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Johan Matton Founder of the Nordic International Film Festival poses for a photo-op with TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane

Linnea Larsdotter Creative Director of the Nordic International Film Festival poses for a photo- op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Nordic Film Festival

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Actors Jim McCaffrey fromRescue Me and Revenge and his wife Rochelle Bistro pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the First Annual Nordic Film Festival

Actor and Filmmaket Ryan Caraway and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo- op at The Nordic International Film Festival

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Winners of the First Annual Nordic International Film Festival

On October 31, and November 1, the first ever-Nordic International Film Festival hosted screenings of the 22 official selected films with over 500 attendees,and 20+ filmmakers. All  took place at the renowned Scandinavia House in  the Victor Borge Theater. There were 7 world premieres, including a number of North American premiers. Film makers, representatives, producers, directors, and actors were in attendance from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Denmark, England, and the US, all  flew in to be a part of the very first Film Festival.
An award ceremony hosted by Jacob A. Ware (Boardwalk Empire) was a highlight of the evening. He prepared original comical material to keep the evening lively interspersed with the prestigious awards that were given out to the honored filmmakers.

The Winners of Nordic International Film Festival 2015
Best Cinematography: Klaus Harnisch, Sebastian Janke, Silent Sea
Best Actor: Ryan Caraway, By Jingo
Best Actress: Charlotte Munck, Silent Sea
Best Director: Jochem de Vries, Cornea
Best Documentary Short: The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove
Best Nordic Short: The Moment That Passed
Best Narrative Short: One Last Sigh Before Nightfall
Best Documentary Feature:  Vinterboj / Winter Buoy 
Best Nordic Feature:  Det borde finnas regler / There should be rules
Best Narrative Feature: Wildlike
Honorable Mention 
Falling Angels
Days That Follow Each Other
Nile Leander

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Hamptonites Enjoy The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival

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Artistic Director David Nugent and Actor Alan Alda pose for a photo-op at the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival

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Artistic Director David Nugent,  American Journalist Dan Rather and Actor Alec Baldwin pose for a photo-op at the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-opo at CONVERSATIONS WITH EMILY BLUNT at the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op on Opening Night for the Movie Premiere "Truth" starring Robert Redford and Dennis Quaid at the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival

The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival featured Spotlight Films along with its World Cinema and Shorts programs. HIFF has also showcased  Emily Blunt, Michael Moore and Dan Rather took part in “A Conversation With…” for the 23rd installment. The festival closed with Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

“Our Spotlight and World Cinema films, from all around the world and right here in the Hamptons, make up the heart of our Festival’s line up, and we are so proud of this year’s selections,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.  “In addition, it is an honor for us to close our 23rd festival with Steven Spielberg’s new film, as he was a part of our very first edition.”
This year’s Spotlight Films included the North American Premiere of A ROYAL NIGHT OUT, the US Premieres of I SAW THE LIGHT, THE LADY IN THE VAN, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, the East Coast Premieres of ANOMALISA and MACBETH, and a Sneak Preview of BORN TO BE BLUE. The Spotlight Films were also featured SUFFRAGETTE, WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN, BROOKLYN, EXPERIMENTER, MEADOWLAND, and WHERE TO INVADE NEXT directed by Michael Moore.

The Festival’s closing night film was a three-time Academy Award®-winning Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES, a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, BRIDGE OF SPIES is the story of James Donovan (two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, BRIDGE OF SPIES stars: three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda.  The Walt Disney Studios and Touchstone Pictures film will release in theaters on October 16, 2015.

“We have a strong slate this year which includes 72 features and 59 shorts representing a total of 41 countries,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “It is a privilege to bring once again a diverse and sophisticated line-up to our audiences as we see our festival continue to thrive on such rich programs.”

This year’s World Cinema Documentary titles included the World Premieres of THE C WORD, CLASS DIVIDE, HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST, the North American Premiere of BY SIDNEY LUMET, an American Masters Film, the US Premieres of BOLSHOI BABYLON, and the East Coast Premiere of SHERPA. Other films in the section include CROCODILE GENNADIY, DREAM/KILLER, HARRY & SNOWMAN, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, IN TRANSIT, PALIO, THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER “OROSZ HARKÁLY.”

The World Cinema Narrative films included the World Premiere of THE PREPPIE CONNECTION, the North American Premieres of CAFÉ DERBY, BABAI and A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS “UN MONSTRU DE MIL CABEZAS,” the US Premieres of 11 MINUTES “11 MINUT,” ALL ABOUT THEM “À TROIS ON Y VA,” DHEEPAN, DISORDER “MARYLAND,” and the East Coast Premieres of 45 YEARS, ROOM, and THE WAVE. The section also includes THE CLUB “EL CLUB,” KRISHA, SON OF SAUL “SAUL FIA.”

The festival was also proud to present a special screening of Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s BEST OF ENEMIES, as the film won the 2015 SummerDocs Audience Award, sponsored by Candescent Films.

HIFF presented 10 programs of short films this year, including the Narrative Short Film and Documentary Short Film Competition programs, the New York Women In Film and Television: Women Calling The Shots program, the Ahoy! Shorts for All Ages program and the Crafted program, which features three short films about auteur Claude Lanzmann, and artists Phil Toledano and Hilary Knight.

The festival previously announced James Vanderbilt’s TRUTH as Opening Night Film, the sharp and insightful take on the controversial CBS 60 Minutes investigation of George W. Bush’s military record that ended Dan Rather’s career as the network’s anchorman. Rather will be in attendance to partake in “A Conversation With…” on Saturday, October 10th at 2:00PM at Bay Street Theater, with newly elected HIFF co-Chairman and longtime Board Member Alec Baldwin.

HIFF also previously announced Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH as the Southampton Opening Night Film, Tom McCarthy's SPOTLIGHT as the Saturday Centerpiece Film and Todd Haynes’ CAROL as the Sunday Centerpiece Film, and its Documentary and Narrative Competition Films, which now also includes the North American Premiere of Jonas Carpignano's MEDITERRANEA.

In addition, HIFF inaugurated an Awards Dinner honoring Killer Films, Albert Maysles, outgoing HIFF Chairman Stuart Match Suna, and Emily Blunt, who stars in the upcoming Lionsgate film SICARIO and took part in “A Conversation With…” on Sunday, October 11th at 2:00PM at Bay Street Theater. The festival also previously announced new signature programs including the Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights Program, the renamed Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall in honor of late director and producer Gary Winick, and a new partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s PLURAL+ International Youth Video Program.

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The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th – 12th, 2015, greatly appreciates the support from corporate sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Altour International, Silvercup Studios, The Wall Street Journal, Manhattan Magazine, and WNBC New York. Box office will open on September 26th in NYC, East Hampton and Southampton.
Below is the full line-up of all the films and events shown:

Presented by Delta Air Lines & Altour International
Director: James Vanderbilt
Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star in James Vanderbilt’s sharp and insightful take on the controversial CBS 60 Minutes investigation of George W. Bush’s military record that ended Dan Rather’s career as the network’s anchorman. Adapted from producer Mary Mapes’ (Blanchett) account in her book “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power,” and featuring exceptional performances by a stellar cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, and Topher Grace, TRUTH is a polished and absorbing dramatization of the ever-changing relationship between journalism and politics in today’s media.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley Polk Wealth Management Group

YOUTH (Italy/France/UK/Switzerland)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
The stunning new film from Academy Award® winner Paolo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY), YOUTH follows two old friends as they vacation in a Swiss luxury resort. Fred (Michael Caine) is a retired composer and conductor, enjoying his retirement and Mick (Harvey Keitel) a film director planning his final film. While musing about their lives and illustrious careers, their pasts resurface and a sense of melancholy disrupts the vacation. With a phenomenal cast of characters, played by Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, and the iconic Jane Fonda, YOUTH is a whimsical meditation on the crossroads of friendship and aging. Lusciously lensed and scored, the Swiss Alps serve as magical setting for this mesmerizing tour de force.

Sponsored by Blundstone Boots
East Coast Premiere
Director: Tom McCarthy
Oscar® nominees Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams star as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, assigned by their newly appointed editor Martin Baron (Liev Schreiber) to investigate the allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. For over a year, they pursued the story relentlessly, despite intense resistance from the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment. Tom McCarthy’s SPOTLIGHT examines the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered a massive web of pedophilia and systemic cover-ups within the Catholic Church. Aided by a fantastic supporting cast (Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup), SPOTLIGHT is a nuanced and thrilling procedural about the power and impact of great investigative journalism.


Director: Todd Haynes
With groundbreaking performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (winner of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival) as two women entangled in an intoxicating love affair, director Todd Haynes (FAR FROM HEAVEN) illuminates the delicate intricacies of navigating forbidden desire in 1950s New York. Adapting Patricia Highsmith’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Price of Salt,” CAROL is the story of an unlikely bond between an ingenue shop girl dreaming of a better life and an older sophisticated woman trapped in a loveless marriage. A masterfully crafted love story, CAROL is an exquisite and poignant meditation on longing.


Director: Steven Spielberg
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, BRIDGE OF SPIES is the story of James Donovan (two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg and written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, BRIDGE OF SPIES stars: three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. Inspired by remarkable true events, Spielberg captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.


Sneak Preview
Director: Robert Budreau
An intimate portrait of jazz legend Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke), BORN TO BE BLUE is a remarkable reimagining of the iconic musician’s comeback in the 1960s. When approached to star in a film about his heyday and given a chance at redemption, he finds that re-entering the spotlight may not come as smoothly as the notes that made him famous. With girlfriend Jane (Carmen Ejogo, SELMA) by his side, he struggles against addiction and a career-threatening injury to reclaim his former self. With a delicate touch, writer/director Robert Budreau paints an immersive and imaginative look at the trumpeter’s fragile story.

BROOKLYN (Ireland/UK/Canada)
Director: John Crowley
Waving good-bye to her mother and sister in Ireland, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) sets sail to follow her American dream in 1950s Brooklyn. With the support of a kind priest, Eilis finds work at an upscale department store and enrolls in school, but it’s only after she meets Tony (Emory Cohen) that she finally feels at home and romance heals her loneliness. When an unexpected tragedy forces Eilis to return home, she finds a renewed love for Ireland. With award-worthy performances and exquisite cinematography, John Crowley’s BROOKLYN is a beautiful tale of a young woman torn between two worlds.

Director: Michael Almereyda
EXPERIMENTER follows the infamous social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), who conducted a series of highly controversial experiments on obedience and authority in the 1960s. In an attempt to better understand the horrific events of the Holocaust, Milgram observed and recorded the responses of a group of subjects instructed to deliver potentially fatal electric shocks to strangers concealed behind a closed door. A refreshing departure from the traditional biopic formula, director Michael Almereyda deftly investigates the inner psyche of this notorious character. With nuanced performances by Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder as Milgram’s wife, EXPERIMENTER is a compelling look at our willingness to follow orders despite our better judgment.

US Premiere
Director: Marc Abraham
Country music legend Hank Williams is brought to life in Marc Abraham’s I SAW THE LIGHT, a moving tale of success and personal hardship based on Colin Escott's award-winning biography. Celebrated as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century, Williams compiled a lasting body of work before his untimely death at the age of 29. With brilliant and complex performances by Tom Hiddleston as Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as his ambitious wife, the film chronicles a restless soul, driven towards the spotlight and unable to resist the temptations that destroyed his health and personal life.

US Premiere
Director: Nicholas Hytner
In this “mostly true” story, based on writer Alan Bennett’s (THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III, THE HISTORY BOYS) memoir and popular West End play, the extraordinary Maggie Smith stars as Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric high-born woman living out of her van. When Alan (Alex Jennings) moves into his new London home, he soon discovers Miss Shepherd, who mysteriously claims to speak directly with the Virgin Mary, and reluctantly offers her his driveway as a temporary home. Fifteen years later, she is still there. THE LADY IN THE VAN is a hilariously witty story of two strangers who form an unlikely friendship and lasting bond despite their best attempts to be left alone.

LOUDER THAN BOMBS (Norway/France/Denmark)
US Premiere
Director: Joachim Trier
On the eve of an exhibition honoring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy. Flashbacks of Isabelle's life intermingle with the present-day attempts of the Reeds to manage their grief amid combat of a different kind. Family patriarch Gene (Gabriel Byrne) discovers secrets about his late spouse while pursuing a new romance and struggling to connect with teenage son Conrad (Devin Druid) and adult son Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg). Past and present coalesce in sharp focus as the surviving Reeds come to terms with love and loss — locating in memories both painful and joyous the skills they need to soldier on...

East Coast Premiere
Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Michael Stone is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel, where he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK) and Duke Johnson ("Community"), this is a darkly comedic and surreal journey. ANOMALISA confirms Charlie Kaufman’s place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Justin Kurzel
Set in the war-torn countryside of 11th century Scotland, MACBETH is the classic story of a brutal warrior who is consumed and eventually defeated by his uncontrollable ambition. In this impressive update, Michael Fassbender and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard give award-worthy performances as one of literature’s most notorious couples. After a trio of witches prophesize his ascent to the throne, Macbeth and his cunning wife decide to seize the crown for themselves through brutality and murder. Violent and visceral, director Justin Kurzel delivers an exhilarating adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most renowned tragedies.

Director: Reed Morano
In her dreamy directorial debut, celebrated cinematographer Reed Morano (KILL YOUR DARLINGS) examines the visceral and isolating experience of grief, and the distortion of reality that occurs following the loss of a child. MEADOWLAND follows distraught parents Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and Phil (Luke Wilson) a year after their 8-year-old son mysteriously disappeared from a gas station bathroom. In the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, they each struggle in their own way to heal. Phil attempts to ease his suffering with the help of a support group, while Sarah seeks a more destructive path. Wilde and Wilson, who give raw, emotional performances as the unraveling couple, are backed by an impressive cast of supporting actors, including Elisabeth Moss, John Leguizamo, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kevin Corrigan.

North American Premiere
Director: Julian Jarrold
It’s Victory in Europe Day in 1945, and while the King and Queen of England (Rupert Everett and Emily Watson) prefer to observe the end of the Second World War as solemnly as possible, Princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) are quite eager to participate in the revelry in the heart of London. Never before allowed to roam freely about in public, each girl is given a disguise, a chaperone, and a curfew. However, the girls quickly ditch their disapproving mother’s itineraries for an unforgettable night of adventure, drinking, and romance.

Director: Sarah Gavron
Inspired by true events, SUFFRAGETTE movingly explores the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote–their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Academy Award® nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep lead the cast of the powerful drama about the fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother who becomes an activist for the Suffragette cause alongside women from all walks of life. SUFFRAGETTE is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron and written by Emmy Award® winner Abi Morgan.

Director: Robert Edwards
Escaping New York City, Jude (Amber Heard) heads to the wintry, desolate Hamptons for some self-reflection and reinvention. The daughter of a famed romantic crooner, Paul Lombard (Christopher Walken), Jude has inherited not only his musical talent, but also his vice of self-destruction. When the aging Paul attempts to revitalize his career with a self-penned comeback song, Jude is pressured to take initiative to shape her life. With a supporting cast that includes Oliver Platt and Hamish Linklater, WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN is a charming examination of regret, family, and the evolution of life.

Director: Michael Moore
In an unexpected twist, Michael Moore’s (BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, SICKO) latest project, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, does not refer to American imperialism, but rather to Moore himself. Armed with a camera and a flag, the Oscar®-winning documentarian “invades” a slew of European countries in an attempt to learn more about their successful practices and programs. From Norwegian prisons to female-run Icelandic banks, to Italian employee benefits, Moore travels around the world with the intention of bringing these progressive philosophies back to the States. A surprising departure, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is a refreshingly optimistic look at the possibilities for the future.

Sponsored by Investigation Discovery (ID) Films

New York Premiere
Director: Ilinca Calugareanu
In the 1980s, the last decade before the revolution overthrew communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania was marred by intense austerity, isolationism and a pervasive cultural blackout. For the oppressed population, a new form of escapism emerged: illicit video nights in which smuggled Western films were shown. The majority of the films were dubbed by the same person, Irina Nistor, one of the most recognizable voices in pre-revolution Romania. First-time director Ilinca Calugareanu’s endearing and entertaining documentary shows how the magic of film created an awakening that helped to instill the seeds of the revolution.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
Covering a decade of worldwide political unrest (1965-1975), A GERMAN YOUTH is a compelling portrait of the Baader-Meinhof Group (a.k.a The Red Army Faction), a radical movement which drew into its orbit not only disillusioned students, but also established journalists and intellectuals as well as important filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean Luc Godard and RW Fassbinder. Culled together from a fascinating pastiche of agitprop, news broadcasts, interviews, student films, and other archival footage, A GERMAN YOUTH provides the context for an ideology that shaped an entire generation.

East Coast Premiere
Director: David Shapiro
Fifteen years after his debut film KEEP THE RIVER ON THE RIGHT, director David Shapiro returns to HIFF with MISSING PEOPLE. The documentary follows Martina Batan, the director of a prominent New York art gallery as she investigates her young brother's long unsolved murder. At the same time, she obsessively researches and collects the work of New Orleans artist Roy Ferdinand whose paintings are known for their violent and graphic content depicting African American culture in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Martina's journey is driven by both a hunger for closure and an inexplicable fascination with Ferdinand as an artist and as a loved one to a family she wedges herself into.

World Premiere
Director: Jon Fox
Orphan. Entrepreneur. Recluse. Genius. Megalomaniac. Inventor Joseph Newman is all of the above. A controversial figure in the scientific community, Newman rose to notoriety with “The Newman Device,” an electromagnetic machine that he claimed produced more energy than it took to power it. What should have been a revolutionary discovery was stopped by a lengthy and disheartening legal battle with the United States Patent Office. In his enthralling debut, filmmaker Jon Fox deftly seeks to understand the enigmatic inventor — through intimate discussions with Newman’s colleagues and, surprisingly, with the man himself.

THE VISIT “A LÁTOGATÁS” (Finland/Denmark)
New York Premiere
Director: Michael Madsen
Imagining an event that has yet to happen – an alien invasion on Earth – Michael Madsen’s engrossing new documentary leads us on a captivating journey through surreal, slow-motion, dream-like tableaus intercut with interviews with scientists from NASA, SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Life Institute) and experts from the UN. THE VISIT takes an imagined encounter and stimulates the implications and the potential response from humankind. With questions such as “What makes you happy?,” “Do you know what is good and what is evil?,” “How do you think?” and of course, “Why are you here?,” Madsen constructs an unsettling scenario that forces us to reconfigure our insular mentality and reflect on humanity.

Presented by the Wall Street Journal
East Coast Premiere
Director: Ciro Guerra
Inspired by the real experiences of explorers in the Amazon, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia’s submission for the Oscars®) centers on the relationship between Karamakate, a shaman of an extinct tribe carrying secrets and traditions, and two scientists in search of a sacred plant, capable of immense healing. Opting for powerful black and white cinematography, director Ciro Guerra tracks their parallel stories over 40 years with trips deep into the jungle. Winner of the top prize at the Cannes Directors Fortnight, the film intimately captures the thirst for knowledge and the ravages of colonialism that have destroyed the harmony and balance at the heart of the indigenous way of life.

US Premiere
Director: Diastème
Marco (Alban Lenoir) is a young Neo-Nazi and skinhead who, along with his friends, terrorizes the lower-class suburbs of Paris hoping to clear out the “scum” that is polluting the pure, white landscape of their beloved country. Spanning almost 3 decades in Marco’s life as he struggles to understand his own anger and brutal actions, this evocative and moving portrait--the sophomore effort from writer-director Diastème--offers a rare and unsettling look into the rise of xenophobia in France. With a brilliant performance by Lenoir, this poignant drama distinguishes itself as a unique and powerful work by an emerging talent.

North American Premiere
Director: Jonas Carpignano
Ayiva (Koudous Seihon) seizes the opportunity to leave Burkina Faso and find a better life for his daughter in Jonas Carpignano’s gripping feature debut, MEDITERRANEA. Joined by his best friend Abas (Alassane Sy), they embark on the treacherous journey by boat to Italy, only to find that getting to dry land is merely half the battle. Expanding on his award-winning short, A CHJÀNA (HIFF 2014), Carpignano artfully presents a complex portrait of immigration with both urgency and a humanist approach to understanding life on the margins. Inspired by real events and Seihon’s personal journey, MEDITERRANEA offers a profound and intimate look at the migrant crisis.

RAMS “HRÚTAR” (Iceland)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) live side-by-side but have not spoken in forty years. Stubborn and competitive, they only communicate via handwritten notes delivered by their loyal sheepdog Somi. When a deadly virus threatens their prize-winning sheep and livelihood, they are forced to come together to save their unique family breed, and themselves, from extinction. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes, RAMS (Iceland’s submission for the Oscars®) details the hardships of daily farm work in remote Iceland with humanism and humor. Stunningly combining otherworldly landscapes and powerful performances, director Grímur Hákonarson expertly builds this gentle comedy to reveal a deeper and emotionally moving tale.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Matt Sobel
Accompanying his parents to a Nebraskan family reunion couldn't be more uncomfortable for Ryder (Logan Miller), a gay Californian teenager. For his mother's sake he agrees to act "normal," but nonetheless attracts some unwanted attention from his conservative relatives. The only one who seems to like him is 9-year-old Molly (Ursula Parker), but a strange encounter between the two of them raises many questions and places Ryder at the center of a long-buried family secret. A superbly acted drama from first-time filmmaker Matt Sobel, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER reveals itself through Ryder’s perplexed point of view, unfolding in an atmosphere of mystery and trepidation.

Presented by Delta Air Lines & Altour International
New York Premiere
Director: Nick Read
Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet is one of the most esteemed ballet institutions in the world. A high-stakes environment in which some of the best ballet dancers in the world vie for the top spot, only an injury away from a complete career collapse. Behind its gleaming facade lies a world of boundless ambition, intrigue, and corruption that all came to a tragic apex in the 2013 acid-attack against its creative director, Sergei Filin by one of the company’s dancers. Benefiting from an unprecedented access, director Nick Reed follows the company’s attempts to recover after the incident and to redirect the focus back to the talent and artistic brilliance of its dancers.

North American Premiere
Director: Nancy Buirski
Nancy Buirski’s BY SIDNEY LUMET is an enthralling portrait of the work and life of one of American cinema’s most accomplished and prolific directors. In a never-before-seen conversation recorded three years before his death, Sidney Lumet looks back on everything from his early years growing up in the Yiddish theater world to his distinguished career as a filmmaker. From his classic breakout hit, 12 ANGRY MEN, to his gritty, socially conscious masterpieces DOG DAY AFTERNOON, SERPICO, and NETWORK, Lumet has captivated audiences for decades with his powerful and timeless films. With humor and humility, the celebrated director speaks candidly about his legacy as an artist.

World Premiere
Director: Meghan O'Hara
Filmmaker and cancer survivor Meghan O’Hara (producer of FAHRENHEIT 9/11, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE) wants to change the way we think about cancer. In this daring and intimate film, she investigates the connection between the current cancer epidemic and our western lifestyle, including medical professionals’ tendency to treat only the symptoms and not the underlying causes. Backed by personal experiences and the scientific validation of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, O’Hara asks us to reconsider the way we currently treat cancer, and advocate instead for society-wide lifestyle changes. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, THE C WORD challenges us to step up and take control of our health.

World Premiere
Director: Marc Levin
Director Marc Levin (SCHMATTA: RAGS TO RICHES TO RAGS, HIFF ‘09 and HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, Audience Award HIFF ‘11) presents CLASS DIVIDE, a look into the modern effects of gentrification in West Chelsea, New York, seen through the eyes of students from both sides of the street—one avenue and worlds apart. On one side of the intersection of 10th Avenue and 26th Street sits Avenues, a world-class private school with a $50,000 per year price tag; on the other side sits the Elliott-Chelsea public housing projects, home to thousands of low-income and underemployed residents. In the face of rising inequality, stagnant class mobility, gentrification and much more, the kids from both sides of the street grapple with their relationship to each other amid the stark transformation.

Director: Steve Hoover
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was left with dysfunctional social and political institutions, resulting in an increase in child homelessness. Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko takes matters into his own hands by forcibly abducting drug-addicted children from the streets, and rehabilitating them at his in-patient facility. Over the course of a decade, Gennadiy builds a reputation as a local hero to some, an anarchic vigilante to others. Director Steve Hoover meticulously chronicles this thrilling story with style and dedication. From executive producer Terrence Malick comes CROCODILE GENNADIY, a complex character study of a man who will stop at nothing to carry out his mission.

Director: Andrew Jenks
In 2005, Ryan Ferguson, a 21-year-old from Columbia, Missouri, was wrongly convicted of murder by way of a drug addict’s false confession. Andrew Jenks’ timely documentary DREAM/KILLER follows Ryan’s father, Bill, as he wages a decade-long war to prove Ryan’s innocence and overturn his 40-year sentence. Bill's restless efforts eventually lead to the discovery of legal misconduct, exposing fault lines in the American criminal justice system. Digging into a father’s fight to free his son, Jenks offers a sobering look at how easily a life can be lost to miscarriages of justice, and how an unwavering family bond can make all the difference.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Phie Ambo
Biodynamic farmer Niels Stokholm is committed to raising his herd of rare, Danish Red cattle according to their natural instincts. Practicing ancient agricultural techniques, all living things on his farm live in spiritual harmony. In his attempt to get an organic certification for his farm, Stokholm must overcome the unyielding bureaucracy of the EU. Risking everything for his beliefs, Stokholm hopes he won’t be one of the last biodynamic farmers, but rather the first of a new generation. Offering a refreshing alternative to “factory farming,” Phie Ambo’s visually stunning documentary makes a compelling case for nutrition, sustainability, and animal welfare.

New York Premiere
Director: Greg Kohs
This is the inspiring comeback story of underdog Lance Mackey as he tries to live up to his father’s legendary 1978 win of the Iditarod race. His attempt to match his progenitor’s success was postponed when Lance was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001. Through use of archival footage and home videos, we witness Lance’s unprecedented resilience and desire for greatness. An exhilarating experience, THE GREAT ALONE follows his lifelong journey to overcome his illness and become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.

New York Premiere
Director: Ron Davis
At the end of World War II, Harry deLeyer journeyed to Long Island, New York, where he made a name for himself as a horse trainer and riding instructor at the exclusive Knox School. His career took a new turn when he paid $80 for an Amish plow horse named Snowman, bound for the glue factory. With the odds against them, Harry and Snowman went on to break show jumping records, becoming household names in the late 1950’s after winning the sport’s Triple Crown. The award winning documentary HARRY & SNOWMAN is a touching tale of a unique, decade-long friendship, told first-hand by Harry, now 85.

World Premiere
Director: Matthew Miele, Justin Bare
HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST chronicles the illustrious career of the prolific photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Now 85, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping.

Director: Alexandra Shiva
Finding a date, getting dressed up, and going to a school dance can be difficult for any teenager. For many living with autism, the idea of going to a spring formal is even more intimidating (and even frightening), considering the need to navigate social cues they don’t understand. Alexandra Shiva’s HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO follows a group of young people as they attempt to overcome their fears and prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically for this rite of passage. With a gentle and sensitive eye, Shiva follows the group through counseling and a series of role-play exercises leading up to the big dance.

Directors: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu
In his final film, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER, and HIFF Audience Award winner IRIS) boards the Empire Builder, the most active long-distance train route in America. In a series of thoughtful vignettes, Maysles and his four co-directors quietly capture the journeys of the various passengers and employers aboard the train. Against the backdrop of the wintry North American landscape, we learn each of their stories through personal anecdotes, snippets of overheard conversation, and hushed confessions between new friends. Harrowingly intimate, IN TRANSIT offers a new perspective on the cross-country journey, and acts as a moving farewell to the celebrated filmmaker.

Director: Ivy Meeropol
Just 35 miles from Times Square looms Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, an aging facility that has raised a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community. Supported by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), the plant’s safety has been a topic of debate for many years. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the facility, director Ivy Meeropol offers a startling reality check in this powerful documentary. Compiling arguments from environmental activists, journalists, power plant employees and local residents, INDIAN POINT features varied points of view about one of the most concerning issues of our time.
Followed by an extended Q&A moderated by HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin

Director: Mo-young Jin
An intimate portrait of an elderly couple nearing the end of life, MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER is as delicate as it is raw. Observing this fragile couple in their South Korean home, director Mo-Young Jin’s camera acts as a fly-on-the-wall, observing a deep love painted through simple acts of affection—from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek. No filmmaking tricks are necessary, as the honest and tender feelings emoted by this husband and wife are all that’s needed to tell this story of true love.

PALIO (UK/Italy)
Director: Cosima Spender
Twice a summer, the Italian city of Siena transforms into a fierce battleground of jockeys representing each of the city's ten districts in the Palio, the oldest horse race in the world. At the heart of the race are the jockeys, whose success means high-esteemed praise but for whom failure could mean dishonor. Following the legendary Gigi Bruscheli, winner of 13 races, and his young protége Giovanni, PALIO gives a rich, all-access account of the city's passionate relationship with the annual event. Playing like a classic sports drama, director Cosima Spender's third documentary is a colorful and thrilling cinematic experience.

Director: Chad Gracia
The Chernobyl disaster remains a mystery and for Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovic, it fuels an obsession. Haunted by the events that forced his family to evacuate, Fedor begins to investigate the Duga, a massive radio antenna next to the nuclear plant. Once the most expensive Cold War weapon and possibly the key to understanding the explosion, the Duga leads Fedor and filmmaker Chad Gracia on a wild hunt for the truth. Weaving Soviet history with the current events in Ukraine, the Sundance Grand Jury prizewinner THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER is a highly thrilling documentary about an artist’s courage and determination.

SHERPA (Australia/Nepal)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Jennifer Peedom
April 18, 2014. A 14,000-ton block of ice barrels down Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpas in its frightening path. In the wake of the worst tragedy to ever befall the mountain, the remaining Sherpas unite to fight for respect and better working conditions, as their share of profits is not proportionate to the risks they regularly take. In Jennifer Peedom’s suspenseful documentary, these unsung heroes of the mountain they call Chomolungma, men who for over 60 years have guided Westerners to triumph upon Everest’s peak, step into the spotlight to tell their story.

Directors: Andy Schocken, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Lahore, Pakistan, was once known for its musical legacy, but with the Islamization of Pakistan in the 1970s, musicians have since struggled to continue their life’s work. When the talented musicians of Sachal Studios decide to fuse their traditional eastern sound with that of Dave Brubeck Quartet’s famous “Take Five,” they create a unique hybrid that unexpectedly finds its audience through social media. Garnering the attention of thousands, including legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, they are invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center. From directors Andy Schocken and Oscar® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, SONG OF LAHORE is a real-life Cinderella story about the universal power of music.

Presented by Delta Air Lines & Altour International
11 MINUTES “11 MINUT” (Poland/Ireland)
US Premiere
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
After a 5-year absence from filmmaking, celebrated Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski (KNIFE IN THE WATER, ESSENTIAL KILLING) makes his glorious return with the gripping 11 MINUTES. Written and directed by Skolimowski, the thriller follows the same 11 minutes as experienced by a diverse group of characters, including a struggling actress, an ambulance driver, a would-be thief, and a hot dog vendor, whose lives are destined to intersect over a single day in Warsaw. Weaving through hotel rooms, private homes, and public spaces, Skolimowski captures the kinetic energy of a major metropolis filled with unique stories. Beautifully photographed and expertly paced, 11 MINUTES will keep you guessing until the very last second.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Andrew Haigh
In the midst of planning their 45th anniversary celebration, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff’s (Tom Courtenay) seemingly happy marriage is suddenly called into question when he receives a letter concerning his first lover. Haunted by the past, Geoff withdraws into his memories, leaving Kate bewildered and insecure. As their anniversary approaches, Kate becomes increasingly troubled by how little she knows of her husband’s former affair, and how it may have unknowingly affected their own marriage. With outstanding and nuanced performances by Rampling and Courtenay, 45 YEARS quietly exposes the fragility of human relationships.

US Premiere
Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Charlotte (Sophie Verbeeck) and Micha (Félix Moati) are drifting away from each other and into the arms of Mélodie (Anaïs Demoustier), a young ambitious lawyer. Unaware that the other is having an affair with the same woman, their charade snowballs into a complicated mess of lies and lust, forcing each to reevaluate their relationship. Mélodie, on the other hand, is falling in love with both of them and finding it hard to juggle her romantic entanglements with work. Director Jérôme Bonnell’s ALL ABOUT THEM is a thoughtful rumination on the nature of relationships, carried by strong performances, humor, and passion.
East Coast Premiere
Directors: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
In an alternate reality, where scientific innovation has stalled and electricity has yet to be invented, April (voiced by Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard) is a young scientist trying to find her parents, who were mysteriously abducted while researching a powerful longevity serum. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and new friend Julius, April bravely embarks on a journey to discover the truth. From the producers of PERSEPOLIS and renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD is a riveting adventure through a dystopian society where government agents and a master conspiracy stand in the way of human progress.
BABAI (Germany/Kosovo/Macedonia/France)
North American Premiere
Director: Visar Morina
Ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) roam the streets of Kosovo selling cigarettes and barely earning a living. Only a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gezim is lured west to Germany, leaving his son behind in search of a new life. Feeling deserted and desperate to claim some sense of stability, Nori embarks on a dangerous journey to Germany in search of his father—his “babai.” His tenacity, resilience, and sheer grit must be enough to guide him. BABAI (Kosovo’s submission for the Oscars®) marks the feature debuts of Maloku and Kosovo-born writer/director Visar Morina, both of whom demonstrate a profound maturity and quiet intensity in their respective crafts.

CAFÉ DERBY (Belgium)
International Premiere
Director: Lenny Van Wesemael
A born salesman, George can sell anything to anyone. When he hears about the Pope's visit to a neighboring town, the anticipation of large crowds leads him to uproot his family and move his restaurant for the event that is sure to make him a millionaire. With unconditional support from his youngest daughter Sara, the wild adventure begins! Based on the true story of her extraordinary family, director Lenny Van Wesemael's feature debut is a visual treat—a roller coaster ride seen through the unassuming eyes of young Sara, whose coming-of-age transpires softly throughout the film.

New York Premiere
Director: Pablo Larraín
In a quiet seaside town lies a home of repentance, inhabited by four dishonored priests and a former nun. After the admittance of a new priest creates a fatal stir, bringing unwelcomed visitors, including a victim of child molestation and a church bureaucrat, the home’s still atmosphere trembles. As old demons are brought to light, the priests are forced to bear the weight of their transgressions. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and Chile’s submission for the Oscars®, THE CLUB’s muted colors, stellar ensemble cast, and dramatic score establish a somber mood that chillingly echoes the crimes of its lead characters.

DHEEPAN (France)
US Premiere
Director: Jacques Audiard
Winner of the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, DHEEPAN is the stirring new film from renowned French director Jacques Audiard (A PROPHET, RUST AND BONE). Finding himself on the losing side of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil rebel fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) assumes the identity of a dead man named Dheepan in order to flee the country. Hoping to increase his chances of being granted asylum in Europe, he also finds a “wife” and a “daughter” to serve as his makeshift family. A fascinating observation on the immigrant experience, DHEEPAN follows the family as they struggle to build a new life and unexpectedly find themselves at the center of another conflict.

DISORDER “MARYLAND” (France/Belgium)
US Premiere
Director: Alice Winocour
Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts, RUST AND BONE) is a Special Forces agent suffering from PTSD after a recent tour in Afghanistan. In between assignments, he is hired to protect the lavish estate of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. While the owner is away, Vincent is charged to look after his beautiful wife Jessie (Diane Kruger, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) and their young son Ali. Disoriented by paranoia and anxiety, Vincent obsessively looks for danger in every corner of the seemingly peaceful home. Expertly helmed by director Alice Winocour, DISORDER seamlessly transitions from nuanced character drama into a riveting, suspenseful thriller.

FELL (Australia)
North American Premiere
Director: Kasimir Burgess
Having lost his daughter in a tragic accident, Thomas (Matt Nable) withdraws from city life and takes on a new identity as a logger in the town where the accident took place, working side by side with the man who was responsible for his daughter's death. Marden Dean's breathtaking cinematography captures the lush, foreboding Victorian Alps and gracefully guides the viewer between two painfully divisive worlds. A tonal achievement, it's hard to believe that this contemplative, image-driven drama is Australian filmmaker Kasimir Burgess's feature debut.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Josh Mond
James (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled, unemployed twenty-something trying to survive the chaos of New York City one vice at a time. However, his perpetual adolescence is abruptly put on hold when his mother’s (Cynthia Nixon) battle with cancer forces him to sober up and take care of her. With the pressures and responsibilities of adulthood looming over him, James lashes out and alienates himself from his loved ones, but when his mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, James must find new strength or risk total self-destruction. With his directorial debut JAMES WHITE, Josh Mond explores the deep and complicated relationship between a mother and son, and features a breakout performance from Abbott.

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Krisha is doing fine. Krisha is doing much better. She will face her family for Thanksgiving because she is sober and she is ready. After years of absence from her family, she returns to reconnect with her son, cook dinner, and prove to her family that she has changed for the better. Completely panicked and teetering on the edge of delirium, Krisha comes face-to-face with her past in the narrative feature Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at this year’s SXSW. With knockout performances, the film tears apart the common portrait of addiction, favoring inventive sound design and raw cinematography. KRISHA is unlike anything you’ve seen before, yet strangely familiar.

Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) is a recently appointed public prosecutor frustrated by the tedious traffic offenses assigned to him. When a local journalist tries to bring the crimes committed at Auschwitz to public attention, Radmann takes on the case against the orders of his supervisor. Fighting against ignorance and willful denial, his investigation uncovers the real horror and lasting wounds in 1958 Germany. Giulio Ricciarelli’s moving and thought-provoking LABYRINTH OF LIES (Germany’s submission for the Oscars®) is an artfully rendered account of the fight to identify, locate, and bring the Nazis responsible to trial. 

North American Premiere
Director: Rodrigo Plá
When her insurance company refuses to approve the care her husband needs to survive, Sonia Bonet (Jan Raluy) takes things into her own hands. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and disinterested workers, she is pushed to her breaking point: with her son in tow, she attempts to fight the system. Rodrigo Plá’s (LA DEMORA, HIFF 2012) new film A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS combines socio-political commentary with a tense hostage thriller. With his expertly executed look at fury in the face of injustice, award-winning Plá delivers on the tension and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

World Premiere
Director: Joseph Castelo
Based on a true story, THE PREPPIE CONNECTION chronicles the exploits of Toby Hammel (Thomas Mann, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL), a working class prodigy who steps into the elite corridors of Sage Hall, a prep school in his hometown, yet a world away.  Vying for acceptance in the privileged culture and trying to charm Alex Hayes (Lucy Fry, VAMPIRE ACADEMY), the beautiful and elusive girl of his dreams, Toby quickly learns the way into the “Preppies” is different than he expected - supplying them with cocaine.  Toby uses his connections and fearlessness to impress his new friends, but finds that accessing the world of privilege comes at a steep cost.  Director Joseph Castelo’s edgy new film offers a unique and intriguing twist on the line between friendship and fitting in, especially when taken too far.

ROOM (Ireland/Canada)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, ROOM follows Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson), who live in a small, locked room. Having never left Room, Jack believes that only the things in the room are real and that everything he sees on TV is make-believe. Right after his fifth birthday, Ma reveals the secret that has kept them confined to the room all these years. A harrowing journey of discovery ensues, and Jack has to come to terms with the fact that there’s more to the world outside Room. A profoundly emotional exploration of the bond between mother and son with gripping performances, including Academy Award® nominees Joan Allen and William H. Macy, ROOM demonstrates the unstoppable force with which these bonds prevail even in the darkest circumstances.

Director: László Nemes
Winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival and Hungary’s submission for the Oscars®, SON OF SAUL is the monumental debut feature from Hungarian director László Nemes. Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig) is a Jewish-Hungarian prisoner in Auschwitz and a member of its Sonderkommando (the body disposal team). With a haunting opening scene that lingers on Saul’s ashen face, his journey through the inferno is transfixing and, ultimately, a poignant danse macabre. When he discovers the body of a boy among the corpses he risks everything to save the corpse from cremation and find a rabbi to recite Kaddish and give him a proper burial. With tightly lensed cinematography, Nemes skillfully recreates the claustrophobic, dehumanizing atmosphere of the camp and its unsettling banality of evil.

UMRIKA (India)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Prashant Nair
In the small Indian village of Jitvapur, America (UMRIKA, as it’s known in the local vernacular) is an alluring utopia, vividly detailed in the fantastic letters Udai sends to his younger brother Ramakant. With Udai’s precise whereabouts unknown, Ramakant embarks on a journey to locate his older brother. What unfolds is a refreshingly energetic coming-of-age film in which idyllic images of America help shape and catalyze Ramakant’s entry into adulthood. With a strong cast that includes Suraj Sharma (LIFE OF PI) and Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), UMRIKA is an inspired tale of love, disappointment, and growth.

VIRGIN MOUNTAIN “FÚSI” (Iceland/Denmark)
Director: Dagur Kári
Shy and awkward, Fusi (Gunnar Jónsson ) is in in his forties and still lives with his mother. Expecting little from his routine life and seldom socializing with others, he floats through a life within his own barriers until the bouncy Sjöfn (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) unexpectedly enters his life and he is forced to take a leap. Director Dagur Kári's fourth film, the award-winning VIRGIN MOUNTAIN is a skillfully told balancing act of two outcasts—a timid hermit and a seemingly grounded extrovert who forces the former out of his shell.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Roar Uthaug
Norway’s submission for the Academy Awards®, THE WAVE is based on a terrifyingly plausible scenario. Nestled among Norway's stunning fjords, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations on the planet. But above it looms a mountain that geologists know will one day collapse, triggering a massive tsunami. When seismic readings on the mountainside start producing unusual data, no one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak. When the mountain does begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has just ten minutes to get to high-ground before the tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path in this pulse-pounding thriller.

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Director: Abigail E. Disney
With her directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, Abigail Disney presents a candid portrait of a brave evangelical minister who questioned whether someone could be both pro-life and pro-gun. A leader of the anti-abortion movement and his church, Reverend Rob Schenck was forced to reconsider his position after meeting Lucy McBath, a fellow Christian and gun control activist, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot in Florida. Forming an unlikely alliance, the two embarked on a courageous journey, taking on the NRA and the church, giving hope to the idea that we can unite across party lines and find a common ground.

Director: Camilla Nielsson
More than two decades after president Robert Mugabe’s corrupt dictatorship began, international pressure forced Zimbabwe to assemble a bipartisan committee to begin writing the country's first democratic constitution. With remarkable access and over the course of three years, director Camilla Nielsson traces the arduous process of negotiations led by two rivals appointed to head the committee as they compete and debate the democratic process. At times dramatic and often comical, DEMOCRATS balances the clash of personalities against the backdrop of Mugabe’s regime with intimate moments of honesty and respect.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Academy Award® winner Davis Guggenheim’s (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN) latest documentary is a candid look into the life of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. An advocate for education and children’s rights, Malala was rushed to the hospital after being attacked by the Taliban on October 9, 2012. With the entire world rallied behind her, Malala recovered and co-founded The Malala Fund to empower girls worldwide by facilitating access to education with the belief that “one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

THE HIGH SUN “ZVIZDAN” (Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia)
US Premiere
Director: Dalibor Matanic
The inter-ethnic wars that tore Yugoslavia apart loom large in the background of Dalibor Matanić’s latest film THE HIGH SUN, winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Croatia’s submission for the Oscars®. Although never shown on screen, the tumult of the conflict seeps through and disrupts the lives of three young couples in stories that mirror the turmoil and healing process of a nation at war with itself. The tryptic spans decades: the first story is set in 1991 at the beginning of the war, the second one in 2001 at the end of the war, and the final one a decade later. With superb performances by Tihana Lazovic and Goran Markovic, THE HIGH SUN illuminates the tenacity of love across hatred and ethnic divides.

World Premiere
Directors: Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
THE UNCONDEMNED tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify, to win justice, where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been considered a war crime and was committed with impunity. A courtroom thriller and personal human drama, THE UNCONDEMNED beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial in the International Criminal Court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever.

Presented by Best Friends Animal Society
World Premiere
Director: Darcy Dennett
THE CHAMPIONS is the powerful story of the brave individuals who rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted the pit-bulls from NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s violent dog-fighting ring. Despite tremendous pressure from animal welfare organizations to euthanize these animals, a handful of men and women stepped in to give the dogs a second chance. With her inspiring documentary, first time filmmaker Darcy Dennett proves the power of resilience and addresses a variety of important issues, including the unfair stigma surrounding this misunderstood breed, the exploitation of animals for the sake of entertainment, and the way society is too quick to forgive its star athletes.

Director: Jerry Rothwell
In 1971, a group of journalists, scientists, and hippies set sail on a mission to prevent American atomic tests on an Alaskan Island. Transformed by the experience, this small grassroots band of activists launched the start of the Greenpeace movement. Young, media-savvy, and with cameras in hand, they campaigned against the whaling industry and made front-page news. Compiling never before seen footage into a thrilling and high-energy film, Jerry Rothwell’s HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD chronicles the rise of Greenpeace, their dynamic personalities, and the internal ideological debates about the mission of the organization.


Audience Award Winner: SummerDocs
Directors: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
In 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. were invited to participate in a series of nationally televised debates on the Democratic and Republican national conventions as an attempt to bump up ratings for ABC. BEST OF ENEMIES is the behind-the-scenes look at the explosive live event, filled with deep insults, both personal and political, that launched the shift in public debate from substance to spectacle. From filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville (TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM) comes a brilliant and often hilarious take on the verbal boxing match that changed the way we talk about politics.

US Premiere
Director: Sol Friedman
Razie, a 90-year-old Jewish woman who has recently discovered “the Google,” prepares to try bacon for the first time. In this mixed-media documentary, Razie’s reckoning with her faith elicits unexpected sentiments.

New York Premiere
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision - should he call the police? A richly animated personal narrative, LAST DAY OF FREEDOM tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and capital punishment.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Vibeke Bryld
As Harmonia's happy life in North Korea unravels, she is faced with the choice of living in a broken paradise or treading the unknown, lonely path of the real world outside. A gripping tale of self-discovery, PEBBLES AT YOUR DOOR is a stunningly original documentary by an award-winning young director.

North American Premiere
Directors: Oriol Martínez, Enric Ribes
In the Antex textile factory in Hangzhou, China, dreams of a better future fill the air and the charismatic boss seeks the utopia of a happy factory of more than 2,000 workers. Told with a distinctly bold voice, this rare story is truly inspiring.

New York Premiere
Director: Iris Zaki
As she washes the hair of Jewish and Arab women in a hair salon in Haifa, Israel, director Iris Zaki converses with them on topics ranging from politics to love and beyond. What emerges from these conversations is an honest and nuanced portrayal of contemporary Israel.

New York Premiere
Director: Jörn Threlfall
Is this a murder, a hit-and-run, or just a big mystery? A crime scene told in reverse, OVER is a captivating puzzle with an unexpected outcome.

New York Premiere
Director: Eva Riley
Bound by racial tensions in her small English town, eleven-year-old Hannah meets a young Gypsy boy who changes her life forever.

North American Premiere
Directors: Federico Di Corato, Alessandro De Leo
Two brothers spend the summer at their grandmother's home in southern Italy after their parents divorce. With a Hi8 camera at hand, they try to fit in with the local kids by building a new home for themselves—a shack where they can be free.

TUESDAY “SALI” (Turkey/France)
US Premiere
Director: Ziya Demirel
An ordinary day in a young teenage girl’s life as she encounters three different men throughout her day—but maybe it’s not such an ordinary day.

North American Premiere
Director: Ian Garrido
Victor is not sure if he feels like a boy or a girl, but experimenting with his gender has consequences when he must face his girlfriend and mother. An award-winning film, VICTOR XX paints a moving portrait of a lost soul not unlike the rest of us.


New York Premiere
Director: Bat-Sheva Guez
An injured dancer finds unexpected comfort when she moves into a new apartment and meets the neighbors—a sort of magical comfort.

North American Premiere
Director: Adinah Dancyger
Six-year-old Soli is thrilled to spend a few days with her Korean grandmother, but language and cultural barriers seem suddenly more significant at summer camp.

World Premiere
Director: Alonso Llosa
The most dangerous drug lord in Peru must face his ultimate fear: moving out of his mother's house.

World Premiere
Director: Ani Simon-Kennedy
83-year-old Nicodemus Bartolo Vasquez opened the doors to his store, Jarciería El Arte Oaxaqueño, in 1961. He continues to sell an eclectic mix of often under-valued, handmade Mexican folk art.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Pippa Bianco
Narrated by the legendary artist herself, this brief portrait of Barbara Kruger raises many questions about art and the artist.

New York Premiere
Directors: Jasmine Luoma, Diane Hodson
A portrait of the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender Denis Wood, unmappable explores the events that have defined his life by pointing at ideas, thoughts and beliefs that we don't normally think of as being mappable or explainable.


AVE MARIA (Palestine/France/Germany)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Basil Khalil
When a Jewish family crashes their car into a Convent, their only hope lies in the generosity of the nuns inside who have taken a vow of silence.

Directors: Ryan Maxey, Josh Polon
Bob can spell backwards for you if you ask him.

Director: Zack Schamberg
Harvey's obsession with ping-pong brings out his true colors when he must face his daughter's new boyfriend's family.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Dan Hodgson
Alice finds herself in an awkward situation when her husband wants to have a serious conversation about their marriage while her lover is hiding upstairs.

Director: Dustin Guy Defa
A group of friends discuss a movie over tea.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Sarmad Masud
Geeky Pavan takes a girl on a date to the most authentic Indian restaurant in London hoping to impress her with his exoticism. When she orders off-menu in Hindi, he's out of moves.

ZERO M2 “ZÉRO M2” (France)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Matthieu Landour
Paul, a young student living in Paris, finally finds an affordable apartment. But the neighbors are acting strange and it seems that his room is shrinking.

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Director: John Banana
What happens when a little girl decides to save the food she refused to eat?

New York Premiere
Director: Mike A. Smith
A dog’s destiny depends on his sleepy owner’s sense of adventure... which is non-existent.

EGGS (Japan)
US Premiere
Director: Tomofumi Inoue
A young unhatched egg tries to fit in with his fully hatched siblings.

Director: Jacob Frey
Jake's mom gives him a present in hopes that it will entice him to go outside.

Director: Sanjay Patel
Young Sanjay has no interest in his father's Hindu traditions and would rather play with his action figures. Reluctantly joining him for a prayer, Sanjay goes on an unexpected adventure in the latest short from Disney’s Pixar.

New York Premiere
Director: Meghann Artes
Steve would have a really hard time waking up in the morning... if he hadn't constructed a precise robotic system to do all the work for him.

New York Premiere
Director: Nora Ballard
Meet the New Canaan Aquianas, a teenage team of synchronized swimmers competing for the top US prize.


CATWALK (Sweden)
Director: Ninja Thyberg
Nine-year-old Ella wants to fit into her fashionable circle of friends, but her parents refuse to buy her new clothes.

Director: Nina Gantz
In the search for the origin of his desires, Edmond goes on a journey of self-discovery that leads him to the defining moment of his life. A darkly humorous animation, EDMOND is an awe-inspiring tale.

Director: Fanni Szilágyi
On a beautiful summer day, teenage twin sisters meet a boy at a lake and become acquainted with sexuality. Their contrasting reactions may mean the end of puberty.

New York Premiere
Director: Ursula Meier
A moving portrait of Kacey Mottet Klein at age 8, 12 and 15, as he transforms into a mature actor.

Director: Ian Samuels
Meet Myrna. She’s from the moon and just trying to figure out where she fits in the world.

New York Premiere
Director: Eric Rockey
Despite the conservative rural community he is being raised in, six-year-old Jeffrey fortunately has the full support of his lesbian parents in his desire to dance in dresses.

US Premiere
Director: Fyzal Boulifa
Coco is a teenage escort. How would you rate her? Award-winning director and HIFF alum, Fyzal Boulifa, returns with this engrossing portrait of a complicated character.

East Coast Premiere
Directors: Andre Andreev, Dan Covert
In early 2013, angered by high electric and heating bills, Bulgarians took to the streets. In acts of protest, at least seven Bulgarian citizens set themselves on fire. One of them was Plamen Goranov, a 37-year-old construction worker and artist.

Director: Yasir Kareem
Zahraa, an Iraqi refugee, dreams of going to school while scouring a landfill site with her brother. When a trade between Zahraa and the self proclaimed ‘King of Garbage’ goes wrong, the siblings' relationship is tested to breaking point.

MOMMY (Sweden/Denmark)
US Premiere
Director: Milad Alami
A young woman struggles between being a mother to her daughter and holding on to her own youth.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Amanda Kernell
Forced to attend her sister’s funeral against her will, Ellie must confront her estranged family and indigenous heritage.

North American Premiere
Directors: Aly Muritiba, Marja Calafange
In a distant mansion, the arrival of a stranger threatens the insular world of two sisters.

US Premiere
Director: Emre Kayiş
Yusuf, a young Syrian refugee boy living in a Turkish border town, is summoned by his crush for a translation.

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Director: Fidel Ruiz-Healy
In an attempt to shake things up in her sleepy Texas town, teenage Josie and her sidekick go on a crime spree.

East Coast Premiere
Directors: Daniel Cooper, Adam Cooper
An assassin walks us through his artistic process as he leads his rival down a trail of deception.

New York Premiere
Director: Rhiannon Evans
A lightbulb searches for his purpose in the world.

Director: Effie Pappa
A stop-motion tale of Sophia, her father and her very hungry granny, who keeps them fed with her pension. To what extremes will they go to once Granny is no more?

Director: Seung Yeob Lee
A mother's love is boundless, even if her son is a vampire. When he needs blood, she delivers.


East Coast Premiere
Director: Adam Benzine
Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary SHOAH is considered by many to be the most important film ever made about the Holocaust. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this masterpiece, director Adam Benzine captures Lanzmann’s tireless efforts to preserve the survivors’ stories.

Director: Matt Wolf
Hilary Knight reflects on his life as an illustrator and his relationship to his most successful work: Eloise, the precocious six-year-old who lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel.

Director: Joshua Seftel
With the help of DNA tests, psychics, and prosthetic makeup, renowned photographer Phil Toledano imagines all of the possible ways his life will end.

Director: Andrew Jenks
The all-deaf football team in Pleasanton, California, is the heart of this tight-knit community.

BEAR “BÄR” (Germany)
Director: Pascal Flörks
As a grandson looks back on his grandfather's eventful life, he begins to feel the full weight of his own inheritance.
BODY TEAM 12 (Liberia)
Director: David Darg
During the peak of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Body Team 12 was responsible for collecting the dead - a dangerous and grim task. This is a brief and sobering portrait of the heroes that make up this team.
CAMS (Sweden)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Carl-Johan Westregård
Look closely, for not everything is as it seems in this peaceful little beach town.

Director: Kitty Green
Gold medal-winning Oksana Baiul’s tears of joy once offered a glimmer of hope for Ukraine. Now in a war-torn country, these young girls audition to play the role of their hero.

East Coast Premiere
Director: Jonatan Etzler
What if someone you've never met knows everything about you?

East Coast Premiere
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Had there been actual footage of Jesus Christ's last hours dug up by archaeologists, it might have looked like this.

Director: Paulina Skibińska
A chilling, abstract moment: the rescue team above the ice, the diver below, and the spectators on shore.

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 $165,000, 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. 2014 marked the 6th time in the last 7 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.

HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature sponsored by The Wall Street Journal
  • Rams, directed by Grimur Hákonarson
Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature
  • Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra
HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films
  • Missing People, directed by David Shapiro
Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature
  • Chuck Norris Vs. Communism, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu
HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film sponsored by The Wall Street Journal
  • Over, directed by Jörn Threlfall
Honorable Mention for Narrative Short Film
  • Patriot, directed by Eva Riley
HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films
  • Last Day of Freedom, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman
Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
  • The Uncondemned, directed by Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award
  • Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron
Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
  • When I Live My Life Over Again, directed by Robert Edwards
And as previously announced:
The 2015 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
  • The Uncondemned, directed by Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
  • The Champions, directed by Darcy Dennett
HIFF Documentary Feature Jury
  • Marshall Fine, Chair of the New York Critics Circle
  • Bobby Flay, Chef
  • Sarah Lash, Consultant, Conde Nast Entertainment
HIF Narrative Feature Jury
  • Josh Charles, Actor
  • Dan Guando, US head of Acquisitions, Production, and Development at The Weinstein Company
  • Michael H. Heber, Screenwriter and Producer
  • Christopher Abbott, James White
  • Emory Cohen, Brooklyn
  • Thomas Mann, The Preppie Connection
  • Bel Powley, A Royal Night Out
  • Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Jason Mitchell, Straight Outta Compton
  • Maika Monroe, It Follows
  • Keith Stanfield, Straight Outta Compton
  • Tessa Thompson, Selma
  • Jessie T. Usher, Independence Day: Resurgence

Celebrities in attendance included: Christopher Abbott, Alan Alda​​, Emily Blunt, ​Bobby Flay, Morgan Freeman​, ​Todd Haynes, Brian D’arcy James, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson​, Thomas Mann, Tom McCarthy, Michael Moore, Reed Morano, Bel Powley, Dennis Quaid​, Dan Rather​, Josh Singer​,​ John Slattery, Keith Stanfield, Jacob Tremblay​, Jessie T. Usher, James Vanderbilt, Olivia Wilde​

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Long Island International Film Festival Honors Actor John Amos With The Lifetime Achievement Award

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Independent filmmakers, actors and VIP guests attended the 18th Annual LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo from July 8 – 16, 2015 at the Bellmore Movies. This year’s festival included over a hundred short and feature-length independent films from all over the world. Several panels were held during the LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo – topics include: distribution, scriptwriting, legal music and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

Once the winners of the LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo are chosen (a combination of audience ballot and judging committee), they are honored at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, where they receive trophies and winners’ prizes (which vary from cash prizes, editing time, DVDs, free rentals of lights, etc.). The Closing Party and Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at the Filmmakers Lounge, directly West of the Bellmore Movies.
This year the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stage, TV and Film Actor John Amos who is best known for his TV character, James Evans, Sr. on the 1970s television series “Good Times.” During the award ceremony I interviewed Mr. Amos on the red carpet.
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A Journey to Taiwan Wins Best Short Documentary Film at New York City International film Festival

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Fashion Designer and now Filmmaker Malan Breton poses for a photo-op with Publicist and Producer of the The Film Bonnie Bien at the After Party at URBO  Restauant in Times Square affter winning his award for Best Documentary
A short documentary film entitled "A Journey to Taiwan", wins last week at NYCIFF.The film documents Malan Breton, his homeland, and the majestic landscapes that continue to be the inspiration for his fashion, in particular his Spring Summer 2015 collection entitled: A Journey to Taiwan presented  in September 2014 at the prestigious Mercedes Benz Fashion tents at Lincoln Center.
Here, in this documentary, Breton lifts the veil on his recent and most uniquely inspirational trip to Taiwan, as he talks one to one about his knowledge of; his deeply intense love affair with the country of his birth.

The premier screening hit a cord with the fashion press and the film industry alike. The film has been submitted for the Oscars and many festivals are clamoring for submissions. The timing of the film could not be better; it came on the heels of the Met Gala and exhibition of Asian Fashion. In addition, the film's landscapes coincide with the new movie by, auteur, Martin Scorsese who was filming his new movie "Silence" in Taiwan on the recommendation of Hang Lee (Taiwanese film maker), at the same time that Journey to Taiwan was filming.
It also coincides with the wave of fashion designer documentary's that seem to be in vogue now, such as: the new Dior Documentary: "Dior and I".
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Winter Film Premiere Fashion Designer and Filmmaker Malan Breton poses for a photo-op with Actress Elisa Meri at the Premiere of "Winter"

Winter Film Premiere Founder Roberto Rizzo of the NYCIFF and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the Premiere of "Winter"

Winter Film Premiere 116 Tommy Flanagan and Heidi Greensmith pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the Premiere of "Winter"

On Thursday, May 7th, NYCIFF closed it’s 2015 Film Festival with a screening of “Winter” a film by Heidi Greensmith, staring Tommy Flanagan. Greensmith, just completed her first feature”Winter” and is in development for her second feature, a comedy noir “Bloody Mary”. She is married to musician and composer Dominic Greensmith and they have four children.
Mr. Flanagan is the star of the the popular TV series ” Sons of Anarchy” and the movie “Braveheart”. He attended the screening, and accepted the NYCIFF award for best actor.

“Winter” depicts a forty something, foul-mouthed and aggressive, with an unquenchable thirst for booze and fags the character Woods Weston who appears to be a hopeless case. Gradually as the narrative unfolds the story reveals a once successful and charismatic man capable of great sensitivity, an accomplished artist, a loving husband and a committed father.

Actor Tommy Flanagan who portrays “Woods” is consumed by grief and must come to terms with an emotional breakdown in order to save his relationship with his two young sons, 19 year-old Tom (Tom Payne) and 14 year-old Max (Bill Milner), “Winter” is a poignant exploration of love, loss and family bonds. Nineteen year old Tom (Tom Payne) and his younger brother Max 14 years old (Bill Milner) were happy, had everything going for them. A wonderful art gallery, mother and a successful, artist father “Woods” (Tommy Flanagan). This happy family is turned upside down when their mother, Marie is killed in a random act of violence. “Woods” beloved wife has been suddenly taken away and his heart has broken. He spirals into a mental and emotional break down. His daily life becomes a series of drinking binges and psychotic episodes in a bid to forget. He now frequents only the darkest of places. His bright and popular son Tom who, has gained a place at Columbia University due to his exceptional grades and hard work, is now his sole caretaker.

After the red carpet, filmmakers, actors and members of the press enjoyed the screening of “Winter” and the closing night award ceremony.
Congratulations to all Winners of the 2015 NYCIFF Awards:

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Fashion Designer Malan Breton Makes His Directorial Debut At The New York City International Film Festival for his film "A Journey To Taiwan"

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Model Angel Pai poses for a photo-op at the Premiere of  "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival wearing Malan Breton's Creation
Life Coach Susan Korwin and Malan Breton pose for a photo-op at the Premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival
Stylist Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at at the Premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival
Actor Bill-Lee Lanndis and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  the Premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival
TV Host and Photographer/Host Stacey Meyer pose for a photo-op at  the Premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses  for a photo-op at  the Premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" at the New York City International Film Festival
Fashion Designer Malan Breton Makes His Directorial Debut At The New York City International Film Festival for his film "A Journey To Taiwan"
New York City Film critics and press attended the premiere of "A Journey To Taiwan" directed by Fashion Designer Malan Breton at the Director's Guild
Filmmaker and Fashion Designer Malan Breton takes us on a journey to Taiwan, to find inspiration, to revisit his childhood, to honor his grandmother, and to create the most pivotal collection of fashion he has ever shown at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
The film was produced by Bonnie Bien and cast included Kiera Chaplin and Angel Pai.
Other celebrities in attendance included Fashion Designer and Loris Diran.
On Sunday March 1st,  celebrity, Fashion Designer Malan Breton boarded a plane for Taiwan, his birthplace. For each and every fashion collection Malan designs, he is inspired by the picturesque landscapes, extraordinary floral colors and the overall majestic beauty of Taiwan. The vivid memories of his homeland are a constant for him when he designs.
In September 2014 Malan collaborated with Taiwan Tourism and created a spectacular fashion show entitled A Journey to Taiwan, it was one of the most popular fashion shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. This journey continues as a Love Story to Taiwan, and will once again be a theme for his Spring Summer  2016 collection for men and women.

The trip was documented in a film that was seen this year at the New York City International Film Festival. Some of the sites that Malan visited while on a guided tour of Taiwan: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Lungshan Temple, The National Palace Museum,
Chishingtan Beach, Taroko,Chung Tai Chan Monastery, and The Taiwan Lantern Festival.
He received an Award from The Taiwan Tourism Bureau on Tuesday March 3rd at The Grand Hotel in Taipei. Malan is listed as one of the top 30 actors from Taiwan. He won the 2014 European Fashion Council "Eirene" Fashion Award, the 2014 Fashion Icon of the Year award from UCOF, and was nominated for a 2011 WSGN Global Fashion Award.
"Words cannot express my love of Taiwan, I feel privileged and honored to receive an award from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The memories from this special trip and the award will live in my heart forever." Malan Breton.
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Winter Film Festival Presents The 48 Hour Film Challenge

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WINTER FILM AWARDS challenged the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area had just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.
For the 2012 Challenge, teams had to contend with a large brightly-colored snowflake sugar cookie and a tagline from Fight Club. For the 2013 Challenge, we made it even more difficult — Teams had a tagline from Ghostbusters and Gray Line New York provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver.  What will they come up with this year?
Visit the WFA YouTube playlist to view all of the amazing films from last year.
The 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday November 7 at 8pm. A representative from each team had to come to Winter Film Festival offices at 419 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003 at 8pm to sign in to the Challenge. Entries had to be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams were able to do the whole thing on smartphones. There is no fee to participate in the challenge, but teams had to pre-register to ensure a spot.

Completed films were uploaded to YouTube to garner the coveted “Fan Favorite” vote – for the 2013 Challenge, films received 65k views!
On Friday November 21, the best entries were presented at Blondies (212 W 79th St, New York NY 10024) followed by an Award Ceremony, awesome prizes and networking party. Over $7k in prizes were awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE.  Awesome prizes generously provided by B&H Photo, Ride of Fame, Jungle Software, Indoor Extreme Sports, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE, City Wine Tours and others!
WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!
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The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival

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The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Partners in Education Program; GCAC is recognized regionally and nationally as a premiere venue and school for art, film, literature, music, dance and drama.

One of the Arts Center’s premiere programs is the Furman Film Series, now presented by the Gold Coast International Film Festival. This celebrated year-round film screening and discussion series features a sophisticated cross-section of powerful and thought-provoking independent, art, classic and foreign films.
Film screenings include sneak previews of highly anticipated films prior to their release dates, and Long Island films that would not otherwise be screened in the area. Fascinating post-screening Q&A segments with filmmakers, distinguished film critics and scholars add a unique dimension to the film-going experience, giving audiences rare insight into the film’s subject matter, creative process and the business of making films today.
Stretching along the North Shore of Nassau County, Long Island’s Gold Coast has a legendary reputation, immortalized as East Egg and West Egg by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his book, “The Great Gatsby.”
In the early 20th Century, this region was the haven for High Society and people of influence. Movie stars, directors, producers, composers and entrepreneurs found their homes and inspiration in the Gold Coast. Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Joan Crawford, the Astors, Vanderbilts and scores of industry artists and business moguls were drawn to the gently rolling landscape that dips into the Long Island Sound.
Today, the Gold Coast is known for acres of white sand beaches, charming villages, first-class museums, world-class shopping and outstanding hotels and restaurants. It also remains a top tourist attraction and place to live. With its storied history, influence and appeal there’s no denying that the Gold Coast is the perfect location for a top-ranked international film festival.
Just a short ride from New York City, Nassau County and the Gold Coast are easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.
Screenings and events at this year’s festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit

Highlights of this year’s festival included:
·         The world premiere of the new documentary on Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson, with a Q&A with Tony–winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Director/Producer Sam Pollard and Executive Producer Darryl Ford-Williams;
·         The Long Island premiere of the Denis Leary-produced firefighting documentary Burn, with a special Q&A after the film with producer Jim Serpico, moderated by Kristin Thorne from WABC 7;
·         A special screening of Zero Motivation, a 2014 winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, with the first GCIFF Screenwriting Award being presented to screenwriter/director Talya Lavie;
·         Kids Film Day at the Gold Coast Arts Center sponsored by AAA. An afternoon of great short films and hands-on art activities for kids of all ages who have the day off of school on November 4th (Election Day). Plus – free pizza and wings courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza;
·         A re-screening of the film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, with a panel of very special (and funny!) guests;
·         Long Island premieres including: Match, starring award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, Human Capital, Italy’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards, Mudbloods, about the world cup of Quidditch, the “sport” made famous by the Harry Potter series, Cold Eyes, a South Korean thriller, The Dove Flyer, a coming-of-age story amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s and You Must be Joking, a laugh out loud comedy.
·         New York premieres including: the comedy Beside Still Water, from Tribeca Films and Paulette, a fun, offbeat French comedy;

·         A special screening at LIU Post of Long Island filmmaker Fred Carpenter’s new film, Charlie Mantle, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Carpenter, and the film’s stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy.
Great new comedies, dramas, thrillers and short films from France, Israel, South Korea, Italy, the UK and the US.

Plus, on Sunday November 9th as part of our closing ceremonies, the Festival will host a screening of ESPN Films’ When the Garden was Eden, featuring a Q&A with New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and some very special surprise NBA guests. To coincide with this screening, the Gold Coast Arts Center will be holding an exhibit in partnership with the National Basketball Hall of Fame  featuring vintage jerseys, photographs, signed basketballs and the NBA Trophy.
Over the past several years the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season).
Last year, the Festival honored legendary actor, Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Bulworth, The Cooler) with a Lifetime Achievement Award during their Annual Benefit Gala. The Gala also honored Susie Essman, (co-star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) with the Artist of Distinction Award for Comedy. Melanie Lynsky (2 ½ Men, Ever After), Emmy Nominated Actor, Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Sean Young and Robert Clohessy were among others who attended last year's festivities.
GCIFF presents sensational events to SRO audiences year-round. Some past highlights include: an exclusive pre-release screening of The Great Gatsby with Baz Luhrmann, plus screenings and events with notable filmmakers and artists Edward Burns, Brian Dennehy, Phil Donahue, Isabella Rossellini, Bill Plympton, Bruce Dern, Joan Allen, Gabriel Byrne, Celeste Holm, Eli Wallach, Robert Klein, Nelson DeMille, Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Alan King and Kelli O’Hara to name a few.
Sponsors and partners of this year’s Festival include long-standing partners the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, AMC Networks, deluxe, A.L. Sarroff Fund, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and J.M. Kaplan Fund, as well as The Katz Center of North Shore –LIJ Health Systems, AAA, Samar Hospitality, The Andrew Hotel, LIU Post, The Amsterdam at Harborside, Parker Jewish Institute, LVR, Star Industries, DE Capital Mortgage, Whole Foods, Stella Artois, Limousines Worldwide, WLIW21, New York Women in Film & Television and many others.
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The 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival

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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:

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.


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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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
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
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
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"Raise Your Voice", The Ninth Annual African-American Film Festival - October 2-5, 2015

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Muta'Ali Muhammad grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 9th Annual Southampton African American Film Festival about his recent film Life's Essentia...
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Muta Ali grandson of Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 9th annual African American Film Festival in Southampton, NY
Southampton African American Museum showcased "Raise Your Voice",  the Ninth Annual African-American Film Festival for four days from October 2nd to the 5th. The celebration of the artistry of African-American filmmakers, actors, personalities, musicians and performers featured a powerful line-up of critically acclaimed, thought- provoking feature films, documentaries, shorts, jazz and spoken words.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Filmmaker Muta Ali, the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. We discussed his purpose for producing and directing the film.
"Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" featuring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover was written and directed by Dee and Davis' grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad. The film is an open-letter style documentary in which America's First African American Couple of Stage, TV and Film Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis' rich lives guide their grandson on his personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.
With over nine years of experience in entertainment news production for the web and television, Muta’Ali has produced over 125 entertainment news segments featuring recording artists, actors, and executives.
Additionally, Muta’Ali has produced seven feature-length documentaries for recording artists under record labels including Def Jam Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Atlantic Records.
Rounding out his range of production experience, Muta’Ali has produced three diverse, pop-culture-focused web series. He has also produced scripted and/or reality-based productions for clients including The Monique Show, Ebony/Jet Magazine, and Delta Community Credit Union.
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The 9th Annual African American Film Festival was made possible in part by Suffolk County Motion Picture/Television Film Commission, Suffolk County Community Development, Town of Southampton, and the Village of Southampton.
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