SummerDocs Schedule’s Here

Now in its sixth year, the series will premiere on June 21 with “Life Itself,” a film by Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams,” about the film critic Roger Ebert

    The Hamptons International Film Festival will once again present its SummerDocs series of films this season at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Now in its sixth year, the series will premiere on June 21 with “Life Itself,” a film by Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams,” about the film critic Roger Ebert.

    Alec Baldwin, who is on the panel selecting the films and serves as the host of the series, will introduce the film and interview Chaz Ebert, Mr. Ebert’s widow, after the screening. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in July.

    The next film in the series will be shown on July 25. “Keep on Keepin’ On”  follows Clark Terry, an aging jazz legend who played with Duke Ellington and Count Basie and helped train Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, and his relationship with a budding prodigy. Mr. Terry, who at 89 is in failing health, mentors Justin Kaulflin, a 23-year-old pianist who has “uncanny talent that threatens to be undone by his nerves.”

    Mr. Kaulflin prepares for a competition that could make his career as his mentor sees his own trajectory come to a close. Al Hicks, an Australian, directed the film and will be in attendance to speak with Mr. Baldwin after the screening. Quincy Jones and Paula DuPre Pesmen were the producers.

    There will be four screenings in all. The last two will be announced at a later date.Tickets for the screenings, which typically sell out in advance, are available at guildhall.org or at the Guild Hall box office.