The Hamptons https://thehamptons.com/blog Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:22:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Olympic Veterans Highlight Entries for 2019 Hampton Classic Horse Show! Star-Studded Lineup of World-Class Riders Representing 10 Countries Coming for 44th Annual Event https://thehamptons.com/blog/olympic-veterans-highlight-entries-for-2019-hampton-classic-horse-show-star-studded-lineup-of-world-class-riders-representing-10-countries-coming-for-44th-annual-event/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:05:04 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2207 here + there :: The Hamptons’ PR Wire


An impressive line-up of world-class horses and riders, including Olympic veterans and Grand Prix champions, is set to compete at the prestigious 2019 Hampton Classic Horse Show which returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 25-September 1. The 44th annual event offers more than $800,000 prize money and features five International Equestrian Federation (FEI) classes. The entry list of 60 FEI riders reads like a who’s-who of the sport, and all will be looking to capture the Classic’s prestigious titles, including the culminating $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4*!


Set amidst the splendor of Long Island’s famed Hamptons, the Hampton Classic is a premier destination for the sport’s top riders. More than 1,500 horses compete in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competitions for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix jumping and also hosts classes for riders with disabilities. The world-class 65-acre show grounds also features the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 80 vendors, and a dozen international food options as well as exclusive VIP areas.


This year’s Hampton Classic is hosting FEI-recognized classes on five consecutive days. Competitors who successfully complete Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4* will qualify for the culminating $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1.


Additional FEI classes include Wednesday’s $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper, Thursday’s $40,000 Speed Stake, and Saturday’s $72,000 LONGINES Cup CSI4*. These prestigious FEI classes, as well as several other classes held throughout the week, award points toward the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge, which awards a $30,000 cash prize plus a LONGINES watch to the rider accumulating the most points in the Open Jumper Division. The winner will be presented after the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix.


The Classic’s lineup of FEI competitors includes riders from 10 nations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, USA and Venezuela.
Topping the world-class field is two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, a four-time Olympic veteran who also won the individual Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final, and was part of the Gold medal U.S. team at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). Last year, Ward won the $300,000 Hampton Class Grand Prix for a record seventh time!


Two of Ward’s 2018 WEG Gold medal teammates, Adrienne Sternlicht and Devin Ryan, are also entered, as is crowd favorite Georgina Bloomberg. Bloomberg, a long-time competitor at the Hampton Classic with numerous victories under her belt, was Ward’s teammate on the U.S.’s 2015 Bronze-medal Pan American Games team. Bloomberg is again supporting the Classic’s Animal Welfare and Adoption Day on Monday, August 26.


Also entered is Lucy Deslauriers who finished sixth in last year’s Hampton Classic Grand Prix and who just recently returned from riding on the Bronze Medal-winning U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru where she also finished ninth out of 50 riders in the individual final. Other U.S. riders include Olympic veteran Peter Leone, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Laura Bowery, Brianne Goutal-Marteau, Lillie Keenan, Andrew Kocher, Peter Lutz, Brian Moggre, Callan Solem, Hardin Towell, Catherine Tyree, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, and Aaron Vale among others.


Irish riders will be out in force again this year including former Hampton Classic Grand Prix winners Kevin Babington, Richie Moloney and Darragh Kerins. Rounding out the Irish contingent is Shane Sweetnam who dominated the Hampton Classic last year. He won the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines and the $70,000 Longines Cup and also took second place in the $300,000 Grand Prix. As a result, Sweetnam won the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the Classic’s leading open jumper rider and received a check for $30,000 and a stunning Longines timepiece – one of four he won at the Hampton Classic last year!


It’s going to be a competitive family affair among the Canadian riders. Olympic veteran Mario Deslauriers, who won the FEI World Cup Final in 1984 at just 19 years of age and who took fourth place in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix last year, will again be competing against his daughter, Lucy. Deslauriers recently rode on the Canadian team at the Pan American Games in Peru where he finished 15th individually. Jonathan Millar, a World Equestrian Games veteran, will be competing against his wife Kelly Soleau-Millar, who rides for the U.S., and his sister Amy Millar, who was a member of the 4th placed Canadian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Also entered is Erynn Ballard, who competed on the Canadian team at the 2018 WEG.


Two-time Olympic veteran Daniel Bluman of Israel (formerly of Colombia), who won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix in 2017, will be joined by his cousins Ilan Bluman and Mark Bluman, who are brothers and compete for Colombia. Other international riders slated to compete include two riders who competed at the 2018 WEG – Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Venezuela’s Alejandro Karolyi, who also competed at the recent Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.


“We are thrilled to have such a stellar line-up of competitors coming to this year’s Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s Executive Director. “It’s so exciting for spectators to be able to see so many of the sport’s top riders and we can’t wait to welcome everyone for our 44th annual show.”


Daily admission to the Hampton Classic is $10 per person (children under six are admitted free) or $20 per carload. Admission is free on Monday, August 26 (limited competition this day, but boutiques, exhibition tent, and Animal Welfare and Adoption Day are open). Seniors are admitted free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Saturday (August 31), children under 12 are admitted free and each receives a free pony ride. Parking is free.


Grandstand tickets for the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, are $45 per person for bucket seating in all sections and are on sale now. Go to http://www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-tickets to book your seats today!
The Hampton Classic is also famous for its celebrity guests. Among those who have attended the Classic in recent years are Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez.


For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. Complimentary live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions also air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and sponsored by RideTV. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz.


The Hampton Classic showcases more than 1,600 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix show jumping with Olympic veterans that come from all across the U.S. and abroad. The Classic, which also hosts classes for riders with disabilities, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 1st. hamptonclassic.com


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hampton Classic plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook Named ‘Race of Hope’ Grand Marshals https://thehamptons.com/blog/sailor-brinkley-cook-and-jack-brinkley-cook-named-race-of-hope-grand-marshals/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:57:00 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2187 here + there :: The Hamptons’ PR Wire


Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) will host the fourth annual Race of Hope to defeat depression, led by Grand Marshals Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook, HDRF Founder Audrey Gruss and Arthur Dunnam. At the Race, more than 600 racers will take a beautiful three-mile route around Lake Agawam in Southampton Village.


The USA Track and Field sanctioned event will raise awareness and funds for advanced depression research. In 2018, more than 500 participants of all ages helped raise more than $250,000, with every dollar raised going directly to research.


Sailor Brinkley Cook and Jack Brinkley Cook are the children of supermodel Christie Brinkley and part of an iconic Hamptons family with deep roots in the East End. Both in their early 20s, the siblings represent a post millennial generation that is not only more open about mental health issues, but also increasingly vulnerable. Rates of depression and suicide among teens have risen sharply in the past decade, according to recent studies.


The Race of Hope brings the community together to turn the tide on depression through research and education. It is supported by local residents including Jamee and Peter Gregory, Kim Heirston, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Marigay McKee and Bill Ford, Kitty & Bill McKnight III, Thomas C. Quick, Scott Snyder, Lisa M. Aery, Serena Bowman, Sharon Bush, Susan Gutfreund, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, The Honorable and Mrs. Earle Mack, Margo M. and James L. Nederlander, Robert Nederlander, Hilary Geary Ross, Clelia and Tom Zacharias.


Participants come from all over the tristate area and beyond, including professional and first-time runners, walkers, corporateteams,families, and children, to unite as a community to raise awareness about this widespread, costly and often deadly illness. HDRF funds groundbreaking research that will transform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented. To participate register online:
hopefordepression.org


All Race participants receive a commemorative long-sleeve quarter zip pullover shirt, short-sleeve moisture-wicking tech shirt, race hat, and huge ­finisher medal; and prizes are awarded for best time in different age categories as well as for the top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team.


Registration Information:
Date: Sunday August 4, 2019
· Meeting Point: The Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY
Time:Check-in begins at 7:15 AMand the Race of Hope begins at 8:30 AM. Breakfast treats will be served at 9:15am before the award ceremony takes place.
Cost:Youth (14 & under) Up To Race Day $15| Students Up To Race Day: $20 | Adults: Sat. 6/1/19: $30 | Sun. 7/7/19: $35 | Sat. 8/3/19 – Early Packet Pick Up: $40 |Sun. 8/4/19 – Race Day: $50

Strollers and Dogs welcome!


Audrey Gruss founded HDRF in April 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression. Today, HDRF is the leading nonprofit organization focused solely on depression research and public education. The World Health Organization has declared depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, but despite its prevalence, depression is still misunderstood, underfunded and under-researched. The mission of the HDRF is to fund innovative neuroscience research into the origins, medical diagnosis, new treatments, and prevention of depression and its related mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and suicide.


To date, HDRF has provided more than $30-million through over 125 grants for breakthrough depression research that promises to transform the way depression is viewed, diagnosed, treated and prevented.

About HDRF

· HDRF is the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research.
· Audrey Gruss founded the organization in 2006 in memory of her mother, Hope, who struggled with depression.
· The mission of HDRF is to fund cutting-edge neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of depression and other related mood disorders.
· In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force – a collaboration of seven leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real-time, at the HDRF Data Center.

About Depression:

· In the United States, depression affects more than 18 million adults each year.
· Depression is the leading cause of suicide. In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 12 minutes – over 41,000 people per year.
· Depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide.
· Depression costs US society $210-billion annually – 60% of which represents reduced efficiency at work and costs related to suicide.

Depression and Suicide in Teens

· Between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression among kids ages 14 to 17 increased by more than 60%, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
· The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher – 77%.

The Crisis in Research and Treatment

· More than 50% of those diagnosed with depression do not respond to existing treatments.
· Although depression is one of the most serious and prevalent conditions in the US, it is ranked 77th (out of 250) in the amount of federal funding it receives.
· Most of the major pharmaceutical companies have discontinued brain research.

What Makes HDRF Different

· The Depression Task Force represents the most innovative approach to neuroscience research today.
· The Task Force has created an unprecedented research plan with each member executing a piece of the plan in their own laboratories. They are not going down well-worn paths of research. They have identified major challenges in the field and are laser-focused on the areas where the field is stuck.
· They share results in real-time at a centralized data bank. This allows them to leverage data to accelerate research. This is unheard of in the entire scientific research field which is normally competitive and not collaborative.


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The Hamptons International Film Festival To Honor Brian De Palma With 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award! https://thehamptons.com/blog/the-hamptons-international-film-festival-to-honor-brian-de-palma-with-2019-lifetime-achievement-award/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:32:08 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2136

theater + film :: The Hamptons International Film Festival


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced today that they will honor legendary director Brian De Palma with a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2019 festival along with a special screening to be announced closer to the date of one of his many award-winning films. De Palma will also participate in a “A Conversation With” at the festival with Festival co-chair Alec Baldwin.


Brian De Palma is an American film director and screenwriter. Some of his notable directing credits include BLOW OUT, SCARFACE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, CASUALTIES OF WAR, CARLITO’S WAY, CARRIE and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.


“Brian De Palma’s filmography suggests one word: excitement. Few directors in movie history have generated the kinds of feelings found in Brian’s films,” said HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin. “Although he often worked with big stars and great writers, Brian is responsible for most of the excitement in his films.”


The Hamptons Film Festival also announced the poster artist for the 2019 edition: Lee Krasner’s “Vernal Yellow” from her Solstice Series (1980, oil, collage on canvas, 150 x 178. Ludwig Collection). This painting, which uses cut-out fragments of figurative charcoal from the 1930s, as well as non-representational lithographs, was exhibited in 1980 at the Pace Gallery in New York. The poster will debut later this Summer.


A legend of the 20th century abstract expressionism movement and one of the artist pioneers who moved out East to the Springs in East Hampton, Lee Krasner’s work spans over 60 years. Currently, the Barbican in London is exhibiting the first solo retrospective of her work in Europe in over 50 years, and her work is included in a group show called “Painters of the East End” exhibiting at Kasmin Gallery in NYC this summer.


Over the past 26 years, the Hamptons International Film Festival has grown immensely from its beginnings in 1993. The choice of Krasner’s “Vernal Yellow” for this year’s festival felt like a natural choice, as Krasner herself described her use of collage as way to revisit and refocus: “I go back on myself, into my own work, destroy it in some way and come up with a new thing… this seems to be a work process of mine… it’s a form of clarification… a form of growth.”


“Celebrating local artists each year by commissioning or choosing their art for our official festival poster has been a hallmark of the Hamptons Film Festival since the very first year in 1993,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “In looking at the array of talented artists who have donated their work — including Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Bruce Weber, Bryan Hunt, Barbara Kruger, and John Alexander — we felt there was one grande dame whose work must be a part of this legacy: Lee Krasner.”


It was also announced that Toni Ross will be the recipient of this year’s “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award.” This award was created in 2017 and first given to its namesake, Dick Cavett, to honor those in the creative arts who not only excel in their field, but who also support the arts and artists, particularly in film, television and related media. Ross’ paintings, installations, and sculptures have been showcased around the world and have left an indelible mark on the East End as one of its most prolific artists. Toni was the founding Chairman of the Board of HIFF in 1993 and for the ensuing five years, bringing to the organization a deep knowledge and passion for film, and a cultivation of artistic integrity outside of the fine arts. A film studies graduate of Wesleyan University, Ross was instrumental in establishing the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, where she remains on the Board of Trustees. Her career includes work with several film production designers, most notably Philip Rosenberg and Mel Bourne. As a social activist, Toni is also a founder of The Hayground School, where she has focused on the importance of diversity, removing barriers due to financial constraints and arts and culinary education. Ross is also a restaurant entrepreneur, with five East End favorites including Nick & Toni’s, and a supporter of Guild Hall, OLA, and Planned Parenthood, among other non-profit organizations. In a prescient move, Ross founded and curates the biennial series “Women Artists: Reshaping the Conversation” in East Hampton. Previous recipients of “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award” include Cavett himself & Alan Alda.


“Toni Ross has been an instrumental champion of the arts and the East End community where she works and lives. She helped to launch the Hamptons International Film Festival and is the reason we are all here today. We look forward to honoring her at the festival in October,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.


Additional information on HIFF’s summer programming, including the 2019 SummerDocs series, the year-round Now Showing series, and outdoor screenings in Southampton are posted on hamptonsfilmfest.org. The 27th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place Columbus Day Weekend: October 10 – 14, 2019. The Festival is pleased to welcome back returning Premiere Sponsor Audi, Lead Sponsors Delta and Altour, Signature Sponsors Netflix and JP Morgan, and Official Media Sponsors WNBC, The East Hampton Star, and Purist Magazine.


About Our Local International Festival


The 27th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 14, 2019. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2019 marked the 9th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hamptons International Film Festival plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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The Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2019 Summerdocs Series! https://thehamptons.com/blog/the-hamptons-international-film-festival-announces-2019-summerdocs-series/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 13:59:09 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2120

theater + film :: The Hamptons International Film Festival


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series returns for its eleventh year to present entertaining and engaging documentary filmmaking from revolutionary storytellers. The series will kick off with a screening of MAIDEN, directed by Alex Holmes, on June 29, at 7:00pm, followed by COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD, directed by Mads Brügger, on July 20 at 7:00pm, and concluding with CIRCUS OF BOOKS, directed by Rachel Mason, on August 24 at 7:00pm. All screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.


Following the screenings, HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin & HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent will lead conversations with the director of each film along with additional guests to be announced.


“We are proud of how the SummerDocs series has grown over the last 10 years. Bringing exciting documentaries, featuring powerful stories, to our festival community is now a significant part of our programming,” said HIFF Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin.


“With fascinating documentaries that showcase topics including a brave group of female sailors, a wild and intriguing investigation into a plane crash from over 50 years ago, and a straight couple’s story of owning a gay porn shop, our audience will once again get a peek at some of the best non-fiction work of the year,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.


Past SummerDocs selections, including ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM (2014), THE COVE (2009), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012), have gone on to receive Academy Award® nominations and wins. The series has also featured films from filmmakers including Rory Kennedy, Morgan Neville, Roger Ross Williams, Marina Zenovich, Robert Gordon, Stevan Riley, Louie Psihoyos, and Steven James.


HIFF welcomes back the Candescent Films Audience Award for the 6th year. Candescent was founded in 2010 by Lilly Hartley and supports documentaries and films that illuminate social issues. Sponsors for the kickoff documentary, MAIDEN on June 29, are Woodford Reserve and Scott Seltzer, Managing Director, The Seltzer Group at J.P. Morgan Securities. An additional special thanks to DuJour Media and The Baker House.


Tickets for the screenings are available for purchase online the hamptonsfilmfest.org.


For the eleventh summer HIFF will also be offering Film Camp, student filmmaking workshops, in partnership with Guild Hall in East Hampton and Southampton Arts Center in Southampton for students ages 8-15. During these workshops, students will have the opportunity to make their own films while learning screenwriting, directing, acting, producing, and editing from industry professionals. Additional information on the workshops is available on hamptonsfilmfest.org.


Other summer programming includes a “Now Showing” presentation of FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN with a post-screening Q&A with cast member Alec Baldwin and directors Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce on Saturday, June 8 at 8PM at Guild Hall, and a special screening of the live documentary A THOUSAND THOUGHTS with a performance by the Kronos Quartet on Friday, June 21 at 8:00PM at Guild Hall. Both screenings are presented in partnership with Guild Hall.


HIFF also presents two additional special “Air, Land + Sea,” screenings BLUE directed and produced by Karina Holden on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30PM at the UA in East Hampton 6, as well as an outdoor screening of SEA OF SHADOWS, directed by Richard Ladkani and sponsored by media partner Purist Magazine, on Friday, August 16 at 6:30PM at Gurney’s Montauk Resort.


Lastly, HIFF will continue their annual FREE Friday outdoor screenings, in partnership with Southampton Arts Center! hamptonsfilmfest.org

July and August “Summer Outdoor” Screenings at Southampton Arts Center at 8:30 pm:


July 5 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE
July 12 – FINDING NEMO
July 19 – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
July 26 – GET OUT
August 2 – SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
August 9 – CRAZY RICH ASIANS
August 16 – BLACK PANTHER
August 23 – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
August 30 – JAWS

Full Lineup of 2019 Summer Docs COMING!

MAIDEN
Saturday, June 29, at 7:00PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?

Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 24-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England, after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Saturday, July 20, at 7:00PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS
Saturday, August 24, at 7:00PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason: a straight couple with three children. CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist Rachel Mason.


About Our Local International Festival


The 27th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 14, 2019. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2019 marked the 9th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hamptons International Film Festival plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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Artist Selected for 2019 Hampton Classic Horse Show Poster! https://thehamptons.com/blog/artist-selected-for-2019-hampton-classic-horse-show-poster/ Fri, 10 May 2019 18:04:30 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2098 here + there :: The Hamptons’ PR Wire


The official Hampton Classic Poster is a highly sought-after souvenir, and to have a work featured upon it is a dream-come-true for many artists. This year, the honor goes to Kelly Wilkinson Coffin, who has been selected as the 2019 Official Poster Artist for the 44th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. The nation’s top horses and riders will set the stage for thrilling competition at the esteemed event when it returns to Bridgehampton, NY on August 25-September 1, 2019. The new poster is currently available for pre-order on the Hampton Classic website, for shipping after the show. It will be available onsite during the event in the Hampton Classic shop.


Coffin’s selected artwork, “Passing Traditions Along,” is a painting of a grandfather and grandson entering the show ring together, which Coffin describes, “is rooted in the concept of the oral tradition of equestrian sport.” Coffin said “I hoped to capture the timeless quality of the equestrian tradition and that of the Hampton Classic Horse Show that has been, and continues to be, shared by multiple generations. Like riding, painting is an oral tradition, where there is innovation within the classic enduring principles and we artists, as well as riders, stand gratefully upon the shoulders of those who came before.”


A lifelong horsewoman, Coffin is an avid fox hunter, and a lover of nature and traditional outdoor sporting life. She is married to Tad Coffin, who won double gold medals in Eventing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Coffin lives and paints on their farm in Ruckersville, Virginia. Many of her subjects and inspiration for her paintings are derived from life on the farm. “I am very much inspired as a painter and rider by my husband’s riding skills,” said Coffin. “He is in fact the model for this painting. A double Olympic gold medalist by the age of 21, he was the beneficiary of an extraordinary and classical education from some of the world’s finest teachers. As a rider, I am a grateful recipient of the oral tradition upon which our sport depends. Though not born in to a “horsey” family, there were a number of adults who generously spent the time to teach me and bring me along in the equestrian traditions. In fact there are few, if any, horsemen and women who were not helped along by a mentor, parent or grandparent to achieve this skill set and follow their riding dreams. These mentors act as translators for the patient horse that endured our first attempts at riding; for me, it was a palomino pony named Starlight. Additional inspiration came from our involvement with a recent effort to bring C.W. Anderson’s book, “Billy & Blaze” to the silver screen. In the film, my husband plays the role of Billy’s grandfather and mentor,” added Coffin.


Coffin is a native Virginian and graduate of the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing painting full time, she served as a Naval Aviator for ten years, including two tours in the Middle East. Coffin later flew as a First Officer with US Airways. After to the tragedy of 9/11, she left commercial aviation to pursue her love of painting as a full time career, while continuing to serve in the Naval Reserve for an additional ten years.


After completing three years at the Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting in Manchester, NH and a semester studying portraiture and figure painting at the Charles Cecil studio in Florence, Italy, Coffin returned to Charlottesville, VA to open her own studio. Coffin’s atelier-based training is grounded in the Boston School tradition, which combines the drawing and discipline of the 19th Century Academies of Paris, with the color and light effects of the impressionists. “I owe a special thank you to Alexandra Jackson of the Bainbridge Island Riding School, a gifted teacher of children, who encouraged me to submit my work for consideration of the Hampton Classic.” kellywilkinsoncoffin.com


The 2018 Hampton Classic hosted riders from twelve nations – including Olympic and World Cup champions – competed at the world-class event, which culminated in a brilliant victory by McLain Ward in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI presented by Douglas Elliman. This year the 44th Hampton Classic Horse Show runs from August 25th to September 1st, 2019.


Set amidst the splendor of The Hamptons on Long Island’s famed Atlantic coast, very near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of The Hamptons’ famed summer season. Considered the event ‘to see and be seen,’ A-list celebrities, business leaders, and socialites are spotted among the approximately 50,000 attendees every year – including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Sofia Vergara, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore and Michael Bloomberg.


The Hampton Classic showcases more than 1,600 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix show jumping with Olympic veterans that come from all across the U.S. and abroad. The Classic, which also hosts classes for riders with disabilities, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 1st. hamptonclassic.com


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hampton Classic plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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Hampton Classic Completes Installation of New Grand Prix Field https://thehamptons.com/blog/hampton-classic-completes-installation-of-new-grand-prix-field/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:27:16 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2090 here + there :: The Hamptons’ PR Wire


Last September, immediately following the 2018 Hampton Classic, the Classic’s Board of Directors approved a $1 million renovation of the Classic’s famed Grand Prix field.Work began almost immediately and the project will be complete and ready to welcome back the horse show’s top national and international competitors when the 44th annual event returns to its phenomenal 60-acre showgrounds in Bridgehampton, NY, August 25-September 1, 2019.


“After much study and discussion, the decision was made last fall to completely renovate our grass grand prix field,” said Lisa Deslauriers, chairman of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors. “As always, the safety and well-being of our horses and riders was of first and foremost concern and we are thrilled that we were able to come up with a plan to improve the footing while maintaining our tradition of a grass field. Seeing the new field is very exciting and we look forward to an outstanding Hampton Classic this August!”


The project has been managed from the start by Allen Rheinheimer, the show’s Equestrian Manager, in concert with the Hampton Classic’s turf consultant, Steven McDonald. Founder of Turfgrass Disease Solutions, LLC, McDonald consults for more than 150 athletic fields, golf courses, and unique turfgrass systems each year.


“I really am thrilled with how well everything has fallen into place,” said Rheinheimer. “I commend the board for recognizing that we were beyond a band-aid approach and that a complete renovation was needed. We dug down more than six feet and built a whole new ring from the bottom up. I think that exhibitors will be thrilled with what they see this summer.”


The new field features a base of stabilization textile, perforated piping, a rock drainage layer, and an 8” topsoil/sand/fiber top layer. Installation of the Kentucky Bluegrass sod was completed last week. The field will also continue to benefit from some of the capital improvements made in recent years, such as perimeter drainage, a new well, and a new irrigation system.Hampton Classic Board President, Dennis Suskind commented, “I am excited at the prospect of having outstanding grass footing in our field, and I am confident this project has gotten us there.”


While work on the approximately 2.5-acre arena is complete, the project has not yet been fully funded. The Hampton Classic, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, launched a capital campaign to raise $1 million, and is already 2/3 of the way to that goal. Tax-deductible contributions can be made at the Hampton Classic’s website, or by contacting the office directly. Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website or by calling 631-537-3177.


Work on the approximately 2-acre area is already underway, although the project has not yet been fully funded. The Hampton Classic, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has launched a capital campaign to raise $1 million as soon as possible. Tax-deductible contributions can be made at the Hampton Classic’s website, or by contacting the office directly.


The 2018 Hampton Classic hosted riders from twelve nations – including Olympic and World Cup champions – competed at the world-class event, which culminated in a brilliant victory by McLain Ward in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI presented by Douglas Elliman. This year the 44th Hampton Classic Horse Show runs from August 25th to September 1st, 2019.


Set amidst the splendor of The Hamptons on Long Island’s famed Atlantic coast, very near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of The Hamptons’ famed summer season. Considered the event ‘to see and be seen,’ A-list celebrities, business leaders, and socialites are spotted among the approximately 50,000 attendees every year – including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Sofia Vergara, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore and Michael Bloomberg.


The Hampton Classic showcases more than 1,600 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix show jumping with Olympic veterans that come from all across the U.S. and abroad. The Classic, which also hosts classes for riders with disabilities, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 1st. hamptonclassic.com


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hampton Classic plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Tamara Jenkins & Jim Taylor to Host a Master Class at 19th Annual Screenwriters Lab! https://thehamptons.com/blog/hamptons-international-film-festival-announces-tamara-jenkins-jim-taylor-to-host-a-master-class-at-19th-annual-screenwriters-lab/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 17:45:29 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2083

theater + film :: The Hamptons International Film Festival


The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced today the selected screenwriters, screenplays and mentors for the 19th annual Screenwriters Lab, which will take place April 5 – 7, 2019, in East Hampton, New York. The Lab pairs rising screenwriters with established and knowledgeable screenwriters, directors, and producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions.

The three selected screenplays for 2019 are Barbara Cigarroa’s “El Otro Lado (The Other Side),” Sontenish Myers’ “Stampede,” and Kirsten Tan’s “Higher.” Full bios of all Lab participants are included below. For the second year in a row, all of the selected lab participants are women.

“Over the years our annual Screenwriters Lab has become a wonderful opportunity for writers to explore the possibilities of their work and receive guidance from some of the industry’s most prolific storytellers,” said David Nugent, Artistic Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

This year’s mentors include Michael H. Weber, screenwriter of THE DISASTER ARTIST, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, and THE SPECTACULAR NOW; and Caroline Kaplan, who has produced over 70 films, including EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and BOY’S DON’T CRY.

Oscar®-winning screenwriter Jim Taylor and Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Tamara Jenkins will lead this year’s screenwriting Master Class, which is open to the public. Taylor, who won an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay for SIDEWAYS and was nominated for ELECTION, is also known for ABOUT SCHMIDT and DOWNSIZING. Jenkins was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for her film THE SAVAGES, and is also known for PRIVATE LIFE and SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS. The pair worked together recently on JULIET, NAKED. They will use clips and personal experiences to detail all that goes into writing a script for every type of audience. This is a special opportunity to hear from two of the most talented and versatile writers in the industry.

The Master Class will take place at 6:00PM on Saturday, April 6, at the Ross School in East Hampton. During the Lab weekend HIFF will also present a special screening of TERMS OF ENDEARMENT on Friday, April 5, at Bay Street Theater, with a post-screening conversation between David Nugent and Alec Baldwin. Tickets are available for purchase at hamptonsfilmfest.org.

This year’s Lab is funded with support from the Melissa Mathison Fund. Previous recipients of support from the fund include Cathy Yan and Annabelle Attanasio, whose films DEAD PIGS (Yan) and MICKEY AND THE BEAR (Attanasio) premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, respectively. The fund was established in 2016 and named for the late, beloved Oscar®-nominated screenwriter, and strives to foster the continued development of female writers in the industry.

Highlights since the Lab’s inception include Michael Tyburski and Ben Nabors’ THE SOUND OF SILENCE, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; Ísold Uggadóttir’s AND BREATHE NORMALLY and Christina Choe’s NANCY, which both premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and received awards for directing and screenwriting, respectively; Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, starring Academy Award®-winning actors Brie Larson and Rami Malek, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW in 2013; Justin Schwartz’s THE DISCOVERERS, starring Griffin Dunne, which made its world premiere at HIFF 2012; Sara Colangelo’s LITTLE ACCIDENTS, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, starring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny, and Claudia Myers’s FORT BLISS, starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston, which was released in 2014.

The 27th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place over Columbus Day Weekend: October 10 – 14, 2019.

SCREENPLAYS

“El Otro Lado (The Other Side)” by Barbara Cigarroa

Logline: Set in Brownsville, Texas, during the child migration crisis, Lucy, a low-income Mexican American teen, is confronted with her own need for escape when her father decides to sponsor two undocumented minors for money.

Bio: Barbara Cigarroa holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University and a BA in English from Yale. A storyteller, with a passion for social-justice activism and Hispanic narratives, Barbara’s work has been recognized world-wide on the festival circuit, and through individual grants and awards from organizations including the Kellogg Foundation, Lincoln Center, and Sundance Institute. Barbara was selected for the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, where she was the awarded the Latinx Fellowship with her project “El Otro Lado” (The Other Side), which was also featured at IFP’s 2018 No Borders Co-Production Market. Her short film “Dios Nunca Muere” (God Never Dies) had its world premiere at the 2018 New York Film Festival, and concurrently she was invited to be a member of the 2018 NYFF Artist Academy. Previous work, “Marta Rosa,” was an official selection at dozens of international film festivals, including Austin, New Orleans, and Palm Springs, where it won Panavision’s “Best North American” short. Prior to moving to New York, Barbara volunteered as a documentary filmmaker in South Texas and Central America for non-profit companies focused on fighting for underprivileged community’s rights. Before this, Barbara mentored under renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

“Stampede” by Sontenish Myers

Logline: Set on a southern plantation in the 1800s, a young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control. Circumstances escalate when she’s separated from her mother to be a house girl, in close quarters with the mercurial Master’s wife: Elizabeth.

Bio: Sontenish Myers is a writer-director based in Harlem, NY. She is is a graduate and adjunct professor of NYU’s Graduate Film program. Sontenish has written and directed 4 short films to date. In her work, racial identity, womanhood, power dynamics, and the heroic journey are often explored. She is particularly interested in doing so across genres, from dramas, science fiction/fantasy, to dark comedies. Her most recent short film, Cross My Heart, follows an American teen who upon visiting her family in Jamaica, discovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. The film made its North American Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. Sontenish was also awarded the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International Shortfest for Cross My Heart, which was also included in Refinery29’s list of The Most Exciting Woman-Directed Films At 2018’s Palm Springs Shortfest. Cross My Heart won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Hampton International Film Festival for its “outstanding performances from its two young leads and a nuanced directorial approach.” Sontenish is an IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, and is developing her first feature film Stampede.

“Higher” by Kirsten Tan

Logline: As a mysterious flood rises floor by floor through a metropolitan apartment building, its residents fight for survival and resources, setting off an absurdist satire of interlocking short stories grappling with morality, truth and justice.

Bio: Kirsten Tan is a New York-based Singaporean filmmaker whose debut feature Pop Aye premiered as the Opening Night film of the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance 2017. The film went on to receive a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam and the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival. To date, it has screened at over 50 film festivals including BFI London, Melbourne, Munich, Busan and was released by Kino Lorber. Pop Aye was invited to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. Prior to completing Pop Aye, she made a series of short films. Her shorts 10 Minutes Later, Fonzi, Sink, Cold Noodles and Dahdi have collectively received over ten international awards. A Cinereach Film Fellow, she earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School where she received the Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.

MENTORS

Michael H. Weber

Michael H. Weber is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning independent film producer.

With Scott Neustadter, he adapted THE DISASTER ARTIST, which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards.

Their other writing credits include THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, PAPER TOWNS and OUR SOULS AT NIGHT.

Weber graduated the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2000. Born in New York City, he currently lives in Manhattan.

Caroline Kaplan

Caroline Kaplan is the Director of Film and Creative Programs at Cinereach, a Film Foundation and Production Company based in New York. She manages direct support of filmmakers, including artistic and project development, and oversees the organization’s various programs including the Fellowship Program and Creative Initiatives. She also serves as producer on select Cinereach productions and co-productions including Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You and the upcoming Marcel The Shell movie. Caroline is also an independent film producer. Recent films include Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Joseph Cedar’s Norman, Jim McKay’s En El Septimo Dia and Kent Jones’ upcoming Diane. Prior to that she was the head of Production and Acquisitions at IFC Entertainment. She was also a founding partner of InDigEnt, the pioneering digital production company. Her film credits at IFC include: Our Song, Mr. Death, Waking Life, Monsoon Wedding, Tadpole, Pieces of April, Personal Velocity, Me and You and Everyone We Know and Boyhood. Prior to IFC Entertainment, she was the Senior Vice President of Original Programming for the Independent Film Channel and the Bravo Channel as well as a founder of the Independent Film Channel. Her television credits include: Errol Morris’ First Person, A Decade Under the Influence, Dinner for Five, The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera and Werner Herzog’s My Best Fiend. She began her career in the Documentary department of HBO.

Tamara Jenkins

Tamara Jenkins is the writer-director of PRIVATE LIFE, THE SAVAGES, and SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS. Among the honors she has received are a Best Screenplay Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Ms. Jenkins currently teaches directing in the Graduate Film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she also received her MFA. Jenkins lives in New York City with her husband the screenwriter, Jim Taylor, and their daughter, Mia.

Jim Taylor

Born and raised in Seattle, Jim received a BA from Pomona College and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Jim is the long-time collaborator of writer/director Alexander Payne. Among the screenplays they have co-authored are ELECTION, ABOUT SCHMIDT, SIDEWAYS and DOWNSIZING. For their work on these scripts they have been honored with two Golden Globes, two Writers Guild Awards and one Academy Award. Jim is married to and sometimes writes with the filmmaker Tamara Jenkins. Their most recent collaboration is an adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel, JULIET, NAKED.


About Our Local International Festival


The 27th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 14, 2019. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2019 marked the 9th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hamptons International Film Festival plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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Hampton Classic Horse Show Renovating Grand Prix Field in The Hamptons https://thehamptons.com/blog/hampton-classic-horse-show-renovating-grand-prix-field-in-the-hamptons/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:14:09 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2077 here + there :: The Hamptons’ PR Wire


The Hampton Classic Horse Show is renovating its famed Grand Prix field. The project will be complete and ready to welcome back the horse show’s top national and international competitors when the 44th annual event returns to its phenomenal 60-acre showgrounds in Bridgehampton, NY, August 25-September 1, 2019.


“After much study and discussion, the decision was made to completely renovate our grass grand prix field,” said Lisa Deslauriers, chairman of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors. “As always, the safety and well-being of our horses and riders is of first and foremost concern and we are thrilled that we were able to come up with a plan to improve the footing while maintaining our tradition of a grass field.”


The close to $1 million renovation will use a similar structure as the Dublin Horse Show and Spruce Meadows. The protocol calls for a base of stabilization textile, perforated piping, a rock drainage layer, and an 8” topsoil/sand/fiber top layer. The sod will consist of a Kentucky Bluegrass/Tall Fescue blend. The installation will be completed by mid-November. In the Spring, the Classic will aerate and fertilize, as needed, to encourage the roots to grow down into the soil material. The field will also benefit from some of the capital improvements made in recent years, such as perimeter drainage, a new well, and a new irrigation system. Hampton Classic Board President, Dennis Suskind commented, “I am excited at the prospect of having outstanding grass footing in our field, and I am confident this project will get us there.”


The project is being managed by Allen Rheinheimer, the show’s Equestrian Manager in concert with the Hampton Classic’s turf consultant, Steven McDonald. Founder of Turfgrass Disease Solutions, LLC, McDonald consults for more than 150 athletic fields, golf courses, and unique turfgrass systems each year. He received a B.S in Turfgrass Management from Delaware Valley College and a M.S. in Agronomy from University of Maryland, and is currently an instructor at Rutgers where he teaches Turf Management and Turfgrass Weed Science.


Work on the approximately 2-acre area is already underway, although the project has not yet been fully funded. The Hampton Classic, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has launched a capital campaign to raise $1 million as soon as possible. Tax-deductible contributions can be made at the Hampton Classic’s website, or by contacting the office directly.


The 2018 Hampton Classic hosted riders from twelve nations – including Olympic and World Cup champions – competed at the world-class event, which culminated in a brilliant victory by McLain Ward in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI presented by Douglas Elliman.


Set amidst the splendor of The Hamptons on Long Island’s famed Atlantic coast, very near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of The Hamptons’ famed summer season. Considered the event ‘to see and be seen,’ A-list celebrities, business leaders, and socialites are spotted among the approximately 50,000 attendees every year – including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Sofia Vergara, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julianne Moore and Michael Bloomberg.


The Hampton Classic showcases more than 1,600 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix show jumping with Olympic veterans that come from all across the U.S. and abroad. The Classic, which also hosts classes for riders with disabilities, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 1st. hamptonclassic.com


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hampton Classic plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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The Hate U Give, The Biggest Little Farm + One Small Step Take Audience Awards At The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival https://thehamptons.com/blog/the-hate-u-give-the-biggest-little-farm-one-small-step-take-audience-awards-at-the-26th-annual-hamptons-international-film-festival/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:14:21 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2069

theater + film :: The Hamptons International Film Festival


The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival announced announced their audience awards for the 26th edition from East Hampton. THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr., took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, directed by John Chester, took home the Audience Award for Documentary Feature. ONE SMALL STEP, directed by Bobby Pontillas & Andrew Chesworth, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film. All of the Audience Awards are sponsored by Out East.

The festival ran from October 4th through October 8th and played over 125 films from around the world.

“We are thrilled that these diverse, unique, and entertaining stories resonated with our audience,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “Our Breakthrough Artist Amandla Stenberg and the director George Tillman Jr. gave a powerful introduction on Friday night for THE HATE U GIVE, an important film for our times, unsurprisingly leading to a post-screening standing ovation. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, which offers a beautiful look at life’s cycles through the impactful story of one couple’s decision to resuscitate a farm in northern California, is sure to touch the hearts of people of all ages. ONE SMALL STEP, the first film from two former Disney artists who started their own studio last year, is an inspiring story of one girl’s determination to follow her dreams.”

Additional HIFF awards for the 26th edition were also handed out yesterday in East Hampton.

The full list of winners below:
 

Hamptons International Film Festival Congratulates 2018 WINNERS!

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Narrative Feature, sponsored by Out East
THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr.

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Documentary Feature, sponsored by Out East
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, directed by John Chester

The HIFF Audience Award Winner for Short, sponsored by Out East
ONE SMALL STEP, directed by Bobby Pontillas & Andrew Chesworth

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Netflix
ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”, directed by Eva Trobisch

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by Netflix
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES, directed by Alexis Bloom


The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

FENCE “GARDHI”, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film
GUAXUMA, directed by Nara Normande

Special Jury Prize For Acting
BORDER “GRÄNS”, directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff


The 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution

AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
CROSS MY HEART, directed by Sontenish Myers

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, directed by Emily Anderson

The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
THE CAT RESCUERS, directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Industry Advocate for Women Award
Terry Lawler, Executive Director of NYWIFT

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award
Alan Alda

2018 Breakthrough Artists
Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith, Amandla Stenberg


About Our Local International Festival


The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 4th – 8th, 2018. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2016 marked the 8th time in the last 9 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars®, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


You can keep up with updates by following us on twitter @hamptonsmedia and bookmarking our People & Parties pages for full write-ups and videos and interviews…or even use the rss feed on this blog! You can find handy links to both The Hamptons International Film Festival plus lodging and/or dining from Westhampton to Montauk on “The Hamptons”.com

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The Hamptons International Film Announces HIFF Award Winners For Best Narrative Feature + Best Documentary Feature! https://thehamptons.com/blog/the-hamptons-international-film-announces-hiff-award-winners-for-best-narrative-feature-best-documentary-feature/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:52:47 +0000 https://thehamptons.com/blog/?p=2059

theater + film :: The Hamptons International Film Festival


The 26th Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton!

ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”, directed by Eva Trobisch, won the Award for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Netflix. DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES, directed by Alexis Bloom, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, also sponsored by Netflix. FENCE “GARDHI”, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj, and GUAXUMA, directed by Nara Normande, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively. Both Short Films will qualify for Academy® consideration. All four films were directed by female filmmakers.

BORDER “GRÄNS”, directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff. The film was selected as Sweden’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir (HIFF Screenwriters Lab 2015 Alumni), was awarded the 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, which is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.

CROSS MY HEART, directed by Sontenish Myers, was awarded the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, which provides a $3,000 cash prize and Vimeo Staff Pick to winning film.

ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, directed by Emily Anderson, was awarded the Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The film was awarded a $3,000 grant.

THE CAT RESCUERS, directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence, was awarded the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award. This award is presented to a film that raises public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals as well as environmental protection. The film was awarded a $2,500 grant.

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The film is directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. The annual award is handed to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice and civil liberties, and is named after iconic civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne Grant, an author, filmmaker and journalist. The award, which is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,500, is named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.

Terry Lawler, the outgoing longtime Executive Director of NYWIFT, was presented with the “Industry Advocate for Women Award” from HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. This was the inaugural presentation named to an industry advocate for women.

As previously announced Alan Alda was honored with the “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award,” presented by Alec Baldwin at the festival. 2018 Breakthrough Artists included Kayli Carter (PRIVATE LIFE), Cory Michael Smith (1985) & Amandla Stenberg (THE HATE U GIVE).

This year’s Narrative Jury was compromised of Geralyn Dreyfous, Academy Award®-winning producer of BORN INTO BROTHELS, THE SQUARE and THE INVISIBLE WAR and founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund, actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Girls, The Punisher, The Last Ship, and LOLA VERSUS and Linus Sandgren, FSF, Academy Award®-winning Cinematographer who collaborated on films including FIRST MAN, LA LA LAND, JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE. The Documentary Jury included Rory Kennedy, Academy Award®-nominated director of films including ETHEL, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM and the upcoming ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW (which screened at the festival), Jamie Patricof, producer of THE AFTER PARTY, THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and BLUE VALENTINE, and Alissa Wilkinson, writer and film critic for Vox.

This year the Festival was honored to partner with Variety for the seventh time and the New York Film Critics Circle for the tenth year.

“We offer our sincere praise to this year’s winners and are thankful to all the films that participated in this year’s groundbreaking competition slate,” said David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director. “In a year in which all of our Screenwriters Lab participants were women, and our competition section was evenly split with 50/50 gender representation, it is great to see that the jury selected four films by female filmmakers.”

“The festival is very fortunate to have an astounding and dynamic team of hard-working staff and volunteers that keep the festival strong,”said Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director. “We are also very appreciative to all the donors, sponsors, film industry, and attendees, including filmmakers and talent that could join us this year to celebrate the latest and greatest of cinema.”

Attendees of the 2018 festival included Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Bob Balaban, Carl Bernstein, Matthew Broderick, Carter Burwell, Bill Camp, Kayli Carter, Damien Chazelle, Katie Couric, Garrard Conley, Henri Dauman, Jamie Dornan, Michael Dweck, Emilio Estevez, Rupert Everett, Eric Fischl, Maria Giese, April Gornik, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Hamilton, Peter Hedges, Matthew Heineman, Justin Hurwitz, Rory Kennedy, Barbara Kopple, Nadine Labaki, Don Lemon, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Alessandro Nivola, Rosamund Pike, Sandy Powell, Gabriela Rodriguez, Raj Roy, Linus Sandgren, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Selznick, Josh Singer, John Sloss, Cory Michael Smith, Amandla Stenberg, George Tillman Jr., Dolly Wells, Alex Winter, Steve Young, Jerry Zaks and more.

The 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival took place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 4 – 8, 2018. The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors and media partners, including premiere sponsors Audi and Out East, lead sponsors Delta Air Lines, Altour International, and Netflix, and official media partners WNBC New York and Variety. For more information please visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Hamptons International Film Festival Congratulates 2018 Winners


The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature sponsored by Netflix

ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”, directed by Eva Trobisch

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by Netflix
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES, directed by Alexis Bloom

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film
FENCE “GARDHI”, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj


The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film

GUAXUMA, directed by Nara Normande

Special Jury Prize For Acting
BORDER “GRÄNS”, directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff

The 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
CROSS MY HEART, directed by Sontenish Myers

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, directed by Emily Anderson

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
THE CAT RESCUERS, directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Industry Advocate for Women Award
Terry Lawler, Executive Director of NYWIFT

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award
Alan Alda

2018 Breakthrough Artists
Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith, Amandla Stenberg

HIFF Narrative Feature Jury
Geralyn Dreyfous, Academy Award®-winning producer of BORN INTO BROTHELS, THE SQUARE and THE INVISIBLE WAR and founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact

Partners Film Fund
Ebon Moss Bachrach, actor; Girls, The Punisher, The Last Ship, LOLA VERSUS
Linus Sandgren, FSF, Academy Award®-winning Cinematographer who collaborated on films including FIRST MAN, LA LA LAND, JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE

HIFF Documentary Feature Jury
Rory Kennedy, Academy Award®-nominated director of films including ETHEL, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM and the upcoming ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW
Jamie Patricof, producer of THE AFTER PARTY, THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and BLUE VALENTINE – Alissa Wilkinson, writer and film critic for Vox


About Our Local International Festival


The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 4th – 8th, 2018. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2016 marked the 8th time in the last 9 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars®, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


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