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’96 Hamptons-DAY ONE: Arriving, Checking In, and Lounging

'96 Hamptons-DAY ONE: Arriving, Checking In, and Lounging

DAY ONE: Arriving, Checking In, and Lounging

by Eugene Hernandez

DAY ONE of the Hamptons International Film Festival began quietly as
filmmakers, aficionados and industry types made the mid-week trip to East
Hampton for the Fourth Annual fête. If every “i” and
“t” had yet to be dotted and crossed at various festival venues no one really
seemed to mind, after all it was a beautiful autumn day — leaves, reddened
by a recent cold snap, had begun to fall and folks seem ready to settle in
for four days of films, seminars and parties.

Checking in at the Festival’s Hunting Inn headquarters, Arthur Borman
(“Shooting Lily”) seemed a bit tired after a red-eye flight from Los Angeles
and a mix-up at Laguardia Airport — apparently his driver for the trip to
Eastern Long Island decided to leave without him. Arthur is looking forward
to his film’s first festival screening (He assured us that he will let us
know how it went with a diary entry…) the film garnered strong buzz at the
recent Independent Feature Film Market in New York and since then, Arthur has been busy
securing international distribution and wooing several domestic

The place to hang in between screenings is apparently the lounge above The
Cigar Box, a local establishment a few doors down Main St. from the UA
. Make your way past the front counter (and the bulldog mascot,
Pushkin) and head up the circular staircase to the Directors Guild of America-sponsored “Filmmaker/Press Lounge.” Spotted lounging yesterday were Festival Exec.
Director Ken Tabachnick, Juror Roy Scheider, PR Mavens Susan Jacobs & Henry Eshelman, and Anjelica Huston & Festival Chair Toni Ross, who were overheard chatting about the Olympics, prior to Ms. Huston’s post-screening Q & A session.

Filmmaker Steve Feder appears calm a few hours before the sold out, world
premiere of his new film, “The Cottonwood.” He completed the project this
summer and took it to the IFFM at the urging of a financier. Feder is
pleased to report that yesterday’s East Hampton Star features his film’s
first review, and it’s a thumbs up. Writer Joanne Grant called the project
“a bright, witty, lightweight comedy, charmingly told by Steven Feder” (Feder
was pleasantly surprised to learn that Grant is the mother of indieWIRE’s own
Mark Rabinowitz).

Ing K, a filmmaker and journalist from Bangok, was hanging in the Lounge. The column she’s writing for a Thai publication is entitled “Shoestring
Diaries,” and Ing calls the series a “cinema lovers diary.” Ing is currently
living in West Hampton finishing a feature with partner, Brian Bennett. The
film, entitled “My Teacher Eats Biscuits,” is a religious satire which Ing
calls, “a send up of eastern mysticism.” Hailing New York as the “shoestring
capital of the world,” Ing is finishing the film here because, as she
explains it, “they do not print 16mm in Thailand.”

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