In the New York Times earlier this week a look at the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival, and a few thoughts from artistic director Raj Roy about the fest's opening film, Philip Haas' "The Situation":

Mr. Roy said he had chosen the film, which was directed by Philip Haas, to throw down the gauntlet and make a statement about the direction of American independent filmmaking. "This film's view of its subject is very complicated -- as is the world," he said in a telephone interview. "We want to encourage American filmmakers to tell stories that have a more encompassing, more cosmopolitan take on the world. It's time for them to move beyond the initial phase, beyond the personal storytelling. It will make for better movies."