The Hamptons International Film Festival has just completed its 23rd year on the South Fork, showing more than 140 feature-length and short films at venues in East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, and Westhampton Beach.
From the opening night film on Thursday to the awards event on Monday, a crew totaling more than 150 staff members and volunteers coordinated the day-to-day festival operations. Attendance at the festival was about 20,000 people. The festivities drew celebrities, including Emily Blunt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Blythe Danner, along with dozens of directors, producers, and industry professionals who were on hand for panel discussions, photo opportunities, and interviews. And parties. Don't forget the parties.
Three films emerged as audience favorites during the festival based on ballots cast by the crowds of filmgoers who filled out ballots at each screening. The audience choice awards went to "Room," a narrative feature; "Where To Invade Next," a documentary feature; and "All American Family," a short film.
"Room," directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted from a bestselling novel written by Emma Donoghue, is a story about a mother and son who live in a small, locked room, which the son, Jack, has never left. He believes only the things that are real are the things in the room, until his mother discloses the reason why they have been confined there for the last five years. The movie was filmed in Ireland and Canada and was the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival's people's choice award winner.
The documentary "Where To Invade Next" is the latest from Michael Moore, the award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter behind such films as "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine." It is not a film about the United States' imperialist tendencies, but rather, it documents Mr. Moore's attempts to "invade" several European countries to learn more about the practices and programs that have made them so successful.
"All American Family" is a short documentary by Andrew Jenks that features an all-deaf football team that is the heart and soul of a California town.
A comprehensive guide to The Star's coverage of the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival coverage can be found below.
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