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Jun 3, 2019 10:44 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

HIFF Announces Its 2019 SummerDocs Line-Up

Jun 3, 2019 10:44 AM

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series is returning for its 11th year to present entertaining and engaging documentary filmmaking from revolutionary storytellers.

The series kicks off with a screening of “Maiden,” directed by Alex Holmes, on Saturday, June 29, followed by “Cold Case Hammarskjöld,” directed by Mads Brügger, on Saturday, July 20, and concluding with “Circus of Books,” directed by Rachel Mason, on Saturday, August 24. All screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton and begin at 7 p.m. Following the screenings, HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin and HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent will lead conversations with the director of each film along with additional guests to be announced.

“With fascinating documentaries that showcase topics including a brave group of female sailors, a wild and intriguing investigation into a plane crash from over 50 years ago, and a straight couple’s story of owning a gay porn shop, our audience will once again get a peek at some of the best non-fiction work of the year,” said Mr. Nugent.

Past SummerDocs selections, including “Icarus” (2017), “Twenty Feet From Stardom” (2013), “Last Days of Vietnam” (2014), “The Cove” (2009), “Searching For Sugar Man” (2012) and “How To Survive A Plague” (2012), have gone on to receive Oscar nominations and wins. The series has also featured films from filmmakers including Rory Kennedy, Morgan Neville, Roger Ross Williams, Marina Zenovich, Robert Gordon, Stevan Riley, Louie Psihoyos, and Steven James.

“We are proud of how the SummerDocs series has grown over the last 10 years,” said Mr. Baldwin. “Bringing exciting documentaries, featuring powerful stories, to our festival community is now a significant part of our programming.”

Tickets for the screenings are $25 at hamptonsfilmfest.org, guildhall.org or 631-32-4050. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton.

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