Hamptons 2019: Documentary Overview

The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival

October 10-14

More than 30 new and recent documentary features screen at this well-regarded event, representing half of the lineup.


The fest’s Documentary Competition includes Toronto premiere RED PENGUINS, Gabe Polsky’s entertaining look at an American-backed hockey team in post-Soviet Russia; and, from Sundance, Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan’s PAHOKEE, following four high school seniors in rural Florida.


Themed sections include Conflict and Resolution, with Dror Moreh’s THE HUMAN FACTOR, on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights, with David Hambridge’s KIFARU, about efforts to protect the world’s last male northern white rhino; Views from Long Island, with the world premiere of Treva Wurmfeld’s CONSCIENCE POINT, on a conflict between the Shinnecock Nation and local Hamptons developers; and Air, Land & Sea, with the world premiere of Anthony Baxter’s FLINT, on the aftermath of the city’s water crisis.


Other world premieres include Spotlight film SCANDALOUS, Mark Landsman’s exploration of the infamous and influential tabloid; and, from the World Cinema Documentary strand, Oren Jacoby’s ON BROADWAY, an inside look at the Great White Way; Matthew Miele’s ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH, a profile of the celebrated director; and Ben Steele’s IN MEMORIAM, a look at the human cost of mass shootings.

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