KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES JIMMY BUFFETT, THOMAS MCGUANE, JIM HARRISON AND OTHER CONCH REPUBLIC LEGENDS WITH FLORIDA PREMIERE OF “ALL THAT IS SACRED”
MCGUANE TO RECEIVE GOLDEN KEY AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
2023 FESTIVAL RUNS NOVEMBER 15-19TH
The Key West Film Festival announced today that i t will present the Florida premiere of the short film “All That Is Sacred,” directed by Scott Ballew. Thomas McGuane, the award-winning writer of “92 In The Shade” will attend the festival, and be honored with The Golden Key Award For Artistic Excellence.
The film, which had its world premiere at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival, takes audiences back to the halcyon days when Key West was a hotbed of creative and often illicit activity for a rowdy assortment of poets, writers. musicians and other artists who first gathered in the late 1960s to fire up a community of rogues. United in their love of literature and fishing ( not to mention cocaine and LSD), the likes of McGuane, Jim Harrison, Richard Brautigan and Jimmy Buffett made the early ’70s Key West a kind of mecca. Filmmakers Guy De La Valdene and Christian Odasso documented the scene in their obscure 1974 film “Tarpon.” It shares the screen with “All That is Sacred,” a contemporary companion piece that borrows footage from the earlier film, and further honors the Florida based “hippie Algonquin Round Table,” with a crew survived only by McGuane.
McGuane will be joined by director Scott Ballew for a Q&A following the film, moderated by Billy Corben. After the panel, the original “Tarpon” will also be screened for the first time in Key West since the 1970s.
Brooke Christian, founder and executive director of the festival, commented: “I am thrilled to be featuring a film at this year’s KWFF that includes two of my childhood idols, Jimmy Buffett and Thomas McGuane. Not only are they a huge part of why I came to Key West for the first time, they inspired me creatively to do a film festival in a place they loved.”
Thomas McGuane is the author of ten novels, including the National Book Award-nominated Ninety-two In The Shade, three works of nonfiction, and four collections of stories. His work has won numerous awards, including The Rosenthal Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and has been anthologized in the Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Sporting Essays.McGuane was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010.