Anne Chaisson to Lead HIFF, David Nugent promoted to Artistic Director

The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced the appointment of Anne Chaisson as the new executive director. Chaisson, who has long been associated with the Festival, serving as Advisory Co-Chair since 2003, will begin her new post at the end of November.

“I am humbled and honored to be taking over the helm of an organization that I have been affiliated with for over a decade and in a place where I’ve worked, lived and played for even double that time,” said Chaisson.  “I truly consider the Hamptons home and look forward to working closely with the board, David in his new role, staff and most importantly, the community and long time supporters that have made the festival a success for the last 20 years.”

Chaisson, also a producer with credits including 2002 outing ROGER DODGER as well as P.S.DIGGERS and ROCKSTEADY. As a fundraiser she’s worked with organizations including Film Society of Lincoln Center and Nantucket Film Festival.

“Having Anne onboard seems like a natural progression of events.” Said Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman Stuart Match Suna.   “She has been such an integral part of the Festival for the past ten years and we are thrilled to have her here full time.  Anne’s broad background in production, business and film education make her an incredible asset the Festival and I look forward to watching it flourish under her direction.”  

The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director.  Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008.  He has also been teaching Documentary film history, and American Independent film history at The New School since 2004. He has been a member of the selection committee for the Gotham Awards and Cinema Eye Awards, and a panelist at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Working with HIFF over the past five years has been an incredible experience and I am very much looking forward to continuing the growth and artistic direction in my new roll.”  Said Nugent.  “I have worked with Anne over the years, and look forward to taking the festival to the next level.”

Founded in 1993, HIFF has in recent years aimed to position itself as a vital stop on the awards circuit, also raising its profile with year-round local programming as well as affiliated events in New York City. The Festival wrapped its 20th annual edition in October with a slate that included SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and ARGO.

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Join us on the red carpet… then watch a portion of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s panel of this year’s honored actors in an entertaining and informative discussion. Share in some personal stories and learn firsthand about both the artistic challenges and the practical business realities related to succeeding in today’s film market. Moderated by Variety’s Executive Editor Steven Gaydos. [Read more...]

VIDEO: A Tribute to Ann Roth

Watch the exclusive video of Hampton International Film Festival’s Tribute to Ann Roth from the Red Carpet and inside the intimate event. Friends Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols elaborate on the impact of her work as she is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Costume Design presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Read more...]

Conversation With… Alan Cumming

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Conversation With… Stevie Nicks

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HIFF INTERVIEW: Ben Barenholtz on his World Premiere documentary WAKALIWOOD: THE DOCUMENTARY

We were excited to have a chance to speak with HIFF 2010 Industry Toastee Ben Barenholtz about his new documentary WAKALIWOOD: THE DOCUMENTARY, which is having its World Premiere at the 20th Anniversary Festival on Fri, Oct 05, 4:30PM at Sag Harbor Cinema. The film will also screen Sun, Oct 07, 8:45PM UA East Hampton Theater 3.Click Here to purchase tickets.

As a key figure in the Independent Cinema landscape, from producing the Coen brothers films, distributing progressive and edgy films through Libra Films and Circle Releasing, and exhibiting classic and underground films by Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Maya Deren, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Buster Keaton and D.W. Griffith at the Elgin Cinema in the late 60′s, how did you find yourself making a film in Uganda?

Given my record, don’t you think it was natural for me to go to Uganda or any other place that can provoke my interest. The choices I have made have always been unpredictable. I was sitting in the the car going to the airport asking myself, “What the hell are you doing at your age? Go home idiot.” But on this trip I managed to reacquaint myself with the reasons I got involved in film to begin with and to realize that I will never retire or be satisfied with past accomplishments or even write a book.

You co-directed Wakaliwood: The Documentary with Alan Hofmanis, is this both of yours directorial debut? What made you want to sit behind the director’s chair at this point in your career?

I directed my first documentary a few years ago called “Music Inn” for which we are still trying to raise the money to clear the music rights.

I never sat in a directors chair.

You’ve been in the industry for almost 50 years, yet you’re still experimenting, creating and utilizing new media to great effect. In fact, you’ve created a Kickstarter campaign for the documentary to help raise finishing funds for the film. What are your thoughts on the changing landscape of producing and distributing films? Are these new platforms exciting to you or do you yearn for the old days?

We started our Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to promote and market the film and to pay off the post production costs. I only yearn for the future, unpredictable, changing landscapes, and distribution methods yet to be developed. I don’t think anyone really knows what will happen next and I can tell you with certainty that I don’t know what I am going to do next.

DON’T MISS HIFF’s upcoming ROWDY TALK on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am at Rowdy Hall. Filmmakers who have used the crowd-sourcing platform to fund their films share how best to utilize this new concept. Guests will also discuss the impact the company has had in the film industry in the past two years and what we should expect for the future. Admission is first come, first served.

DON'T MISS! 12 HIFF FILMS TO SEE IN 2012

At a festival with over 150 films, it can be hard to narrow down what to see. Here are a few suggestions from the Programming team which boasts many filmmakers and cast in attendance, a number of world premieres, competition films, directorial debuts, and our 2012 Alfred P. Sloan award-winning film.

Join us for a Tweet Chat with the Programming team tomorrow, Thursday, October 4th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm for a chance to discuss these Can’t Miss HIFF Films of 2012 and more! – www.twitter.com/hamptonsfilm

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JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET

10/6, 11:45am, UA5
10/7, 4pm, UA3

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FUTURE WEATHER
10/5, 3:45pm, UA4

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OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
10/5, 3:30pm, Southampton Regal Cinema

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QUARTET

10/8, 6pm, Guild Hall

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EL HUASO

10/6, 8pm, UA4
10/7, 10am, UA2

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THE DISCOVERERS
10/6, 5:30pm, UA4
10/8, 6pm, UA1

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THE ALMOST MAN “mer eller mindre mann”

10/6, 2:45pm, UA3
10/7, 10pm, UA4

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RED FLAG
10/6, 6:30pm, UA5
10/7, 10pm, UA2

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SPARROWS DANCE
10/5, 5:30pm, UA3
10/7, 5:30pm, UA6

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A BAND CALLED DEATH
10/5, 9:30pm, UA5
10/7, 3pm, UA2

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SIN BIN
10/6, 9:45pm, UA3
10/7, 9:45pm, UA6

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WILD IN THE STREETS
10/7, 1pm, UA6
10/8, 6:45pm, UA4

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HIFF Presents: A Focus on UK Film in partnership with BAFTA

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Michael Apted
Co-host: FOCUS ON UK FILM
Director, Writer, Producer
BAFTA Member
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Trudie Styler
Co-host: FOCUS ON UK FILM
Actress, Producer, Environmentalist
BAFTA Member
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, New York (BAFTA New York) is proud to partner with HIFF to present FOCUS ON UK FILM, an exciting line-up of new UK productions, featuring a wide-range of British talent both in front of and behind the cameras. In addition to their roles as co-hosts of the FOCUS ON UK FILM, Michael Apted, one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation, directs 56 UP, the latest installment of his groundbreaking social documentary series; and Trudie Styler, actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, and UNICEF Ambassador, serves as a member of the 2012 GSA Narrative jury.

Beyond the British-produced films featured in the UK Focus, festival-goers can experience the depth and breadth of British talent throughout the Festival’s films. HIFF’s 20th anniversary poster is designed by British artist Cecily Brown, and the illustrious Scotsman Alan Cumming—star of stage, screen, and television—will host the Golden Starfish Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts was formed in London in 1947. In 2012, BAFTA has 6,500 voting members worldwide. The Academy supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image, including film, television, and games, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefitting the public. BAFTA New York was established in 1996 to raise awareness of, and in support of, BAFTA ’s goals on the East Coast, with members comprised of all branches of the industries.

FOCUS ON UK FILM is ready for its close-up . . . . Welcome to the Hamptons!

Feature Films:

56 UP, directed by Michael Apted
EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007, Directed by Stevan Riley
THE GIRL, directed by Julian Jarrold
JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET, directed by Jesse Vile
LAY THE FAVORITE , directed by Stephen Frears
LONDON : THE MODERN BABYLON , directed by Julien Temple
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, directed by Sally El Hosani
QUARTET, directed by Dustin Hoffman
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS , directed by Martin McDonagh
SHADOW DANCER , directed by James Marsh
WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, directed by Terry George
WILD IN THE STREETS , directed by Peter Baxter

Short Films:

BUY BUY BABY , directed by Gervais Merryweather
CALLUM , directed by Michael van der Put
THE CURSE, directed by Fyzal Boulifa
EIGHTY EIGHT, directed by Sebastian Feehan, Josh Bamford
FRIEND REQUEST PENDING, directed by Chris Foggin
HEAD OVER HEELS, directed by Timothy Reckart
JIMMY, directed by Martin Smith
LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION , directed by Douglas Hart
MECONIUM, directed by Roseanne Flynn
PERFECT FIT, directed by Tali Yankelevich

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New Additions to the 2012 Film Program

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In our 20th Festival year, we are celebrating with more films than ever! In fact, the Hamptons International Film Festival has just announced that eight additional feature films will screen at this year’s Festival from October 4-8, 2012. Check them out below, click through to read more, view trailers and buy tickets.

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QUARTET

10/8, 6pm, Guild Hall

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EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007: An EPIX Original Documentary

10/5, 10:15pm, UA2

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CLOUD ATLAS

10/8, 8:30pm, Guild Hall

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KOCH
10/8, 3:30PM, UA1

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NO PLACE ON EARTH
10/6, 7:45PM, UA2

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ZEN OF BENNETT
10/4, 2PM, UA5

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DREAMING AMERICAN

Precedes CALL ME KUCHU
(2nd screening only)

10/8, 8PM, UA3

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KON TIKI
10/7, 9:15PM, UA1

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OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
10/5, 3:30pm, Southampton Regal Cinema

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