Hamptons Documentary Film Fest returns next week


The 8th annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival returns to the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor next week.

Four full days of documentary films will be presented from Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, with Q&A after every film, plus an audience award.

The festival’s founder, Jacqui Lofaro of Bridgehampton, is a documentary filmaker herself.

“This is our 8th year as a film festival dedicated to the art of the documentary genre,” said Lofaro. “Our mantra is ALL DOCS ALL DAY. We run nearly 30 films at the December festival in addition to seasonal screenings throughout the year.”

The festival’s Opening Night Film on Thursday is “A Ballerina’s Tale” (88 min.), the behind-the-scenes story about the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Director Nelson George will be on hand for the Q&A.

Friday’s Spotlight Film on Friday night, Dec. 4 will be “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (100 min.),  about legendary African-American torch singer Nina Simone. The festival’s Spotlight Film & Filmaker’s Choice Award will be awarded to the film’s director Liz Garbus that night.

Three films showing in this year’s festival have a local Long Island focus.

“Modern Time: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island”, directed by Jake Gorst, is a look at the history of the region’s best postwar architecture. Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:15 p.m.

“Harry & Snowman”, directed by Ron Davis, is about Knox School riding instructor and East Hampton horse farm owner Harry deLeyer, who bought a horse for $80 and turned Snowman into a Triple Crown Winner.  The Knox School is located in St. James. Sunday Dec. 6, 1:15 p.m.

The Closing Night Film will be “Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103”, directed by Phil Furey, about the fight for truth waged by family members of the 270 victims of the plane that went down over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Sunday Dec. 6, 7:15 p.m.

For a complete line up of all the films and ticket information, please visit ht2ff.com.