Saturday Shines at #HIFF2015: SPOTLIGHT, Dan Rather, THE CHAMPIONS and More!

It’s Saturday, which means all our venues are up and running, and we’ve got more movies than ever in store. What are your plans today?

Meet the Directors 2015Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall continue this morning with an insider look at documentary filmmaking, featuring four of the directors in our #HIFF2015 Documentary Competition.

Ilinca Calugareanu
David Shapiro (MISSING PEOPLE)
Jon Fox (NEWMAN)

Winick Talks: Join us for coffee, breakfast, fun, and casual conversation at Rowdy Hall, located at 10 Main Street, EH. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30AM; conversations begin promptly at 10AM.

Champions-650-2THE CHAMPIONS, from first-time director Darcy Dennett, will have its World Premiere today at #HIFF2015. The winner of the Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award” also headlines our first ever Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights section, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, which also plays a big role in the film. A panel with very special guests will follow the 1:30 screening.

The powerful story of the brave individuals who rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted the pit bulls from NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s violent dog-fighting ring. Despite tremendous pressure from animal welfare organizations to euthanize these animals, a handful of men and women stepped in to give the dogs a second chance.

Before the screening: Bring your favorite four-legged friends to the 22nd Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk, presented by the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (aka ARF Hamptons). 

Two more World Premieres are also happening today. They are both on Rush, but our Rush Lines are just the ticket if you’re so inclined!

Preppie-Connection-650THE PREPPIE CONNECTION

5:15, East Hampton UA, RUSH
Based on a true story, THE PREPPIE CONNECTION chronicles the exploits of Toby Hammel (Thomas Mann, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL), a working class prodigy who steps into the elite corridors of Sage Hall, a prep school in his hometown.  Vying for acceptance in the privileged culture, Toby quickly learns the way into the “Preppies” is different than he expected—supplying them with cocaine. Toby soon finds that accessing the world of privilege comes at a steep cost. Director Joseph Castelo’s edgy new film offers a unique and intriguing twist on the line between friendship and fitting in, especially when taken too far. Featuring Thomas Mann: Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch.

Harry-Benson-Shoot-First-650HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

6:15, East Hampton UA, RUSH
HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST chronicles the illustrious career of the prolific photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Now 85, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping.


Our Saturday Centerpiece film SPOTLIGHT is already on the film world’s Awards Season radar, so #HIFF2015 audiences are feeling pretty lucky to get a sneak peek before the star-studded journalistic thriller hits theaters.

Oscar® nominees Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams star as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, assigned by their editor (Liev Schreiber) to investigate the allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. For over a year, they pursued the story relentlessly. A nuanced and thrilling procedural, Tom McCarthy’s SPOTLIGHT examines the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered a massive web within the Catholic Church.

If advance tickets are no longer available, please try your luck in the Rush Lines!
8:45PM | Guild Hall
9:00 PM | Regal East Hampton UA

Blundstone-100Saturday Centerpiece is sponsored by Blundstone.

Dan-Rather-John-Filo-400Speaking of journalists, we are thrilled to welcome legendary newsman Dan Rather for the first in this year’s A Conversation With… series.

Join Alec Baldwin, HIFF Board Member and incoming Festival Co-chairman, as he goes one-on-one with Dan Rather, one of the world’s best-known journalists for the last half century. Rather has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered almost every important dateline of the last 60 years. And be sure to see TRUTH, in which Robert Redford channels Rather in a dramatic adaptation straight from the headlines.

Catch these films today! (Directors in attendance)


10:45, EH UA

11:30, EH UA

1:00, EH UA

Chuck Norris vs Communism 650CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM
1:45, EH UA

2:15, EH UA

2:45, EH Library

Eloise thumbnailCRAFTED
5:00, EH Library

7:30PM, EH Library

Palio-bookBefore PALIO​ at 3pm, join producer John Hunt at BookHampton​, where he will sign copies of his film-companion book, also called PALIO.

And Hilary Knight​ will sign copies of his latest book today at the East Hampton Library​ at 4:30, before the 5pm screening of the film about his life and career, IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE. (See image of Eloise above!)

There are plenty of other films on deck today.
Browse the entire schedule here.
See you at the movies!