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iW NEWS | 15th Hamptons Fest Launching Balaban’s “Bernard and Doris”; Competitions Unveiled

iW NEWS | 15th Hamptons Fest Launching Balaban's "Bernard and Doris"; Competitions Unveiled

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, the 2007 Hamptons International Film Festival will open on October 17th with the world premiere of Bob Balaban‘s “Bernard and Doris,” the story of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler. The event will close on October 21st with Kirsten Sheridan‘s “August Rush.” Set for the annual Golden Starfish narrative competition are: Will Geiger’s “Elvis and Anabelle,” Chaz Thorne’s “Just Buried,” Tom Collins’s “Kings,” the world premiere of Chris Eigeman’s “Turn The River,” and Birgit Moller’s “Valerie.” In the Golden Starfish Documentary Competition are the world premieres of Marshall Fine’s “Do You Sleep in the Nude?,” Steven-Charles Jaffe’s “Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still WEIRD,” Matthew Galkin’s “I Am an Animal: This Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA,” Bettina Blumner’s “Pool Of Princesses,” and Greg Whiteley’s “Resolved.” This year the fest will feature showcase conversations with actress Vanessa Redgrave (moderated by Alec Baldwin) and filmmaker Sidney Lumet. Meanwhile, selected to participate in this year’s Rising Stars program for new actors are Hannah Herzsprung (“Four Minutes”), Jess Weixler (“Teeth”), Blake Lively (“Elvis and Anabelle”), and Egbert Jan Weeber (“Vivere”). Among the Spotlight Films set to screen are world premieres of Albert Maysles’ “Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway,” Menno Meyjes’s “Martian Child,” Howard Himelstein’s “My Sexiest Year,” and Piers Haggard’s “The Shell Seekers.” The full lineup is available on indieWIRE Insider. [Eugene Hernandez]

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