SummerDocs announced!

Get your tickets for the 5th Annual SummerDocs film series!
In partnership with BEACH Magazine, the first two screenings announced below.

Saturday, June 15, 8:30pm  
Directed by Morgan Neville
Presented by Wall Street Journal

Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, award-winning director Morgan Neville’s TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM is a tribute to the unsung, yet unmistakable voices of the backup singers which brought shape and style to popular music over the years.

UPDATE: due to unforeseen circumstances, Darlene Love will no longer attend the screening of TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. We are very excited to announce that Lisa Fischer, who stars in the film as well, will attend the screening for a Q&A with Dick Cavett and a performance.

Get your tickets now

Friday, July 5, 8:00pm
Directed by Josh Fox
Presented by HBO Documentary

GASLAND PART II, the provocative follow-up to Josh Fox’s 2011 Academy Award-
nominated documentary GASLAND, examines the method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” one of the most controversial environmental issues facing our country today. With his trademark dark humor and tenacity, Fox’s newest effort demonstrates how the stakes have been raised, piercing the prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells inevitably leak over time. The iconic imaginates the water and air, hurts families, and endangers the earth’s climate. Josh Fox and environmental experts will participate in a Q&A moderated by Alec Baldwin.
Get your tickets now.

Look for an annoucement of the next two SummerDocs, August 12th & 30th, in early July. 

Photo: Twenty Feet from Stardom

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

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Michael Apted
Director, Writer, Producer
BAFTA Member

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Trudie Styler
Actress, Producer, Environmentalist
BAFTA Member

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
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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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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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.

Don't Miss This: Films on the Haywall's Final Three Screenings

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The Hamptons International Film Festival, in partnership with Silas Marder Gallery, has been delighted to bring you the Films on the Haywall series. We hope you’ve had a chance to bring family and friends to enjoy the outdoor showings. For those you who haven’t, don’t miss the series’ final three screenings, Friday’s at 9:00pm through Labor Day. Pack up that lawnchair or picnic blanket and we’ll see you at the movies!


Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall & Danny Lloyd


Director: Philippe de Broca’s
Starring: Alan Bates, Genevieve Bujold & Pierre Brasseur


Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey & Janet Leigh

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Free August Screenings at the Westhampton Jewish Film Festival

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This year, The Hampton Synagogue Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year. Bringing Jewish history and culture to the Eastern Long Island Jewish community through film in today’s modern day and age has been a crucial component of the many cultural and religious programs that The Hampton Synagogue offers.

Every Monday evening in the month of August at 7:30pm, The Hampton Synagogue, in partnership with the Hamptons International Film Festival, will be presenting the Westhampton Jewish Film Festival located at Hampton Arts Cinema 2 Brook Road, Westhampton Beach, NY.

Admission is complimentary.

Please, RSVP to 631.288.0534 ext. 10 as limited seating is available.

The range of award winning and critically acclaimed films presented for the remainder of August includes:

Monday, August 13th

It’s inspiring true story about two thirteen-year-old girls who were, on the eve of World War II, great dancing and acting stars in Zagreb. Selling out theatre venues, they were praised in the most superb headlines by the Croatian and European press. They were filmed by Parisian Pathe and Berlin’s UFA.

During the Nazi persecution of Jews and the later German nationals’ flight from communists, a dramatic friendship was born through entertainment, dance, but also anxiety. This led towards an unexpected end.

Monday, August 20th

Twelve years after he was ordained as a priest Romuald Waszkinel found out that he was born to Jewish parents, that his name was Jakub Weksler. Torn between two worlds, a priest in the Polish Catholic church, and an observant Jew. Two conflicting identities that cannot co-exist, but Weksler/Waszkinel is unable to give up either one, each of which demands that he decide who he is.

Torn follows his amazing journey from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel.

Monday, August 27th

Winner of the Best Full-Length Debut Film Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival .

Hanna Medelssohn is an 80 year old widow and a proud member of the kibbutz she helped to establish. She strongly believes in the values of social equality and cooperation on which the kibbutz was created.

Hannah’s world disintegrates as the privatization of the Kibbutz forces her into retirement and, after years of hard work and devotion, she finds herself useless. In addition she has to watch the Kibbutz turn into a community in which everyone is mainly concerned for his or her own well-being.

After all her hopes are dashed Hanna realizes that friendship still exists on the Kibbutz and that though things will never be the same, something new can flourish.

We hope to see you at the screenings!