Line Up for 2006 Hamptons Film Festival

This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival promises to be a star studded event, filled with great screenings, helpful panel discusions, parties and other events. The festival has released it’s complete slate of screenings, premieres and activities.

The 2006 Hamptons International Film Festival takes place from October 18th through 22nd, 2006, in East Hampton, New York, with additional venues in Southampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk.

Here is a partial list of expected attendees:

Robert Altman, Darren Aronofsky, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Cavanaugh, Carmen Chaplin, Harry Connick Jr., Abbie Cornish, Martin Donovan, Chris Eigeman, Heather Graham, Tom Guiry, Philip Haas, Mido Hamada, Marcia Gay Harden, Don Hewitt, Ted Hope, Sandra Hueller, Famke Janssen, Melissa Leo, Damien Lewis, Ron Livingston, Connie Nielsen, Joey Pantoliano, Rosie Perez, Raoul Peck, Rachel Roy, Mercedes Ruehl, Roy Scheider, Molly Shannon, Margarethe Von Trotte, andBruce Weber

Here is a release announcing the slate of films and events during the festival…

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences.* The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. 

This year’s event features 114 films including shorts – 15 World Premieres, 15 US Premieres, 8 North American Premieres, 20 East Coast Premieres and 13 New York Premieres.

Executive Director, Denise Kasell, and Board Chairman, Stuart Match Suna, are continuously striving to fulfill the Festival’s mission to create a cross-cultural breeding ground for some of the strongest, most innovative new voices in filmmaking, and industry, on a global level.

The heart of the Festival has always been its Golden Starfish Award and the films in the competitions for Best Narrative Feature (over $190,000 in goods and in-kind services), Best Documentary Award ($10,000 in cash and in-kind services) and Short Film Award ($5,000 in cash). The Hamptons International Film Festival also awards the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Prize in Science and Technology ($25,000 in cash); the Kodak Award for Cinematography ($6,000 of goods and in-kind services); the Brizzolara Family Award for Films of Conflict and Resolution ($5,000 in cash); the Zicherman Family Foundation Award for Screenwriting ($5,000 in cash); Best Undergraduate and Graduate Student Films (eight $1,000 cash awards); and new this year, the Artemis Records Original Movie Score Award ($5,000 of goods and in-kind services).

“This is a festival that embraces the transformative potential of cinema, and seeks to provide a welcoming home for the innovative filmmaker,” Says Hamptons Artistic Director Rajendra Roy.* “We strive to protect the intimate and relaxed environment epitomized by our locale, while creating a globally respected platform for our films.* Given the inspired work our filmmakers have entrusted us with, it would be wrong to aim for anything else.”

From Wednesday, October 18th when the Festival Opens with a screening of THE SITUATION (USA, World Premiere, Shadow Releasing) directed by Philip Haas (Angels and Insects), the first U.S. feature film dealing with the war, set exclusively in Iraq, starring Connie Nielsen, ‘Rising Star’ Mido Hamadaand Damian Lewis; through to our Closing Night film, THE ASTRONAUT FARMER (US, East Coast Premiere, Warner Brothers), Mike Polish directs from a script co-written with brother Mark Polish. An astronaut (Billy Bob Thornton) is forced to leave NASA to save his family farm, but continues to dream of space travel and sets out to build a rocket inside his barn; the Hamptons will be a very special and exciting place to be.

Film Festivals wouldn’t exist with filmmakers and film people. Among the highlights of the Hamptons experience each year is the amazing amount of talent that participates – as filmmakers, jurors, mentors, educators and honorees – in our programs and special events.

Industry Toast: In what has quickly become a tradition, the Festival will partner with indieWIRE for the Industry Toast. Here we celebrate a person who best exemplifies the spirit of independent film and whose energy, vision and acumen enhances the industry. The 3rd Hamptons/indieWIRE “Industry Toast” will be presented by toastmistress Rosie Perez, to producer and This Is That founder Ted Hope.

A Conversation With…: Each year, the Festival presents A Conversation With… (sponsored by New Line Cinema/Picturehouse) Past guests have includedKevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Gena Rowlands, Anthony LaPaglia, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Barry Sonnenfeld, Danny Aiello, Julian Schnabel, Harvey Keitel, Betty Comden, Faye Wray and Patricia Neal. This Year the Hamptons International Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s Conversation with will be Robert Altman, Moderated by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone on Oct 21st at Guild Hall.

Rising Stars: Conceived as a means of celebrating the key role actors play in the making of independent films, Rising Stars program has grown into a dynamic, enriched program. It feeds on the tremendous, expanding energy of the Hamptons festival both domestically and internationally to provide a platform for extraordinary acting talent. We have invited six actors to participate, each with a diversity of experience, each uniquely gifted and talented. For 2006, we have continued to expand the program to include more informal, intimate gatherings in which Rising Star participants can meet and share creative ideas in a personal setting with the directors, producers, writers, veteran actors, and prominent industry executives who will be at the Festival this year. This year’s Rising Stars are Carmen Chaplin (Day on Fire), Matt Davis (Mentor), Dagmara Dominczyk (Mentor), Noah Fleiss (Day on Fire), Mido Hamada (The Situation), and Sandra Hueller (Requiem). Once again, we invite Festival-goers to see in advance, and access in depth, the work in independent films that will turn some of today’s finest actors into tomorrow’s Stars. The Rising Stars program is directed by Lina Todd and Rajendra Roy. 

Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in Acting: On the occasion of the 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival it is with distinct pleasure that we honor Ellen Burstyn. Recipient of our Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in Acting, Ms. Burstyn is an actor of singular accomplishment. Her nuanced portrayals of some of the screen’s most memorable characters (including Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE and Lois Farrow in Peter Bogdanovich’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW) have brought her global acclaim.

Golden Starfish Feature Competition films, worth over $190,000 in goods and in-kind services to be used towards the next feature, include BLACK IRISH(US, World Premiere) by Brad Gann is the coming of age story of Cole McKay, a 16-year-old South Boston kid trying to both survive and save his disintegrating Irish-Catholic family; Jens Lien’s THE BOTHERSOME MAN (Norway, US Premiere), takes place in a parallel universe, or perhaps the life after death. In this world only Andreas seems human, with his feelings and needs intact. The film describes total loneliness in a world that has everything – but that is all it has; EMMA’S BLISS (Germany, North American Premiere) by Sven Taddicken – a feral romance ensues between free-spirited Emma and Max, a soft-spoken car salesman dying of cancer; Guy Moshe’s HOLLY (USA, East Coast Premiere), is a young Vietnamese woman sold by her family into slavery in Cambodia where she is befriended by Patrick, an American ne’er-do-well.* His long dormant humanity is revived by her stubborn attempts to protect herself from the seemingly inevitable tragedy of her existence; In THREE MOTHERS (Israel, North American Premiere), by Dina Zvi-Riklis, triplet sisters are born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1942. Their saga is one of powerful love and deadly deceit played out in three languages and across three generations; Set in rural South India, a place where social barriers are built stronger than ancient fort walls, Rajnesh Domalpalli’s VANAJA (US/India, US Premiere) explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age.

Golden Starfish Documentary category, with an award worth $10,000 in cash and in-kind services. Crackpot, visionary, philosopher, soap maker…. They all apply to Emanuel Bronner, whose idiosyncratic beliefs take center stage in Sara Lamm’s DR. BRONNER’S MAGIC SOAP BOX (US, East Coast Premiere);Jeremy Gans’ NO PAST TO SPEAK OF (Canada, US Premiere), takes an unflinching look at a barbarous act and its inspirational, life-affirming resolution in South Africa; NOTE BY NOTE (US, World Premiere), directed by Ben Niles, is the story of a single Steinway piano from forest to concert hall told through the personalities of craftspeople and pianists; In Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price’s documentary, SUMMERCAMP! (US, East Coast Premiere) the young American campers’ sleep-away experience is captured, with the intensity of activity and emotion that characterizes the tradition; VOYAGE IN G MAJOR(France, US Premiere), 91-year-old-Parisian Aime embarks on a journey with his grandson, film maker Georgi Lazarevski, through the exquisite Moroccan countryside.

Golden Starfish Documentary Competition jurors include: Karen Arikian, Co-Director, European Film Market; Nancy Buirski, Director, Full Frame Documentary Festival; Director Macky Alston.

Golden Starfish Shorts category with a $5000 cash prize. In a run-down shack, a mother struggles to protect her son from the cold and fierce rainstorm outside, in Agüero Pablo’s FIRST SNOW (France-Argentina, North American Premiere); In HAPPINESS (US, New York Premiere) by Sophie Barthes, an elderly woman purchases a box of happiness at a discount store in Brooklyn, but can’t quite decide what to do with it; MAN UP (US, World Premiere) byArturo Cabanas, reveals the colliding perspectives and challenges of a father and son; Jamie Travis’ experimental musical, PATTERNS 3 (Canada, US Premiere), explores a young couple’s alternately sweet and caustic romance, using split-screen cinematography and bold, retro art design; In Jonathan Yi’s SHIFT (US, East Coast Premiere), the night shift of a summer job in a mail room proves itself a microcosm of political, cultural and ethnic conflict.

Spotlight Films are high-profile films that are shown each evening in advance of their theatrical release. Neil Armfield’s CANDY (USA, East Coast Premiere, ThinkFilm), is a powerful drama, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, offering a brutally honest depiction of life as a junkie; In CANVAS (US, World Premiere) by Joseph Greco, starring Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden and Devon Gearhart, a father and his young son cope with the mental illness of a wife and mother; In Sue Kramer’s GRAY MATTERS (US, East Coast Premiere, Yari Film Group) siblings Gray (Heather Graham) and Sam (Tom Cavanaugh) do everything together. They jog together, they watch old movies together, they ballroom dance together. So it’s no surprise when they fall for the same perfect woman; THE HAWK IS DYING (US, East Coast Premiere, Strand Releasing) by Julian Goldberger, and produced by our ‘Industry Toast’ honoree Ted Hope, stars Paul Giamatti as George, the owner of a custom auto trim shop who dreams of falconry. With his indomitable capacity to love and aspire he is propelled on an edifying vision quest; In I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (Germany, US Premiere, Studio Canal) by Margarethe von Trotta, a businessman spends the night with a prostitute, whom he is shocked to come face-to-face with the following day at a reputable law firm. Intrigued by the seeming disconnect, he begins following the woman and discovers shocking family secrets that may hold the key to her identity; Traveling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Bruce Weber’s LET’S GET LOST (US, Zeitgeist Films) weaves together the life story of a jazz legend.Hans-Christian Schmid’s REQUIEM (Germany, East Coast Premiere, IFC Films), starring ‘Rising Star’ Sandra Hüller, tells the story of Michaela Klinger, a deeply religious young woman whose demonic visions happen to coincide with her immersion into secular university life; In Marc Forster’s STRANGER THAN FICTION (US, Columbia Pictures), One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold’s carefully controlled life is turned upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the voice declares that Harold Crick is facing imminent death, he realizes he must find out who is writing his story and persuade her to change the ending. Starring Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifah; In the romantic comedy,THE TREATMENT (US), directed by Oren Rudavsky and starring Chris Eigeman, Famke Janssen and Ian Holm, Jake Singer an English teacher at a private high school in NYC tries to unearth the root of all of his relationship issues, find true love and form a committed relationship with the help of, and in spite of, his psychoanalyst’s advice; Writer/director Steve Stockman’s TWO WEEKS (US, World Premiere) is a bittersweet comedy/drama about four adult siblings who travel home to North Carolina because their mother (played eloquently by Sally Field) is dying.* While they expect her death to be imminent, they end up spending two weeks together, dealing not only with their grief, but with all their family dynamics issues; WHO THE $#%& IS JACKSON POLLOCK (USA, NY Premiere, Picturehouse) by Harry Moses is a true story about a 71-year-old former truck driver who buys a Jackson Pollack painting at a thrift store for five dollars.

World Cinema Features include: Eric Byler’s AMERICANESE (US, East Coast Premiere) looks at the complexities of love and longing during an unraveling relationship while simultaneously exploring the nature of Asian–American cultural identity and the subtle shades of racism; A delightful French comedy about life, art and romance AVENUE MONTAIGNE (France – official 2006 Oscar contender, ThinkFilm) directed by Daniele Thompson, interweaves stories of an optimistic gamin, a classical pianist, a self-made mogul and an insecure actress; THE BOYS AND GIRLS GUIDE TO GETTING DOWN (US, East Coast Premiere) by Paul Sapiano offers advice (“Don’t touch the party food after 10:30 pm”), observations (“The more you drink, the less you care”) and information (bouncers go to a special school to learn rejection techniques); all intended to seriously assist young wannabe lovers in a funny way as they navigate the dos and don’ts of drugs and sex in the modern age; Israel Adrián Caetano’s CRÓNICA DE UNA FUGA (Argentina, New York Premiere, The Weinstein Company), the true story of Claudio Tamburrini, a soccer player in Argentina who was kidnapped, beaten and tortured by the military government in 1977; In FAMILY LAW (Argentina, IFC Films) by Daniel Burman, thirty-something Ariel Perlman appears to have it all: a beautiful wife, an adorable son, and a promising career as a law professor. Despite these successful trappings, Ariel constantly feels overshadowed by his father, a brilliant lawyer but as the elder Perlman mysteriously begins wanting to spend more time with his son, Ariel gains new insight into his father and makes some surprising discoveries about himself; In Jake Clennell’s THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE (US/UK, New York Premiere), Issei owns a “host” club in Osaka, Japan where young women come to follow their dreams of love — that elusive, yet essential emotion that this documentary posits is the 
basis for both exploitation and “therapy” in the hard-partying club scene; Bob was bullied all his life and ‘snapped’ while in college, killing a classmate in his sleep. THE KILLER WITHIN (US, US Premiere) by Macky Alston is shocking, riveting and devastating, as it documents the vain efforts of all the parties involved to tell themselves a “story that makes sense,” fifty years after the fact; In David Carl Lang’s MENTOR (US), Rutger Hauer is Sanford Pollard, a manipulative professor who plays puppetmaster to Carter (‘Rising Star’ Matt Davis) his eager student and his teaching assistant Julia (‘Rising Star’ Dagmara Dominczyk); In David Lammers’ NORTHERN LIGHT (Netherlands, US Premiere), widower Lucien gives his tough love to his kickboxing students while his own son Mitch pines for his dead mother; THE RED COCKATOO (Germany, US Premiere) by Dominik Graf, follows Siggi, a young artist, struggling to gain acceptance to University, win the heart of his new love and become a man, only weeks before the Berlin Wall is erected; In Pernille Fischer Christensen’sBerlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Winner, SOAP (Denmark, Strand Releasing), Charlotte moves into a new apartment directly above Veronica, a transsexual. While Charlotte works her way through a string of one-night stands, Veronica, a loner, is content with her dog and a romantic soap on TV. Yet somehow these polar opposites manage to find themselves as the main characters of their own turbulent love story; In Stefan Krohmer’s SUMMER 04 (Germany, US Premiere), a lazy summer sailing holiday leads to a provocative affair with unexpected consequences; Stefan Faldbakken’s URO is the dark, gritty story of an undercover cop obsessed with his job, and who launches out on his own…violating police rules, being torn between both sides of the law and trying to resolve his unconscious inner conflict; WE SHALL OVERCOME (Denmark, US Premiere) by Niels Arden Oplev, tells the story of 13 year-old Frits who’s inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark. 

This year’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award recipient of the Sloan Feature Film Prize is Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN (US, Warner Brothers), starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), THE FOUNTAIN is an odyssey about one man’s eternal struggle to save the woman he loves.

Films of Conflict and Resolution in Competition: 1:1 (Denmark, East Coast Premiere) by Annette K. Olesen – When a violent crime occurs in a Copenhagen suburb and a young white man’s life is on the line, the latent racism within a seemingly tolerant community rears its ugly head; Alona Seroussi’s ABOUT THE BODY (Israel, North American Premiere) offers a unique window into the daily lives of a group of terrorist attack survivors in Israel; In David Gleeson’s THE FRONT LINE (Ireland/UK/Germany/Scandinavia, North American Premiere), things aren’t what they seem for Joe Yumba, an African refugee seeking asylum in Ireland. Instead of a happy new beginning, he is thrust in the middle of a bank robbery and kidnapping that push him to his ethical limits; While collaborating with Steven Spielberg, filmmaker James Moll meets Monika Hertwig, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, Commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp where thousands of Jews were murdered. In INHERITANCE (US, East Coast Premiere), Moll documents Monika’s attempts to come to terms with the truth about her father; In WARCHILD (Germany/Slovenia, US Premiere) by Christian Wagner, a mother searches for her daughter who went missing nine years ago amidst the chaos of war in Sarajevo. When she finally finds her daughter in Germany she must make a heart-breaking choice; WHAT REMAINS OF US (Tibet/Canada, New York Premiere) by Francois Prevost and Hugo Latulippe, is a precious peak into a world kept secret for far too long. Risking arrest by the Chinese government, filmmaker Kalsang Dolma travels to Tibet with a secret video recording of the Dalai Lama in order to share a message of hope with the oppressed Tibetan people.

Films Of Conflict And Resolution Out Of Competition: In the artfully shot, DAY ON FIRE (US, US Premiere), starring ‘Rising Star’ Carmen Chaplin andOlympia Dukakis, filmmaker Jay Anania tracks a day in the life of several New Yorkers, showing how a Palestinian suicide bomber on an Israeli bus can unwittingly affect and connect them to another; Nurit Kedar’s HANUSZKA (Israel, East Coast Premiere) is the story of Hanna Mandelberger, a 12-year-old Jewish girl who seeks refuge in a Catholic monastery.

Films For Families: It’s “Bring Your Parents to the Movies” time kids! This year you will find family friendly films throughout the festival, so make a date to spend some time at the festival together! Come relive the experience at SUMMERCAMP! This is one movie that will have you singing, clapping, laughing, and jones’in for some s’mores! And for the young connoisseurs of international cinema, come see the Berlinale Kinderfilmfest Crystal Bear winner, WE SHALL OVERCOME.

Gray Matter: For the third year The Hamptons International Film Festival’s celebration of innovative, risk-taking cinema dedicated to Spalding Gray continues. As the length of his time apart from us grows, so does the legacy and influence of his genius. “Gray Matter” films can be found in all sections of the festival. These are films that take us to a place we hadn’t expected to go, challenged our notions of truth and opened new avenues of thought… Jens Lien’s THE BOTHERSOME MAN; Jay Anania’s DAY ON FIRE; Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN; Julian Goldberger’s THE HAWK IS DYING; Margarethe von Trotte’s I AM THE OTHER WOMAN; and from our Documentary categories: Sara Lamm’s DR. BRONNER’S MAGIC SOAPBOX; Philip Groening’s INTO GREAT SILENCE; and Georgi Lazarevski’s VOYAGE IN G MAJOR.

View From Long Island: This popular section presents a group of films made by filmmakers from the area, highlighting the wealth of creativity and film resources on Long Island. Murder, infidelity, real estate– perfect ingredients for a film noir set in our own Hamptons backyard. East End brothers Orson and Benjamin Cummings, produced, directed and wrote IF I DIDN’T CARE (US, World Premiere), a laid-back thriller starring Roy Scheider, that deftly captures the rhythms of resort communities after the crowds have gone away; Fifteen years past college and a group of thirtysomething a cappella singing buddies still hasn’t quite grown up. Reunited for a wedding in SHUT UP AND SING (US), featuring Molly Shannon, this warm-spirited comedy from Bruce Leddy, the guys spend a weekend in the Hamptons wondering whether they’ll ever be at the top of their game again.

View From Long Island Shorts: David Irving’s DADA’S SON (US, World Premiere); Douglas Huebner and Billy Sharp’s THE DAY MY TOWERS FELL(US, World Premiere); Bob Giraldi’s HONEY TRAP (US, East Coast Premiere); Lee Greenberg’s LAST CHANCE (US, World Premiere); Alex van Boer’s SOIL AND SANDS.

To The Point: Women Telling Stories through Media is a joint venture of the Hamptons International Film Festival and New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT). In its fourth year, this series of shorts honors women’s voices and visions through film — narratives, documentaries, animated and experimental and video. No more than 20 minutes long, these works explore the unique, personal stories of women — past, present, and future. Annette Apitz’s A WARM, COMFORTING HOME (US, World Premiere); Lala Rolls’ FISH OUT OF WATER (New Zealand, New York Premiere); Petra Schröder’s KNOSPEN WOLLEN EXPLODIEREN (Germany); Averie Stock’s LIVE AT FIVE (US); Rene Alberta’s THE SAINT OF AVENUE B (US, New York Premiere); Kate Brown’s URSA DREAM (US, New York Premiere): Varda Hardy’s WINDOW (US, East Coast Premiere); Rachel Max’s YELLOW BIKE (US).

Shorts Program 1: Madeleine Olnek’s HOLD UP (US); John Bryant’s MOMMA’S BOY (US); Eric Lane’s PARALEGAL (US, World Premiere; Samantha Kurtzman-Counter’s ONE SUNG HERO (US, East Coast Premiere); Jeremy Kipp Walker and J. Anderson Mitchell’s SUPER POWERS (US, East Coast Premiere); Marco De Stefanis’ SWEET MONSTER (US, New York Premiere).

Shorts Program 2 – Gray Matters: Maryam Keshavarz’s THE DAY I DIED (US/Argentina, East Coast premiere); Josh Appignanesi’s EX MEMORIA (UK, East Coast Premiere); Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s McLAREN’S NEGATIVE (Canada); Wojciech Kasperski’s THE SEEDS (Poland); Josh Safdie’s WE’RE GOING TO THE ZOO (US, East Coast Premiere).

Shorts Before Films: Alison Maclean’s INTOLERABLE (US); Matthew Ross’ LOLA (US, World Premiere); Austin Stark’s LOVE/DEATH/COBAIN (US, New York Premiere); Alex Weil’s ONE RAT SHORT (US, New York Premiere); Jacqueline Kim’s PRESENT (US, World Premiere).

Tribute To Rona Jaffee/The Best of Everything: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING was released as a film, directed by Jean Negulesco. The movies stars Hope Lange, Diane Baker, Martha Hyer, and the 1950’s supermodel Suzy Parker as the young woman about town. Joan Crawford makes a special appearance as Amanda Farrow, an ill-tempered book editor who, the film makes pointedly clear, has sacrificed personal happiness for professional glory.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Film/Video Awards
This year’s program includes: 

Youth Media Program, curated by Maria Marewski and Emily Bennison through the Children’s Media Project since 1999, brings the creative perspectives of videomakers from across the globe to the Hamptons International Film Festival. Although the young people who have created the videos in this Program may well be the videomakers of the future, we celebrate that they are also the videomakers of today in their own right. 

This year, the Youth Media Program is featuring animated works created by young artists with The School for Animated Film (SAF) in Cakovec, Croatia, an after-school gathering of children and teenagers, ages 7 to 18. 

1. A KILLER LIFE: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond – Thursday, Oct. 19th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor – Celebrated New York Producers Christine Vachon (The Notorious Bettie Page, Far From Heaven, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, Poison, Kids) and Ted Hope (The Hawk Is Dying, 21 Grams, American Splendor, In The Bedroom, The Ice Storm, Happiness) discuss Vachon’s new book. Followed by a book-signing at Bookhampton in Sag Harbor, 6:00 – 6:30 pm.

2. “FACE VALUE” Screenplay Reading Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Friday, Oct. 20th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor – This year the Hamptons Film Festival is proud to host a screenplay reading sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Gretchen Somerfeld’s FACE VALUE (story by Gretchen Somerfeld and David Baxter) a 2006 Screenwriters’ Lab participant. This script was developed through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to The Hamptons International Film Festival.

3. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN – Friday, Oct. 20th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor.

Making Your First Feature Film – Saturday, Oct. 21st, 2:00 – 3: 00 pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor – A panel of award-winning student filmmakers will discuss the challenges of creating their first short film, and their plans for their first feature.

Rising Stars Roundtable with Julianne Nicholson and Tom Cavanagh – Saturday, Oct. 21st, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor.