When Humphrey Bogart's son, Stephen Bogart, decided to start a film festival dedicated to his father, the Naples, Florida-based writer knew the perfect city: Key Largo. It happens to be the title of the film set in the well-known Upper Key.
Directed by John Huston, Key Largo stars Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall (Stephen's mother) as one of several people taken hostage by a gangster (Edward G. Robinson), all while a tropical storm brews outside. It's one of the many Bogart films playing at the festival, which kicks off Thursday, May 1.
Speaking over the phone from his Naples home, Bogart calls the location of the festival, which is in its second year, "obvious," but adds that "the ambiance there always seemed like a good place." There are not many film venues in the Upper Keys, but somehow, the festival will show 21 films multiple times; and host talks, workshops, a brunch, and even a black tie gala. More »