Recent Stories: Film Festival

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.

Jackie Pape
Durell Godfrey
October 8, 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. 

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.

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.

Mark Segal
October 6, 2017
What We Watch and How We Watch It

“Navigating the Streaming Era,” the first of this year’s Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall, addressed a phenomenon that ten years ago “was a strange new thing nobody was quite taking seriously,” according to Dan Schoenbrun, a filmmaker, programmer, and writer who moderated Friday’s panel discussion.

Jeffrey Bowers, a senior curator at Vimeo, Matthew O’Neill, a documentary filmmaker, David Nugent, the festival’s artistic director, and Mr. Schoenbrun discussed the vastly changed landscape of film production, distribution, programming, and consumption, one which, they and members of the audience agreed, is still very much in flux.

Laura Donnelly
October 5, 2017
So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Job’s Lane Gastro Pub 
(and others . . .)

10 Windmill Lane
Southampton
631-287-8703
Daily from 11:30 a.m.

So you’re in Southampton for the Hamptons International Film Festival, going from the Southampton Cinema to the Southampton Arts Center, and you’re really hungry and want to grab a bit to eat between films. Where to go? Luckily, there are quite a few options, from the simplicity of a healthy smoothie or salad from the Village Gourmet Cheese Shop to the quiet opulence of Sant Ambroeus.

Here are some of your choices, all within blocks of the Southampton Cinema at 43 Hill Street. 

Star Staff
October 5, 2017
By the time the Hamptons International Film Festival is over on Monday, it will have screened 65 features and 50 short films. With so much to choose from and many films in competition, a small cross section of reviews and previews follows.

The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival begins today. By the time it is over on Monday, it will have screened a roster of 65 features and 50 short films, both narrative and documentary. With so much to choose from and many films in competition, a small cross section of reviews and previews follows for those who want to see something more adventurous than the blockbusters-in-waiting on the schedule. 

 

“The Last Pig”
Allison Argo
East Hampton, Sunday, 2 p.m.; Bay Street Theater, Monday, 2 p.m.

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.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 4, 2017
With the Hamptons International Film Festival in town this week filling the East Hampton Cinema with a full schedule of screenings in its 25th anniversary year, a rumor began to circulate that the theater would close right after the festival. It was not true.

With the Hamptons International Film Festival in town this week filling the East Hampton Cinema with a full schedule of screenings in its 25th anniversary year, a rumor began to circulate that the theater would close right after the festival.

Over the weekend, people began to post their outrage at the news on social media. What would it mean for East Hampton businesses? Children? The film festival?

One woman posting on the cinema's Facebook page asked whether it was closing — "Please say it's not true!" — but her question went unanswered.

Cue the dramatic music.

Thomas Bohlert
September 28, 2017
Itzhak Perlman, who has a celebrity status that is rare for a classical musician, is the subject of a new documentary that will be premiered at the opening of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

“You need to be able to hear it, otherwise nothing comes out. I’m not talking about quality; I’m talking about beauty. The violin is a fantastic instrument. It is a replica of the soul.”

These are the words of Itzhak Perlman, considered to be one of the finest virtuoso violinists living today, who has a celebrity status that is rare for a classical musician. He is the subject of a new documentary, “Itzhak,” which will be premiered next Thursday night at the opening of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Jennifer Landes
September 25, 2017
Dick Cavett and Annette Benning will participate in this year's Hamptons International Film Festival it announced on Monday.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced on Monday that it will inaugurate the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award at this year's festival, giving the first award to its namesake. In addition, Annette Bening will participate in the festival's A Conversation With series.

Alec Baldwin, a co-chairman of the festival, will give Mr. Cavett the award on opening night, Oct. 5. It will celebrate someone who "has continued to support the arts and has made a significant impact and contribution within the industry" throughout his career. 

Jennifer Landes
September 18, 2017
By the time it closes on Oct. 9, the Hamptons International Film Festival will have screened 65 feature and 50 short films from 40 countries.

When the curtain falls on the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival on Columbus Day, it will have screened 65 features and 50 shorts, hosted several conversations with actors and filmmakers, toasted Julie Andrews, and much more. 

After weeks of offering glimpses of highlights in scattered press releases, the festival announced its full schedule on Monday, including its closing night film, "I, Tonya," about Tonya Harding, the notorious figure skater who was involved in a plot to break the leg of Nancy Kerrigan, one of her 1994 Olympics teammates. The film stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney and was directed by Craig Gillespie. 

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.

Jack Graves
August 29, 2017
Orson and Ben Cummings were happy to announce this week that their documentary on Bridgehampton High School’s storied Killer Bees boys basketball team, which has nine state championships to its credit, is to premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

Orson and Ben Cummings were happy to announce this week that their documentary on Bridgehampton High School’s storied Killer Bees boys basketball team, which has nine state championships to its credit, is to premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October.

In discussing the film with this writer last winter, the brothers, former Bridgehampton students themselves, said basketball was the lens through which they were able to examine such issues as race, income inequality, gentrification, the criminal justice system, politics, education, and a seasonal economy. 

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.

Christine Sampson
Jennifer Landes
October 12, 2016
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its award winners this week.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its audience award winners on Tuesday. “La La Land,” directed by Damien Chazelle, was the favorite narrative feature. “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, was judged the best documentary feature. “The White Helmets," directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, received the most votes for best short film.

Mark Segal
October 10, 2016

Although “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis,” did not win one of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s awards, its tense noir-ish atmosphere is one worth seeking out, should it receive United States distribution. It opens in its native Argentina in September.

Christine Sampson
October 8, 2016
"God Knows Where I Am" looks at mental illness through the eyes of a woman held captive by it.

In introducing the film “God Knows Where I Am” on Friday night, David Nugent, the artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, said he loves documentaries that “take some chances and bring some artistic elements” to the table.

Jennifer Landes
October 8, 2016
Holly Hunter spent a lot of her time at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend addressing the challenges women face in the film business.

After a quick discussion following the screening of her film “Strange Weather” on Friday night in Southampton, Holly Hunter sat down for a longer chat with Thelma Adams on Saturday afternoon in the East Hampton Middle School auditorium as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival. 

Mark Segal
October 8, 2016

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Star Staff
October 8, 2016
The Star's photographers were out and about to capture the sights and scenes of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

In between the countless screenings and discussions that come with the Hamptons International Film Festival are two other noteworthy diversions, the red carpet line and the parties.

The Star's staff photographers were on the scene to check out who was where on Friday and Saturday.