2012 Signature Programs


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BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMERS OF 2012

Variety’s 10 To Watch program began over 15 years ago, when we started annually celebrating breakthrough actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, comics, and cinematographers. But over our 107 years of publishing, Variety has really always served as a spotlight for important new film talents, since the very beginnings of cinema.

We’ve also served as spotlight for important new film festivals, having been there on day one of Venice, Berlin, Cannes, and virtually all of the other festivals major and less known, since the first “sprocket opera”––as we call them in our Slanguage––unspooled.

To bring VARIETY ’S 10 ACTORS TO WATCH : BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMERS OF 2012 to the Hamptons International Film Festival really marries two of our most joyous and important enterprises. In addition to Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, we’re also thrilled to present Sienna Miller with VARIETY ’S ONE TO ACCLAIM AWARD. Miller, a 10 Actors to Watch alumni, was first spotlighted by Variety almost a decade ago. Since her arrival on the film scene, she’s starred in FACTORY GIRL, CASANOVA , INTERVIEW , and G.I. JOE, and now takes on one of the most exciting and demanding roles of her career, starring as Tippi Hedren alongside Toby Jones’ Alfred Hitchcock in the new roman à clef, THE GIRL. In a little over a decade, HIFF has become an essential part of the fall film calendar and distinguished itself as an important platform for new and established filmmakers from around the globe. It is an honor for Variety to work with the first-rate HIFF team including Lina Todd, Program Director, Breakthrough Performers; David Nugent, HIFF Director of Programming; and Karen Arikian, Executive Director. Thanks to HIFF, the Variety spotlight will shine even brighter on these ten incredible acting talents and we’ll have the pleasure of knowing this weekend at the Hamptons was a special time and place to celebrate these ten new “thesps” destined to move, excite, and entertain audiences all over the world.

Steven Gaydos
Executive Editor, Variety

For over a decade, we have been honored to recognize so many promising actors who have gone on to luminous careers in the film industry. In this way, Variety and the Hamptons have been on a parallel track. In celebration of our 20th anniversary festival, we are beyond delighted to be joining forces and collaborating with Variety to showcase the 10 To Watch Actors of 2012.

Lina Todd
Program Director, Breakthrough Performers

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MEET THE ACTORS

A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
WITH VARIETY ’S 10 ACTORS TO WATCH :
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMERS OF 2012

10/6, 12PM, First Presbyterian Church Session House
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Join this year’s honored actors in an entertaining and informative discussion. Share in some personal stories and learn firsthand about both the artistic challenges and the practical business realities related to succeeding in today’s film market. Moderated by Variety’s Executive Editor Steven Gaydos.

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An integral contributor to the American independent film business for over two decades, James Schamus is a unique talent in the industry. In addition to an award-winning screenwriting and producing career, Schamus is the CEO of Focus Features, which he formed with David Linde in 2002. Focus celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. Prior to Focus, Schamus was co-president of the independent film production company Good Machine, which he co-founded with Ted Hope in 1991. Good Machine produced over 40 films during an 11-year period.

Since its creation, Focus Features continues to be one of the industry’s most vital distributors, committed to embracing unique film artists from around the world that challenge the mainstream. Focus’ celebrated releases have included eight Academy Award® winners: MILK, LOST IN TRANSLATION , THE PIANIST , THE CONSTANT GARDENER , BEGINNERS, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, and ATONEMENT.

As a screenwriter, Schamus received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song for Ang Lee’s CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON . As a producer, Mr. Schamus is best known for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN , which won three Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, four BAFTA Awards, and the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award for Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The Hamptons International Film Festival in association with Indiewire is proud to present the 2012 Industry Toast in honor of Mr. James Schamus, a truly creative executive whose contributions to the modern cinema remain unparalleled in our industry.

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Introduced by Academy President Hawk Koch
Hosted by Alina Cho

10/6, 3PM, Guild Hall East Hampton – BUY TICKETS

The Hamptons International Film Festival and The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present a very special salute to the extraordinary career of legendary costume designer Ann Roth. With over one hundred film credits to her name, Roth has helped create indelible characters with the most important actors of our time in the greatest films of their careers, including Dustin Hoffman (MIDNIGHT COWBOY , Best Picture, 1970), Jane Fonda (KLUTE , Best Actress, 1972), Richard Dreyfuss, (THE GOODBYE GIRL, Best Actor, 1978), Sally Field (PLACES IN THE HEART , Best Actress 1985), Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS, Best Actress, 2003) and many more.

Roth’s work has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with four Oscar® nominations for Best Costume Design, including the 1997 Oscar for her work on THE ENGLISH PATIENT . In addition, Roth has five Tony Award nominations for her costume designs for the stage and three Emmy® Award nominations. In 2003, she was honored with the Costume Designers Guild’s Career Achievement Award.

The event will also be a chance to get up close and personal with Roth’s collaborators and friends, including Nathan Lane, Mike Nichols and the evening’s host and emcee, Alina Cho, who will be joining us to help celebrate one of the cinema’s true creative treasures. HIFF is also proud to screen Anthony Minghella’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999, p. 51), for which Roth earned an Academy Award nomination.

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RICHARD GERE

Moderated by Alec Baldwin
10/6, 7PM, Guild Hall

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The Hamptons International Film Festival presents an evening of conversation with humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe winner Richard Gere. Gere’s legendary career has cemented his place as one of the cinema’s finest actors, from his breakthrough in Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN through his career-defining roles in AMERICAN GIGOLO , AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, PRETTY WOMAN , PRIMAL FEAR, CHICAGO , and most
recently, in Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE.

Gere’s unique blend of intensity and charm has created some of the screen’s most indelible characters. Join host Alec Baldwin as they discuss the craft and artistry behind Gere’s unforgettable performances. The evening will culminate in Gere being honored with The Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement In Acting.

Don’t miss our special screening of DAYS OF HEAVEN on Saturday, October 12th, 12:00pm at Guild Hall.

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ALAN CUMMING

10/6, 2PM, Bay Street Theater
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A true, and utterly charming, chameleon, Alan Cumming is a force to be reckoned with in any medium. Groomed on the London stage, Cumming’s diverse and acclaimed resume spans Hollywood and independent features such as EMMA, ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, X2: X MEN UNITED, the SPY
KIDS Trilogy, TITUS, and THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY (which he also wrote and directed with Jennifer Jason Leigh); Broadway with CABARET (Tony Award) and THE THREEPENNY OPERA; and television with his Emmy®-nominated turn as Eli Gold on CBS’s THE GOOD WIFE. Cumming also appears in the film, ANY DAY NOW (page 44 for details), and watch him host our annual
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STEVIE NICKS

10/7, 12PM, Bay Street Theater
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With her bewitching, emotionally charged songs—from “Rhiannon” to “Landslide”, “Dreams” to “Gypsy”— singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks cemented her status as one of the most distinctive female voices in rock history as a member of Fleetwood Mac and through her own solo career. Among her extraordinary accomplishments: over 40 Top 50 hits, 13 Grammy Award nominations, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac, over 140 million albums sold, and a repertoire that has inspired a generation of artist, songwriters, and performers. In 2012, she now steps behind the camera with another rock legend Dave Stewart (the Eurythmics) with IN YOUR DREAMS – STEVIE NICKS , a behind-the-scenes look at the making
of their 2011 album. Join us for a lively conversation with one of rock music’s most distinctive voices. IN YOUR DREAMS screens on Sunday at Sag Harbor Cinemas at 3PM.
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SLOAN FEATURE FILM PRIZE

FUTURE WEATHER
10/5, 3:45PM, UA4

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A feature sponsor and program partner for 13 years, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize remains an essential cornerstone of the Hamptons International Film Festival programming. Each year, the Sloan Foundation presents a cash prize to a director whose film features blends science, technology, and narrative storytelling in a realistic and compelling way.

This year, the Sloan Foundation and HIFF are proud to present the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize to director Jenny Deller for her film, FUTURE WEATHER

When her single mom runs off to California dreaming of becoming a make up artist to the stars, 13-year-old Lauduree, a passionate environmentalist, clings to her rural home where a carbon sequestration experiment keeps her rooted. But her grandmother Greta, a caustic nurse, has other plans. Thrust together, the two women must learn to trust each other. Featuring an outstanding performance by Lili Taylor, Amy Madigan, and newcomer Perla Haney-Jardine, FUTURE WEATHER is a compelling coming-of-age drama that explores the sorrow of saying goodbye to what we love.

“For its sensitive exploration of an adolescent girl’s effort to use science as a bulwark against her own problems, and for several brilliant performances by a multigenerational cast of women, the 2012 Alfred P Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival goes to writer/ director Jenny Deller’s impressive debut, Future Weather.”

—Doron Weber, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

EXTENDED DISCUSSION: ADOLESCENCE AND ITS UNCERTAIN CLIMATE

A panel discussion about the perils of adolescence and uncertain climate as seen in FUTURE WEATHER. Immediately following the screening of the film on Friday, October 5 at 3:45PM, the director and special guests will convene for a compelling discussion about climate change, environmentally conscious filmmaking, and engaging students in scientific investigation. Your ticket for the film will grant you access to both the film and the panel. | READ MORE
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SCREENPLAY READING:
SELECTIONS FROM THE ALFRED P. SLOAN
SCREENWRITERS’ LAB

10/7, 4PM, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SESSION HOUSE
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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Hamptons International Film Festival read hundreds of science- and technology-themed screenplays each year, searching for the most exciting and promising work on these topics. Just two of these scripts are invited for table readings at the Hamptons International Film Festival each year. Staged Reading Director: Fisher Stevens. Producer and Casting Director: Amy Devra Gossels, CSA . This year’s actors scheduled to appear include Melissa Leo, Michael Stuhlbarg, Steven Culp, Richard Kird, Bill Raymond, and Harris Yulin.

Screenplays

THE BUCK DECISION by Laura Oaksmith
George Stoddart, a reporter with two strikes against him, investigates a huge hospital cover-up, bringing one of the nation’s biggest
atrocities to light, and finding redemption, not only for himself, but for the victims involved.

MAGNETIC by Carolyn Kras
William Gilbert, a brilliant scientist who discovers the earth is a magnet, is ordered to save Queen Elizabeth I from a mysterious illness. As he uncovers her personal secrets, an intense but dangerous attraction develops between them in which any misstep could cost him his life.

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Now entering its 13th year, HIFF’s Films of Conflict & Resolution (C&R) program recognizes and celebrates films dealing with the complex issues and effects of war and violence, and the attendant human dramas in creative, enlightening ways. This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival recognizes five stellar films under the esteemed banner of Conflict & Resolution. We believe these films are special because they call on audiences to learn, react, and engage in worthy causes. They encourage dialogue about critical topics and provide a platform for our community to share discussions of the issues we care about the most.

2012 BRIZZOLARA FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARD

FOR A FILM OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION,
presented in partnership with REACT to FILM

The Hamptons International Film Festival is honored to present the 2012 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to RISING FROM ASHES, an inspirational documentary about the first Rwandan national cycling team and their bid to represent their country at the 2012 Olympic Games. Coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, this group of men is transformed into a symbol of hope in the country recovering from genocide. Director T.C. Johnstone is expected to attend both screenings of the film, and following the World Premiere screening of the film on Friday, October 5 at 4pm, there will be a discussion on “Post-War Conflict Zones.” The panel is free and open to the public. | BUY TICKETS
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FILMS

BEYOND RIGHT AND WRONG: STORIES OF JUSTICE AND FORGIVENESS
directed by Lekha Singhand & Roger Spottiswoode
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CALL ME KUCHU
directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall
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ONE DAY AFTER PEACE
directed by Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer
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WAR WITCH
directed by Kim Nguyen
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HIFF THANKS THE CONFLICT & RESOLUTION ADVISORY BOARD
Kim Brizzolara, Maria Cuomo Cole, Sandi DuBowski, Phillipp Engelhorn, Terry George, Nancy Gerstman, Kim Snyder, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, Marc Urman and Shaun Woodward.

THE FILMS OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION PROGRAM

A PANEL DISCUSSION ON POST-WAR CONFLICT ZONES: RISING FROM ASHES

Join us for the screening Friday, October 5 at 4pm, followed by a discussion with the director T.C. Johnstone and other esteemed participants: President of East Timor Liz Manne, Executive Director, FilmAid Paul van Zyl, Founder, Maiyet; Co-Founder, International Center for Transitional Justice; former Executive Secretary, S outh Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, Nancy Buirski, the founder of Full Frame and a producer, will moderate. The participants will discuss the social, cultural, and political aftermath of regions recovering from recent destruction and devastation from conflict, such as the Rwandan genocide as seen in RISING FROM ASHES. | READ MORE
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Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, New York and HIFF

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, New York (BAFTA New York) is proud to partner with HIFF to present FOCUS ON UK FILM, an exciting line-up of new UK productions, featuring a wide-range of British talent both in front of and behind the cameras. In addition to their roles as co-hosts of the FOCUS ON UK FILM, Michael Apted, one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation, directs 56 UP, the latest installment of his groundbreaking social documentary series; and Trudie Styler, actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, and UNICEF Ambassador, serves as a member of the 2012 GSA Narrative jury.

Beyond the British-produced films featured in the UK Focus, festival-goers can experience the depth and breadth of British talent throughout the Festival’s films. HIFF’s 20th anniversary poster is designed by British artist Cecily Brown, and the illustrious Scotsman Alan Cumming—star of stage, screen, and television—will host the Golden Starfish Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts was formed in London in 1947. In 2012, BAFTA has 6,500 voting members worldwide. The Academy supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image, including film, television, and games, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefitting the public. BAFTA New York was established in 1996 to raise awareness of, and in support of, BAFTA ’s goals on the East Coast, with members comprised of all branches of the industries.

FOCUS ON UK FILM is ready for its close-up . . . . Welcome to the Hamptons!


Michael Apted
Co-host: FOCUS ON UK FILM
Director, Writer, Producer
BAFTA Member


Trudie Styler
Co-host: FOCUS ON UK FILM
Actress, Producer, Environmentalist
BAFTA Member

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Feature Films:

56 UP
directed by Michael Apted
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EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007
directed by Stevan Riley
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THE GIRL
directed by Julian Jarrold
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JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET
directed by Jesse Vile
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LAY THE FAVORITE
directed by Stephen Frears
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LONDON : THE MODERN BABYLON
directed by Julien Temple
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MY BROTHER THE DEVIL
directed by Sally El Hosani
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QUARTET
directed by Dustin Hoffman
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SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
directed by Martin McDonagh
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SHADOW DANCER
directed by James Marsh
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WHOLE LOTTA SOLE
directed by Terry George
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WILD IN THE STREETS
directed by Peter Baxter
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Short Films:

BUY BUY BABY
directed by Gervais Merryweather
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CALLUM
directed by Michael van der Put
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THE CURSE
directed by Fyzal Boulifa
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EIGHTY EIGHT
directed by Sebastian Feehan, Josh Bamford
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FRIEND REQUEST PENDING
directed by Chris Foggin
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HEAD OVER HEELS
directed by Timothy Reckart
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JIMMY
directed by Martin Smith
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LONG DISTANCE INFORMATION
directed by Douglas Hart
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MECONIUM
directed by Roseanne Flynn
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PERFECT FIT
directed by Tali Yankelevich
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A special program of film and photography

This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is honored to present film programming in partnership with an exhibition of 20 photographs of Nobel Laureates by Peter Badge.

Badge embarked on this series of photographs of Nobel Laureates in 2000, commissioned by a number of renowned organizations: the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance. This project turned out to be a long-term and still ongoing mission which took him all over the world, capturing the likeness of every living Nobel Laureate in a lasting black-and-white image—more than 300 striking portraits in all. The images with accompanying text were published in “NOBELS: Nobel Laureates photographed by Peter Badge” in 2008. The exhibition offers an intimate look at well-known honorees as well as lesser-known recipients of the prestigious Nobel Prize.

Exhibition

Opening: Friday, 10/6, running throughout the Festival
c/o The Maidstone, 207 Main Street, East Hampton
Special Guests: John Nash; José Ramos-Horta; Dr. Marc Pachter, Former Dir. of the National Musuem of American History, Smithsonian Institution

ABOUT PETER BADGE

Peter Badge was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1974 and began his career in photography as a free-lance artist/photographer in 1993. In 1995, he moved to Berlin to study art history and has been living and working there ever since. He initially worked as a free-lance photographer for various magazines, and soon started to develop his own concepts and projects. Choosing portraiture as his primary focus, Badge concentrates on noted personalities, including artists and actors, musicians and photographers and, in his latest works, on “Men on moon – from Armstrong to Aldrin”, “Icons of the Economy” and “Philanthropists”. He has also completed series on the electronic music pioneer Oskar Sala, Elvis impersonators around the globe (“Elviswho”) and the popular German actor and musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen (in cooperation with the Art Cologne and the National Music Center in Washington, D.C.). Peter Badge has published numerous books. His work is represented in various international private and public collections and has been printed in magazines and newspapers worldwide.

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The Nobel Laureates participating at events in the Festival are:

JOHN NASH, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994 for their pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games, or “game theory”.

SPECIAL SCREENING: A BEAUTIFUL MIND
10/5, 1PM, UA5
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Academy Award® winner for Best Picture in 2001, A BEAUTIFUL MIND follows Nash’s story from his early prodigy days at Princeton University through his early breakthroughs and charts his life-long struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. Inspired by a bestselling book by Sylvia Nasar, A BEAUTIFUL MIND stars Russell Crowe (Academy Award nominee, Best Actor) as John Nash, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly (Academy Award winner, Best Supporting Actress), and netted director Ron Howard his first Oscar for Best Director.

Nash will be present for a discussion following the screening of A BEAUTIFUL MIND.

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA , recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor.

SPECIAL SCREENING: BALIBO
10/4, 4:30PM, UA3
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Robert Connolly’s visually layered political thriller is the story of Robert East (Anthony LaPaglia), a freelance journalist from Australia, and José Ramos-Horta (played by Oscar Isaac), the East Timor activist who eventually became its first President. In 1975, East originally goes to Ramos-Horta’s homeland to run the country’s news agency, but instead he decides to investigate what happened to five missing Australian journalists. This powerful film tells the true story of what happened to the Balibo Five and Roger East thirty years later. Ramos-Horta will be present for a discussion following the screening of BALIBO . Ramos-Horta will also participate on the Conflict & Resolution panel for RISING FROM ASHES about post-conflict zones.

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KODAK CINEMATOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS:
ROBERT ELSWIT

10/6 11:30 AM UA6
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Each year, the Hamptons International Film Festival and Kodak partner to present a Master Class with a leading cinematographer. This year, Robert Elswit, Academy Award® winner for THERE WILL BE BLOOD , will participate in an insightful, hour-long discussion about his outstanding and prolific career. The Master Class will feature clip presentations, trade secrets, and in-depth discussion about technique. The Kodak Cinematography Master Class is a free of charge, ticketed event. Badge holders may access the class without a ticket. Complimentary tickets are available to the general public at the HIFF Box Office.

Robert Elswit Selected Filmography:
THE BOURNE LEGACY (2012), THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007), SYRIANA (2005), GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005), HEIST (2001), MAGNOLIA (1999), BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
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HIFF is committed to educational outreach and enrichment within the Hamptons
community. The Festival is pleased to offer two new, in-school programs with
the support of the Long Island Community Foundation in addition to several free
programs.

10/4 and 10/5: Filmmakers In The Classroom:
Filmmakers in attendance at the festival will be scheduled for classroom visits in middle and high schools. Our Student Summer Film Workshops, in Partnership with Guild Hall and LTV is lead by Advisory Board Co-Chair Anne Chaisson. The 5-day filmmaking workshops celebrated its 5th year this July, with two separate groups of students: Introduction to Filmmaking for ages 8-11; and Intermediate – Hands On Filmmaking, for ages 12-15. The 2013 Workshop will take place in July of 2013.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 29, 5PM
Exhibition: Saturday, September 29 to Sunday, October 8, 2012

Over the last 20 years, the Festival has been honored to feature the work of internationally celebrated artists in our annual Official Festival Artist poster. Past artists include: Eric Fischl (93, 02, 10), David Salle (94, 98), April Gornick (95, 05), Donald Sultan (96), Donald Baechler (97), Paul Friese (99), Jim Gingerich (00), Julian Schnabel (01), Barbara Krueger (03), Ross Bleckner (04), Cindy Sherman (06), Billy Sullivan (07), Malcolm Morley (08), Bryan Hunt (09), and Bruce Weber (11).

Please join the Hamptons International Film Festival in celebrating our 2012 artist Cecily Brown and past poster artists at a retrospective at the Peter Marcelle Gallery, 2411 Main Street in Bridgehampton, NY. Framing provided by Parthenon Framing.
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[/column] [column size="1-2" last="1" style="0"] Views From Long Island focuses on local/resident filmmakers, the area’s unique landscapes, and the important social and political issues facing Hamptons communities. A special thank you to the valued support of Michelle Stark and the Suffolk County Film Commission, Long Island Community Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

FILMS:

59 MIDDLE LANE
directed by Greg Ammon
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THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA
directed by Don Argott & Sheena M Joyce
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GROWING FARMERS
directed by Michael Halsband
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JAMES SALTER : A SPORT AND A PASTIME
directed by Edgar Howard, Sandy Gotham Meehan, and Tom Piper
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MISSION OF MERMAIDS
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MONDAYS AT RACINE
directed by Cynthia Wade
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OCEAN KEEPER
directed by Eileen Olivieri Torpey
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REFUGE
directed by Jessica Goldberg
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WHOLE LOTTA SOLE
directed by Terry George
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[/column] [column size="1-2" last="1" style="0"] Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. For the third year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is honored to partner with Hot Docs to present an outstanding selection of documentaries at the Festival.

FILMS:

CALL ME KUCHU
directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax Wright
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COLOMBIANOS
directed by Tora Mårtens
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HERMAN’S HOUSE
directed by Angad Singh Bhalla
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EL HUASO
directed by Carlo Guillermo Proto
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The first recipient of the Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award is:
ONE NATION UNDER DOG
directed by Jenny Carchman, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, and Amanda Micheli.
Sunday, October 7 at 2:45PM at UA5.
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[/column] [column size="1-2" last="1" style="0"] HIFF brings you terrific programs aimed at movie lovers of all ages. Round up the family and enjoy these three terrific picks.

FILMS:

FRANKENWEENIE
Tim Burton’s feature-length animated film.
10/4, 4PM, UA 1
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ZARAFA
A charming, epic animated feature.
10/7, 2:30PM, SH / 10/8, 10AM, UA 5
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SHORTS FOR ALL AGES
Short film program appropriate for all ages.
10/6, 3:30PM, UA 6 / 10/8, 12:30PM, UA 6
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PITCH IN returns to HIFF for a third season in continued partnership with Hot Docs Toronto Documentary Forum. Two docs-in-progress will be presented at a by-invitation-only pitch session. For more info about these projects and causes, to get involved, or to donate, please email: pitchin@hamptonsfilmfest.org.

VIDAL V BUCKLEY
During the Presidential summer of 1968, ABC News pitted two opposing political theorists William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal against each other for 10 nationally televised debates. What emerged was by turns intellectually strident and emotionally charged, casting a long shadow over our televised democracy. The film pinpoints a pivotal moment in US and media history when the camera transforms from an impassive eye to a catalyst, goading these two erudite gladiators into a schoolboy brawl.

DANCING IN JAFFA
Internationally acclaimed ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine introduced ballroom dancing to NYC ’s failing public schools, a process immortalized in the film TAKE THE LEAD, starring Antonio Banderas. In this film Dulaine returns to Jaffa, his hometown, to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children to dance together. We watch Pierre transform their lives over the course of four months with the belief that dance will bridge the gap between these children and provide the beginning for change. Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock.

10/7, 5:30PM, GUILD HALL EAST HAMPTONBUY TICKETS
Join in the excitement with 2012 host Alan Cumming (ANY DAY NOW ), Festival filmmakers, and other special guests as the juries and audiences of HIFF 2012 bestow this year’s Golden Starfish Awards honors at Guild Hall. Clip presentations and other surprise announcements are in store for what will truly be an evening to remember.

The following awards, and more, will be presented at this year’s ceremony:

THE GOLDEN STARFISH AWARD FOR A NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM, selected by the narrative feature jury from this year’s five award contenders.

THE KODAK AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, selected by the narrative feature jury from the films in the GSA Narrative competition.

THE GOLDEN STARFISH AWARD FOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM, selected by the documentary feature jury from this year’s five award contenders.

THE GOLDEN STARFISH AWARD FOR A SHORT FILM, selected by the GSA Narrative film jury from this year’s five award contenders.

THE BAUME & MERCIER AUDIENCE AWARDS FOR NARRATIVE FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY FEATURE , AND SHORT FILM, selected by you, the audience, when you cast your ballots after each screening. Presented by Baume & Mercier.

THE VICTOR RABINOWITZ & JOANNE GRANT AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, for a film that most exhibits the values of peace, equality, and global justice. In honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.

THE JEREMY NUSSBAUM PRIZE FOR PROVOCATIVE FICTION, recognizing uncompromising stories that have an undercurrent of politics or philosophy; edgy films that demand intellectual engagement.

We celebrate the life of Jeremy Nussbaum, 1941–2012: Vice-Chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival, Leading Intellectual Properties Attorney, beloved co-owner of BookHampton Bookstores. In his memory the Festival is proud to introduce the first annual Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction

Join us for food, fun, and casual conversation with exciting special guests at our second annual Rowdy Talks series at East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall. Rowdy Talks will take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings during the Festival (October 5–8), from 10–11AM. Each morning, a guest artist will be featured in a moderated conversation. Coffee and light breakfast will be served free of charge to attendees. Cinephiles will not want to miss this exciting opportunity for in-depth and informal discussion with preeminent film artists!

Rowdy Talks Schedule

Free admission. First come, first served. Limited seating. Doors open at 9:30 AM, conversations begin promptly at 10 AM.

10/5 ATOMIC STATES AND CANCER RATES ON LONG ISLAND
Filmmakers discuss the making of the eye-opening and inspiring documentaries THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA, which examines the dire health consequences for many residents in nuclear-reactor communities such as Shirley; and MONDAYS AT RACINE, about the blossoming of women with breast cancer who support each other as they gather at a local hair salon. In addition to discussing the production of the films, the conversation will also focus on the cancer rates on Long Island, hoping to bring to light this issue within the local community.

10/6 KICKSTARTING YOUR FILM
Named as one of the Best Inventions of 2010 by Time magazine, Kickstarter has revolutionized how independent filmmakers and other artists fund their creative projects. Elisabeth Holm, Film Program Director at Kickstarter, and filmmakers who have used the crowd-sourcing platform to fund their films share how best to utilize this new concept. Guests will also discuss the impact the company has had in the film industry in the past two years and what we should expect for the future.

10/7 HITTING A HOME RUN: MEET MONEYBALL PRODUCER RACHAEL HOROVITZ
Rachael Horovitz is a renowned producer of features such as MONEYBALL , ABOUT SCHMIDT , GREY GARDENS , and LITTLE BLACK BOOK, among many other acclaimed films. Horovitz will talk about her remarkable career and the long, arduous, and, at the same time, gratifying process of transforming MONEYBALL from a non-fiction book to an Academy Award®-nominated film.

Moderated by a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.

10/8 FROM FARM TO TABLE TO FILM
Farmers, chefs, and filmmakers discuss the stimulating documentary GROWING FARMERS which follows a number of new farmers who are starting up this new lifestyle with the support of the Peconic Land Trust, which leases them land at low rates, provides them with deer fencing, irrigation, and mentoring. In addition to discussing this new farming initiative, the conversation will also focus on the impact the movement is causing on Long Island and its local
restaurants.