Hamptons Film Festival kicks off summer documentary series Saturday

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.