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    Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin Take the Hamptons Fest Stage

    Alec Baldwin interviewed Matthew Broderick Saturday afternoon at the Hamptons International Film Festival, highlighting Broderick's career. "This is supposed to be about me," Broderick joked after Baldwin offered up some related experiences from his acting career. The packed conversation was interrupted momentarily after a crazed person said she was being persecuted because of the Patriot Act and was imploring the actors to help her. indieWIRE will publish a segment of video from the conversation this week. [Photo by Eric Kohn]
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    Nancy Buirski's "Loving Story" in the Hamptons

    Full Frame doc fest founder Nancy Buirski is wearing the filmmaker hat at the Hamptons International Film Festival where her film, "The Loving Story" is screening this weekend. HIFF describes the film as: "The poignant journey of Richard and Mildred Loving through their historic lawsuit, Loving vs. Virginia. In 1958, Richard and Mildred, an interracial couple, wed in Virginia, where “mixed” marriages were not only illegal but punishable by permanent exile from the state. Removed from their home and families, the Lovings fought their case all the way to the Supreme Court, culminating in a triumphant legal victory. As told through extensive archival footage and home recordings, 'The Loving Story' provides a personal panorama to this landmark civil rights case, chronicling the Lovings’ resilience and courage with incredible intimacy."
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    A Duplass Evening at the Hamptons Film Festival Opening!

    Jay and Mark Duplass made their way through the crowd Thursday night in East Hampton, NY. Their film, "Jeff Who Lives at Home" opened the Hamptons Film Festival which continues through Sunday. Jay told iW that they're doing a good amount of travel with the film, which also screened recently at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Official description: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
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    Hamptons Hosts Lunch in NYC

    Hamptons International Film Festival organizers hosted a lunch teasing some of the program at their upcoming fest, taking place October 13 - 17 in East Hampton, NY and throughout the East End. Left to right: HIFF chairman Stuart Suna, programmer Holly Herrick, executive director Karen Arikian and director of programming David Nugent (and Buddha in the background). The Hamptons unveiled their centerpiece and closing night films this week. The event will announce the bulk of their festival lineup early next week.
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    Julian Schnabel and Co. Hit Up the Hamptons on a Sunday

    Surf icons Herbie, Christian and Greyson Fletcher, along with their Montauk-host Julian Schnabel (From Left to Right), enjoy a festive barbecue at the Hamptons International Film Festival's Summer Sunday Classics event at Montauk's Solé East Resort last Sunday. Herbie and family were out to present two of their legendary films about aerial surfing, "Supernatural" and "Savage Beast," part of several consecutive Sundays of surf films programmed by filmmaker and fashion photographer Bruce Weber. This Sunday HIFF and Bruce Weber present "Picaresque" (2009), with director Mikey DeTemple in attendance. The Summer Sunday Classics series is a new program from the Hamptons International Film Festival, and continues on Sunday evenings through August 28th. [Photo and caption by Cameron Yates]
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    "Buck" Screens at Hamptons Summer Doc Series

    The Hamptons International Film Festival kicked off its Summer doc series with director Cindy Meehl's "Buck," which Sundance Selects is opening June 17th in theaters. The fest hosted a delightful seaside pre-screening cocktail reception in East Hampton at a swank home, though the wind chased many despite the sweeping Atlantic views. Pictures left to right: HIFF director of programming David Nugent, Cindy Meehl, James Lipton who interviewed Meehl on stage following the crowded screening that evening, and HIFF executive director Karen Arikian. "Buck" centers around horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, who "possesses near magical abilities as he transforms horses - and people - with understanding and respect." [Photo by Brian Brooks]
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    Coens Fete Ben

    Ethan and Joel Coen Saturday night in Montauk help bring down the house during the Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE's Industry Toast to Ben Barenholtz.
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    Ben & Marcie at the Industry Toast

    Ben Barenholtz with Sony Classics co-founder Marcie Bloom Saturday night in Montauk, NY. Bloom was the recipient of the Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE's inaugural Industry Toast back in 2004, while Barenholtz was feted over the weekend.
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    Ben & the Boys

    Magnolia Pictures' Eamonn Bowles, producer/exhibitor Ben Barenholtz, October Films co-founder Bingham Ray and FilmDistrict president Bob Berney at the 2010 Hamptons Film Festival.
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    Coen & Tucci in Montauk

    Actor Stanley Tucci sharing a chat over the weekend with filmmaker Joel Coen at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The two attended an Industry Toast to producer/exhibitor Ben Barenholtz Saturday evening, hosted by HIFF and indieWIRE in Montauk, NY.
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    Barenholtz & Harden Ready for the Toast

    Actress Marcia Gay Harden with Ben Barenholtz and Hamptons International Film Festival Director of Programming David Nugent at a party in East Hampton Saturday afternoon. Barenholtz, who's been credited with 'discovering' the Coen Brothers, executive produced the filmmaking duo's "Miller's Crossing," back in 1990, which starred Harden. Barenholtz received the Industry Toast, co-hosted by HIFF and indieWIRE Saturday night in Montauk, NY on the East End of Long Island. Guests included the Coens, Frances McDormand, Harden, Holly Hunter, Stanley Tucci, former Industry Toast recipients Marcie Bloom and Bob Berney as well as a hundred or so of Ben's closest friends.
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    Sharon Stone Meets the Hamptons

    Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone joined the crowded tent Saturday evening at the "Chairman's Cocktail" reception at the Hamptons International Film Festival, greeting admirers and posing for photos. Stone is taking part in this year's festival as a mentor in HIFF's "Breakthrough Performers" program, which this year is spotlighting seven actors: Emmy Rossum ("Dare"), Zach Gilford ("Dare"), Rooney Mara ("Dare," "Tanner Hall"), Emma Stone ("Paper Man"), Cyron Melville ("Love and Rage") and Alba Caterina Rohwacher ("Due Partite"). Sharon Stone is also this year's recipient of HIFF's Achievement in Acting Award, and is taking part Sunday afternoon in the festival's "A Conversation With..." in which she'll take part in an on-stage interview.
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    "The Greatest" Hamptons Opening

    The 17th Hamptons International Film Festival opened last night with Shana Feste's (left) "The Greatest," seen here at the opening night party near Montauk with HIFF's director of programming, David Nugent and "Greatest" producer Lynette Howell. The film revolves around Grace (Susan Sarandon), who becomes fixated with discovering what were Bennett Brewer's last words following a fatal car crash. Meanwhile, her husband Allen (Pierce Brosnan), is immobilized by his inability to express his grief, and their surviving son is sliding into drug abuse. This disintegrating family is thrown for bigger loop when Rose, the girl who was with Bennett when he died, shows up pregnant with his child...
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    Max Minghella Joins the Hamptons Opening Night

    Actor Max Minghelli took time out from studies at Columbia University to attend the opening night of the Hamptons International Film Festival, seen here with HIFF's Cara Cusumano. Shana Feste's "The Greatest" opened the event, with the party taking place near Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island. The festival continued its tradition of hosting its opening party at the somewhat kitschy resort with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, which most attendees get to by shuttle.
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    HAMPTONS '08 | Baldwin and Folks

    At a Nick & Toni's brunch today in East Hampton, frequent Hamptons International Film Festival guest Alec Baldwin (center) sits down with some of the actors participatiing in this year's Breakthrough Performers program at the fest. Pictured with Baldwin for some casual conversation and tasty Nick & Toni's food at the popular local restaurant are Kate Mara (near left) from "Stone of Destiny," Jake Abel from "Flash of Genius" (far right) and Annamaria Marinca from "Boogie" (and "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days"). This year's Breakthrough program features a mix of three Rising Stars from the U.S. program and Shooting Stars from the European Film Promotion program.
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    HAMPTONS '08 | Bibi Andersson!

    Regarded as the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, Peter Flinth's "Arn The Knight Temple" will have its North American premiere here at the Hamptons International Film Festival tonight. Pictured with Hamptons fest programmer David Nugent (right) are stars Joakim Natterqvist and legendary Ingmar Bergman collaborator Bibi Andersson. Given her work with Bergman on "The Seventh Seal," "Wild Strawberries," and "Brink of Life," Andersson has had folks excitedly buzzing here in the Hamptons. "Arn" is a medieval story from Sweden's history that insiders here in the Hamptons have been touting to locals and industry attendees alike.
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    HAMPTONS | Donahue and Baldwin Talk Science

    Phil Donahue and HIFF vet Alec Baldwin were joined by Doron Weber of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation which sponsored a chat about science and film at the Hamptons fest over the weekend. Donahue, who was attending the festival with "Body of War," which he produced warned that the religious right were a big threat to science in the U.S. "No other nation on earth has to deal with taking Darwin out of high school text books... We are in the business of dumbing down our children. Baldwin reserved criticism for the Reagan and Bush I and II administrations for politicizing PBS by not respecting its original mission and filling its ranks with cronies.
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    HAMPTONS | "AmericanEast" in the Hamptons

    "AmericanEast" writer/director Hesham Issawi (left) and actor Sayeed Badreya joined in on the festivities in the Hamptons over the weekend, pictured here under a very unusaully warm day outside the Hunting Inn in East Hampton, which served as the festival HQ. The film revolves around family man who opens an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant with his best friend, who is Jewish.
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    HAMPTONS | "Teeth" in the Hamptons

    "Teeth" director Mitchell Lichtenstein and actress Jess Weixler flashed smiles in the Hamptons over the weekend. Weixler took part in the festival's Rising Stars program which identifies young actors it sees as, well, "rising stars." Weixler was also honored earlier in the year by Sundance for her role in "Teeth" (a film in which the teeth aren't found in the mouth), receiving a special jury prize.
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    Hamptons '07 | Marhdt and Herzsprung Celebrate Rising Stars

    German Cinema's Oliver Marhdt again hosted the Rising Stars party at, fittingly, the Star Room over the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Actress Hannah Herzsprung was also part of this year's crop of Rising Stars spotlighted by the festival. She received a good amount of festival buzz for her role in Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes" (Vier Minuten) which screened at the fest which ended Sunday.
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    "Valerie" and "PETA" Take Hamptons Nods

    German director Birgit Moller's (second from right) "Valerie" won the Hampton International Film Festival's Golden Starfish prize for best feature Sunday afternoon, capping the festival's 15th edition in the tony enclave on Long Island's east end. Shot in cinema verite style, the film follows a down and out supermodel as she travels about Berlin trying to "scrape her life back together." Also taking Hamptons honors was American director Matthew Galkin's (right) "I Am an Animal: This Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA," which received HIFF's Golden Starfish for best documentary feature. In other fest awards, August Rush won the inaugural Woozyfly.com Award for best music in a film, received by Anastasia Brown (left), and both Catherine Ryan and Gary Wimberg's "Soldiers of Conscience" and Anthony Gilmore's "Behind Forgotten Eyes" tied for the festival's award in its Conflict and Resolution section. PJ Dillon, meanwhile, was awarded best cinematographer for "Kings," directed by Tom Collins, and Marisa Zanotti took best short for "At the End of the Sentence." As previously announced, Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" won the $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation prize which recognizes science and technology themes in film, and Vanessa Redgrave received the fest's Career Achievement nod. The festival closes Sunday night with Kirsten Sheridan's "August Rush." indieWIRE will have a full report from the festival this week. Joining the award winners was Hamptons programmer David Nugent (center).
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    HAMPTONS | Harden and Redgrave at Wollfer Estate

    Actress Vanessa Redgrave received the Hamptons International Film Festival's Career Achievement Award Thursday. The veteran actress is starring in Piers Haggar's "The Shell Seekers," which is having its world premiere at the festival. Marcia Gay Harden joined Vanessa for some photos at the Wollfer Estate, a beautiful winery near East Hampton. She is starring in Alison Eastwood's "Rail & Ties," also screening at the festival which ends Sunday. Redgrave, by the way, managed to ruffle a few feathers during an on-stage conversation with Alec Baldwin earlier in the fest, read about it here.
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    HAMPTONS | "Martian Child" in the Hamptons

    Actors John Cusack and Amanda Peet joined New Line's Michael Lynne at Nick & Toni's in East Hampton, NY following the world premiere of their film, "Martian Child" directed by Menno Meyjes at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Cusack told the audience earlier that he was happy to have had the chance to play the role of a widower who adopts a child who believes he's from Mars. "There aren't many character-driven roles, so this was a great opportunity."
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    HAMPTONS | Balaban's Big Night

    Bob Balaban's "Bernard and Doris," a new HBO Films and Trigger Street Independent production, kicked off the 2007 Hamptons Internatioal Film Festival. The film stars Susan Sarandon as the legendary Doris Duke, with Ralph Fiennes co-starring as her infamous butler, Bernard Lafferty. Both actors had fest-goers buzzing after the showing, with attendees praising their performances. Calling the screening a work-in-progress, Balaban (a longtime fest advisor) quipped, "If there's something you don't like, we'll take it out," evoking laughter, adding, "If there's something you do like, we'll put in a lot more of it!"
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    HAMPTONS | Fest Trio Kick-off 15th Event

    The 15th annual Hamptons International Film Festival kicked off in East Hampton on the East End of Long Island, NY on Wednesday night. After the departure of fest longtime fest chief Denise Kassell and artistic director Rajendra Roy, the board recently named European Film Market co-director Karen Arikian to head the event, starting next year. Posing for a quick photo prior to the opening night screening are the fest's leadership team (left to right): programming consultant David Nugent (program director of the Newport International Film Festival), festival managing director Gianna Chachere, and programmer Josh Koury. The fest continues all weekend in The Hamptons.
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    ON THE SCENE | Hamptons Fest, Mottola, Davis and Hope Remember "The Daytrippers"

    In New York on Tuesday night, The Hamptons International Film Festival kicked-off the countdown to this Fall's 15th anniversary with a downtown archival screening of Greg Mottola's classic mid-90s indie film, "The Daytrippers." Passed over by Sundance back in 1996, the film instead premiered at Slamdance before heading to Cannes and later the Hamptons fest that same year. Shepherded by Steven Soderbergh, who was wowed by a short film that Mottola made at Columbia University ("Swingin' in the Painter's Room"), Mottola secured a stellar cast of actors, all now quite well-known: Parker Posey, Hope Davis, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, and Campbell Scott, with a brief cameo from Marcia Gay Harden. Mottola joined Monday night's retro-screening host Ted Hope and surprise guest Hope Davis to show the film and talk a bit about it at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in the East Village. "I couldn't believe that someone was asking me to work," laughed Hope Davis about the early role in "The Daytrippers", which she said paved the way for other work, including her subsequent lead in Brad Anderson's "Next Stop Wonderland." Praising the movie, which Hope said he finally saw at the Hamptons fest back in '96, the producer called it a, "textbook (example of) how to make a movie for little money." Recalling a drunken, late-night Cannes conversation in '95, Hope noted that Mottola delivered on his promise to return to the fest the following year with "The Daytrippers, making the movie for just $60,000, including $10,000 that quietly came from producer James L. Brooks who had contacted Mottola just days before production began, Mottola said Tuesday. Hoping to lure the movie to a Hollywood studio, Brooks offered to produce the film but the process would have requires re-writes. Unwilling to risk the delays, Mottola pressed on and Brooks unexpectedly send the silent investment. Additionally Mottola, director of the upcoming "Superbad," credited Soderbergh who worked on behalf of the low-budget production. "He helped me call in a lot of favors," Mottola recalled, "That's how we made it for such a little amount of money." indieWIRE interviewed Greg Mottola about "The Daytrippers" back in 1997, shortly before the film was released in theaters.[Eugene Hernandez]
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    "Irish"

    At the Hamptons International Film Festival board member Judy Licht's house for a party are (left to right): "Black Irish" director Brad Gann, advisory board member Beverly Camhe, and the film's co-star Melissa Leo.
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    Celebrating Note by Note

    At the Wolffer Estate Vineyards celebrating the new documentary "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway 1037" during the Hamptons International Film Festival last weekend are: Ron Coners, the chief concert technician for Steinway & Sons, the film's director Ben Niles, and festival artistic director Raj Roy.
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    Toasting Ted

    At the Hamptons International Film Festival Industry Toast to Ted Hope are (left to right): Open City/HDNet Films' Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Anthony Bregman (who recently left This Is That to form Likely Story, and Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles.
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    Ted and Rosie at the Ted Toast

    Arriving for the Hamptons International Film Festival Industry Toast (presented with indieWIRE), is honoree Ted Hope, who poses for a shot with evening M.C. Rosie Perez. The intimate event welcomed just 100 guests to East Hampton Point and Perez kicked things off by mocking Hope's trademark nasal voice and distinctive laugh, comparing the producer to SpongeBob SquarePants. Then personally thanking him for inspiring her, she offered sincerely, "This industry is tough -- its great to have somebody who loves it as much as Ted Hope." For more, check out the complete dispatch here at indieWIRE.
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    Waters, Schamus, Vachon in Hamptons

    Director John Waters, and producers James Schamus (Focus Features) and Christine Vachon (Killer Films) were among the guests at the Toast for producer Ted Hope Thursday night in the Hamptons. While not exactly a "roast" in the classic sense, there was a tinge of roasting going on as well as warm mini-speeches among those invited to share their time in working with Hope so far.
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    Anne, Raj and Dylan at Ted Hope Tribute

    The Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE co-hosted their annual industry toast last Thursday night--with this year's honoree Ted Hope. Joining in on the festivities prior to the ceremony was HIFF's artistic director Rajendra Roy (right), Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner, and Kodak's Anne Hubbell during the cocktail hour.
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    Doc Jurors

    Posing for a photo at the Industry Toast to Ted Hope during the Hamptons International Film Festival are doc jurors Karen Arikian from the Berlinale's European Film Market and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival's Nancy Buirski.
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    Dangerous Muse in the Hamptons

    Fresh from a gig DJing at a party in East Hampton hosted by IndiePix during the Hamptons International Film Festival, Tom Napack and Mike Furey hit the bar for a drink. The two front Dangerous Muse, which is on Warner Music Group's Cordless Recordings. They're also quite a lot of fun to hang out with. [For more, check out their MySpace page...]
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    Bruce Weber at IndiePix Soiree

    Photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber traveled to the Hamptons fest for a special screening of his film "Let's Get Lost" about Chet Baker where it played as a special screening. He also made an appearance at an afternoon party hosted by IndiePix's Bob Alexander (left) at his beautiful home overlooking a bay. IndiePix is a new "e-shop and online service for the independent film community" which aims to "cultivate connections between emerging filmmakers and potential audiences in a non-traditional non-exclusive manner." Filmmakers can sell their DVDs via their site, IndiePix.net.
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    HIFF and the Rising Stars

    Hosted by the German film office, the Rising Stars party at the Hamptons International Film Festival is always a popular event (and crowded). Actor Alec Baldwin chatted with the group at their table, which the festival names as emerging talent to watch for. They also take part in the fest's awards ceremony presenting prizes. Pictured here are Julianne Nicholson ("Two Weeks") and Dagmara Dominczyk ("Mentor").
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    Taking a Breather

    Films Transit's Diana Holtzberg and director Jeremy Gans take a break outside in the evening air to check out the Atlantic at the party for the Hamptons International Film Festival's Conflict and Resolution section over the weekend. Gans' film "No Past to Speak Of" took part in the fest's competition section.
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    Hanging Out on Opening Night

    Hamptons International Film Festival director Rajendra Roy with festival Rising Star Mido Hamada and actor Said Amadis co-stars of the opening night film, "The Situation," outside the theater on opening night.
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    The Picturehouse Dinner

    A regular tradition at the Hamptons International Film Festival is a Saturday night dinner at popular local eatery Nick and Toni's, with Picturehouse picking up the trend from the former Fine Line Features. Pictured prior to dinner are Picturehouse president Bob Berney with New Line Cinema co-chairman & co-CEO Michael Lynne, former "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt, a producer of "Who the $#%& is Jackson Pollock?" and filmmaker Robert Benton.
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    Liza with Her Guys

    Liza Minelli took her restored 1972 live concert, which aired on network television soon after she won the Academy Award for "Cabaret," to the Hamptons International Film Festival last week. "Liza with a 'Z'" screened in the Spotlight Films section of the fest and was also featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. She posed here in front of a deluge of photographers and cameras at East Hampton's Guild Hall prior to the screening. HIFF director of programming Rajendra Roy (far left) said on stage ahead of the screening that people have told him he has a damn cool job, and then said, "today that's true... Ladies and gentleman, Liza Minelli..!" The crowd then gave a standing ovation as she walked out... Posing left to right: Roy, Showtime chief Matt Blank, "Z" producer Craig Zadan, (Miss Liza), Michael Arick who spearheaded the film's restoration, and producer Neil Meron.
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    Reiser Speaks, and Bacon Plays Guitar (and Sings)

    Actor Paul Reiser ("The Thing About My Folks") had the crowd of about 80 invited guests attending the Hamptons/indieWIRE Toast to Picturehouse chief Bob Berney in absolute stitches as he served as the main speaker of the event. Not to be outdone, actor Kevin Bacon ("Loverboy") sang his salute to Berney using the rhythm of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" (refrain: "The answer again, is Bob Berney my friends...") which he sang as a duet with actress/wife Kyra Sedgwick. The two posed here (with Bacon's guitar) after the tribute.
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    The Stars Comprising the Rising Stars

    The Hamptons FF identifies a group of young actors annually to bring them to the festival and offers them mentorship etc. This year, Miranda Richardson and Alec Baldwin served as their mentors, and the group turned out at many events, including taking to the stage to announce the festival's competition winners. They also had a fun party, co-hosted by German Films this year at a restaurant outside East Hampton. And the group from left to right (and others): Florian Lukas ("One Day In Europe," narrative competition), Miranda Richardson, Bill Nighy, Jake Muxworthy ("Piggy Banks," spotlight films), Emily Blunt ("Gideon's Daughter," spotlight), and Eugene Byrd ("Confess," narrative competition), and Hamptons International Film Festival executive director, Denise Kasell.
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    Alec Baldwin Attends Rising Stars Party

    Actor Alec Baldwin hung out for quite awhile at the Hamptons International Film Festival's Rising Stars party on a chilly Friday night, waiting in line for his Diet Coke, and just roaming around the room talking to other attendees. The party was held in honor of this year's crop of Rising Stars including actors Emily Blunt, Eugene Byrd, Florian Lukas, Jake Muxworthy, Kip Pardue, Elizabeth Reaser who were picked by the fest to receive mentorship and will travel to the Berlinale to participate in that festival's talent campus. Baldwin, along with Miranda Richardson served as mentors this year, and also received Golden Starfish for Career Achievement in Acting (along with Richardson).
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    Richardson and Chaisson Hang at Berney Tribute

    Actress Miranda Richardson ("The Phantom of the Opera") took a little ciggy break following the Bob Berney Toast outside the village of East Hampton last Thursday night. Richardson was in town serving as a mentor for the Hamptons' 2005 Rising Stars, a group of young actors picked by the festival to receive mentorship. The actress also received the festival's Golden Starfish for Career Achievement in Acting along with actor Alec Baldwin. Posing with Richardson is producer Anne Chaisson ("Roger Dodger") who came to the festival this year to serve as the fest's talent coordinator after completion of Katherine Diekmann's "Diggers."
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    iW Group

    At last week's Hamptons/indieWIRE Industry Toast, indieWIRE's New York City trio...Associate Editor Brian Brooks, Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez and James Israel, Administrative and Marketing Services for indieWIRE (and co-director and writer of "The Tourist," the Hamptons '05 short film that he made with his brother Jeff Israel). Photo by Gary Springer for indieWIRE
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    Morgan and Jamin Attend HIFF Directors Party

    "Piggy Banks" director Morgan J. Freeman (right) braved the cold with producer Jamin O'Brien ("Boynton Beach Bereavement Club") at the Star Room for the Hamptons' directors party. The two are working together on Freeman's next film "Just Like the Son" with Mark Webber, Brendan Sexton III and Rosie Perez, which will be completed in December. "Piggy Banks" had its world premiere at the festival.
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    Christine and Denise at the Berney Tribute

    Hamptons International Film Festival executive director Denise Kasell (left) and Killer Films' Christine Vachon were among the attendees at HIFF and indieWIRE's "Festival Toast" to Picturehouse president Bob Berney last Thursday. Vachon praised Berney for rescusing Todd Solondz's "Happiness," and said she is looking forward to working with him on "The Notorious Bette Paige," directed by Mary Harron.
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    Kyra & Kevin

    For their few minutes on stage during the Hamptons/indieWIRE tribute to Bob Berney Thursday, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon took a moment to offer an homage to two Bob's: Berney and Dylan, singing a song with the refrain "...the answer my friend, is Bob Berney again" (to the tune of "Blowin' In the Wind," of course.)
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    Saluting Bob Berney

    Thursday night in the Hamptons, the festival and indieWIRE hosted the 2nd annual industry toast, this year saluting Picturehouse president Bob Berney. Pictured are (left to right) Hamptons International Film Festival executive director Denise Kassell, board president Stuart Match Suna, Jeanne Berney, New Line Cinema co-chairman and co-CEO Michael Lynne, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Bob Berney. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
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    "Bee Season" Directors Join the Opening Night Party in the Hamptons

    "Bee Season" directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (left) had a quick dinner in East Hampton before joining the opening night party in Montauk for the 13th Hamptons International Film Festival Wednesday night. Their film, which had its East Coast premiere at the fest and starring Flora Cross, Richard Gere, Max Minghella and Juliette Binoche, had two screenings at the UA Theaters in East Hampton, kicking off the 5-day fest that ends Sunday.
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    The Germans Are in The Haus

    Hamptons International Film Festival director of programming, Rajendra Roy (right) greeted colleagues from the Berlin International Film Festival at the opening night party Wednesday night in Montauk, NY. Thomas Hailer (left) is in the Hamptons for the Berlinale Kinderfilmfest program, which will spotlight selections of children's films and Berlinale Panorama section director Wieland Speck is serving as a juror for the Hamptons' Golden Starfish Award Narrative Features competition, which includes over $170,000 of in-kind donations toward the winner's next feature film -(not bad).
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    Hamptons Filmmakers Cluster at "Bee Season" Party

    A slew of Hamptons International Film Festival filmmakers enjoyed the opening night party for the fest following a screening of Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "Bee Season." Local hip channel Plum TV wandered around interviewing filmmakers and film admirers, while fest sponsor Nutella pushed their yummy treats in one corner and attendees sipped wine and/or vodka (one wine bartender poured much better than the other). Pictured here from left to right are some of the fest's resident filmmakers including Bernadine Santistevan ("The Cry"), and Laura Richard ("Breached"), Justin Nowell ("Ham and the Hotspurs"), & Zeina Durra ("The 7th Dog"). The final three filmmakers are participating in the fest's shorts program.

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