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Hayground School Welcomes Acclaimed Director Barry Sonnenfeld to Bridgehampton for a Book Signing and Q+A!

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Hayground School is thrilled to host a book signing for legendary director/ cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld’s new book “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker” on Friday, March 6 at 5:30pm.

Taking place at the Hayground School (151 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton), BookHampton will be offering copies of the memoir for purchase at the event for $30. Free and open to the public, the book signing will include a brief Q&A and feature refreshments prepared by students participating in the school’s Culinary Arts Program.

Throughout his long and storied career, Sonnenfeld directed such beloved classics as Get Shorty, The Addams Family, and the Men in Black trilogy. His career as a cinematographer includes working with the Coen brothers on Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, and Blood Simple; Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally and Misery; and Penny Marshall on Big. Sonnenfeld was also Director and Executive Producer on both the film and TV adaptations of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as TV series The Tick and Pushing Daisies.

In addition to chronicling his idiosyncratic upbringing in New York City, Sonnenfeld’s memoir traces his professional trajectory, from breaking into film as a cinematographer with the Coen brothers to his unexpected career as the director of two major film franchises with Men in Black and The Addams Family. Written in a style reminiscent of David Sedaris, Tina Fey, Nora Ephron and Augusten Burroughs, “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother” is a road map for anyone who thinks they can’t succeed in life because of a rough beginning.

This event holds particularly special meaning for the Hayground community due to the Sonnenfeld family’s long-standing relationship with the school. Both Barry Sonnenfeld and his wife, Susan Ringo, were founding members of Hayground School in 1996. Since then, the Sonnenfelds have remained ongoing supporters, and Susan currently serves as a Board Member. Their daughter, Chloe, was in Hayground’s first Early Childhood class, attending the school from the age of 3 until she graduated with the class of 2007.

Hayground Faculty Chair Marcelle Langendal notes, “What an amazing opportunity to celebrate and welcome back the Sonnenfelds! From the day that Hayground was conceived in December 1995, Barry and Susan have been more than founding parents; they’ve been warm, dear friends and integral members of the Hayground family. Through all my years at Hayground, some of my fondest memories are about Barry and his relationship with his daughter and Hayground graduate, Chloe. Everyone here is really looking forward to their return; not only is it our chance to support Barry’s amazing book and reconnect with so many of our founders, alumni and supporters, but also invite our local community to share in a truly wonderful event.”

About The Hayground School

Founded in 1996, Hayground School offers children ages 3 through 14 a hands-on education based on mentorship, student-led inquiry, and authentic endeavors in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Schools or individuals interested in more information can contact Marcelle Langendal ( at (631) 537-7068.

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