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]

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]

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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

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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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Help our friend John Maringouin at Give Forward

In 2009, HIFF had the east coast premiere of a wonderful documentary called Big River Man. It’s not often that documentaries seem larger than life, bigger than anything you can imagine, but this film achieved that through both a wild protagonist and intrepid director, John Maringouin, whom we were thrilled to have attend the Festival.

The film follows overweight 53-year-old Martin Strel, who appears to be far from the incarnation of good health, yet in his current state he has achieved records for the world’s longest consecutive swims, including the entirety of the Yangtze and Danube Rivers. Documentarian John Maringouin boldly followed Strel as he embarked on a journey to complete the world’s longest ever swim: the Amazon River. Maringouin risked his life to make this film and tell Strel’s amazing story. The film won our Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award.

Unfortunately, John’s life is in danger again. After suffering from what he thought was chronic asthma for nearly a decade, his condition worsened and it was discovered that he had a tumor in his lung. His friends and family have started a fundraising page to help pay for the surgery. We decided to share this and hope you can give money to his cause because we believe John still has more to say, more things to make, and more adventures to go on. He is a filmmaker with a unique vision of the world and once we help him get past this we can’t wait to see what he’ll give back to us.

“He is in a fighting spirit but is in need of an operation pronto! Being uninsured, he is being forced to go out-of-pocket for the procedure for which he was just quoted a price tag of $214K. Such is the state of health care in this country. He will not even be able to book the procedure without proving a nearly $60K down-payment. Since time is of the essence, THAT is our immediate goal, to get him the money to at least book the surgery.”

On Monday, John posted this to his friends via Facebook:

“Well…when my lung went phooooey last week and I got told I’d have to cough up a new Lexus as a deposit, I couldn’t have imagined that 72 hours later
my friends would pull together more than half that money online. Wow. To say I’m humbled and amazed by that isn’t enough… I must do something for you. I haven’t figured out what but it’s coming. All I know is I’m one lucky guy to have you as friends. And now that the hospital barons knows who you are (a bunch of funky badass filmmakers) they’re scared shitless. ;) So this thing may end well.
Regardless, when it’s all over, and “Someone Saved my Life Tonite” comes back around again on the classic rock loop at midnight, instead of imagining a curvacious redhead hovering o’er my bedside, I’ll see all of your beautiful faces. You know who you are: ( I was gonna post all of your names but FB wouldn’t let me tag more than a handful) Thank you all bigtime for the love and support. I love you.”

Please visit Give Forward to learn more information.

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Behind the Scenes: The Zen of Bennett SummerDocs Screening

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Thank you to everyone who came out for Monday’s wonderful screening of The Zen of Bennett!

The film was a smash success with a sold out crowd and Tony Bennett (@ItsTonyBennett) in the audience. Following the screening was a Q & A with Tony, his son Danny who conceived, created, and produced the film and Alec Baldwin (@ABFalecbaldwin). The father and son dynamic was quite a thing to behold. The rapport between the two is unparallelled and obviously fruitful as Danny has successfully managed Tony’s career for the last 30 years. Together they have created the Emmy Award-winning documentary Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends and the Emmy Award-winning live music series Live By Request as well as countless other projects. The Zen of Bennett marks another significant step in their career together.

Remember to check out Tony Bennett’s latest album, Duets II. For more information on his upcoming concerts and projects, visit his official website:

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