Brian Wilson film to open 10th annual fest



Count on tradition this year at the Key West Film Festival.

The festival plans to open, as always, with a music-themed film, screened under the stars.

This year, the festival will do a little California dreaming with “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, which will screen Nov. 17 at Coffee Butler Amphitheater.

This film takes a trip with songwriter, producer and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, as he delves into his childhood, his struggles with depression and mental illness, his love for brothers Dennis and Carl, and the many recording sessions. This entertaining, informative, at times heart-tugging film provides both a firsthand, intimate look into Wilson’s storied life and further inspiration to anyone who has been touched by his music.

“We are very proud to have ‘Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road’ be a part of the Key West Film Festival,” director Brent Wilson (no relation) said in a statement. “The warmth of the sun, the cool water and the good vibes of Key West are synonymous with Brian’s most jubilant music. Yet, I think it’s the characters and the mystery of Key West that I think fans of the Keys and Brian Wilson will discover is also connected when they see our film. I only wish we could be there to be experience it in person.”

As a bonus, the screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with David Fear Sr., editor of film for Rolling Stone, and director Brent Wilson. That will be followed by an opening night party at the Audubon House for all pass holders.

The festival runs Nov. 17-21. Info, passes: ¦

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