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Georgia Museum of Art to show Key West films

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This summer, the Georgia Museum of Art has organized a film series focused on Key West in conjunction with the exhibition “Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan” (on view June 17 – September 10, 2017). Artist and printmaker F. Townsend Morgan was an important local figure in the arts as director of the Key West Community Art Center during the Great Depression. His etchings of Key West helped reshape the area’s economy into a travel destination.

The films will screen on select Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. Each film will open with a 15-minute introduction by a guest speaker and close with a short conversation. All films are free and open to the public.

“Reap the Wild Wind” (1942) screens June 22. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring John Wayne, Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard, the movie tells the story of Loxi, a Florida ship salvager, who falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. Their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor and eventually leads to tragedy. (NR, 123 min.)

“Key Largo” (1948) screens June 29. A classic in film noir, “Key Largo” pairs Hollywood greats Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. In “Key Largo,” Frank McCloud (Bogart) visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. (NR, 100 min.)

“Matinee” (1993) screens July 6. The movie follows fictional low-budget filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman), who is in Key West when the Cuban Missile Crisis occurs in 1962. Woolsey thinks it’s the perfect time to premiere his kitschy horror film “Mant!” amid the political tension and fear of nuclear war. (PG, 99 min.)

This film series is generously sponsored by UGA Parents Leadership Council.

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Writer: Stella Tran, sktran@uga.edu
Contact: Michael Lachowski, (706) 542-9078, mlachow@uga.edu

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Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA, 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706.542.4662.

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