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Hamptons 2007.2: The Jitney. Still With Wi Fi.

Hamptons 2007.2: The Jitney. Still With Wi Fi.

Obviously it was a pretty busy weekend, since I didn’t have time to update this blog once. Jarren and I are back on the Jitney, only now we’re headed back to Manhattan so that we can catch a flight back home. My first time attending the Hamptons International Film Festival was a great one. I had a great Documentary Jury, which included filmmaker Jamie Johnson and Docurama’s Liz Ogilvie. Our winner was Matthew Galkin’s fantastic I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA.

This documentary portrait of Newkirk and the organization she co-founded, and still runs today, hit all the right notes. Galkin goes inside PETA, to examine both its positive and negative reputations. With beautiful cinematography and terrific editing, I Am An Animal could have easily been a disaster-in-the-making. But, it’s so not. Be sure to check it out next month, as it will have its HBO premiere on November 19. The entire program was really strong, from exciting debate-team story Resolved to the funny and charming look at Rex Reed, Do You Sleep in the Nude?

Big thanks to everyone at the festival: the jurors, the staff, the volunteers, the filmmakers, the gracious hosts, Alec Baldwin, and Jerry Seinfeld. Here’s some pics I took:

(One of many pumpkin patches, this time of year at the Hamptons.)

(At Thursday night’s party for the Austin-shot film, Kabluey, here’s Dusty Smith from Roadside Attractions, left, and indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez. It was a rather big year at the Hamptons for films with an Austin connection. Also screening at the festival, were Austin productions such as Teeth and Elvis & Anabelle.)

(Jarren and I, at the Kabluey party. Photo by Gregg Goldstein.)

(On the beach, Saturday afternoon.)

(Actress Blake Lively chats with local TV crews on the way in to a screening of Will Geiger’s film, Elvis & Anabelle, in which she stars. Lively was also attending the festival as one of this year’s “Rising Stars” celebrated by the Hamptons Fest and sponsors OK! Magazine and SAG Indie. Lively is currently on the new hit CW series, Gossip Girl.)

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