Local Filmmakers + Local Stories

If you live on Long Island, you know your neighbors have opinions, creativity and talent to spare (!). Check out the diverse and dynamic selections in this year’s Views From Long Island section, featuring both truth-is-stranger-than-fiction local stories and the uniquely East End vision of local filmmakers. Supported by the Suffolk County Film Commission. Docu-Series THE KILLING […]

Q&A: Director Jessie Auritt on the Inner Strength of ‘Supergirl’

Few would know it by looking at her, but Naomi “Supergirl” Kutin is the strongest girl in the world. The 11-year-old, 95-pound Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey is a competitive powerlifter who can lift three times her body weight, impressing even the largest of bodybuilders. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi’s inspiring journey as she simultaneously trains […]

Oscar® Submissions From 5 Countries to Screen at HIFF

To date, five films screening at HIFF 2016 have been selected by their respective countries as this year’s entry into the Oscar® race for Best Foreign Language Film. And the list is growing… Be among the first American audiences to see these international gems! Under the Shadow (UK) Directed by: Babak Anvari | Narrative Feature | 84 min | […]

Q&A: Director Tom Donahue on Recreating a Legend in ‘Davi’s Way’

DAVI’S WAY follows legendary character actor and singer Robert Davi—known for his portrayal of the Bond villain in LICENSE TO KILL—and his quest to honor friend and hero Frank Sinatra. To celebrate the beloved crooner’s 100th birthday, he hopes to meticulously recreate the “Main Event,” Sinatra’s historic 1974 concert at Madison Square Garden. With only […]

Q&A: ‘Score’ Director Matt Schrader on the Cinematic Power of Music

Throughout history, music has always had a powerful impact on both cinema and audiences. The first documentary of its kind, SCORE celebrates the emotional resonance of music in film by offering an inside look at the work of Hollywood’s most accomplished composers. First time director Matt Schrader goes behind the creative process of nearly two […]