New and Familiar Faces Greet Film Fest's Opening Night

Dane DeHaan star of the opening night film "Kill Your Darlings" posed at the red carpet outside Guild Hall on Thursday night. Morgan McGivern, photos

The Hamptons International Film Festival officially kicked off with a screening of "Kill Your Darlings," John Krokidas's film about Allen Ginsberg's first year at Columbia University and the real life person who brought him together with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in New York City just when World War II was nearing its end.

Dane DeHaan gives a haunting performance as Lucian Carr, a friend, muse, and paramour to several of the characters. He and the director attended the screenings on Thursday night and the VIP reception at c/o the Maidstone preceding the film.

Mr. Krokidas said it was the film festival's director, Anne Chaisson, who was instrumental in helping him get the funding and support he needed to complete the film. The film was also produced by Christine Vachon who is head of Stony Brook Southampton's new film program.

John Krokidas, left, the director of "Kill Your Darlings" with David Nugent, the artistic director of the film festival.
Steven Bernstein, the writer and director of Decoding Annie Parker with Carolyn Rodney, center, and Anne Chaisson Executive Director of film festival, seen here at the VIP reception held at C/O the Maidstone on Thursday night.
Vicki and Stuart Match Suna and Jean McGivern at the Opening Night Party at East Hampton Point on Thursday night.
Stuart Match Suna, the board chairman of the film festival, at c/o the Maidstone with Judith Giuliani, a board member, and Steven Bernstein, and Carolyn Rodney.
Wendy Dent, the Australian director of the short film "Merry Christmas" on the red carpet on Thursday.
The crowd at c/o the Maidstone on Thursday evening.