Since its inception in 2009, SummerDocs, a series of highly-anticipated documentary ﬁlms, has become one of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s signature events. Following each screening, the director and/or subject(s) of the ﬁlm participates in a lively and engaging Q&A with HIFF board member Alec Baldwin, who co-curates the series with HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.
Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation—past SummerDocs selections, such as Twenty Feet From Stardom, The Cove, Searching for Sugar Man, and How to Survive a Plague, have all gone on to receive Academy Award wins and nominations.
Dates for 2014 are as follows:
♦ Saturday, June 21 at 8pm
♦ Friday, July 25 at 7:30pm
♦ Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm
♦ Friday, August 29 at 7:30pm
Please check back in the Summer of 2014 for screening selections!
The 2013 selections are listed below.
Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, Twenty Feet From Stardom is a tribute to the unsung, yet unmistakable voices of the backup singers, which brought shape and style to popular music over the years. Gifted artists, spanning a range of manners, genres and eras, are featured sharing their uniquely fascinating and personal stories of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting , to name a few, take a backseat to the diverse array of singers whose lives and stories take center stage in this compelling new documentary from award-winning director Morgan Neville.
Gasland Part II, the provocative follow-up to Josh Fox’s 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland, examines the method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” one of the most controversial environmental issues facing our country today. With his trademark dark humor and tenacity, Fox’s newest effort demonstrates how the stakes have been raised, piercing the prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells inevitably leak over time. The iconic image of running water from a faucet catching on fire is reprised, as Fox shows how methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, contaminates the water and air, hurts families, and endangers the earth’s climate.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is the story of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, 87, who takes the spotlight once again in acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa’s directorial debut. Bold and poignant, the film follows the uncompromising Tony and Emmy-award winner dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock,” sharing her personal takes on her struggles, and reflecting on her life. Featuring friends Nathan Lane, George C. Wolfe, Hal Prince, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior to reveal a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist. IFC Films will release the movie in early 2014.
The Short Game is a film about the little guys: eight talented boys and girls, ages seven and eight, who descend on one of golf’s meccas, Pinehurst, NC, to compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf. 1500 young golfers from 54 countries aspire to be the sport’s next phenom, but as Josh Greenbaum, with his feature film debut, turns his lens these eight – which includes Anna Kournikova’s younger brother Allan and Amari “Tigress” Avery who shares a birthday, hometown, and ethnic background as one Tiger Woods—their stories intertwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families as they navigate the narrowly-focused, peculiar, and highly competitive subculture of junior golf.