CREATIVITY • DIVERSITY • SUSTAINABILITY • BEAUTY
“The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty.
Key West enjoys a rich tradition of inspiring residents and visitors alike to approach everything they do with a free and unbridled spirit. We celebrate all things creative as the highest expression of the human soul.
The Key West Film Festival is pleased to announce the first annual Kimberly Peirce Scholarship…
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.
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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.
A. Brooke Christian
Founder and Chairman
2018 Key West Film Festival Sponsors
Official Providers help sustain Festival operations through a broad range of in-kind goods and services. Their support is a key factor in keeping expenses at a minimum and directing more funds to the Festival’s core programs. We are grateful for their support.