Three features and five shorts have been selected for section that focuses on local filmmakers, landscapes and issues.
The first program of the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF 2013) has been unveiled: Views From Long Island features local/resident filmmakers, the area’s unique landscapes, and the important issues—both social and political—facing Hamptons communities. The program includes three feature films and five shorts:
Directed by Kevin Connolly, who starred as ‘E’ on the hit HBO show Entourage, Big Shot is a documentary about the rise and fall of the New York Islanders: how did one Texas millionaire dupe all of Long Island, as well as the NHL? Big Shot will premiere on October 22 on ESPN, as part of the network’s acclaimed 30 for 30 series. Connolly is a native of Patchogue, NY. ESPN Films.
The Maid’s Room
Feature Narrative; World Premiere
Starring Annabella Sciorra and Philip Ettinger, The Maid’s Room is a haunting thriller about a young woman from Colombia who takes a job as a maid in a Hamptons home. Director Michael Walker (Price Check, Chasing Sleep) is a resident of Bellport, and the film takes place (naturally!) in the Hamptons.
Kiss the Water
For decades, on the outskirts of Scotland, the enigmatic Megan Boyd learned and perfected the obscure craft of fly-making for fishermen. Her flies were hailed as some of the best ever made and have even been collected as folk art pieces. In his lyrical documentary Kiss the Water, acclaimed director Eric Steel, who grew up in Bridgehampton, captures the beauty and mysticism of Boyd and the art of fly-fishing.
Across Grace Alley
Director: Ralph Macchio
East Coast Premiere
A young boy struggling with his parents’ divorce seeks solace in his infatuation with a captivating woman he discovers through a neighboring window.
Diner En Blanc: The World’s Largest Secret Dinner Party
Director: Jennifer Ash
New York Premiere
Bustling cities, incredible locales, fantastic food, and thousands of diners dressed completely in white materialize for the largest secret dinner party in the world.
Director: Kristina Yee
New York Premiere
Inspired by a real person in 1909, this stop-motion musical tells the story of one Long Island woman’s urge to fly and her perseverance to see it through.
Director: Jeff Scher
An experimental short about memory, with images conjured from the haunting 1944 piano Sonata #7, Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Folk Tune, by Victor Ullmann.
Director: Cody Blue Snider
A fourth-grade class bands together to cover up their horrifying prank-gone-wrong before their D.A.R.E. officer shows up for his weekly lesson.
Sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission, Views From Long Island will offer a new cash award, designated for marketing and advertising the winning film’s eventual release in theaters. Suffolk County will also sponsor the festival’s awards brunch.
HIFF is also thrilled to announce a new partnership with WLIW as the media sponsor for this section. As a major contributor to the arts and cultural life of New York City and beyond, WLIW21 actively partners with the world’s greatest artists and beloved public television celebrities to create unforgettable and inspiring events, both on air and in the community.
More to come! Don’t forget: the 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place from October 10–14. Passes and packages are on sale now.