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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: 2017 KWFF CRITICS AWARD WINNER

With a special video from Sabrina Gordon, producer, and an introduction from Michael Tuckman, Programmer, KWFF.

I was asked this week to recall the most impactful film we've ever programmed at KWFF, which is basically like being asked to pick your favorite child . . . if you have litters the size of a lemming. Impactful is pretty much the main criteria for films to be programmed at KWFF. But given the events of the last two weeks, the film I can't get off my mind is QUEST, a documentary spanning 8 years—from Obama's election to Trump's inauguration—following the daily struggles and successes of the Raineys, an African-American family in North Philadelphia.

This week, we were honored to have the film's producer, Sabrina Gordon, share her thoughts on the film and the resonance it has today.

Michael Tuckman
Director, Programming
Key West Film Festival
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Featuring a Special Message from Los Angeles Times Critic: Justin Chang

Dido wrote a song almost 10 years ago about whether love can be celebrated when oppression stifles so many. It’s called No Freedom. At a time when we need to love one another more than any in modern history, the George Floyd tragedy makes Dido’s question even more relevant. How can there be love without freedom?

To see much progress made toward repainting the ugly faces of racism and then have something this callous happen is....unthinkable.

KWFF wants to remind you that BLACK LIVES MATTER. And we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help remind our members and patrons that we need to bond together in solidarity to make them ACTUALLY matter.

Over the years, we have tried to play a role in featuring films that shed light on injustice and help create meaningful conversation about actionable change.

In 2019, we featured the Oscar nominated film, JUST MERCY. The film stars Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan in a horrible miscarriage of justice. Outlets are streaming this movie for free right now and you can access it on most major platforms or by using the link here.

In 2018, we had the honor of Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic for the Los Angeles Times, presenting Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK with Emily Yoshida from Vulture. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, which included a win for Best Supporting Actress for Regina King. It is...for better or worse...about facing racism every day. Justin was kind of enough to include the message above about how the film resonates even more with the recent tragedies inflicted upon African Americans.

So few of us really know what it’s like to face racism once - much less every day. The best shot we will have is for a filmmaker to help us see it through the eyes of a character in a film like IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK.

If you’ve seen it, it’s worth seeing again. If you haven’t, you’re in for an incredible treat. I would like to leave you with one request though as a take away.

When you finish the film, please consider making a commitment to take one specific action (no matter how small.) Outrage doesn’t bring change. Action does. Believe you can make a difference and show that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Sincerely,

A. Brooke Christian
Founder and Chairman
KWFF
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: GOLDEN KEY WINNER TOM SKERRITT AND THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALIEN

Flashback Friday returns with a bit of fun and another twist this week. Be sure to read below and join our TikTok Challenge with the hashtags #KWFF and #KWFFMovieChallenge to win some great prizes in June!!

We are also extending last week's raffle of the Platoon poster due to some technical difficulties. Visit the site here for your chance to win! The raffle has been extended until Friday, June 5th.
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: MEMORIAL DAY EDITION

In this week's edition of Flashback Friday, we recognize the proud and strong history of Key West and the Armed Services on this very special Memorial Day weekend. We salute our servicemen and women - past, present and future. We also recognize the sacrifices by the new front-line workers in the fight against COVID, those who have given their lives to fight this silent enemy.

Key West's own Mark Ebonboch was instrumental in the making of this week's film - and helping to bring it to KWFF. We had a great time with Mark, Director Paul Sanchez, Producers Lisa Poggi and Don Anderson, Tom Berenger and his wife, Cory Glover, and the rest of the crew!
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: MARK BRIDGES

KWFF COSTUME DESIGN FOCUS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER

KWFF has honored an outstanding costume designer each year since 2016 and each of them has gone on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design.

This week's FBF brings us back to 2017, when we had the privilege of hosting and honoring Mark Bridges, who won an Academy Award that year for his stellar work in The Phantom Thread.

Mark has been the costume designer for all of Paul Thomas Anderson's films including Boogie Nights, There Will be Blood, Magnolia, Inherent Vice, and of course The Phantom Thread.
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: CRITICS PANEL AND IndieWire’s ERIC KOHN

The KWFF Critics Panel is the only festival program of its nature in the entire country. Each year the panel brings together a dozen of the top national critics to discuss films, debate trends in the industry, and sing karaoke at Bobby's Monkey Bar.

Since 2016, these critics have chosen one film each year to be given the prestigious KWFF Critics Award.

This year we've asked Eric Kohn, executive editor and chief critic at Indiewire.com, to reflect on past KWFF Critics Award winners.

Be sure to visit IndieWire daily for in-depth reporting on how the entertainment industry is adapting and reacting to the Covid-19 crisis.
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