Jack Kerouac’s Florida: At The End Of The Road

A Film Screening As Part of the SunLit Festival

Date(s) & Times

March 13, 2016

7:00 PM





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The Studio@620 will screen "Jack Kerouac's Florida", created by local film maker Kristy Andersen as part of the SunLit Festival.

Jack Kerouac was an unknown writer when he arrived in Florida in September, 1957. He spent the next twelve years as a Florida snowbird, traveling between Florida and New York. Two months after his arrival here “On The Road” was published and he was catapulted into fame as the avatar and bard of the Beat Generation. A soft-spoken poet, he began to abhor the notoriety. His politics became increasingly right-wing. He eventually died at age 47 from liver cirrhosis in 1969 in St. Petersburg. Through interviews with journalists, neighbors, colleagues, and bartenders, the film provides a glimpse into Kerouac's evolving personality, and his experiences in then small towns of Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Kristy Andersen’s 30-minute work-in-progress is a premiere of the film. The event is a fundraiser for funding to complete the film. Kristy will be on hand to talk about her film after the screening.

SunLit Festival is a spring celebration of literature in the Sunshine State based in St. Petersburg.

SunLit Festival is a confederation of like-minded literary, cultural, and civic organizations coordinating their individual efforts for the common goal of advancing the enjoyment of books, reading, writing, and the classic art of letterpress printing.

SunLit Festival is an annual nine-day literary event designed by, for, and about lovers of the exquisitely written word. The festival will premiere March 7-15, 2015. Organizations participating in SunLit Festival operate autonomously to produce their own events and are solely responsible for them.