SummerDocs: ‘MAIDEN’ on June 29

This summer, SummerDocs hosts Alec Baldwin (HIFF Co-Chair) and David Nugent (Artistic Director) will once again lead conversations with filmmakers and guests, presenting new and groundbreaking documentary filmmaking and thought-provoking stories to the East End. Presented in partnership with Guild Hall.

The first film screening in this year’s series is MAIDEN, directed by Alex Holmes, at 7pm on Saturday, June 29.

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Directed by Alex Holmes
Saturday, June 29 | 7:00PM | Guild Hall 

Followed by director Alex Holmes in conversation with HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin and Artistic Director David Nugent.

In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?

Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England, after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

A Sony Pictures Classics Release.

Sponsored by Woodford Reserve and Scott Seltzer, Managing Director, The Seltzer Group, J.P. Morgan Securities. An additional special thanks to DuJour Media and The Baker House

The 2019 SummerDocs series also includes COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD on July 20, and CIRCUS OF BOOKS on August 24.

Past SummerDocs selections, including ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM (2014), THE COVE (2009), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012), have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations. What will audiences discover this year?

Candescent Films Logo 200Candescent Films returns to sponsor the Audience Award for the 2018 SummerDocs series. Candescent Films supports documentaries that illuminate social issues. Join the conversation @CandescentFilms.