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Alec Baldwin, ‘Sugar Man,’ ‘Detropia’ Headline Hamptons Fest Summer Doc Series

Alec Baldwin, 'Sugar Man,' 'Detropia' Headline Hamptons Fest Summer Doc Series

The Hamptons International Film Festival, working in partnership with Guild Hall, has announced its annual SummerDocs series, hosted by Alec Baldwin. Kicking off this year’s series is Malik Bendjelloul’s Sundance hit “Searching for Sugar Man.” The Sony Pictures Classics release will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton Friday, July 6 at 7 pm, followed by a discussion hosted by Baldwin. 

The second in the series, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “Detropia,” will screen at Guild Hall Saturday, July 21 at 8 pm. Baldwin will host a discussion with the directors immediately following the screening.

HIFF director of programming David Nugent said, “The opportunity to bring such strong documentary films, filmmakers and special guests to our community is exactly the mission of the series and we are thrilled to present 5 films in it this summer.”

More information, including a full press release, is below:

“Searching for Sugar Man” is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music. In the late ‘60’s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film on June 27th. “Sometimes, unpredictable things occur in documentary film, occasionally, unbelievable things. SUGAR MAN is a film that introduces you to people you will never forget,” says HIFF Board Member and SummerDocs Host Alec Baldwin. 

The original motion picture soundtrack album will be available starting July 24th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The vinyl version of the soundtrack will be released by Light In The Attic Records. For more information go to: ww.sonyclassics.com/seachingforsugarman

With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, “Detropia” sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. Amidst plummeting automobile-company wages, crumbling institutions, houses being demolished by the thousands, and, tourists  gawking at the “charming decay,” the film’s vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive post-industrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. 

“Often, documentary films exploit archival footage to offer a perspective on social issues that are important,” observes Baldwin. “And, occasionally, the same effect is achieved through inspired, original filmmaking. DETROPIA is a compelling profile of a great American city by two truly gifted directors in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.”

The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors including, American Airlines, Altour, Silvercup Studios, Baume & Mercier, A&E and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Thank you also to Sony Pictures Classics for their support.

Tickets for the screenings are available for purchase at www.guildhall.org or at the Guild Hall Box Office.

The 20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place this year from October 4th – 8th


The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded in 1993 to celebrate independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. Taking place among the charming seaside historic villages of Long Island’s east end, the Hamptons International Film Festival’s intimate, informal atmosphere makes the festival an ideal destination for cinephiles. The 20th anniversary edition takes place over Columbus Day weekend, October 4th– 8th, 2012.

For more information about the Festival and to become a member, please visit our website at www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.


Founded over 75 years ago, Guild Hall is the year-round arts center dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End and offering them, as well as visitors and tourists, enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs in the visual and performing arts, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community. For more information and to become a member, visit www.guildhall.org.

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