Conversation With… Richard Gere

The Hamptons International Film Festival had the great honor of spending an hour with Richard Gere during the our 20th Anniversary Festival. Here is a glimpse of the red carpet along with conversation moderated by Alec Baldwin! [Read more...]

VIDEO: Variety's 10 Actors to Watch

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...]

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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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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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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Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All Time: HIFF's Take

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Behold, the film list to end all film lists!

So long as humans have 10 fingers and toes, and that infinite library known as IMDb.com (@IMDB) right at their finger tips, Sight & Sound Magazine (@SightSoundMag) will continue their once-a-decade survey of the greatest films of all time.

Sight & Sound unveiled this decade’s list last week with arguably the biggest shake-up to the list since the poll first hit newsstands in 1952. After a nearly 50-year reign as the consensus “Greatest Film Ever Made”, Orson WellesCitizen Kane cedes the number one spot to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Considered by many scholars and cinephiles alike to be the definite canonical list, Sight & Sound’s poll queried a total of 846 critics and 358 directors on their choices for cinema’s most outstanding achievements.

The full list of the Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time selections can be found at the British Film Institute.

While we’re in the midst of whittling down our lists of films to be screened at the 20th anniversary edition of Hamptons International Film Festival, the HIFF team took a breather and selected their favorite films from Sight & Sound’s Top 50 list.

Moved by City Lights and Tokyo Story? Blown away by 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apocalypse Now? Share your lists!  Below, HIFF programmers pick their top ten favorites.

JEFFREY BOWERS
Assistant Programmer

(in preferential order)
1. La Règle du jeu (Rules of the Game)
2. Le Mépris (Contempt) /// Pierrot le Fou
3. L’avventura
4. Stalker /// Mirror
5. Some Like It Hot
6. La Jetée
7. Au hazard Balthazar
8. Satantango
9. The General
10. Vertigo

GIANNA CHACHERE
Festival Producer

(in no particular order)
1. Vertigo
2. Citizen Kane
3. 8 ½
4. Persona
5. Mirror
6. In the Mood for Love
7. Rashomon
8. Taxi Driver
9. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
10. Journey to Italy
11. Some Like It Hot

BILL CURRAN
Assistant Programmer

(in chronological order)
1. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans
2. Citizen Kane
3. Singin’ in the Rain
4. Ugestu monogatari
5. The Searchers
6. 8 ½
7. Pierrot le fou
8. Au hasard Balthazar
9. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
10. Close-Up

 

DAVID NUGENT
Director of Programming

(in no particular order)
1. Vertigo
2. Citizen Kane
3. Man with a Movie Camera
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc
5. Apocalypse Now
6. Andrei Rublev
7. Bicycle Thieves
8. The General
9. Metropolis
10. City Lights

 

GENEVIEVE VILLAFLOR
Programmer and Program Manager

(in preferential order)
1. Tokyo Story
2. L’avventura
3. In the Mood for Love
4. Satantango
5. Man With a Movie Camera
6. La jetee
7. 400 Blows
8. Playtime
9. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans
10. Histoire(s) du cinema

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