HIFF 2015: Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall

Join us for food, fun, and casual conversation with exciting special guests at our newly named Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall, in East Hampton. Each morning, guest artists will be featured in a moderated conversation. Coffee and light breakfast will be served free of charge to attendees. Cinephiles will not want to miss this exciting opportunity for in-depth and informal discussion with pre-eminent film artists! Presented by The Gary Winick Memorial Fund.

Each morning, doors open at 9:30AM, conversations begin promptly at 10AM. Free admission. First come, first served; limited seating.

Gary Winick
GARY WINICK (1961-2011) Director/producer Gary Winick (TADPOLE, 13 GOING ON 30, TAPE, CHELSEA WALLS) premiered multiple films at the Festival and won the HIFF Audience Award in 1999 for his drama THE TIC CODE. Throughout the early 2000s, Winick’s brainchild InDigEnt was a high-profile production company that championed low-cost, independent and digital movie making. A longtime supporter of the Hamptons International Film Festival, Gary considered the Hamptons his second home. The Gary Winick Memorial Fund was established to help young filmmakers hone their craft and further the art of cinema.

Friday, October 9

Please join us for this inaugural Winick Talk. As President of IFC FilmsJonathan Sehring serves as a producer, distributor and exhibitor, overseeing IFC Films, IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects. One of the most well respected executives in the specialty film business, Sehring is considered a maverick in the industry for expanding the audience for independent films, including Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD (which he produced as well) Kim Pierce’s BOYS DON’T CRY, Rebecca Miller’s THE BALLAD OF JACK & ROSE and Mira Nair’s MONSOON WEDDING, among many other award-winning films. In a pivotal alliance that began in 1999, Sehring and IFC partnered with Winick and InDigEnt, producing such titles as TADPOLEPIECES OF APRIL, TAPE, CHELSEA WALLS, NOVEMBER, SORRY HATERS, and PERSONAL VELOCITY: THREE PORTRAITS. In this Winick Talk, Sehring will discuss Gary as innovator, and the past, present and future of filmmaking innovation.

Moderated by Joe Neumaier, New York Film Critics Circle.

Meet the Directors 2015
Saturday, October 10

The Competition section of the Festival recognizes the work of emerging directors from around the world. Join some of the highly innovative and creative documentary competitors as they discuss the highs and lows of their filmmaking careers, what it’s like to get started in the business, and the specific challenges of contemporary documentary making. Panelists include directors Ilinca Calugareanu (CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM), David Shapiro (MISSING PEOPLE), Jon Fox (NEWMAN) and Vibeke Bryld (PEBBLES AT YOUR DOOR).

Moderated by Dan Schoenbrun, Film Partnerships Lead at Kickstarter.


Sunday, October 11
From script to screen, the Casting Director curates the best actors for a role, working with the director to create a seamless ensemble, Their work ensures that the producers and financiers are satisfied with an actor’s marketability and worth whether the film is a microbudget indie or a Hollywood blockbuster. Join four of the industry’s foremost casting directors: Ellen Lewis (BRIDGE OF SPIES), Richard Hicks (MEADOWLAND), Eve Battaglia (WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN), and moderator Bernie Telsey (New York Vice President of the Casting Society of America) who will demystify the ins and outs of this most collaborative trade and discuss the casting process, cultivating talent, and the future of the medium.