Old Hook Mill Autumn, East Hampton NY
Autumn is a magical season in the Hamptons.
The farm stands are overflowing with fresh produce . . . pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins . . . get lost in corn mazes . . . wander empty beaches at dawn or dusk (for the best photo opportunities) . . . experience the inescapable excitement of the wineries in full harvest mode and the foliage transforming into a rich palate of Chardonnay and Merlot, just as the mountains of New England lose their last leaves . . .
Hamptons International Film Festival 2018 Logo
And then there is the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival over Columbus Day Weekend (October 4 - 8) - a smorgasbord of independents, luminaries, documentaries, shorts and interviews with the stars!
In past years during the Film Festival, we have hosted the great Robert Altman, Susan Sarandon, Charlize Theron, and more at the Mill House Inn. Maybe this year you can follow in their footprints?
HIFF at the UA Theater East Hampton
The Full Lineup of Films and Events has now been announced. Check it out and start planning your HIFF 2018 adventure. Order your tickets soon to be sure you get to see what you want, but be aware that there will be overlaps in scheduling so you may have to make choices. My advice is to see the more obscure films which you may not be able to see otherwise (unless, of course, your favorite star or director is attending for a Q&A). Although now, in the age of NetFlix and Amazon, there are so many other platforms to see independent films, documentaries, and even short films on YouTube.
Hamptons local, Alan Alda is slated to receive The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award on Opening Night, celebrating his artistic achievements and contributions to the industry over the years.
The opening night feature (Thursday, October 4th) will be writer/director Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher. In 2013, Sara Colangelo attended the HIFF Screenwriters Lab, and she returned to HIFF in 2014 with her debut feature, Little Accidents. The Kindergarten Teacher is her second feature film. The movie’s star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Sara Colangelo will be in attendance Opening Night at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Damien Chazelle‘s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling (reprising their Academy Award-winning collaboration in La La Land) will be the Saturday Centerpiece film on October 6 (East Coast Premiere), and Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón‘s semi-autobiographical 1970s drama Roma, shot in spectacular 65mm B&W film, will screen in the Spotlight section on Sunday, October 7th.
As well as the prestigious opening & closing films and competition films, there are shorts, documentaries, international films, “10 Actors to Watch,” cocktail parties, award ceremonies, and random star sightings. One of our favorite features is “A Conversation With . . . ,” presenting a ‘Q&A’ session with a film luminary. Past interview subjects include:
- Martin Scorsese
- Steven Spielberg
- Vanessa Redgrave
- Frances McDormand
- Sidney Lumet
- Julian Schnabel
- Isabella Rossellini
- Gena Rowlands
- Robert Altman
This year's A Conversation With... features Damien Chazelle, Emilio Estevez, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Hopefully, Alec Baldwin, who sits on the HIFF Board of Directors, will be conducting the interviews.
Maybe next October your film will debut in East Hampton!
Rowdy Hall East Hampton
Ticket Packages and Passes are on sale now. Individual tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 24.
Things to check out:
- Wikipedia for more information on HIFF - Prizes, Awards and notable films in past years.
- An article from Dan’s Papers regarding the impressive lineup of films in HIFF 2018.
- An article in Hamptons Art Hub on Paton Miller, the East End artist selected to design the 2018 HIFF poster.
- A gallery of previous HIFF Posters.
Hamptons International Film Festival Poster 2018 (Painting by Paton Miller)
BTW . . . MHI is the secret to enjoying the HIFF, our Personal Assistants can help with movie suggestions & tickets, accommodations, dinner rez . . . And of course, a place to stay! Call us or email us to book your stay.