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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane chats with Hillary Swank at Conversations with at the Bay Street Theater During the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Bill Murray poses for a photo-op at the St. Vincent Premiere at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chrisrie Brinkley poses for a photo-op at Conversarions with Hillary Swank at the Bay Street Theater during the 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress Hillary Swank poses for  a photo-op at the premiere of THE HOMESMAN at Guild Theater in East Hampton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hillary Swank and Artistic Director David Nugent pose for a photo-op at Conversations with Hillary Swank at the Bay Street Theater at the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director and producer Theodore Melfi and actor Jaeden Lieberher attend the St. Vincent premiere at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artistic Director David Nugent with Patricia Clarkson at the Premiere of LEARNING TO DRIVE at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at CONVERSATIONS WITH HILLARY SWANK at the Bay Street Theater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Mark Ruffalo and director Bennett Miller attend the Foxcatcher premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anne Chaisson, Mark Ruffalo, Bennett Miller and David Nugent attend the Foxcatcher premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 11, 2014 in East Hampton, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce Greenwood, Ella Purnell and Frank Hall Green attend the Chairmans Reception during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director Oren Moverman and Richard Gere attend the “Time Out of Mind” premiere at Guild Hall during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the St. Vincent Premiere at Guilld Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane has a glass of Chardonay at the Maidstone Hotel during the Hamptons International  Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Maidstone during the 22nd Hamptons International  Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From October 9th through the 13th Filmmakers, Actors, Directors, Celebrities and Industry Shakers and Makers attended the 22nd Hamptons International film Festival.
 
I had the pleasure of attending many red carpet events and premieres.  Below are my favorites at the festival:
 
 
ST. VINCENT

About the Film
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. Together with Daka (Naomi Watts), a pregnant stripper, Vincent brings Oliver along on his daily routine: the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair in Theodore Melfi’s charming comedy.
 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

About the Film
 
When her husband of twenty years walks out on her, Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) watches her comfortable life crumble overnight. Struggling to reclaim her independence in New York City, she hits a unique roadblock: she never learned to drive. Her life is forever changed when she meets Darwan (Ben Kingsley), a driving instructor and part-time cab driver on the brink of an arranged marriage. In each other’s company, Wendy and Darwan find the courage to ask for directions, the strength to move forward, and a friendship for the ride. Runner-up for the People’s Choice Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
 
About the Director
 
IIsabel Coixet’s first feature in English was THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU, but she first gained international successes with the intimate drama MY LIFE WITHOUT ME. Her other film credits include: PARIS JE T’AIME (2005, with co-directors Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles and Joel & Ethan Cohen), ELEGY (2008, starring Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley), YESTERDAY NEVER ENDS (2012, premiered at the International Film Festival of Berlin), and her latest, LEARNING TO DRIVE (2014, starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley and which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).
 
FOXCATCHER

About the Film
With the Academy Award®-nominated features MONEYBALL and CAPOTE, director Bennett Miller turned real-life stories into powerful drama. With FOXCATCHER, he delivers his most stunning and unsettling film yet. Based on true events, the film follows Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his revered brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) as they fall into the orbit of an eccentric multi-millionaire, John du Pont (Steve Carell), with the ambiguous goal of launching Mark to fame and glory. Nothing quite prepares you for
FOXCATCHER, as this riveting stranger-than-fiction tale turns dark and tragic.
 
About the Director
 
Bennet Miller is an Academy Award®-nominated director best known for his two narrative features, MONEYBALL (2011) and CAPOTE (2005). Miller received multiple prestigious nominations for both films. Miller made his feature debut in 1998 with the documentary THE CRUISE, a portrait of New York City tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch. The film garnered considerable critical praise and notable awards, including the top prize of the International Forum at the Berlin Film Festival. Miller is also an acclaimed director of television commercials, music videos, and, most recently, he directed short films for The Academy Awards® and for the Democratic National Convention.
 
WILDLIKE

About the Film 
 
A beautiful trek into the stunning Alaskan wilderness, WILDLIKE follows 15-year-old Mackenzie on her first visit to the last frontier. When her stay with ‘Uncle’ takes a traumatic turn, Mackenzie must embark on a dangerous journey through the wilds alone. On her way she encounters another lone traveler (Bruce Greenwood, THIRTEEN DAYS) and together they offer one another something that cannot be found on any map: a chance at salvation. Starring Ella Purnell (MALEFICENT), Ann Dowd (TRUE DETECTIVE) and Brian Geraghty (THE HURT LOCKER),
 
WILDLIKE is a thrilling and taut emotional journey.
 
About the Director
 
Producer, Writer and Director, Frank Hall Green’s directorial-debut feature, WILDLIKE, was filmed in Alaska. It’s produced by Tandem Pictures and Christine Vachon and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, and Ann Dowd. He’s currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom; and REMITTANCE written/directed by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly. Recently, he produced GHETTO KLOWN, ALLEGIANCE and 1-900-TONIGHT. Frank has an MBA from NYU’s film school. Before NYU, Frank worked in Venture Capital. He’s an alumnus of NYU’s Gallatin School, an avid backpacker and member of Mensa.
 
TIME OUT OF MIND

About the Film
 
George Hammond wakes up one morning in a random ramshackle apartment and is thrown out by the building manager. He has a weeks-old beard and unexplained scratches on his face. He has nowhere to go in particular. He wanders. He is stuck with two minute-to-minute challenges: eating and finding a place to sleep. He is homeless in New York City. Filmmaker Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER) and star Richard Gere, in a moving performance, wring many heartbreaking truths from this initial premise in TIME OUT OF MIND, a blistering and deeply affecting slice of modern day neo-realism.
 
About the Director
 
Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Oren Moverman is the director of THE MESSENGER (2010) which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Alessandro Camon, the film was nominated for the Best Screenplay Academy award in 2010 and Best First Feature at the 2010 Independent Spirt Awards. Oren has also co-written notable projects: Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I'M NOT THERE, Alison Maclean’s JESUS' SON, Ira Sachs’ MARRIED LIFE and in 2012 LOVE AND MERCY, the Brian Wilson biopic directed by Bill Pohlad , starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti currently preparing for a 2014 release. In 2014 Oren directed TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone and Kyra Sedgwick on location in New York City.

GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

About the Film
This final piece of the trilogy by Israeli siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz explores the unfolding of a marriage under the jurisdiction of a rabbinical court. Under this law, Jewish marriage may only end if the husband presents a “gett”, a divorce document, to his wife. Calling attention to a male-dominated and sometimes decade-long process, and set entirely in the courtroom, this brilliantly written and acted film reveals the slow dissolution of a marriage between Vivane (Ronit Elkabetz) and Elisha (Simon Abkarian). Balancing the seriousness of what’s at stake with an often-humorous tone, GETT offers a deeply moving take on an otherwise painful procedure.
 
About the Director
 
Shlomi Elkabetz has taught Cinema for over a decade in Israel. Together with his sister, Ronit Elkabetz, he co-wrote and co-directed the award winning, critically acclaimed films TO TAKE A WIFE (Venice, 2004) and SHIVA (Cannes, 2008). In 2009, he wrote and directed the second season of RAN FOURSOME and in 2011 he directed and produced the film TESTIMONY, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Elkabetz is the Artistic Director of “Studio South”—the Production Lab of the Cinema South Film Festival.    Ronit Elkabetz is an Israeli-French actress. She has starred in numerous films, including: SHCHUR, LATE MARRIAGE, OR, MABUL, JAFFA, and THE BAND’S VISIT, among others. For some of these roles, Elkabetz has received the Ophir Prize (Israeli Academy Awards). In the past decade, Elkabetz has also participated in various French films, including works by Andre Techine and Fanny Ardant. Together with her brother, Shlomy Elkabetz, she co-wrote and co-directed the award winning, critically acclaimed films TO TAKE A WIFE (Venice, 2004) and SHIVA (Cannes, 2008).
 
tHE HOMESMAN

About the Film
 
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, THE HOMESMAN is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee Glendon Swarthout and follows the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) as she transports three “damaged” women by covered wagon to Iowa across the American frontier. She soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Jones), to join her. The unlikely caravan head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril, and constant threat.
 
About the Director
 
Tommy Lee Jones is an Academy Award winner who made his feature film debut in LOVE STORY and since has built a career spanning four decades. Most recently, he portrayed Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama LINCOLN. For this performance Jones won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor and received Best Supporting Actor nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award® and Critics’ Choice Award. In 2005 Jones starred in the film THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, which he also directed and produced. THE HOMESMAN is his second full-length feature as director.
 
WEENIE

About the Film
 
Weenie is 16. Weenie wants to go to a party. Weenie has just been grounded. Weenie's mom just doesn't understand. What will Weenie do?
About the Director
Dan Roe is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches the 11th grade Media Studies course at Ross School, an experimental boarding school in East Hampton, New York. He is also a cartoonist.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE WINNERS:
 
The Wall Street Journal GSA Narrative Feature Winner
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
 
The GSA Documentary Feature Winner presented by A&E Indie
The Special Need, directed by Carlo Zoratti
 
GSA Award for Best Documentary Short Film
The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich
 
GSA Narrative Short
Tzniut, directed by David Formentin
 
The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
Virunga, directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel
 
 
The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award
Little Accidents, directed by Sara Colangelo
 
Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award
Virunga, directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel
 
The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award
The Duke Of Burgundy, directed by Peter Strickland
 
Suffolk County Next Exposure Award
Gabriel, directed by Lou Howe
 
And as previously announced:
The 2014 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, presented in partnership with REACT to FILM
E-Team, directed by Ross Kauffman, Katy Chevigny
 
The 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum
 
GSA Documentary Feature Jury
Lilly Hartley, Candescent Films
Stephen Whitty, Chair of the New York Critics Circle
David Rattray, East Hampton Star
 
GSA Narrative Feature Jury
Patrick Harrison, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Ingrid Sischy, Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair
Bruce Weber, Photographer
 
2014 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH
Kaitlyn Dever, Laggies
Eve Hewson, This Must Be The Place
Dakota Johnson, 21 Jump Street
Lola Kirke, Gone Girl
Zoe Kravitz, X-Men: First Class
Caleb Landry Jones, Low Down
Jack O'Connell, Skins
Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Miles Teller, Whiplash
 
ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $190,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2013 marked the 5th time in the last 6 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. In those 6 years, films screened in the festival have received 150 Oscar nominations.
 
The Hamptons International Film Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.
 
The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, including Delta Airlines, Altour International, Silvercup Studios, Showtime Networks, A&E Indie Films, The Wall Street Journal, and WNBC New York.
 
For more information about the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival, go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
 
 
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