HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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

Aired on October 8, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

> 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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