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IT WAS THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY AS THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS




MOVIE STAR LEGEND JULIE ANDREWS RECEIVES THE

 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID NUGENT AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT THE MAIDSTONE CLUB IN EAST HAMPTON


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR ALISON CHERNICK AND MAJOR GIULIANI AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR TONY ZIERRA ABOUT HIS FILM "FILMWORKER" AT 

THE 25TH HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Directors Codie & Chike From the Film "THE FIRST TO DO IT"


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane attends the New York Premiere of the film LBJ directed by Rob Reiner at The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane has cocktails with Celebrity Photographer Rob Rich at the Daniel Crown & The Red Crown Team for Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival. The event took place at The Palm - East Hampton, 94 East Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937 from 6pm-7:30pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP ON OPENING NIGHT AT THE 25TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Hamptonites, celebrities and media attended the silver anniversary of the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival.

Below is a list of notable films that I had the pleasure of interviewing the directors and filmmakers:


FILMWORKER

World Cinema | documentary feature | 95 min

At the age of 27, actor Leon Vitali met Stanley Kubrick during the filming of BARRY LYNDON. Despite having his own respected acting career, Vitali’s fascination with Kubrick led him to throw it aw…

Directed by Tony Zierra


THE FIRST TO DO IT

World Cinema | documentary feature | 88 min

WORLD PREMIERE

In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, Earl Lloyd stepped onto an NBA basketball court and changed the game forever. During Lloyd’s 22-year NB…

Directed by Coodie & Chike


FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING

Shorts Program | narrative short | 7 min

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Will someone please tell Frankie to shut up?

Directed by Annabelle Attanasio


ITZHAK

Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | documentary feature | 82 min

WORLD PREMIERE

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Alison Chernick’s documentary ITZHAK examines the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists. Exploring the wa…

Directed by Alison Chernick


KILLER BEES

Views From Long Island | documentary feature | 82 min

WORLD PREMIERE

KILLER BEES spotlights the famed Bridgehampton basketball team as they prepare to defend their state championship title. Following the young men on and off the court, filmmakers Benjamin and Orson C…

Directed by Benjamin Cummings, Orson Cummings


NIGHT

Shorts Program | narrative short | 10 min

The carefree dynamic between four friends suddenly shifts following an unpleasant encounter with a nightclub bouncer.

Directed by Joosje Duk


NIGHT CALL

Shorts Program | narrative short | 18 min

WORLD PREMIERE

A newly promoted police officer is forced to make a life-altering decision when she encounters a familiar face on a routine patrol.

Directed by Amanda Renee Knox


WAITING FOR HASSANA

Shorts Program | documentary short | 11 min

NEW YORK PREMIERE

The personal account of one girl's harrowing escape from the imprisonment of Boko Haram.

Directed by Ifunanya Maduka


THE YELLOW BIRDS

Spotlight | narrative feature | 94 min

EAST COAST PREMIERE

In the midst of the Iraq War, Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich, soon to be Han Solo in an upcoming STAR WARS film) and Murph (Tye Sheridan), two young soldiers fresh out of training camp, find themselves wo…

Directed by Alexandre Moors


The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners at a ceremony on Monday October 9th in East Hampton.


UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson won the Award for Best Narrative Feature. LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by ID Films. DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk, and EDITH+EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively.

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon, received an Honorable Mention for Documentary Short Film.

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award was awarded to NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts. This award honors an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.


WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner, was awarded the Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The film was awarded a $3,000 grant.


HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell, was awarded the 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, sponsored by HighTower Sports and Entertainment.


THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo, was awarded the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award. This award is presented to a film that raises public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals as well as environmental protection.


I AM EVIDENCE was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The award was presented to directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay on Sunday, October 8th. The annual award is handed to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice and civil liberties, and is named after iconic civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne Grant, an author, filmmaker and journalist. The award, which is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,500, is named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.


As previously announced Julie Andrews was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Patrick Stewart was presented with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award and Dick Cavett was honored with the inaugural “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award” at the festival.


This year’s Narrative Jury was compromised of Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle; actor Harris Yulin, who has starred in films including WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, and television series Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg, who recently launched Stay Gold Features and has produced over 25 features, including PATTI CAKE$, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. The Documentary Jury included Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning producer Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures, who has produced films including LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive produced WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES; artist and ceramist Toni Ross, the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years; and director Roger Ross Williams, who is the first African American director to win an Oscar®, and who directed films including LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.


This year the Festival was honored to partner with Variety for the sixth time and the New York Film Critics Circle for the ninth year.


“This year’s lineup offered our audiences an opportunity to enter new cinematic worlds through thought-provoking, entertaining, stories,” said David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director. “This anniversary year built on 25 years of programming and commitment to bringing the best in cinema from around the world to our audiences on the East end.”


“Our festival would not be possible without the passion and dedication of our brilliant staff and volunteers,” said Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director. “We are so grateful to all the filmmakers and actors who joined us to bring powerful engagement to their stories, and to the donors and sponsors whose support made this 25th Anniversary festival a resounding success.”


HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE 2017 WINNERS:


The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films

LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

EDITH+EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon

Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award

NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant

WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner

The 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution

HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence

THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

I AM EVIDENCE, Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay

And as previously announced:

Variety's Creative Impact in Acting Award

Patrick Stewart

HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Andrews

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award

Dick Cavett

HIFF Narrative Feature Jury

Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle

Harris Yulin, actor of WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Daniela Taplin Lundberg, producer of PATTI CAKE$, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

HIFF Documentary Feature Jury

Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures and producer of LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive producer of WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES

Toni Ross, artist and ceramist and the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years

Roger Ross Williams, director of LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.


2017 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH

Hong Chau, INHERENT VICE, DOWNSIZING

Kiersey Clemons, DOPE, THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK, JUSTICE LEAGUE

Daveed Diggs, WONDER, Black-ish, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ali Fazal, VICTOR & ABDUL, FURIOUS 7, FUKREY, KHAMOSHIYAN

Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT, BLACK PANTHER, WIDOWS

Barry Keoghan, DUNKIRK, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Danielle Macdonald, PATTI CAKE$, LADY BIRD, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Kumail Nanjiani, THE BIG SICK, Silicon Valley

Grace Van Patten, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), TRAMPS, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE


ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $225,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.


Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2017 marked the 7th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. For more information please visit: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in award ceremonies, film festivals and red carpet events.


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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS FILMMAKERS AT THE 6TH ANNUAL

 LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Actress and Filmmaker Karola Raimond poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Actor Justin S. Kirkland poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Brooke Moriber, singer/songwriter  poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Sponsor David Ungar from korgusa.com poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Filmmaker Frank Dalearroyo poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Rockers Joe DiGiglio and Matt Cusack from City Alley poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 

The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Performer Performer Benjamin Metzger at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


Congratulations to James Hodge on your Weisenberg / Elovich community achievement award presented today at the Long Beach International Film Festival (Official) http://www.longbeachfilm.com/community-achievement-award/ {Photo: Len Marks Photography} — with Harvey Weisenberg, James Hodge, Craig Weintraub, Todd Kaminsky and Jack Schnirman at Long Beach Hotel.


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival - photos by Debra Rothberg

It was a day at the beach as actors, directors and press celebrated the The 6th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF.)


That's right it is the 6th year of film and food in Long Beach, New York. This unique, beachfront film festival celebrated its final night on Friday, August 4 with a star-studded red carpet right on the beach in front of the Allegria Hotel. The red carpet began at 5:00 PM and kicked off the Taste on the Beach portion of the festival, Long Island’s ultimate culinary event. Dozens of directors, renowned filmmakers, television and film stars, iconic athletes, and local artists walked the red carpet on the festival’s final evening. Among the celebrities, highlights included:


Brooke Moriber, singer/songwriter known for acting appearances on Law and Order, A Town’s Revenge, Off-Track Betty and more.

Actress and filmmaker Karola Raimond from the film "The Cuddler."

Actor Justin S. Kirkland and Melanie Melanie Rothman from the film "Dope Crash."

Sponsor David Ungar from korgusa.com

Filmmaker Frank Dalearroyo from the film "Good Business."

Rockers Joe DiGiglio and Matt Cusack from City Alley

Performer Benjamin Metzger



Supporting Politicians:

Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive

Todd Kaminsky, New York State Senator

Jack Schnirman, City Manager of Long Beach


The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) featured an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe which took place from August 1 - 4 on Long Island. Eighty films were screened including feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated that were competed for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.


During its four day run, the Festival featured an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & As, international spotlights, industry seminars and musical performances. The Festival hosted numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in the beautiful oceanside locale of Long Beach, New York. The LBIFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and their audiences.


Special Programs planned for 2017 LBIFF included the following: Shorts On The Beach Film Series, Taste On The Beach, Chef's & Shorts Culinary Dinner, Casino Night In Long Beach and Comedy Night In Long Beach. It also be exhibited films of Action Sports, Environmental, Art and Family.

For more information please visit http://www.longbeachfilm.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.


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Cognac Wellerlane