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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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!