Wednesday, October 03, 2018


HIFF 2018

The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival
October 4 - 8, 2018

Directed by Sara Colangelo (HIFF 2013 Lab participant!)
Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal

Friday Centerpiece

Saturday Centerpiece
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy

Sunday Centerpiece

Directed by Joel Edgerton.
Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton

Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Matthew Broderick, Bill Camp, Kayli Carter,
 Damien Chazelle, Jamie Dornan, Emilio Estevez, Rupert Everett,
 Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Hedges, Matthew Heineman, Alessandro Nivola,
 Rosamund Pike, Cory Michael Scott, Josh Singer,
 Amandla Stenberg, George Tillman Jr., Dolly Wells & more…

The Hamptons International Film Festival is exciting every year! 

I've been developing a webVR site to display 3D 360 VR videos: Here's a BETA! version of my HIFF 2017 interview with Alison Chernick, director of last year's terrific opening night film ITZHAK! in 3D 360 VR on BETA! webVR. This will most likely work in 3D 360 using the Oculus or Samsung browser on Oculus Go. (It will not work using the Firefox Reality browser). It will most likely work as a 2D 360 video with Chrome or Firefox on a desktop. It may require a "mouse" click or refresh to start playing.  It may not work using Edge. (Yes, webVR is still inconsistent and hard to use, but it will be GREAT! when it matures.)


·       Competition sections:
o   Narrative;
o   Documentary;
·       Spotlight section;
·       World Cinema Narrative;
·       World Cinema Documentary;
·       Conflict & Resolution;
·       Views From Long Island;
·       Air, Land & Sea;
·       Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; and
·       Shorts Programs.

·       Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE, starring Academy Award®-winning actresses Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and Golden Globe®-winning actress Olivia Colman, about two cousins fighting to be the court favorite of Queen Anne, which will serve as the Friday Centerpiece;
·       Marielle Heller’s CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? which will screen as the Sunday Centerpiece, a biopic based on the life of writer Lee Israel and starring Academy Award®-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy;
·       Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, starring Academy Award®-winning actress Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities; and
·       The East Coast Premiere of Felix Van Groeningen’s (HIFF 2009 & 2013 alum) BEAUTIFUL BOY, starring Academy Award®-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (one of last year’s “Breakthrough Artists!”) and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Steve Carell, adapted from father and son David and Nic Sheff’s best-selling memoirs about a son’s struggle with drug addiction that threatens to tear a family apart.

Narrative Competition Films include:
·       the New York Premiere of Yen Tan’s 1985;
·       the U.S. Premiere of Eva Trobisch’s ALL GOOD;
·       Ali Abbasi’s BORDER;
·       the U.S. Premiere of  Zsófia Szilágyi’s ONE DAY; and
·       Dominga Sotomayor’s TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG.

Documentary Competition Films include:
·       the World Premiere of Jesse Sweet’s CITY OF JOEL;
·       the New York Premiere of Daniel Zimmerman’s WALDEN;
·       the East Coast Premiere of Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldon’s GHOST FLEET;
·       as well as the East Coast Premiere of THE LAST RACE from Michael Dweck, (also screening in the Views From Long Island Section).

"HIFF is proud to announce that the Competition slate consists of 50% female directors and 50% male directors. Overall, the festival’s full slate is 47% female directors.”

The Spotlight section will include:
·       the U.S. Premiere of BEN IS BACK, directed by Peter Hedges and starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts;
·       CAPERNAUM directed by Nadine Labaki;
·       TO DUST, directed by Shawn Snyder, starring Matthew Broderick, and produced by Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer;
·       the East Coast Premieres of
o   EVERYBODY KNOWS, directed by Asghar Farhadi and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz;
o   GREEN BOOK, directed by Peter Farrelly;
o   A PRIVATE WAR, directed by Matthew Heineman and starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan;
o   THE PUBLIC, directed by Emilio Estevez;
·       ROMA, directed by Alfonso Cuarón; and
·       WILDLIFE, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Camp and directed by Paul Dano;
·       THE HAPPY PRINCE directed by and starring Rupert Everett; and
·       THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Amandla Stenberg (part of the Breakthrough Artists Panel!), K.J. Apa, and Anthony Mackie.

The Views From Long Island section will include:
·       BLACK MOTHER, directed by Khalik Allah, about two different worlds on the island of Jamaica, through the lens of an intimate documentary portrait;
·       the East Coast Premiere of THE LAST RACE from Michael Dweck, (also screening in the Documentary Competition Section);
·       the World Premieres of
o   Emily Anderson’s short film ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Montauk winter; and
o   Ross Kauffman’s STILL PLAY WITH TRAINS, where John Scully reconstructs his idyllic 1950s childhood in the form of one of the world’s largest model train sets in his East Hampton basement.

The Air, Land & Sea program will present :
·       Academy Award®-nominated director Rory Kennedy’s ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW, a Discovery Channel documentary chronicling the history and exploration of America’s space force;
·       Nicolas Brown’s THE SERENGETI RULES, about five international scientists during the 1960s and their attempt to learn more about the planet; and
·       the U.S. Premiere of GRIT, directed by Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade.

The Compassion, Justice, & Animal Rights program will include:
·       a World Premiere presentation of Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence’s THE CAT RESCUERS, about four activists in Brooklyn setting out to provide housing for the over one million cats abandoned in New York City alone; and
·       the East Coast Premiere of Richard Miron’s FOR THE BIRDS.

The Conflict & Resolution program will include:
·       Charles Ferguson’s WATERGATE, examining the Watergate scandal from new interviews and subjects from all sides of the investigation;
·       Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, about six individuals looking to bring those responsible for Spain’s 40-year dictatorship to justice;
·       the New York Premieres of
o   Ísold Uggadóttir’s AND BREATHE NORMALLY;
o   Talal Derki’s OF FATHERS AND SONS, which provides a look at war-torn Syria through the eyes of a photojournalist posing as pro-jihadist; and
o    Chris Martin’s UNDER THE WIRE, about the final mission of war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy.

 In the World Cinema Narrative section the slate includes:
·       the U.S. Premiere of “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” directed by Radu Jude;
·       NON-FICTION, directed by Olivier Assayas;
·       PRIVATE LIFE, directed by Tamara Jenkins;
·       the World Premiere of ASK FOR JANE​ directed by Rachel Carey;
·       the U.S. Premieres of
o   LETO directed by Kirill Serebrennikov;
o   STYX​ directed by Wolfgang Fischer;
o   WOMEN AT WAR​ directed by Benedikt Erlingsson;
·       the New York Premieres of
o   BIRDS OF PASSAGE directed by Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Colombia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®);
o   BURNING​ directed by Lee Chang-dong;
o   COLD WAR​ directed by Pawel Pawlikowski;
o   DEAD PIGS directed by Cathy Yan;
o   THE GUILTY​ directed by Gustav Möller;
o   HAPPY AS LAZZARO​, directed by Alice Rohrwacher (with her sister, Alba Rohrwacher, a Breakthrough Artist at HIFF several years ago, in the cast);
o   SHOPLIFTERS​ directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar); and
o   WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY​ directed by Madeleine Olnek.

The World Cinema Documentary section includes:
·       Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville’s THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD;
·       the U.S. Premiere of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, directed by Tom Donahue;
·       MARIA BY CALLAS, directed by Tom Volf;
·       MONROVIA, INDIANA, directed by Frederick Wiseman;
·       TIME FOR ILHAN, directed by Norah Shapiro;
·       World Premieres of
o   HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP, directed by Peter Jones, and
o   THE PANAMA PAPERS directed by Alex Winter;
·       the East Coast Premiere of MAKING THE GRADE, directed by Ken Wardrop;
·       the New York Premiere of THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin;
·       A MURDER IN MANSFIELD, directed by Barbara Kopple;
·       THE PROPOSAL, directed by Jill Magid;
·       ROLL RED ROLL, directed by Nancy Schwartzman; and
·       SHIRKERS, directed by Sandi Tan.

World Cinema Documentary is sponsored by Investigation Discovery.

Short film programs include:
·       Narrative and Documentary Short Film Competitions;
·       New York Women In Film and Television;
·       Women Calling the Shots;
·       Zoom! Shorts For All Ages;
·       University Short Films Showcase;
·       Let’s Go Crazy;
·       Never Going Back Again;
·       Please Don’t Tell;
·       and five short films that will play before features.

“A Conversation With…” will include conversations with…
·       Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle, whose film FIRST MAN is the Saturday Centerpiece;
·       Emilio Estevez, whose film THE PUBLIC will screen in the Spotlight section; and
·       Academy Award®- and Golden Globe®-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in the festival’s Opening Night film THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.

All Conversation events will take place at Bay Street with Gyllenhaal on Friday, October 5th at 3:00PM, Estevez on Saturday, October 6th at 3:30PM, and Chazelle on Sunday, October 7th at 12:30PM.

A special screening: of Dava Whisenant’s BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, winner of the 2018 SummerDocs Audience Award, sponsored by Candescent Films.

Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall, morning conversations with special guests in East Hampton, presented by The Gary Winick Memorial Fund, include:
·       a #MeToo focused panel with the one-year anniversary of the global movement for change on Friday, October 5;
·       Breakthrough Artists panel with Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith and Amandla Stenberg on Saturday, October 6; and
·       a VR-focused panel bringing together project creators and virtual reality experts to examine what the future of VR means for the ways we interact with visual entertainment and the arts on Sunday, October 7. 

This series is presented by The Gary Winick Memorial Fund.

An immersive storytelling and VR experience, THE HIDDEN, 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, will be available for audiences at Mulford Farm in the afternoons on October 5-8.

This program is presented with the support of the Organización Latinoamericana de Alcaldes (OLA).

The Narrative Jury will include:
·       Geralyn Dreyfous, Academy Award®-winning producer of BORN INTO BROTHELS, THE SQUARE and THE INVISIBLE WAR and founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund;
·       Linus Sandgren, FSF, Academy Award®-winning Cinematographer who collaborated on films including FIRST LAND, LA LA LAND, JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE. 

The Documentary Jury will include:
·       Rory Kennedy, Academy Award®-nominated director of films including ETHEL, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM and the upcoming ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW, screening at the festival; plus 
·       additional jurors to be announced.

The 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 4 – 8, 2018. 

The Hamptons International Film Festivalgreatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors and media partners, including premiere sponsors Audi and Out East, lead sponsors Delta Air Lines, Altour.” (So do we: without the sponsors HIFF could not be the same!)

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