As Ben Affleck‘s Live By Night began screening last night for elite press, Hollywood Elsewhere was hanging at The Porch with the Key West Film Festival guys — founder & chairman Brooke Christian, director of programming Michael Tuckman, p.r. honcho Julia Pacetti — and Indiewire‘s Eric Kohn.

It’s 12:55 pm now. Sunny and around 80 degrees, and more than a little humid. I’ve rented my bicycle. I’m sitting inside Coffee Plantation, a nice little cappucino-and-croissant bungalow on Caroline Street, as I tap this out. Key West is basically about peace, flora, shade, sea air, serenity and Bahamian architecture to die for. Not to mention evening fragrances that will transform your basic outlook on life. What better place to hang or have a film festival, for that matter?

Adjacent to Key West cemetery.

Remember when people use to sweep their sidewalks and patios with brooms? Before the invention of obnoxious leaf-blowers, I mean. Their relentless use has turned Los Angeles into a kind of coughing, motor-revving hell, and all because Latino groundskeepers swear by them.

Indiewire critic Eric Kohn hanging last night at Key West’s The Porch.

Main indoor lounge at Key West’s Coffee Plantation.