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27th ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, October 10

OPENING NIGHT FILM: JUST MERCY

In Attendance: Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan

Press Line: 6:00-6:30PM

Timing & Location: 6:30 PM Screening - Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton

7:30PM Screening - East Hampton UA - 30 Main Street

Actor Alec Baldwim poses for a photo-op with the Actors from "Just Mercy" at Guild Hall


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews at The Opening Night Premier of "Just Mercy" at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival.

Opening night I was happy to cover the event and interview film Actors Rob Morgan and  Tim Blake Nelson who starred in the film.

• Opening Night

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, JUST MERCY follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson).

One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Preceded by the presentation of the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award to Toni Ross (Guild Hall screening).  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Aleksandra Maciejcyk about her film "Connected"

NEW YORK PREMIERE

Krzysztof, who is blind, goes skiing with his wife, Wiola. When they finally reach the summit, they must find a way to connect with one another in the surrounding fog.

2018 | Polish | Poland


Directed By

Aleksandra Maciejczyk

Produced By

Agata Golanska

Written By

Aleksandra Maciejczyk



Aleksandra, the director, discussed  her experiences and challenges in filming this beautiful film about blindness, sking and human emotion.


The  film Connected / Połączeni by Aleksandra Maciejczyk  received the award of Russian Press for the Best Short Documentary at IFF Message to Man /


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director John Breen from 3Days 2 Nights 2019 film and Director Anke Blonde from the Film The Best of Dorien B

Director Anke Blonde from the Film The Best of Dorian B

Director John Breen 3 Days 2 Nights (2019)

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in between interviewing filmmakers at the 1770 House during the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

On Friday, October 11th I had the pleasure of interview some fascinating filmmakers and directors about their film that premiered at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival including Director Anke Blonde about her film The Best of Dorian B.

NEW YORK PREMIERE

2019 | Dutch | Belgium/Netherlands

To almost everyone around her, the life of 37-year-old Dorien (Kim Snauwaert) seems to be picture perfect, with two children, a loving husband, and a thriving veterinary practice. But just as the local press reports ominous news of a “black hole” on the horizon, Dorien’s life is hit with a series of devastating setbacks: the fallout from a recent affair, her parents’ breakup, and unexpected results from a trip to the hospital. A sympathetic portrait of a life in crisis, director Anke Blondé’s THE BEST OF DORIEN B. is a warmly funny and bittersweet look at one woman’s attempts to let go from the coping mechanisms that have defined her life for so long.

Directed By

Anke Blondé

Produced By

Dries Phlypo

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem

Marleen Slot

Written By

Jean-Claude Van Rijokeghem

Anke Blondé

Featuring

Kim Snauwaert

Jelle De Beule

Katelijne Verbeke

Dirk van Dijck

I also had a chance to chat with Director John Breen about his film 3 Days 2 Nights (2019).

The Synopsis summarizes Imagine the defining moment of your life. Then imagine never talking about it with anyone. This sets the stage for the documentary film 3 Days 2 Nights. In 1974, Mark and Andy Godfrey went on a family ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado. Tragically, the plane they were traveling on crashed. The world, as they knew it was changed forever. Mark and Andy, who were 11 and 8, survived 3 days and 2 nights in the frigid mountains of Colorado. For nearly 40 years they rarely discussed the crash even between themselves. This is a film about two brothers coming to grips with the defining moment of their lives. Their story is one of cathartic discovery in hopes of reconciling such a tragedy. It's about how the twin beacons of love and family can help overcome even the greatest of losses.

Directors: John Breen, Jojo Pennebaker (co-director)

Stars: Andrew Godfrey, Mark Godfrey

For more information please visit https://3days2nightsmovie.com

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmakers at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer Mahak Jiwani from the film Darling


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Consulting Producer Steven Warshaw

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Film Director Matthew Miele about his exciting new film ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH, a riveting documentary about the film director.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews at the 1770 House Press Blocks on Saturday October 12, 2019

During my experience covering the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival I had a chance to interview some wonderful filmmakers.

Below are each of the films that I had a chance to interview the directors and producers telling their compelling stories of how each of these wonderful films came together watch the video interviews above.

DARLING

Narrative Short | 16 minutes

US PREMIERE

A naive young man accompanies his transgender crush to her audition for an erotic dance theater in Lahore, Pakistan.

• Winner, Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival

2019 | Urdu/Punjabi | USA/Pakistan

Directed By

Saim Sadiq

Produced By

Mahak Jiwani

Nadia Afgan

Written By

Saim Sadiq

Rodney Llaverias

Featuring

Alina Khan

Abdullah Malik

Mehar Bano

Nadia Afgan

Red Penguins

2019 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 20m

Red Penguins tells a story of capitalism and opportunism run amok - complete with gangsters, strippers and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of ... See full summary »

Director: Gabe Polsky

Writer: Gabe Polsky

Stars: Howard Baldwin, Viktor Tikhonov, Steven Warshaw

ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH

Feature Documentary | 98 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE

2019 | English | USA

The director of such landmark titles as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and producer of seminal films like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, lauded filmmaker Alan J Pakula was unflinching in his commitment to bringing some of the most memorable films of the last half of the 20th century to the big screen. Encompassing Pakula’s personal and professional life as both a figure in the public eye and an extremely private man, director Matthew Miele (HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, HIFF 2015) brings the director to life once more with a wide-ranging group of cast and crew members from throughout his filmography, including Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Steven Soderbergh, Dustin Hoffman, and dozens more.

Directed By

Matthew Miele

Produced By

Matthew Miele

Michael Weismann

Written By

Matthew Miele

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Dr. Jess Ting, Producer Michelle Koo Hayashi and Director Dania Cypriano from the Film Born to Be and Grace Kim from the film An Interloper's Kiss at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer Michelle Koo Hayashi at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival.


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Tania Cypriano from the film Born To Be at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Dr. Jess Ting from the film Born To Be at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker and Director Grace Kim from the Film An Interloper's Kiss at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Frank LoPiccolo  at The Suffolk County Film Commission Industry Party at the 27th Hamptons International Film Party

On Saturday October 12th  I sat dowm and did wonderful interviews with Dr. Jess Ting, Producer Michelle Koo Hayashi and Director Dania Cypriano from the Film Born to Be and Grace Kim from the film An Interloper's Kiss at the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

BORN TO BE

Feature Documentary | 92 minutes

2019 | English | USA

Having established himself as a world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Ting moves into a new role as the lead gender-affirming surgeon at the Mount Sinai Center—where, for the first time ever, all transgender and gender non-conforming individuals have access to quality health and surgical care. Deftly balancing the experiences of both the doctor and his diverse group of patients, director Tania Cypriano chronicles both the joys and pitfalls that come with navigating this new territory. With extraordinary access, BORN TO BE offers a compassionate look at how one surgeon’s pioneering work has changed the lives of those who are fighting for the right to define themselves.

Directed By

Tania Cypriano

Produced By

Michelle Koo Hayashi

An Interloper’s Kiss (2019)

Narrative Short, 6m

Grace Kim WRITER | DIRECTOR

Starring Yi Liu

A portrait of a woman’s everyday domestic life from the perspective of an unlikely, voyeuristic love interest.

Currently playing at Syndicated Theater before select feature films

Official Selection: Hamptons International Film Festival (World Premiere)

Grace Kim is a Brooklyn-based, Korean-American filmmaker and writer who uses absurdist and surrealist premises in pursuit of finding unique expressions of common human experiences. Though the human experience is incredibly diverse and varied, Grace is interested in uncovering “humanity” at its core—what is the human “essence” that remains when one peels aways the superficial layers of race, gender, class, and circumstance? How is her translation of this universal humanity overtly or covertly feminine, or Asian-American, or heteronormative? These are the questions she wrestles with through her filmmaking.

To date, Grace has written and directed four short films, and is in development for an animated TV series about climate change that has a Cinemax producer attached as the EP and passed into the second round for the Sundance Episodic Lab. She is currently the 2019 Picture Farm Commercial Director Mentee, was part of the EMERGE8 Semi Finalists for Ghetto Film School’s EMERGE Filmmaking Lab, and is a finalist for the Viacom Viewfinder Emerging Directors Program. Her script for her 2018 short Loveseat was a quarterfinalist for the Screen Craft Short Film Fund and the script for Fissure: noun and verb (then titled One-handed Cartwheel) was a finalist for the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival Script Studio. She is deeply committed to her independent film communities and practices her craft through her membership in Filmshop, Brooklyn Film Collective Writers, and the Sandbox. She has previously worked on staff at New York Women in Film and Television.

I also had a chance to go to some wonderful parties during the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival. On Saturday I attended the Suffolk County Film Commission and met up with some old friends like Casting Director Donna McKenna and CEO Frank LoPiccolo about his new energy drink Tigerlyfe. For more informatiom please visit

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The Suffolk County Film Commission is your liaison into the diverse cinematic landscape of Eastern Long Island— from the tranquil milieu of our farmland and vineyards to the inviting mysteries of our historic villages and mansions.

The Suffolk County Film Commission assists in locating the perfect setting for your production, and will serve as your convenient conduit for all of your production needs: assisting in acquiring the appropriate film permits, putting you in contact with talented local production crews, and helping you find the best local lodging and catering services available for your production.

We also aid in accessing all of the production incentives that filming in New York State provides. Simply put, it is our mission to ensure that your experience producing a film, television program, or any other media in Suffolk County is convenient and rewarding.

Location:

Suffolk County Film Commission, H. Lee Dennison Building, 11th Floor, 100 Veterans Hwy, Hauppauge NY 11788

For more information please visit

The Suffolk County Film Commission is your liaison into the diverse cinematic landscape of Eastern Long Island— from the tranquil milieu of our farmland and vineyards to the inviting mysteries of our historic villages and mansions.

The Suffolk County Film Commission assists in locating the perfect setting for your production, and will serve as your convenient conduit for all of your production needs: assisting in acquiring the appropriate film permits, putting you in contact with talented local production crews, and helping you find the best local lodging and catering services available for your production.

We also aid in accessing all of the production incentives that filming in New York State provides. Simply put, it is our mission to ensure that your experience producing a film, television program, or any other media in Suffolk County is convenient and rewarding.

Location:

Suffolk County Film Commission, H. Lee Dennison Building, 11th Floor, 100 Veterans Hwy, Hauppauge NY 11788

And now for the winners:

THE 27TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

AWARD WINNERS FOR

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE AND BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

A WHITE, WHITE DAY AND OVERSEAS

Brian De Palma and Toni Ross Honored at Festival

Breakthrough Artists Aldis Hodge, Camila Morrone, Lulu Wang

2019 Festival Dedicated to Michael Lynne and Mark Urman

East Hampton, NY (October 14, 2019) – The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival, presented by HamptonsFilm, today announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton. The 2019 festival was dedicated to Michael Lynne, a HIFF Board Member for almost two decades, and Mark Urman a member of HIFF’s Advisory Board for eleven years, both of whom passed away earlier this year.

A WHITE, WHITE DAY, directed by Hlynur Pálmason, won the Award for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Warby Parker. OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by Investigation Discovery. JUST ME AND YOU, directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film, and GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND, directed by Bassam Tariq, won for Best Documentary Short Film. Both Short Films will qualify for Academy® awards consideration.

Narrative cinematographer Miguel Ioann Littin Menz received a Special Cinematography Award for his work on THE VAST OF NIGHT, and THE BEST OF DORIEN B., directed by Anke Blondé, a Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award. In addition, these actors received Special Jury Mentions for Acting Performances: Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir for in A WHITE, WHITE DAY; Mama Sane in ATLANTICS; Corinna Harfouch in LARA; Kim Snauwaert in THE BEST OF DORIEN B.; and Sierra McCormick in THE VAST OF NIGHT.

Documentaries CUNNINGHAM, directed by Alla Kovgan, received a Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision; TALKING ABOUT TREES, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari, a Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling; ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK, directed by Lasse Linder, a Special Jury Prize for Originality; and THE NIGHTCRAWLERS, directed by Alexander A. Mora, a Special Jury Prize for Creative Filmmaking.

FOR SAMA, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, was awarded the 2019 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to Films of Conflict and Resolution, which is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.

THE ARTIST’S WIFE, directed by Tom Dolby, 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.

WATSON, directed by Lesley Chilcott, 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. The film was awarded $2,500.

CONSCIENCE POINT was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The film is directed by Treva Wurmfeld. 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 $2,000, is named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.

The festival also announced the recipients of the University Film Awards, short films highlighting the extraordinary talent and achievements of five exceptional students. Each will receive a $500 cash prize. Awardees include BIRCH, directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh (London Film School); THE BOXERS OF BRULE, directed by Jessie Adler (School of Visual Arts); FINE, directed by Maya Yadlin (“Minshar For Art” Film School); PERFECT MOMENT, directed by Matthew Noydens (Luca School of Arts in Brussels); and THE UNITED STATES OF PARANOIA OR: HOW I STAYED ON THE LINE TO REPAIR MY AIR CONDITIONER, directed by Rashan Castro (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College).

The Audience Award and the Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award will be announced tomorrow. New in 2019, the Zicherman award for $10,000 is presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft. This award seeks to both celebrate their current work and encourage the development of future projects.

As previously announced, legendary director Brian De Palma was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin at the festival, and artist and HIFF co-founder and founding Chairman of the Board Toni Ross was honored with the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award on opening night by Baldwin and additional HIFF Co-Chairman Randy Mastro. 2019 Breakthrough Artists included Aldis Hodge (CLEMENCY), Camila Morrone (MICKEY AND THE BEAR), and Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL).

This year’s narrative jury was comprised of American novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Hedges, whose film credits include BEN IS BACK, ABOUT A BOY, and DAN IN REAL LIFE; Dori Begley, Executive Vice President, Magnolia Pictures,some upcoming and recent titles include SCANDALOUS, CUNNINGHAM, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD, and MIKE WALLACE IS HERE; and Scott Feinberg, Awards Columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and host of “Awards Chatter” podcast. The Documentary Jury included Jannat Gargi, producer, whose documentary credits include GHOST FLEET, STEP, BALLET NOW, and BODY TEAM 12; Alison Wilmore, Film Critic at Vulture and Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle; and Jill Burkhart, Senior Director of Documentary Programming for EPIX

This year the Festival was honored to partner with the New York Film Critics Circle for the eleventh year.

“As we close out the 27th edition of the festival, we are thrilled to announce this year’s awardees. We are in awe of these films and the talented filmmakers behind each of them,” said David Nugent, HamptonsFilm Artistic Director. “This year brought an abundance of captivating films with wide ranging topics and engaging conversations.”

“We are proud of all the incredible premieres, screenings and events over the past five days for the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival,” said Anne Chaisson, HamptonsFilm Executive Director. “We are thankful to all of the filmmakers for sharing their extraordinary films and talents with our audience, and also wish to extend sincere gratitude to our staff, sponsors and film loving community, without whom the festival would not be possible.”

Attendees of the 2019 festival included Waad al-Kateba, Hamza al-Kateab, Annabelle Attanasio, Alec Baldwin, Bob Balaban, Christine Baranski, Noah Baumbach, Candice Bergen, Anke Blondé, Ebs Burnough, Ric Burns, Lesley Chilcott, Chinonye Chukwu, Brian De Palma, Tom Dolby, Mati Diop, Tracy Edwards, Jonathan Eirich, Alex Gibney, Lauren Greenfield, Tom Harper, Fred Hechinger, Aldis Hodge, Oren Jacoby, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Susan Lacy, Mark Landsman, Todd Leiberman, Tracy Letts, Alex Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Matthew Miele, Rob Morgan, Camila Morrone, Kathrine Narducci, Tim Blake Nelson, Lena Olin, Andrew Patterson, Ed Perkins, Tracy Pollan, Jonathan Pryce, Jane Rosenthal, Toni Ross, Ira Sachs, Brooke Shields, Trey Edward Shults, George Stephanopoulos, Jenno Topping, Lulu Wang, Edward Watts, James Waterston, Ali Wentworth, Alfre Woodard, Treva Wurmfeld, and more.

The Festival is pleased to welcome back returning Premiere Sponsor Audi, Lead Sponsors Delta and Altour, Signature Sponsors Netflix, Douglas Elliman, and JP Morgan, and Official Media Sponsors WNBC, The East Hampton Star, and Purist Magazine. For more information please visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE 2019 WINNERS:

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature sponsored by Warby Parker

A WHITE, WHITE DAY, directed by Hlynur Pálmason

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by Investigation Discovery

OVERSEAS, directed by Sung-a Yoon

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

JUST ME AND YOU, directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film

GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND, directed by Bassam Tariq

Special Cinematography Award

Miguel Ioann Litten Menz for THE VAST OF NIGHT

Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award

THE BEST OF DORIEN B., directed by Anke Blondé

Special Jury Mentions for Acting Performances

Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir for IN A WHITE, WHITE DAY

Mama Sane in ATLANTICS

Corinna Harfouch in LARA

Kim Snauwaert in THE BEST OF DORIEN B.

Sierra McCormick in THE VAST OF NIGHT

Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision

CUNNINGHAM, directed by Alla Kovgan

Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling

TALKING ABOUT TREES, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Special Jury Prize for Originality

ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK, directed by Lasse Linder

Special Jury Prize for Creative Filmmaking

THE NIGHTCRAWLERS, directed by Alexander A. Mora

The 2019 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to Films of Conflict and Resolution

FOR SAMA, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant

THE ARTIST’S WIFE, directed by Tom Dolby

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award

WATSON, directed by Lesley Chilcott

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

CONSCIENCE POINT, directed by Treva Wurmfeld

University Short Film Awards

BIRCH, directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh

THE BOXERS OF BRULE, directed by Jessie Adler

FINE, directed by Maya Yadlin

PERFECT MOMENT, directed by Matthew Noydens

THE UNITED STATES OF PARANOIA OR: HOW I STAYED ON THE LINE TO REPAIR MY AIR CONDITIONER, directed by Rashan Castro

And as previously announced:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian De Palma

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award

Toni Ross

2019 Breakthrough Artists

Aldis Hodge, Camila Morrone, Lulu Wang

HIFF Narrative Feature Jury

Peter Hedges, American novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director whose film credits include BEN IS BACK, ABOUT A BOY, and DAN IN REAL LIFE

Dori Begley, Executive Vice President, Magnolia Pictures, some upcoming and recent titles include SCANDALOUS, CUNNINGHAM, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD, and MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

Scott Feinberg, Awards Columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and host of “Awards Chatter” podcast.

HIFF Documentary Feature Jury

Jannat Gargi, producer, whose documentary credits include GHOST FLEET, STEP, BALLET NOW, and BODY TEAM 12

Alison Wilmore, Film Critic at Vulture and Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle

Jill Burkhart, Senior Director of Documentary Programming for EPIX

ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), celebrating 27 years, is a year-round non-profit organization with monthly screenings of current films, filmmaking workshops, a Screenwriters Lab, master classes, summer documentary screening series, 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. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2018 marked the 9th 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 in the world with such a distinction. For more information please visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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,TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Judith Crennan at Nestseekers Host Hamptons Film Fest Gala Interviews. 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Realtor Sara Burack at Nestseekers Host Hamptons Film Fest Gala Interviews




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26TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artistic Director David Nugent and Co-Chair Actor Alec Baldwin at the Opening Night Premiere of 

The Kindergarten Teacher

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews the Star of the Film, Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Opening Night Premiere of the Kindergarten Teacher at the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival

Writer/director Sara Colangelo (LITTLE ACCIDENTS, HIFF 2014 and Screenwriters Lab 2013) returns to HIFF with her prize-winning sophomore feature. Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER follows Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a Staten Island teacher who accidentally discovers her young student’s prodigious gift for poetry. Desperately seeking her own creative recognition, Lisa’s fascination with the boy quickly unravels into an all-encompassing fixation. Anchored by Gyllenhaal’s fearless performance, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is an electrifyingly unpredictable morality tale about the precarious line between protection and obsession.

The Opening Night screening at Guild Hall was preceded by the presentation of the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award to Alan Alda.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlabe poses for a photo-op on the Red Carpet at the Opening Night Premiere of "The Kindergarten" at the 

26th Hamptons International Film Festival

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Alan Alda the Recipient of the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award at the 

26th Hamptons International Film Festival

Created and presented by HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin in 2017 in honor of Cavett himself, The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award recognizes a lifelong advocate for artistic achievements and contributions to the industry.

The 2018 recipient will be Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor Alan Alda. Alda will be lauded during a special presentation on Opening Night.

“Alan Alda is one of those now rare actors who in his career continues to outdo himself on Broadway, in films and on television,” said HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin. “Of course, most people remember Alda for his starring role in the seminal TV series M*A*S*H, but Alda is also great in the movies and on stage.”

Seven-time Emmy® Award winner Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Blacklist, The Big C, Horace and Pete, and The Good Fight.

He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his role in THE AVIATOR. Alda’s other films include BRIDGE OF SPIES, TOWER HEIST, WANDERLUST, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR and CALIFORNIA SUITE, as well as THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN, which he wrote, and THE FOUR SEASONS, SWEET LIBERTY, A NEW LIFE and BETSY’S WEDDING, all of which he wrote and directed.

On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross, Jake’s Women, and The Apple Tree.

For 11 years on PBS, Alda has hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers; he also hosted the miniseries The Human Spark and Brains on Trial. His playwriting credits include Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie and Dear Albert.

Alda is on the Board of the World Science Festival; a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which he helped found; and Founder + CEO of the Alda Communication Training Company. In addition to his successful podcast Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda, he has written three New York Times bestsellers, including If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? – My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.

Alda will receive the Award on Opening Night at Guild Hall, which also features Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sara Colangelo’s THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. Opening Night ticket packages are sale now.

This event is supported by Riki Kane Larimer.


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HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP

Documentary Feature | 86 minutes

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Peter Kenneth Jones from HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP at the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival

WORLD PREMIERE

2018 | English/French | USA

As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, self-taught Henri Dauman took the international photojournalism scene by storm with his cinematic images that redefined the methods of capturing historical icons. Leaving behind his past as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, Dauman created a new life for himself in New York City, where his timeless style quickly gained momentum amidst high society and celebrity culture. Exploring both the photographer’s traumatic past and the contrasting vibrancy of the city that would define his work, director Peter Kenneth Jones’s film is a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the man behind the camera.


Henri Dauman is a master photographer who has journeyed the world documenting the foremost historical events, personalities and cultural changes of the 20th century. As a feature photographer for LIFE Magazine he captured personalities & icons of politics, art, and culture ranging from John & Jacqueline Kennedy, to Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and many others at telling moments of their lives.

For more than four decades, he worked with other publishers and magazines such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Smithsonian and Town & Country.

Henri Dauman is the winner of numerous awards. In 1967 he was awarded with Picture Of The Year Award from the school of journalism of the University of Missouri. He has also received an Award of Excellence awarded to him by Communications Art Magazine. 35mm Photography, Photo, The Photography Catalog, Variety, The New York Times and Print Magazine have all featured professional articles discussing his work.

Dauman’s work has exhibited at leading galleries and his prints are held in public and private collections throughout the world. His work has been exhibited in several one-man and group shows, such as:

Espace Carpeaux, Courbevoie, The Manhattan Darkroom / Special Cinéma, from Sept. 20, 2017 to end of October, 2017

Nièpce Museum of Photography 2017, Chalon sur Saône (France), The Manhattan Darkroom, February to May 2017

Palais d’Iéna, Paris, The Manhattan Darkroom, November-December, 2014

The Tate Liverpool Museum on the American Supermarket, 2002

John F. Kennedy Exhibition, German Historical Museun in Berlin, 2003

“The Magnum Archive: Vintage 20th Century”, Robert Lowell – Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller, Kasher Gallery, NYC, 2005

“Flashback: The Sixties” Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC, 1999

Pace MacGill – Richard Nixon campaigning, 1995

“New York Looking-up”, essay represented in the permanent collection The Museum Of Modern Art, NYC.

The National Gallery of Canada – The American Supermarket.

The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

A feature film entitled “Henri Dauman: Looking Up” will be released in the Winter of 2018, documenting the life and work of Henri Dauman.

Henri Dauman’s work brings an extraordinary, invaluable visual record that reflects American and European styles, urban landscapes, icons, cultural values, and political concerns of the twentieth century.


For more information please visit http://daumanpictures.com


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ASK FOR JANE

Narrative Feature | 108 minutes

ASK FOR JANE

2018 World Cinema Narrative | narrative feature | 108 min

WORLD PREMIERE

Between 1969 and 1973, The Jane Collective operated underground in Chicago, helping over 11,000 women receive safe, illegal abortions throughout the metropolitan area, learning and performing the procedure on their own in an era that refused to make them legally available. Before disbanding in the wake of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the group operated like a spy network throughout the city and provided a necessary public service to the women of Chicago. Exploring the story of Jane’s founding with a ensemble cast including Emmy® nominee Alison Wright, Tony® nominee Saycon Sengbloh, and Ben Rappaport, ASK FOR JANE is a timely reminder of the necessity of reproductive healthcare in our modern era.


Directed By

Rachel Carey

Produced By

Cait Cortelyou

Josh Folan

Caroline Hirsch

Written By

Rachel Carey

Featuring

Cait Cortelyou

Cody Horn

Sarah Ramos

Ben Rappaport

Sarah Steele

Alison Wright


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THE HIDDEN

Panels and Events | TBD minutes

HIFF 2018

THE HIDDEN

Panels and Events | TBD minutes

2018 | Virtual Reality | USA

An immersive storytelling and virtual reality (VR) experience from Annie Lukowski and BJ Schwartz—the creators at Vanishing Point Media, and with the support of the ACLU and Samsung, THE HIDDEN is a political thriller that literally drops you in the middle of a high-stakes game of cat and mouse without telling you who is hunting whom.

In a manner only possible in VR, THE HIDDEN will have you experience the pulse-pounding fear and turmoil of an ICE Raid from every perspective. In the end the viewer is left with larger questions about the state of social justice in modern America.

Immersive multimedia experiences at Mulford Farm took place on 

Friday, October 5 – Monday, October 8

from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Admission was free and open to the public

> Presented with the support of OLA (Organización Latino Americana) of Eastern Long Island


The film was Directed By

Annie Lukowski

BJ Schwartz


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THE PUBLIC

Narrative Feature | 119 minutes

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor/Director Emilio Estevez at the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival

EAST COAST PREMIERE

2018 | English | USA

As the day’s activities wind down and library workers Stuart (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) prepare to close for the day, a group of homeless patrons decide to stage an act of rebellion when they refuse to leave the building to find somewhere to sleep in the wintry night. Soon the scene outside becomes a carnival of riot gear-wearing officers and local news reporters, leading to a standoff between the city’s have’s and have-not’s. Aided by a deep supporting cast, including Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, and Alec Baldwin, writer, director, and star Emilio Estevez continues to showcase his skills as a gifted multi-hyphenate force with his latest ode to the struggles of the disenfranchised.


Directed By

Emilio Estevez

Produced By

Emilio Estevez

Alex Lebovici

Steve Ponce

Lisa Niedenthal

Written By

Emilio Estevez

Featuring

Emilio Estevez

Alec Baldwin

Jacob Vargas

Gabrielle Union

Taylor Schilling

Jeffrey Wright

Christian Slater


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THE HATE U GIVE

Narrative Feature | 129 minutes

HIFF 2018

The lovely and talented Amandla Stenberg and Director by George Tillman pose for a photo-op at the Opening Night Premier of THE HATE YOU GIVE in Southampton, New York at the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival  photo taken by Debra Rothberg

2018 | English | USA

As a way to escape the limited options of the streets she grew up on, sixteen-year-old black teenager Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is torn between two lives: one at school amidst her predominantly rich, upper-class white classmates, and another within her working-class neighborhood. But Starr’s dual life is torn apart when a reunion with a childhood sweetheart ends in tragedy at the hands of a local police officer, forcing her to take a side amidst a swelling of protests in the local community. Adapting Angie Thomas’s award-winning novel to the big screen with the same sense of urgency that shot it to the top of the bestsellers list, THE HATE U GIVE is a stirring look at one teenager’s personal awakening.


Directed By

George Tillman Jr.

Produced By

Robert Teitel

George Tillman Jr.

Marty Bowen

Wyck Godfrey

Written By

Audrey Wells (screenplay by)

Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by)

Featuring

Amandla Stenberg

Issa Rae

Anthony Mackie

Regina Hall

Common

Sabrina Carpenter

Dominique Fishback



THE HATE U GIVE, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM and ONE SMALL STEP TAKE AUDIENCE AWARDS AT THE 26th ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 4th – 8th

East Hampton, NY (October 9, 2018) – The Hamptons International Film Festival today announced their audience awards for the 26th edition from East Hampton. THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr., took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, directed by John Chester, took home the Audience Award for Documentary Feature. ONE SMALL STEP, directed by Bobby Pontillas & Andrew Chesworth, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film. All of the Audience Awards are sponsored by Out East.

The festival ran from October 4th through October 8th and played over 125 films from around the world.

“We are thrilled that these diverse, unique, and entertaining stories resonated with our audience,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “Our Breakthrough Artist Amandla Stenberg and the director George Tillman Jr. gave a powerful introduction on Friday night for THE HATE U GIVE, an important film for our times, unsurprisingly leading to a post-screening standing ovation. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, which offers a beautiful look at life’s cycles through the impactful story of one couple’s decision to resuscitate a farm in northern California, is sure to touch the hearts of people of all ages. ONE SMALL STEP, the first film from two former Disney artists who started their own studio last year, is an inspiring story of one girl’s determination to follow her dreams.”

Additional HIFF awards for the 26th edition were also handed out yesterday in East Hampton.

The full list of winners below:

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE 2018 WINNERS:

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Narrative Feature, sponsored by Out East

THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr.

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Documentary Feature, sponsored by Out East

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, directed by John Chester

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Short, sponsored by Out East

ONE SMALL STEP, directed by Bobby Pontillas & Andrew Chesworth

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Netflix

ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”, directed by Eva Trobisch

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by Netflix

DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES, directed by Alexis Bloom

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

FENCE “GARDHI”, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film

GUAXUMA, directed by Nara Normande

Special Jury Prize For Acting

BORDER “GRÄNS”, directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff

The 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution

AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

Vimeo Staff Pick Award

CROSS MY HEART, directed by Sontenish Myers

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant

ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, directed by Emily Anderson

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

THE CAT RESCUERS, directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Industry Advocate for Women Award

Terry Lawler, Executive Director of NYWIFT

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award

Alan Alda

2018 Breakthrough Artists

Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith, Amandla Stenberg

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 $180,000, 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. 2018 marked the 8th 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.

TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ALEC BALDWIN AT THE 

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane attends Conversations with Holly Hunter at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director and Filmmaker Uttera Singh about her comedic film FANNY PACK starring Brian George at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host and Entertainment Journalist interviews Actress Darine Hamze about her new film HALAL LOVE (AND SEX) “bil halal” directed by Assad Fouladkar that premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Orlando von Einsiedel about his documentary NETFLEX Film WHITE HELMETS that was shown at the 24th Hamptons International Film Festival 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Aaron Eckhart about his new film "Bleed For This" at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Avner Wishnitzer, Co-Founder of Combatants for Peace about the film "Disturbing the Peace" at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director and Filmmaker Moritz Ziebert about his film "Those Who Jump" at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Champion Surfer, Filmmaker and Director: Takuji Masuda about the Film Bunker 77 on the red carpet at the Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Film Director and Writer of the film "Loving" Jeff Nichols at the Opening Night Premiere of the film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Cognac also interviews Hilaria Baldwin and Alexis Alexanian, President of New York Women in Film and Television.