Fans of Humphrey Bogart may have an extra reason to visit Florida this May, when the first inaugural festival honoring the iconic actor takes place. Hosted by Stephen Bogart, the actor's son with Lauren Bacall, the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival runs May 2-5, 2013 in Key Largo, Fla, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Festival organizers will choose a theme each year and this year’s is film noir, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Noted critic and film historian Leonard Maltin will also give a presentation on Bogart’s contribution to the genre. Bogart classics screened will include The Petrified Forest, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleepas well as The African Queen, for which Bogart took home an Oscar, as well as Casablanca. The festival will open with a reception and an outdoor screening of Key Largo. To round out its film noir theme, non-Bogart staples of the genre will be screened, including Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard, as well as more recent entries such as Memento, Brick, and Drive.
The festival was created by The Humphrey Bogart Estate and the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and will feature a formal Bogart Ball, displays of Bogart memorabilia and the chance to take a ride on the fully-restored African Queen. Many of the classics will be screened outdoors.