01/05/17 6:08am
Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Mary Badham (as Scout) and Gregory Peck (as Atticus Finch) in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In 1960, an unknown airline reservation agent named Harper Lee published her first novel. That book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a beloved works of fiction as well as a staple in American classrooms.

Two years later, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote adapted Lee’s novel for the screen and won the Oscar for his work. It was one of the film’s three Academy Awards and it featured a career defining performance by Gregory Peck.

On Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m., Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will present a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a film directed by Robert Mulligan which masterfully captures Lee’s deft exploration of race and class relations, gender roles, and a child’s loss of innocence.  (more…)

07/08/16 6:20am
The Hamptons Film Festival Summer Documentary series will screen "Author: The JT Leroy Story", "Betting on Zero" and "A Perfect Candidate" this summer (Credit: Hamptonsfilmfest.org)

Three documentaries, “Author: The JT Leroy Story”, “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate” will be screened this summer (Credit: Hamptonsfilmfest.org)

The Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off their 8th annual summer documentary series Saturday at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

SummerDocs shows some of the most anticipated documentaries of the upcoming season. Past SummerDocs films such as “Last Days of Vietnam,” “The Cove,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “How to Survive a Plague” have gone on to be nominated for Academy Awards and one won Best Documentary.

“We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers,” Hamptons International Film Festival Co-Chair and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin said in a press release.

Three documentaries will be screened on three different weekends this summer.

“Author: The JT Leroy Story” will screen on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall. Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, the film is the story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, a fictional writer who was created by American author Laura Albert. Feurzeig will attend the screening and join a conversation led by Alec Baldwin and Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent.

“Betting on Zero” will screen on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Guild Hall. Directed by Ted Braun, the film is a financial docu-thriller about controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman’s crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Tickets are $23 and $25. After the screening Braun will join a conversation with Alec Baldwin and Artistic Director David Nugent.

“A Perfect Candidate” will screen on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall. The film is a look at the underbelly of American politics by directors R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor, who covered the 1994 Senate run of former Marine and Iran-Contra scandal participant Oliver North. After the film, both directors will join Baldwin and Nugent in a discussion.

Tickets to each screening are $23 for members and $25 for non members. To purchase tickets go to guildhall.org. Visit hamptonsfilmfest.org for more information about the films. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Their box office is (631) 324-4050.

05/22/16 4:44am
Roz Dimon in her studio with a wall of images from ‘Love Letter For Sumire.’ (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

Roz Dimon in her studio with a wall of images from ‘Love Letter For Sumire.’ (Credit: Annette Hinkle)

After the World Trade Center towers came down on September 11, 2001, like many New Yorkers, artist Roz Dimon had a huge amount of grief to process.

She and her husband, James Dawson, were living in Soho at the time, but they had recently bought a home on Shelter Island. This is where they came in the aftermath of the tragedy. The Island took them in, both physically and symbolically, and it became the safe haven the couple needed at that time in their lives.

Today, Ms. Dimon’s husband is back working in New York City, but Ms. Dimon has chosen to stay on Shelter Island. This is where she makes her digital pieces using a unique registered art making process called a DIMONscape, including “Pale Male: A Pilgrimage,” a work that embodies her emotions about the pain of 9/11 and finding home when all feels lost.

“9/11 was a pivotal time for me,” Ms. Dimon said in an interview at her home. “This piece came out of that and was made on Shelter Island.”

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