Filmmakers (and More) in Conversation

Bringing visionary artists, celebrated critics and more to Key West

Many guests come to the Tropic to share their insights about filmmaking and their work. Our guests span the cinema landscape and range from film legends to movie subjects to world-renowned writers.

Guests of the Tropic host screenings, participate in Q&As, discuss fascinating subjects and much more, helping you get more out of your filmgoing experience (whether it’s live or virtual.) We’re proud to give our members and guests access to the independent minds behind the best in independent film. Watch this page or our Special Events listing to see what’s coming up!


Past Screenings + Conversations

Reggae Boyz
As part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, “Reggae Boyz” streamed virtually along with a pre-recorded Q&A with Director, Writer, Producer, Co-Director of Photography Till Schauder. Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to reinvigorate its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the 2014 World Cup. “Reggae Boyz” uses pop culture’s most transcendent forces – sports and music – to delve into the heart and soul of Jamaica.

Picture A Scientist
As part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, “Picture a Scientist” featured in-person and virutally. The screening includes a pre-recorded Q&A with Director/Producers Sharon Shattuck & Ian Chaney. “Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. 

Coded Bias 
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? In Coded Bias, a critically acclaimed Sundance 2020 premiere, Shalini Kantayya investigates these bedrock issues—and meets the people working to address them.