HIFF Reveals Opening, Closing and Centerpiece Films (#HIFF12)

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The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm, #HIFF12) is proud to announce that Love, Marilyn will have it’s U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night film at Guild Hall (@GuildHall) in East Hampton on Thursday, October 4th. Director Liz Garbus’ documentary feature is a startlingly intimate and revealing portrait of arguably the most famous female actor ever to grace the silver screen.

The Friday night Southampton opening is David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. After a court-ordered stint at a psychiatric facility, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who is bipolar, moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) and tries to win back his estranged wife Nikki. Into his orbit flies Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an equally volatile young widow who offers to help Pat get Nikki back…at a price. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 21st.

Ben Affleck’s Argo will be the Centerpiece of the festival. Affleck directs and plays Tony Mendez, a CIA agent and “exfiltration” expert who devised a daring, unconventional plan to rescue six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Warner Brothers will release the film nationally on October 12th.

David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, makes his feature film directorial debut with Paramount Vantage‘s Not Fade Away, which will close this year’s festival. The film is about a moment in time in the early 1960s when the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film reunites Chase with Sopranos star James Gandolfini. Paramount Pictures will release the film on December 21st.

“These films, with their range of styles and risk-taking creative choices, represent the pinnacle of what the festival has endeavored to achieve for the last 20 years. The Oscar and Emmy recognition that each of these four filmmakers have already received is a testament to their vital creative force. I can’t wait to share their distinct visions with our audiences in the Hamptons,” says David Nugent, HIFF Director of Programming.

Ann Roth To Receive HIFF's Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (@theacademy) will co-present a special evening honoring the career of costume designer Ann Roth during The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm). Special guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols with CNN (@CNN) correspondent Alina Cho serving as host and moderator. The celebration will take place at Guild Hall (@GuildHall) in East Hampton on Saturday, October 6th where Ms. Roth will receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.

With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar® for The English Patient (1996). Well-known for the depth of her creative vision and her rigorous attention to detail, Roth has designed costumes for a wide variety of genres and historical periods, with films as varied as The Day of the Locust  (1975), Hair (1979), The World According to Garp (1982), The Birdcage (1996), The Hours (2002) and Julie & Julia (2009).

Roth is noted for her ability to collaborate with actors and directors in creating indelible characters, and has worked repeatedly with such artists as Mike Nichols, Stephen Daldry, Anthony Minghella, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis. In addition to her four Academy Award nominations, Roth has received four Tony Award® nominations for her costume designs for the stage (most recently, for her work on The Book of Mormon (@BookofMormonBWY)) and three Emmy Award® (@PrimeTimeEmmys) nominations (including her work on the miniseries Mildred Pierce). This special event will be both a celebration of Roth’s career and an examination of her work and craft, featuring film clips and in-depth discussions of her creative process.

“Ann’s work has helped bring some of our most iconic movie characters to life,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “She’s a beloved artist whose work continues to inspire all of us.”

“We are honored that in our festival’s anniversary year we are able to recognize and salute such an extraordinary woman as Ann Roth,” said Executive Director Karen Arikian. “She epitomizes the inspirational creative talent that we have endeavored to present to our audiences at HIFF for the last 20 years.”

“It is, of course, a tremendous honor to be recognized for one’s work by one’s peers” said Ann Roth. “I gratefully thank both The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and The Hamptons International Film Festival and I commend the festival on its steely optimism in waiting until 2012 to bestow such an honor on me.”

In celebration of Ms. Roth’s career, a selection of her original sketches and renderings will be exhibited during the week of the festival. The exhibition will feature hand-drawn works created and curated by Ms. Roth.

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HIFF Will Honor Richard Gere with The 2012 Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting

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The Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm) has announced that actor Richard Gere will attend the 20th Anniversary Festival (#HIFF12) to receive The Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting on October 6th, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Guild Hall (@GuildHall) in East Hampton, NY.

The award will be presented during the festival’s Conversation With Richard Gere, a discussion with Mr. Gere about his life and career, moderated by the Festival’s Honorary Chairman, Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin). The event will feature a montage highlighting Mr. Gere’s screen appearances. “Conversation With Richard Gere” is sponsored by Capital One.

Richard Gere made an immediate impact on cinema with his moving debut in Terence Malick’s Days Of Heaven, a film which launched a career that has spanned four decades and has included roles in films such as Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Chicago and most recently Arbitrage. The Festival is pleased to present a special screening of Days of Heaven.

In addition to his work on the screen, Mr. Gere is an accomplished musician, photographer and humanitarian, advocating for human rights with organizations that include The International Campaign for Tibet (@savetibetorg), Survival International (@survival) and Healing the Divide. He also created The Gere Foundation, which supports the cultural preservation of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

Says Karen Arikian, Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival:

“Richard Gere’s outstanding body of work speaks for itself. Richard’s phenomenal talent and social activism has showcased his passion and heart. We are thrilled to present him with the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting.”

Past honorees of the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting are Gena Rowlands, Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Allen and Alec Baldwin.

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Become a Volunteer at the Hamptons Film Festival! (#HIFF12)

Celebrating 20 years, the Hamptons International Film Festival is back
Thursday, October 4 through Monday, October 8, 2012 including Columbus Day.
You don’t want to miss the premieres and special events.

Be a part of the fun, to volunteer, click here to download the application
and please contact Marianna Levine, Volunteer Coordinator
at marianna[at]hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Would you like to host a festival guest? Do you have a spare bedroom
or two? The Hamptons Film Festival is looking for Housing sponsors
to host filmmakers at the festival. Housing sponsors receive passes to
the festival. If interested, please contact Gianna Chachere,
Festival Producer at gianna[at]hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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Sneak Peek: Artwork for HIFF's 20th Anniversary Artist Poster by Cecily Brown (#HIFF12)

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Over the past two decades the Festival has commissioned an artist, most often an artist with a local connection, to design its annual promotional poster. These posters have showcased the conventions and clichés of the film poster form, using the interplay between art and film to extraordinary effect.

The tradition continues with this year’s poster design, incorporating the work of painter Cecily Brown.

Cecily Brown was born in London in 1969 and currently lives and works in New York. She studied at the Slade School in London and received her BA in 1993. Brown had her first solo exhibition in New York at Deitch Projects in 1997 and a second in 1998.

Cecily Brown has been represented by Gagosian Gallery since 1999 and had exhibitions in New York in 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2008, and in London in 2006 and 2011. Brown is represented by Contemporary Fine Art in Berlin and had solo shows there in 2001, 2004 and 2010.

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HIFF is Celebrating 20 Years with a Retrospective of Artist Posters at the Peter Marcelle Gallery Starting September 29th

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Please join the Hamptons International Film Festival in celebrating 20 years with its retrospective of artist posters at the Peter Marcelle Gallery, 2411 Main Street in Bridgehampton, NY.

Opening reception Saturday,
September 29, 2012

Exhibit will be available for viewing
Saturday, September 29 through Sunday, October 8, 2012

Over the past two decades the Festival has commissioned an artist, most often an artist with a local connection, to design its annual promotional poster. These posters have showcased the conventions and clichés of the film poster form, using the interplay between art and film to extraordinary effect.

Posters on display include works by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Donald Sultan, Julian Schnabel, Barbara Kruger, Dan Rizzie, Jim Gingerich, David Salle and Billy Sullivan.

The tradition continues with this year’s poster design, incorporating the work of painter Cecily Brown. Take a look here at HIFF’s 2012 poster art.

Behind the Scenes: ETHEL screening

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Last Friday the Hamptons International Film Festival (@HamptonsFilm) hosted a sold-out screening of ETHEL (@Ethel_Movie), a documentary about Ethel Skakel, wife and much more to the late Robert Kennedy, as the final film in our SummerDocs series. The film was directed by Rory Kennedy, Ethel’s daughter, and we were lucky to have both women in attendance. Others in attendance were Sarah Davis, Jean Kennedy Smith and her son Michael Kennedy Smith. After the film concluded, Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin) hosted a Q & A with Rory where they discussed of all things, Ethel, and what a powerhouse of a woman she continues to be. The film does an incredible job of connecting the Kennedy’s personal stories with that of our American history. Remembering the past, living in the present, and looking forward to the future seemed to be the theme of the night and Ethel for one, said she still has a lot of living ahead of her.

Thank you everyone who came out and supported our 2012 SummerDocs series! We hope to see you again for the 20th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival on Oct. 4-8.

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Interview: Rory Kennedy Speaks on "ETHEL", Her Mother & More

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The Hamptons International Film Festival is overjoyed to conclude its SummerDocs series with the wonderful documentary by Rory Kennedy about her mother called ETHEL (@Ethel_Movie).

Rory and Ethel Kennedy will both be in attendance this evening for the screening at Guild Hall. Movie at 8 pm, followed by a Q & A with Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin).

After tackling controversial issues in your documentaries such as prisoner abuse, the AIDS epidemic, and border control, what made you turn inward and make a documentary about your mother?

Sheila Nevins at HBO approached me about doing a documentary about my mother and I was resistant at first, because it’s my mother—it’s personal. But I also felt that my mother has this amazing story and it would be a great opportunity to share this remarkable person with the rest of the world.

Your mother hasn’t given an interview in 30 years. What was her reaction when you proposed making a film about her?

I thought she would never do it. I figured I would just ask her and she would say no and I would tell HBO she said no. Then I asked my mother and she said yes!

Having grown up surrounded with your mother’s stories, how were you able to separate your role as a daughter from your role as a documentary filmmaker? What was your approach in making the film?

ETHEL is a “point of view” film, and it never pretends to be otherwise. I narrate the film and clearly communicate to the audience that this is a daughter’s film about her mother and family. I’m not pretending to make an “objective” film about Ethel Kennedy. I’m making a very personal film about my family. The film is a very honest reflection of my take on my family. My mother has had a long, full life — she’s 83 years old — but I’ve compressed those years to 100 minutes. So there is a lot of stuff that’s not in there. I’m sure the question will come up of why didn’t you cover this or that. Those questions are inevitable, but at the end of the day, I have to make edits and choices — the film is true to me.

What was your experience making the film, especially now that it’s complete. Working in a documentarian role, was there anything new you learned about your mother?

Making this film about my mother and having the chance to sit down with her and my siblings has been a rare privilege. How many of us have had the chance to sit down with our parents or siblings and ask him or her everything we’ve ever wanted to know? And thought it was hard at times, I will always be grateful for that experience.

So what did I learn that was new? Well, I didn’t know that my mother used to bet on horses on a regular basis when she was at college. Or that my father and siblings slid down the banister of the White House the day Jack and Jackie moved in and I didn’t know that our Seal, Sammy, ate fish but spit out the eyes…So there were a few new facts I picked up along the way. But the greatest gift was getting a deeper understanding of my mother – her faith in God, her crackling sense of humor and her inexhaustible drive. She is a one of a kind. I knew it going in, but have an even greater appreciation of her now.

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Hamptons Film Festival and Variety Present 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performers of 2012

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Now in it’s 11th year, the Breakthrough Performers of 2012 list honors the work of exciting young actors and presents their brilliant performances in films highlighted throughout the Festival. For our 20th Anniversary year, the Festival is excited to partner with Variety (@Variety) who is traveling to the Hamptons International Film Festival, where those on this prestigious list will take part in a number of activities, seminars and social events over the five-day festival. Several of this year’s awards winners are also starring in films appearing at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. Without further adieu, the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival 10 To Watch Breakthrough Performers are:

Adam Driver

Domhnall Gleeson

Bella Heathcote

Dree Hemingway (@dreelovechild)

Boyd Holbrook

Elyas M’Barek (@Elyas_MBarek)

Scoot McNairy

Nate Parker (@NateParker)

Imogen Poots

Alicia Vikander

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Get ready for the IFP Filmmaker Conference!

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Attention Filmmakers and Industry people: IFP (@ifpfilm) is hosting their annual filmmaker conference next month and is definitely worth checking out. This is a great place to meet other industry people and become informed on new trends and ideas in filmmaking. If you haven’t signed up for the IFP Newsletter, we highly recommend it as they play in an integral role in spreading the word about our special programs and festival.

IFP Filmmaker Conference – Tickets On Sale Now!
September 16-20, New York City

Held during IFP’s signature Independent Film Week, the Filmmaker Conference brings together the international filmmaking community to celebrate, advocate, and introduce new voices on the independent scene, as well as explore the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Whether stories are told through film, television, or new media, the Filmmaker Conference is the premiere place to interact with experts on how to connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Highlights include Keynotes from producer Christine Vachon (@kvpi) and Focus Features’ (@FocusFeaturesJames Schamus (who we are highlighting in our Industy Toast), ARTE’s Michel Reilhac (@MichelReilhac), and Ford Foundations’ (@FordFoundation) Orlando Bagwell, as well as pitch workshops, case studies of this year’s hit indies like Beasts of the Southern Wild, and vital info you can use to produce your latest & greatest works.

New! Meet the Decision Makers – real meetings for Conference passholders with top distributors, agents & managers, and filmmakers’ grants and fellowships. Limited tickets available!

For the latest Conference schedule and to purchase tickets visit http://www.ifp.org/conferences/filmmaker-conference

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