By Ben Travers | Indiewire May 23, 2013 at 10:56AM
Morgan Neville's Sundance entry "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and Josh Fox's "Gasland Part II" will kick off the SummerDocs Series at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Beginning June 15th in East Hampton, the four-part SummerDocs series will feature a guest appearance from Darlene Love as well as series presenter Alec Baldwin.
Love, a pop music singer from the 1960s who's featured in "Twenty Feet From Stardom," is set to perform after the film's screening at Guild Hall. Neville's film also features Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler, Lou Adler as well as the musicians the film focuses on -- the backups. "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was the opening night film at Sundance where it was met with a rapturous response. RADiUS-TWC, who acquired the North American rights to the film, recently released a trailer and poster for the film, which is set for a June 14th release.
The original "Gasland" premiered at Sundance in 2010 and went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, thus making its sequel a rather hot ticket. While still focusing on the dangers of fracking, "Gasland II" broadens its view on the the damaging impact of natural gas drilling to a much larger scale. The sequel earned solid reviews after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but has yet to be given an air date by HBO. Baldwin will return as host for the July 5th screening in East Hampton.
“From Morgan Neville's moving portrait of the singers that provide the backbone for much of our beloved music, to Josh Fox's searing exploration of a topic so important to our planet's future, we continue to highlight the breadth of subject and style in contemporary documentary film,” said David Nugent, Artistic Director of The Hamptons International Film Festival.
The final two films of the series have yet to be named.