4th Annual Key West Film Festival Announces Official Line-Up and Spotlight Films; Paul Verhoeven to Receive Golden Key Award for Career Achievement

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4th Annual Key West Film Festival Announces Official Line-Up
and Spotlight Films
Paul Verhoeven to Receive Golden Key Award for Career Achievement

October 22, 2015, Key West, FLThe 4th Annual Key West Film Festival announced today its official 2015 line-up including the opening night film Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Brian d’Arcy James, and the Saturday night Spotlight film Carol, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. As part of the festival’s Critics’ Choice series, Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post, will host a Q&A for Spotlight with Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes, two of the journalists who’s real life work is featured in the film. Hornaday will join Indiewire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn, also participating in the Critic’s Choice program, to host a discussion following Carol.

This year’s festival hosts a 20th anniversary screening of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls. Verhoeven will attend the screening and participate in a conversation with Adam Nayman, film critic and author of “It Doesn’t Suck,” a critical study of the film. At the Saturday Awards ceremony, Verhoeven will receive the 2015 Golden Key Award for Career Achievement. The festival also features Bob Yari’s Hemingway biopic Papa, starring Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson and Adrian Sparks and featuring a Q&A with Yari and Richardson, and Amy Berg’s highly anticipated film Janis: Little Blue Girl, which will feature an appearance at the festival by Michael Joplin, the younger brother of Janis.

The festival will take place in Key West from November 18th through November 22nd and includes gala screenings and a curated selection of over 25 films encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema and works by Florida filmmakers.  The complete line-up is as follows:


Carol by Todd Haynes, 2015
Janis: Little Girl Blue by Amy Berg, 2015
Papa by Bob Yari, 2015
Showgirls by Paul Verhoeven, 1995
Spotlight by Tom McCarthy, 2015


The Adderall Diaries by Pamela Romanowsky, 2015
The Benefactor by Andrew Renzi, 2015
Dirty Weekend by Neil LaBute, 2015, Q&A with Neil LaBute and Anson Mount
Kilo Two Bravo by Paul Katis, 2015
Krisha by Trey Edward Shults, 2015
Of Age by Spencer King, 2015
Remember by Atom Egoyan, 2015
Tumbledown by Sean Mewshaw, 2015


The Armor of Light by Abigail Disney, 2015, Q&A with Lucy McBath
The Birth of Sake by Erik Shirai, 2015
Hitchcock/Truffaut by Kent Jones, 2015
Indian Point by Ivy Meeropol, 2105, Q&A with Ivy Meeropol
King Georges by Erika Frankel, 2015, Q&A with Erika Frankel and Chef Georges Perrier
Very Semi-Serious Leah Wolchok, 2015
13 Million Voices by Janelle Gueits, 2015, Q&A with Janelle Gueits


Elder by Genea Gaudet, 2015
Fried Pickles by Mike Merrero & Jon Rhoads, 2015
The Little Firemen by Quincy Perkins, 2014
Papa Machete by Jonathan David Kane, 2014
Pink Boy by Eric Rockey, 2015
A Short Film about Edson Jean by Andrew Hevia, 2015
The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal by Chris Felisgrau, Ronnie Rivera, 2015
Writers on Bicycles by Carey Winfrey, 2015, Q&A with Carey Winfrey


Gored by Ido Mizrahy, 2015
Harlequin by Matteo Bini & Giorgio Pasotti, 2014
My Golden Days by Arnaud Desplechin, 2015
Rams by Grímur Hákonarson, 2015


I Am Michael by Justin Kelly, 2015
Nasty Baby by Sebastián Silva, 2015
Out to Win by Malcolm Ingram, 2015
Tab Hunter Confidential by Jeffrey Schwarz, 2015

Celebrated filmmakers and actors will attend the festival this year, including returning guests Angus MacLachlan, who will host a screening of select short films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and Anson Mount, as well as director Neil LaBute, actress Lori Singer and others.

Key West Film Festival previously announced a new annual Critics Focus program in which the nation’s top film critics will be invited to curate spotlight selections. Also recently announced was the new annual Brett Ratner Florida Student Filmmaker Scholarship, a $5000 scholarship that will be presented by Brett Ratner to the winner of the showcase of 12 films from Florida’s top film schools.

Visit kwfilmfest.com for full program information, a schedule of events, and travel and lodging details.

About the Key West Film Festival

Creativity, diversity, sustainability and beauty. The Key West Film Festival is an annual celebration of film and filmmakers, set to take place November 18-22, 2015.

A diverse, entertaining and artistically rigorous selection of films will be represented through a broad array of categories that offer opportunities for filmmakers, both aspiring and established, to commune and exchange ideas with each other while showing their work to audiences in an historic and artistically vibrant tropical paradise.

Festival Day and All Access Passes are available at kwfilmfest.com or by calling the Key West Film Festival Box Office at 877.722.2829.

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