Picturehouse Chief Bob Berney to be Toasted at 13th Hamptons International Film Festival
by Brian Brooks
Picturehouse president Bob Berney will be feted at the 13th Hamptons International Film Festival in October in a ceremony co-hosted with indieWIRE, festival director Denise Kassell announced Wednesday. Inaugurated last year, the Hamptons/indieWIRE "Toast" honors a person "who best exemplifies the spirit of independent film and whose energy, vision and acumen enhances the industry." Sony Pictures Classics co-president Marcie Bloom was the first "Toast" recipient last October.
Before joining the newly formed Picturehouse (a joint venture between HBO Films and New Line Cinema), Berney served as president of Newmarket Films, where he oversaw the release of "The Passion of the Christ," "The Woodsman," and "Monster," which garnered Charlize Theron a best actress Academy Award nomination), in addition to "Whale Rider" (which also earned then 13 year-old Keisha Castle Hughes the same nomination in 2004). As senior vice president of IFC Films, Berney oversaw the distribution of box office star "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" as well as the critically lauded "Y Tu Mamá También." Prior to IFC Films, served as an independent marketing and distribution consultant, working on the release of such films as Chris Nolan's "Memento" and Todd Solondz's "Happiness."
"An honoree like Bob Berney is the best rationale for our decision to toast one of our own at the festival each year," said Kassell in a statement. "Bob was the champion of indies that were considered 'difficult to market' and became huge hits. He is the rare pro who trusts the audience to do the right thing. We are thrilled that he has accepted our invitations."
The 13th Hamptons International Film Festival will take place on Long Island, New York's East End from October 19 - 23.