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Hemingway documentary explores mental illness

Saturday - 11/16/2013, 7:10pm  ET

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

Hemingway screened "Running from Crazy," on Friday night. The documentary 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 classics including "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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Key West Film Festival: http://kwfilmfest.com

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APPHOTO FLAN103: In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, actress Mariel Hemingway, center, and boyfriend Bobby Williams, left, interact with a fan, right, during a book-signing session at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. Mariel Hemingway is among several film notables in Key West through Sunday, Nov. 17, for the Key West Film Festival. She screened her own film "Running From Crazy," a documentary that explores her family's history of mental illness and her efforts to escape it. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO FLAN102: In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, actress Mariel Hemingway poses in the writing studio that once belonged to her grandfather Ernest Hemingway at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. Mariel Hemingway is among several film notables in Key West through Sunday, Nov. 17, for the Key West Film Festival. She screened her own film "Running From Crazy," a documentary that explores her family's history of mental illness and her efforts to escape it. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO FLAN101: In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, actress Mariel Hemingway poses in the writing studio that once belonged to her grandfather Ernest Hemingway at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. Mariel Hemingway is among several film notables in Key West through Sunday, Nov. 17, for the Key West Film Festival. She screened her own film "Running From Crazy," a documentary that explores her family's history of mental illness and her efforts to escape it. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal) (15 Nov 2013)

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