An acclaimed crop of artists, including Marcia Gay Harden, Frances McDormand, Joe and Ethan Coen and John Turturro will gather at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival to pay homage to Ben Barenholtz. The event, co-sponsored by indieWIRE, will take place on Saturday, October 9th, during the run of the festival.
“Ben has been and remains a dynamic, key figure in the American indie scene,” said indieWIRE Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder Eugene Hernandez. “Joel and Ethan Coen, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden and the many others coming to the Hamptons to salute Ben are a testament to the major influence he’s had on the community. It’s an honor for us at indieWIRE to partner with HIFF and celebrate this icon.”
A revered figure among the independent film community, Barenholtz has been a key active member, playing the roles of exhibitor, distributor, and producer since the late 1960’s when he owned and operated New York City’s Elgin Theater. His innovative programming at the Elgin made it one of the world’s most visionary art houses at the time. While at the Elgin, Barenholtz relaunched the films of Buster Keaton, and made it his mission to showcase work from emerging hot, young talent. As a distributor, he released seminal debuts from the likes of David Lynch, John Sayles, Guy Maddin and Joel and Ethan Cohen.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring together such great talent to celebrate Ben and his achievements at this years’ festival,” said The Hamptons International Film Festival Executive Director, Karen Arikian. “He’s had a great and lasting impact on our world of independent film – with more to come – and this celebration clearly shows how the community feels about him.”
In honor of this event, the festival will also present a special 20th anniversary screening of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Miller’s Crossing,” Barenholtz first film he executive produced and Harden’s feature film debut.