Emily Bader - Fresh Kills
Emily Bader - Fresh Kills
Hamptons Film Festival Starts This Week

(released 10/2/2023)

Hamptons International Film Festival is going to happen October 5-12, 2023. Individual tickets are already on sale. This is the 31st annual festival. HamptonsFilm was founded in 1992 to celebrate the art of film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to their audiences.

Rosanna Arquette, Jennifer Esposito and Sheila Nevins are among the special guests list. The festival will have a large presence of Directors and Producers in person to appear with their films.  You can see a list of screenings that will include filmmakers here: hamptonsfilmfest.org

The festival will open on Thursday, October 5, with the East Coast Premiere of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's NYAD, sponsored by AUDI. The film, which is set to be released by Netflix later this year, marks the narrative feature directorial debut for the Academy Award®, BAFTA® and Emmy Award®-winning filmmaking duo Vasarhelyi and Chin.

NYAD, which stars Academy Award® nominee Annette Bening, Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster, and Rhys Ifans, tells the remarkable story of American marathon swimmer Diana Nyad (Bening), and is based on Nyad's 2015 autobiography Find a Way. Nyad, at the age of 64, became the first person to complete the "Everest of swims," executing a 53-hour, 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, through dangerous open ocean, without a shark cage. Vasarhelyi is scheduled to attend the festival and will participate in a post-screening conversation on the film.

The New York Premiere of Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney's IN RESTLESS DREAMS: THE MUSIC OF PAUL SIMON will screen as this year's festival Centerpiece presentation on Friday, October 6, sponsored by UBS. The festival also announced that Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes will attend the festival to screen his latest narrative feature MAY DECEMBER, and will receive the festival's Achievement in Directing Award.

"We are honored to be able to share this exclusive look into the creative process and legacy of Paul Simon, who is undoubtedly among the most influential artists of the twentieth century," said Anne Chaisson, HamptonsFilm Executive Director. "Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary storytellers of our generation, and we look forward to hosting him and the incredible film he created with Paul Simon at this year's event."

HIFF31 is proud to announce the following Spotlight selections:

Andrew Haigh's ALL OF US STRANGERS, about a screenwriter who encounters a mysterious neighbor and is drawn back to his childhood home, where his long-dead parents seemingly still live
Jennifer Esposito's FRESH KILLS, which tells the story of the loyal women of an organized crime family in late 20th century NYC (also screens in our Views From Long Island signature program)
George C. Wolfe's RUSTIN, following the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March on Washington
Jonathan Glazer's THE ZONE OF INTEREST, which follows the commandant of Auschwitz Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig, who strive to build a dream life for their family in a home next to the camp

Created in 2012, the HamptonsFilm signature program Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights combines animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues, providing a platform for filmmakers to share meaningful information, stories of inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals. These films seek to arouse in the consciousness of our audiences respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community.

The three films in this year's signature program are:

Rowdy Girl by Jason Goldman
Wilding by David Allen
Happy by Laura Rindlisbacher

Plan your visit to the festival here: https://hamptonsfilmfest.org

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