by Evelyn J. Mocbeichel
Once again there are unique and fascinating films that will be shown during the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series for guests to the East End to enjoy. Now for its tenth year, the SummerDoc series will present entertaining and engaging documentary filmmaking and revolutionary storytellers to the East End. In the anniversary year the series kicked off with a screening of HBO’s ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND. It will be followed by BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY on Saturday, July 21st, at 7:00pm, and concluding with CHEF FLYNN on Saturday, August 25th, at 7:00pm. This year’s series is presented by Out East, a new real estate destination by StreetEasy.
Following the screenings, HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin & HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent will lead conversations with filmmakers and subjects, including Marina Zenovich, director of ROBIN WILLIAMS: COME INSIDE MY MIND; Dava Whisenant, director of BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY; and Cameron Yates, director of CHEF FLYNN, along with the film’s subject, celebrated chef Flynn McGarry. “We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our SummerDocs series with three dynamic films covering a variety of topics, including a legendary actor, forgotten Broadway musicals and a culinary prodigy. Over the last decade we have captivated audiences with some of the most incredible storytelling and know that our 10th anniversary continues that tradition,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin. “Between our SummerDocs program and the outdoor Summer of Spielberg program at the Southampton Arts Center, our audiences will have much to choose from in the run up to our 26th edition,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent. Past SummerDocs selections, including ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM (2014), THE COVE (2009), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012), have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations. Tickets for the screenings are available for purchase at the Hamptons International Film Festival hamptonsfilmfest.org/summerdocs/
For the tenth summer HIFF will also be offering student filmmaking workshops in East Hampton and Southampton for students ages 8-15. During these workshops, students will have the opportunity to make their own films while learning screenwriting, directing, acting, producing, and editing from industry professionals. The workshops provide a launching pad for students to create future projects. Introduction to Filmmakers for ages 8 – 11 will take place July 16th – 20th at Guild Hall in East Hampton and August 6th – 10th at Southampton Arts Center in Southampton. Intermediate Filmmaking for ages 12 – 15 will take place July 30th – August 2nd at Guild Hall in East Hampton and August 6th – 10th at Southampton Arts Center in Southampton. Additional information on the workshops is available on the HIFF website.