HAMPTONS TAKE 2 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL Set for Bay Street Theatre, 12/6-8
The sixth annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival will showcase the screenings of 22 documentary films, "all docs, all day," for three days on December 6-8-all at The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
"In this year's festival, we have a wide variety of illuminating documentaries-dealing with art, politics, biography, sports, humor, the environment and young voices-featuring a Q&A after every film, emceed by spirited broadcast personality Bonnie Grice and arts writer/film critic Andrew Botsford, plus the opportunity for film-goers to vote for the ever-popular Audience Award," said HT2FF founder and executive director Jacqui Lofaro of Bridgehampton.
"We have an outstanding Friday opening night film on baseball in India, by East Hampton director Mirra Bank, a sure-to-be memorable Saturday evening gala honoring the legendary documentary filmmaking team of D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus of Sag Harbor, and a great Sunday closing night and Filmmaker's Choice Award documentary on artist Larry Rivers by Bridgehampton director Lana Jokel."
Presenting sponsor for the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival is Bridgehampton National Bank. Audience Award sponsor is Brown Harris Stevens.
SPECIAL KICK-OFF EVENING, Thursday, December 5, 5-8 p.m.
In addition, kicking off the three-day Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival is a special event open to the public at no charge on Thursday, December 5, 5-8 p.m. Co-sponsored by the David E. Rogers M.D. Center and Southampton Hospital in observance of World AIDS Day, the evening begins with a 5 p.m. panel discussion on "AIDS: Then and Now"; a 6 p.m. break with light fare and cash bar; and a 7 p.m. screening of the 2013 Academy Award-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague" (120 min.), directed by David France.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, from 4-10 p.m.
The official festival opens on Friday, December 6, with four films screened from 4-10 p.m., each followed by a Q&A.
4:00 p.m. First off is "Hot Water" (80 min.) by director Kevin Flint, who tracks a story of how uranium mining, atomic testing and nuclear energy contaminate our air, soil and water.
6:00 p.m. This time slot features two documentaries directed by Neil Leifer, whose photos have graced over 200 covers of Time Inc. publications. "Portraits of a Lady" (40 min.) portrays an historic session when 25 artists from The Painting Group created portraits of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Screening with that film is the sure-to-be humorous documentary, "The ConVENTion" (38 min.), shot at a Vent Haven ConVENTion in Kentucky which drew 536 ventriloquists from 14 countries.
8:15 p.m. "The Only Real Game" (82 min.), by director Mirra Bank of East Hampton, explores the power of baseball in the remote state of Manipur, India. Ms. Bank, whose films have premiered at festivals worldwide, serves on the boards of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ten films will be screened on Saturday, December 7, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., each with a Q&A.
10 a.m. The Day opens with "Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots" (70 min.), by filmmaker Kenny Mann of Sag Harbor, who was born and raised in Kenya. Using the unconventional format of six chapters of live and archival footage, she tells the story of her parents' extraordinary life in Kenya, set against the backdrop of that African nation's journey toward independence in 1963.
11:45 a.m. A "Young Voices Program" showcases six films-the first, titled "Living with Tourette Syndrome" (12 min.), about a 15-year old girl with Tourette's who interviews five other children with the condition; "Ross Goes West" (10 min.), about an East Hampton Ross School student trip listening to people tell the story of how they settled in the American West; and four Downtown Community Television shorts (35 min.), "Evolution," "Unknown Road," "Progress/Run," and "When Life Hands U Lemons." DCTV is a media arts center in New York City serving young people who could not otherwise afford a media arts education.
1:15 p.m. "Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater" (90 min.), produced and narrated by Barry Goldwater's granddaughter CC Goldwater, traces the roots of Goldwater's conservative philosophy and how the 1964 presidential candidate later diverged from the party in the 1980s and 1990s. The director Julie Anderson, currently executive producer for documentaries and development at WNET/THIRTEEN, has garnered four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards over her long career in television production.
3:15 p.m. "All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert" (74 min.) is a documentary by Vivian Ducat, which chronicles the life of African American artist Winfred Rembert, who spent seven years in prison in Georgia and later had a retrospective of his hand-painted, tooled leather canvases at a prestigious Madison Avenue gallery.