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Jennifer Landes
October 9, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its award winners on Monday morning, including a narrative film from Iceland and a documentary from Spain.

A neighbors' quarrel set in Iceland and a documentary about an eccentric family with big dreams limited by the harsh realities of contemporary Spain led the award winners at the Hamptons International Film Festival. 

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson's "Under the Tree," centered on the passive-aggressive tension that builds up regarding an overgrown tree, was chosen as the winner of the Narrative Competition by a jury of three panelists: Eric Kohn, an editor and film critic; Daniela Taplin Lundberg, a veteran film producer, and Harris Yulin, an actor. 

Christopher Walsh
October 8, 2017
Review: is a powerful biography of the 36th President of the United States, thrust into the presidency by Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963.

The New York premiere of “LBJ,” on Saturday night in Southampton, drew a long ovation from a Hamptons International Film Festival audience. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film is a powerful biography of the 36th President of the United States, thrust into the presidency by Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963.

Woody Harrelson delivers an outstanding performance as Lyndon Johnson, an immensely powerful lawmaker whose ambition and political skill went hand in hand with a deep insecurity, as portrayed in “LBJ.” Everyone loves the Kennedys, he privately complains to his wife, Lady Bird. They don’t even like him.

Star Staff
October 8, 2017
Filmmakers were in the spotlight on Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Filmmakers were celebrated over and over on Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It began with an early screening of Susan Lacy's biography of Steven Spielberg in Sag Harbor. Then, the New York Women in Film and Television association had their annual brunch at Mulford Farm in East Hampton.

Mariska Hargitay visited the festival in her capacity as a producer of the film "I Am Evidence," directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir. In the early afternoon, Rob Reiner, who started as an actor, but has been making films since the 1980s, sat for a conversation with Alison Willmore at the East Hampton Middle School.

Judy D’Mello
October 8, 2017
Set in the 1960s, "Novitiate" examines a radical time in Catholic history through the story of a girl who becomes a nun.

Since the conceit is not a universal one — how many of us can say we’ve felt the urge to join a nunnery at 17 or at any age? —writer and director Maggie Betts’ feature debut, “Novitiate,” concentrates on deftly illuminating precisely why this is the case.

Jackie Pape
Durell Godfrey
October 7, 2017
Emerging acting talent and a lifetime of career achievement were both recognized on Saturday at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Between Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" panel and brunch and a salute to Julie Andrews in the afternoon, Saturday was all about acting at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The day began early with a 10 a.m. panel for Variety's actors, which this year include Timothée Chalamet, Hong Chau, Kiersey Clemons, Daveed Diggs, Ali Fazal, Daniel Kaluuya, Barry Keoghan, Danielle Macdonald, Kumail Nanjiani, and Grace Van Patten. Brunch followed at Nick and Toni's restaurant. 

Durell Godfrey
Jackie Pape
October 7, 2017
Day two of the Hamptons International Film Festival featured the star power of Jennifer Garner and Armie Hammer.

Day 2 of the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival began with morning screenings of competition films, a talk about the film world in an era of streaming services, and much, much more.

As the day went on, there were parties and receptions,  and more screenings. The star power of Armie Hammer and Jennifer Garner added a bit of sparkle to the evening hours, each supporting films shown yesterday.

Later, the cast and crew of "Wanderland" continued their celebration at Stephen Talkhouse where the cast performed live versions of the songs featured in the film.

Jennifer Landes
October 7, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival is presenting two films that address the 2016 presidential election.

This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is showing two world premiere films addressing the 2016 presidential election. One, “11/8/16,” is a documentary from the director who covered the same ground in 2008, when Barack Obama was first elected president. The other is an acerbic fictional romp by Onur Tukel called “The Misogynists.”

Both films screened on Friday. “The Misogynists” will be shown again at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday; Jeff Deutchman’s documentary will be screened Sunday at 4 p.m., both in East Hampton.

Jennifer Landes
October 5, 2017
The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival got underway Thursday with an opening night screening of "Itzhak," about the virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman.

On Thursday night, the Hamptons International Film Festival celebrated the opening of its 25th anniversary with a screening of the film "Itzhak," a PBS "American Masters" documentary on the violin virutoso Itzhak Perlman, at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

A sold-out crowd packed the John Drew Theater to see the film, introduced by the festival's co-chairmen, Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro. The festival presented a  short film with interviews of its founders, alumni, and current leadership describing the early days and the growth that has occured over time. Steven Spielberg recalled his visit to the first festival, where his surprise panel discussion with Martin Scorsese caused quite a stir and helped establish it as a serious endeavor.

Jennifer Landes
September 27, 2017
The auction of Edward Albee's art collection at Sotheby's in New York City raised $12.5 million for his writers' and artists' retreat in Montauk and broke some auction records in the process.

Tuesday morning’s sale of The Collection of Edward Albee at Sotheby’s in New York City broke records for many of the artists and was a rare “white glove sale,” meaning all  105 lots sold. The auction raised $12.5 million to support The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

Mr. Albee established the foundation in 1967, flush from his success with plays such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “A Delicate Balance.” He made provisions in his will that his art and decorative object collection be sold to benefit the foundation, and his will was honored after his death last year. Most of the art he collected had been placed in his Tribeca loft.

Jennifer Landes
Durell Godfrey
September 12, 2017
A backyard barbecue and tunes by popular local musicians was a recipe for success for the Sag Harbor Partnership's Turnpike Block Party on Sunday night, the finale of a successful Harborfest weekend.

Sunday's Turnpike Block Party at Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor featured a variety of flame-broiled meats and late-summer produce. The event capped another well-attended Harborfest weekend in the village.

The dense and happy crowd raised money for the Sag Harbor Partnership and the purchase and restoration of the Sag Harbor Cinema. The partnership's aim is to buy the site where the old theater burned down last winter and restore it to a community center capable of screening films and also hosting live events and community gatherings.

Jennifer Landes
August 31, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of screenings and programming at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of screenings and programming at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises. In order to build excitement for the weekend, the festival is already announcing a few of its films and events.

The United States premiere of “Breathe,” directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, will happen on Oct. 8. It is an inspiring love story about a couple’s quest to conquer a disease.

Jennifer Landes
August 30, 2017
On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak,” a documentary about Itzhak Perlman, who has a house in East Hampton and a music school on Shelter Island.

On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak.” The documentary is about the life of Itzhak Perlman, an Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor who has a residence in East Hampton and musical school on Shelter Island. Mr. Perlman will attend the screening.

Jennifer Landes
August 22, 2017
Those attending the 25th anniversary Hamptons International Film Festival this year should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises.

The Hamptons International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of films and other programs at this year’s festival over Columbus Day weekend.

Those attending should expect lots of star power, serious cinematic achievement, and some surprises. In order to build excitement for the weekend, the festival is already announcing a few of its films and events.

A United States premiere screening of “Breathe,” a film by Andy Serkis, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, will screen on Oct. 8. It is an inspiring love story about a couple’s quest to conquer a disease.

Jennifer Landes
August 11, 2017
Questlove will be the D.J. for Guild Hall's after party for its summer gala tonight at the museum and then a private residence. A few tickets in several categories are still available.

Guild Hall’s annual Summer Gala announced a surprising last minute plus-one this evening.

Questlove, of the band the Roots and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," will be the D.J. for the after party beginning at 9 p.m. A few tickets are still available in several categories including dinner, cocktails, and dancing and dessert. The dessert and dancing tickets are $250. Young patron tickets, for those between the ages of 21 and 40, are $100 for cocktails, dessert, and dancing. Tickets can be purchased on Guild Hall’s website.

Jennifer Landes
July 24, 2017
There are still tickets available in some categories for Fly Into the Sun, the Watermill Center's annual summer benefit. For those who cannot make it, works from the benefit's auction are online at Artsy.

Fly Into the Sun, the Watermill Center’s annual summer benefit on July 29, is sold out in several categories, but there are still tickets left for cocktails and dinner at a few levels of pricing.

This year’s soiree will honor Laurie Anderson and Isabelle Huppert in tribute to Lou Reed. Reed, who died in 2013, was Ms. Anderson’s husband. They lived in Springs.

Art installations on the grounds will include 30 works and performances in tribute to Reed by artists such as Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Rachel Frank, Damir Ocko, and Stephen Shanabrook. Also on view will be the usual installations of the center’s summer program residents.

Jennifer Landes
July 17, 2017
There are still tickets available for Boom! the Cosmic Benefit, Saturday’s celebration of Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Now, the benefit’s art auction is available for bidding online at Paddle8.

There are still tickets available for Boom! the Cosmic Benefit, Saturday’s celebration of Jack Lenor Larsen’s 90th year at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. The benefit’s art auction is now also available for bidding online at Paddle8.

Jennifer Landes
June 30, 2017
Four authors, three judges, two rounds, and one final reading/writing slam add up to a night of highbrow hilarity.

With four accomplished authors as contestants and a dream team of judges, this year's Literary Death Match at Guild Hall on July 7 promises bons mots aplenty and lots of quick and witty banter.

The contestants -- Elna Baker, a producer for "This American Life"; Chimene Suleyman, a British poet; Sunil Yapa, an Asian-American Short Story Contest winner, and Dan Wilbur, the author of "How Not to Read" -- will face off by performing seven minutes of their most compelling writing. The contestants will compete in pairs, and the judges will give their comic critiques and announce the winners, who will try to up their games when they square off in a final.

Jennifer Landes
June 30, 2017
Although shy of its self-imposed goal, the Sag Harbor Partnership said it was confident this week that they would raise the money necessary to purchase and rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema.

Those marking off the pages of their calendars in anticipation of the self-imposed July 1 deadline for meeting a $6 million goal of the Sag Harbor Partnership to purchase the Sag Harbor Cinema property, can rest easy.

“The point of our goal was to gauge community support and it is abundantly there!” said April Gornik on Friday.

After meeting close to 75 percent of its goal, or about $4.5 million, Ms. Gornik, who is on the board of the partnership, said its members had decided to go forward with the contract with the intention of rebuilding the cinema as both a film screening and community space. 

Jennifer Landes
June 15, 2017
The Hamptons International Film Festival's SummerDocs film series will return to Guild Hall on July 8.

The Hamptons International Film Festival continues the celebration of its 25th year with an expanded SummerDocs program this season, featuring five titles that will be presented in East Hampton, Montauk, and Southampton.

“Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, will be first out of the gate on July 8 at Guild Hall. Also at Guild Hall will be “Trophy,” about the hunting of endangered African animals, by Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz on July 29.

Mark Segal
May 25, 2017
Montauk’s Woodbine Collection is holding an exhibition of paintings by Kenneth B. Walsh, who lived there in the 1960s and ’70s and founded the Bonart Gallery.

It’s fitting that Montauk’s Woodbine Collection is holding an exhibition of paintings by Kenneth B. Walsh, because Montauk is where the artist lived in the 1960s and ’70s, and where he founded the Bonart Gallery. “Montauk in the Seventies,” which includes paintings like “Jonathan,” right, will open on Saturday with a 6 to 8 p.m.

Star Staff
May 23, 2017
A party and performance at the Stephen Talkhouse Thursday at 8.

The Nancy Atlas Project, a fixture on the East End music scene and beyond, will celebrate the release of the CD “Cut & Run” with a party and performance at the Stephen Talkhouse Thursday at 8 p.m.

Jennifer Landes
May 9, 2017
Julie Andrews will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

In October, the Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. 

Ms. Andrews has triumphed on the stage in plays such as "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," and has charmed children and adults alike with her screen performances in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.” Over the years, she has received numerous honors including an Oscar and a Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award. In 2001, she was a Kennedy Center honoree.

Jennifer Landes
May 5, 2017
Although still a small segment, East End artists were far more in evidence at Frieze New York this year.

Known for its more cutting edge contemporary international art, Frieze New York has pivoted this year to include some historical work, which has opened it up to even more East End regulars.

Jennifer Landes
April 11, 2017
Ned Smythe's colossal "Male Torso," a 12-foot-high form made out of Styrofoam, was installed in front of Guild Hall on Saturday.

There's a lot more than just tulips and daffodils sprouting from the ground these days. On Saturday, Guild Hall planted a gigantic abstract sculpture on its front lawn.