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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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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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: https://tonybennett.com/

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