The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has announced the official lineup for the seventh annual SummerDocs series. SummerDocs showcases the best in documentary film and focuses on features that ignite social change.
The series opens on August 1 with “Best of Enemies,” directed by Robert Gordon and Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”). The film focuses on how ABC influenced a new era in the political public discourse. William F. Buckley Jr., a key member of the new conservative movement, and Gore Vidal, a left winged novelist and polemicist, duked it out in a 1968 debate. The newsroom became a boxing arena as the two exchanged blows in the form of political ideologies. The live and unscripted exchange paralleled the Democratic and Republican national conventions, skyrocketing viewer ratings for ABC News.
The second film of the series, “Listen to Me Marlon,” will be a must-see for classic film lovers. Directed by Stevan Riley, the documentary sheds insight on the private life and creative motivation behind actor Marlon Brando. A nonlinear piece, the movie features Brando narrating the story of his life. The back and forth chronology shapes his past memories in the context of the present.
Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s “Peace Officer” will be the third SummerDocs screening. Told from the point of view of a former sheriff, the film focuses on his investigation to uncover the truth behind the tragic killing of his son-in-law in a controversial standoff. It is a timely film, discussing issues with the increasing militarized state of American police forces. The film debuted at SXSW, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Documentary Audience Award.
“We have a provocative and engaging slate for our seventh year that truly exemplifies the high caliber filmmaking we value at HIFF,” said Artistic Director David Nugent.