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THE HUMPHREY BOGART FILM FESTIVAL

 
 Outside Showing of Key Largo on the Giant Screen

Jack Huston, Billy Corben and Film Critic Leonard Maltin

Actresses Olivia Thirlby and Carly Pope enjoy a cruise on the African Queen

             
Honoring The Man, his films, his life, and the golden era of cinema…in a tropical paradise with a stunning climate…that is the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival as presented by the Humphrey Bogart Estate.

As observed by two time festival guest Leonard Maltin (the man who declared Casablanca “the best Hollywood movie of all time”), the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival presents these classic films like they were meant to be seen: “on the big screen.” The larger-than-life presentations are offered both on traditional movie theaters and outside, on a giant screen, under the stars next to the Gulf of Mexico. Imagine that moment…watching the Bogart classic “Key Largo,” in Key Largo, next to the waters Bogie navigated in the classic movie for which this island was named.

The festival also presents a variety of special events including cocktail receptions, featuring Bogart's Gin, round table discussions,a great display of family owned memorabilia, expert film introductions, Saturday evening dancing and dining, and, finally, a closing brunch overlooking the breathtaking waters of the Florida Keys. In between catching a movie or attending an event, the true Bogart aficionados somehow find time to take a cruise on the original African Queen, which makes its home port Key Largo. 

The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is not, however, just about the past…it is also about the present and the future…

Each year the festival is hosted by Stephen Bogart, son of Bogie and Bacall. In the first two years Stephen Bogart was joined by film historian Leonard Maltin. Last year, Stephen was joined by co-host Eddie Muller. Eddie, known internationally as the "Czar of Noir," is an acclaimed novelist, biographer and film historian. He is the founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, which rescues, restores, and exhibits at-risk examples of the genre. He is also a frequent guest on Turner Classic Movies, Eddie will be back to co-host again this year.

Billy Corben will return to once again host a workshop and serve as master of ceremonies. Billy is a South Florida native and award-winning director best known for his riveting documentary “Cocaine Cowboys." 

In the inaugural year the festival was honored by the presence of actor Jack Huston, best known for his role as Richard Harrow in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”  Jack is the grandson of John Huston, who was Bogie's best friend and the director of some of Bogie's greatest hits, including “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), Key Largo” (1948), and "The African Queen" (1951).     

Year two special guests included Carly Pope and Olivia Thirlby. Carly co-starred in “This Last Lonely Place”, the award winning first film produced by Santana Films, which is the Humphrey Bogart Estates re-boot of Bogie's Santana Productions. Olivia played Leah in the Oscar-winning film Juno and will star in "The White Orchid," which is the second production of Santana Films.  

In year three, we were joined by Monika Henreid, Rhys Coiro and Xander Berkeley. Monika is the daughter of Paul Henreid, who of course played Victor Laszlo in Casablanca! Rhys and Xander starred in our last film, This Last Lonely Place. Rhys has been part of many great shows, but he is perhaps best know for portraying crazed director Billy Walsh in the hit HBO show "Entourage." Xander, who has been in more great shows than he can count, currently stars in the AMC hit "The Walking Dead".

This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of "The Maltese Falcon" and the 70th Anniversary of "The Big Sleep". Please join us and our soon to be announced special guests as we watch great Bogart films, drink some Bogart's Gin, and discuss our love of classic films in "America’s Caribbean,” Key Largo, Florida. 

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