Festival Features Island’s Own

Three films with Long Island connections
John Spano is the focus of “Big Shot,” a film by Kevin Connolly about the New York Islanders hockey team.

    The Hamptons International Film Festival will include three films with Long Island connections in its annual festival on Columbus Day weekend.
    “Big Shot,” a featured documentary, is by Kevin Connolly, a Patchogue native known for his role as Eric in “Entourage,” a former HBO series. It is about the New York Islanders hockey team and how the team was conned by a Texas millionaire. It will be shown on ESPN this fall.
    “The Maid’s Room” by Michael Walker, which is set in the Hamptons and was filmed in Bayport last year, will be one of the narrative films in the festival. The Star wrote about the film last year. The festival describes it as a thriller about a young woman from Colombia who works as a maid for a couple played by Annabella Sciorra and Philip Ettinger.
    The third feature in the section is “Kiss the Water” by Eric Steel, who grew up in Bridgehampton. In this documentary, the subject is Megan Boyd, an expert fly-maker in Scotland. She has worked for decades on the outskirts of Scotland making some of the best flies ever made, some even collected as folk art pieces. The film examines her art and personality as well as the fly-fishing art.
    The short films program includes “Miss Todd,” directed by Kistrina Yee, the premiere of “Lost Thoughts” by Jeff Scher, and Cody Blue Snider’s “Fool’s Day.”
    According to the festival, the View From Long Island section includes work by regional filmmakers, is set on the Island, or tackles social and political issues facing the East End community.
    The festival will run from Oct. 4 through 8. Ticket packages are on sale now at hamptonsfilmfest.org.