HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 09, 2019 at 5:15 am

The Hamptons International Film Festival is back this Columbus Day weekend. We have a preview.

Aired on October 8, 2019. 

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>>> PUT HIM ON THE PHONE AND LET
YOU TALK TO HIM, OKAY?
>> HELLO.
>> HI.
FRANK.
THIS IS JIMMY HOFFA.
>> YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE
INTO DOWN HERE IN ALABAMA.
GUILTED FROM THE MOMENT THAT
YOU'RE BORN.
>> I WAS BORN READY, MR. SHELBY.
HIT IT.
>> THAT'S JUST A TASTE OF WHAT'S
TO COME AT THIS YEAR'S HAMPTONS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
TAKING PLACE THIS COLUMBUS DAY
WEEKEND.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND PLENTY OF
FILMS WITH BIG NAMES ATTACHED TO
THEM INCLUDING MATT DAMON,
MARTIN SCORCESE AND BRUCE
SPRINGSTEEN.
ALSO A WIDE SELECTION OF
INDEPENDENT MOVIES AND
DOCUMENTARIES IN THE OFFING.
HERE WITH A PREVIEW OF
HAPPENINGS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN
IS THE FESTIVAL'S ARTISTIC
DIRECTOR DAVID NUGENT.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THEYS FOR HAVING ME.
>> SO THE HAMPTONS FILM
FESTIVAL.
SO MANY DIFFERENT FILMS TO BE
SEEN HERE.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME
OF THE ONES THAT STOOD OUT TO
YOU.
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITES?
>> OUR OPENING NIGHT FILM IS
CALLED "JUST MERCY" ABOUT BRIAN
STEVENSON.
I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
HE'S AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYER
IN THE '80s WHO MOVES DOWN SOUTH
TO HELP DEFEND SOME PEOPLE WHO
DIDN'T HAVE PROPER
REPRESENTATION ON DEATH ROW.
OUR CLOSING NIGHT FILM IS CALLED
"WAVES" BY TREY EDWARD SCHULTZ.
ANOTHER ONE I'M REALLY EXCITED
ABOUT.
WITH STERLING K. BROWN.
INCREDIBLY MOVING STORY ABOUT A
FAMILY IN FLORIDA.
MARTIN SCORSESE'S "THE IRISHMAN"
WHICH WE'RE THRILLED TO SHARE
WITH OUR AUDIENCES.
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF
DOCUMENTARIES.
A REALLY STRONG SHORTS PROGRAM
THIS YEAR.
WE HAVE A LOT OF FILMS I THINK
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ENJOY.
>> SPEAKING OF "THE IRISHMAN"
BECAUSE THAT'S GOTTEN A LOT OF
BUZZ.
IS THIS GOING TO BE DEBUTING?
WILL FANS BE ABLE TO MEET ANYONE
WHO HAS INTERACTED WITH THE
FILM, WORKED ON IT?
>> WE'LL HAVE THE PRODUCER AND A
FEW OF THE ACTOR COMES OUT TO
TALK ABOUT THE FILM BEFORE THE
SCREENING.
AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FILMS SO
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME TO
SEE IT.
AND IT JUST LOOKS SO GREAT ON
THE BIG SCREEN.
I'M REALLY HAPPY PEOPLE GET THE
CHANCE TO FINALLY SEE IT.
>> ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
ABOUT FILM FESTIVALS IS, OF
COURSE, THERE'S THE BIG SCREEN
FILMS AND BIG-NAME ACTORS.
ALSO THE SMALLER PIECES WE WOULD
OTHERWISE MISS.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF
THE INDIE FILMS AND
DOCUMENTARIES THAT MAY NOT BE
GETTING THE ATTENTION THEY
DESERVE?
>> YEAH, SO "FOR SALMA" IS ABOUT
A REALLY BRAVE GROUP OF PEOPLE
THAT STAYED BEHIND DURING THE
SYRIAN WAR AND WORKED IN A
HOSPITAL THERE.
WE'VE GOT THE SUBJECT OF ONE OF
THE SUBJECTS OF THE FILM AND TWO
CO-DIRECTORS.
AND ALEC BALDWIN, OUR CO-CHAIR
OF THE FESTIVAL, IS GOING TO DO
ONE OF HIS LIVE RECORDINGS OF
HIS PODCAST "HERE'S THE THING"
WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND THE
SUBJECT.
WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP OF
DOCUMENTARIES.
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY
PASSIONATE ABOUT AND OUR
FESTIVAL'S PROGRAMMING TEAM IS
PASSIONATE ABOUT.
THAT'S ONE IN PARTICULAR I'M
EXCITED ABOUT.
>> WHAT ABOUT THE INDIE FILMS.
SOMETIMES THOSE ARE WHERE YOU
GET THESE GREAT GEMS AND
BREAKOUT FILMS OR STARS.
>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF THOSE AS
WELL.
WE HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL
FILMS.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE AIM TO DO
IS TO SHOWCASE FILMS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD THAT OTHERWISE DON'T
GET A CHANCE TO BE SEEN OUT
THERE.
WE'RE GOING TO SCREEN "PARASITE"
WHICH WON AT CANNES THIS YEAR.
I'M THINK PEOPLE WILL BE
THRILLED.
>> OF COURSE, FILM FESTIVAL IS
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THE
STARS TO BE HONORED.
I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE TWO VERY
BIG NAMES THAT ARE GOING TO GET
HONORS AT THE FESTIVAL THIS
YEAR?
>> WE'RE HAVING ALFRE WOODARD
COME OUT AND DO ONE OF OUR
CONVERSATIONS WITH.
SHE'S THE STAR OF A FILM CALLED
"CLEMENCY" WHICH WON THE GRAND
JURY PRIZE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM
FESTIVAL EARLIER THIS YEAR.
WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM HER.
AND WE'RE HONORING BRIAN DE
PALME.
ALEC BALDWIN WILL DO A
CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN DE PALMA
AND WE'LL SCREEN HIS FILM
"BLOWOUT."
>> SO THEN IT'S THE HAMPTONS FOR
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.
FOR PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY MAYBE
WRITE HAMPTONS OFF OF THEIR
VACATION LIST ONCE LABOR DAY
COMES AROUND --
>> THAT TO TIME OF YEAR TO BE
OUT THERE.
>> WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE, WHERE
EXACTLY ARE THEY GOING TO BE
GOING AND WHAT SHOULD THEY
EXPECT?
>> WE'RE FROM EAST HAMPTON,
SOUTH HAMPTON, SAG HARBOR, ALL
OVER THE PLACE.
A LOT OF DIFFERENT VENUES WE DO
OUR PROGRAMS AT.
AND IT'S JUST SUCH A NICE TIME
OF YEAR TO BE OUT THERE.
MANY OF OUR SCREENINGS TAKE
PLACE IN EAST HAMPTON, BUT SOUTH
HAMPTON AND SAG HARBOR HAVE A
LOT AS WELL.
AND A LOT OF SCREENINGS IN SOUTH
HAMPTON AS WELL BOUTH AT THE
CINEMA THERE AND THE SOUTH
HAMPTON ART CENTER.
IT'S AN EASY FESTIVAL TO
NAVIGATE.
PEOPLE GET INTIMIDATED BY
FESTIVALS.
BUT LAST YEAR, WE HAD AROUND 150
SCREENINGS, 97% OF THOSE
SCREENINGS WE SOLD RUSH TICKETS
OR THE TICKETS WE SELL 15
MINUTES BEFORE THE FILM STARTS
WHERE WE HAVE SOME EMPTY SEATS.
IT'S GREAT TO PLAN AHEAD.
IF YOU PLAN AHEAD, YOU CAN MAKE
SURE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT TO
SEE.
BUT ALSO JUST SHOWING UP.
WE HOLD A FEW SEATS FOR BADGE
HOLDERS AND THEN WE JUST SELL
THOSE TICKETS 15 MINUTES BEFORE.
TAKE A CHANCE.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THE FILM
THAT MARTIN SCORSESE MADE,
ALTHOUGH IT'S A HELL OF A FILM
BUT CHECK OUT WHATEVER FILM IS
PLAYING.
WE THINK WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP
THIS YEAR.
>> I THINK, IF FOR SOMETHING
ELSE, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY
TO GO TO THE HAMPTONS WITHOUT
RESERVATIONS AND STILL GET IN.
>> THERE YOU GO.
ABSOLUTELY.
>> REASON ENOUGH TO GO.
WELL, THANK YOU.
FOR MORE ON THE HAMPTONS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,
INCLUDING HOW TO GET TICKETS,
HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT
METROFOCUS.ORG.

Funders

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