SummerDocs: ‘Take Every Wave,’ August 4, Gurney’s, 8:30pm

SummerDocs host (and HIFF Co-Chair) Alec Baldwin is back for the ninth year to present new and groundbreaking documentary filmmaking and thought-provoking stories across the East End.

On Friday, August 4, join us for TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON at Gurney’s Montauk. Oscar®-nominated director Rory Kennedy (LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM) returns to SummerDocs with her thrilling and candid portrait of the iconic American surfer, who redefined big wave surfing for a new generation. Tickets on sale now.

The screening at Gurney’s will be followed by Alec Baldwin and HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent in conversation with special guests Rory Kennedy and Laird Hamilton.

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Director: Rory Kennedy
Friday, August 4 | 8:30PM
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Spa in Montauk

TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history ever has.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird, as well as conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

TAKE EVERY WAVE provides an intimate, uncompromising look at a lifetime devoted to riding giant surf—and the price an athlete pays for greatness.

In conversation: director Rory Kennedy and subject Laird Hamilton

Bonus! For guests 21 and over, Finlandia Vodka will be pouring complimentary drinks all evening long! 

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With additional support from Rylan Jacka of Sotheby’s International Realty and Lanai Collection

“It’s HIFF’s 25th anniversary year and the ninth season of SummerDocs and we have a great lineup of documentary films, featuring intense drama and more entertaining fare. Artistic Director David Nugent and I believe this will be one of the best SummerDoc seasons yet,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin.

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 returns to sponsor the Audience Award for the 2017 SummerDocs series. Candescent Films supports documentaries that illuminate social issues. Join the conversation @CandescentFilms.