Hemingway Documentary Explores Mental Illness

KEY WEST, Fla. (November 17, 2013) Actress Mariel Hemingway, cult filmmaker John Waters and a steel-bending strongman are among the stars who’ve gathered at the Key West Film Festival.

On Friday night Hemingway screened "Running from Crazy," a documentary that explores her family's history of mental illness and her efforts to escape it, on the island where her late grandfather Ernest Hemingway lived during the 1930s.

She also hosted a reception at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, where her grandfather penned such classics as "To Have and Have Not."

Other standouts among about 35 films in the festival include "I Am Divine," spotlighting a transvestite performer and featuring Waters; "Cubamerican," portraying the Cuban exile experience, and "Bending Steel," detailing strongman Chris Schoeck's physical strength and emotional struggles.

The festival continues through Sunday.


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