams Hall, 729 Fleming St., for shorts and features.
Details of all-access and VIP passes and a ﬁlm lineup are at http://www.kwﬁlmfest.com.