The inaugural Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to mark 65 years since the premiere of the Key Largo, starring Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall, which was partially filmed on the island at the top of the Florida Keys archipelago.Check here for more event information.
Celebrating the life and films of the man the American Film Institute named “America’s greatest male screen legend,” the festival is the only event of its kind to ever be backed by the Bogart Estate, which is producing the event in partnership with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce.
"We have long been looking for a natural home for a family-backed Bogie film fest, and we believe there is no better place than Key Largo," said Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of the iconic performer.
“My father and mother starred in Key Largo and the actual boat from The African Queen is here in Key Largo,” Bogart said. “It just feels right to honor my father and his movies in this beautiful place, which has such an organic connection to his legacy.” ...
Highlights of the film festival include a rotating selection of the performer’s classic films and a group of movies focusing on the film noir genre. Also planned are a formal Bogart Ball, an outdoor screening of Casablanca, a display of Bogart memorabilia and canal cruises on the fully restored African Queen, which is docked at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, mile marker 100.
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