The Hamptons International Film Festival’s (HIFF) SummerDocs will return for its 10th iteration this June.
The documentary film series will launch with HBO’s Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind on Friday, June 29.
“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our SummerDocs series with three dynamic films covering a variety of topics, including a legendary actor, forgotten Broadway musicals and a culinary prodigy,” shared Hamptons International Film Festival Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin. “Over the last decade we have captivated audiences with some of the most incredible storytelling and know that our 10th anniversary continues that tradition.”
The screenings will continue on Saturday, July 21 with Bathtubs Over Broadway, and wrap up with Chef Flynn on Saturday, August 25.
After each viewing Baldwin, along with HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent, will host a discussion with either one of the filmmakers or subjects, or both. For Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, director Marina Zenovich will be in attendance. The conversation following Bathtubs Over Broadway will feature director Dava Whisenant. The final screening will welcome Chef Flynn director Cameron Yates and the film’s subject, Flynn McGarry.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind takes a look at the life of the world’s most adored and innovative comedians. Mostly told by Robin himself, the film features a captivating collection of never-before-seen footage, as well as in-depth interviews with notable names like Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pam Dawber, Zak Williams and many others. The film will debut on HBO on Monday, July 16.
Bathtubs Over Broadway delves into the little known world of corporate musicals and Steve Young’s, a comedy writer for Late Show with David Letterman, quest to rescue the forgotten musical genre from obscurity. When researching material for a segment, Young came across a few vintage record albums, peculiar cast recordings that were labeled “internal use only” – which featured Broadway-style musical shows revolving around some of the country’s most recognizable corporations, such as General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont, and Xerox. The film includes commentary from David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra, and more.
Chef Flynn follows the extraordinary life of the teenage chef who was featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at just 15. The prodigal young chef – who has been called the “Justin Bieber of food” – has helmed the kitchen at Eureka in Los Angeles and New York City for dinner tastings that he’s been curating since he was only 12-years-old, and has also staged in some of the top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe – including Eleven Madison Park, Alinea, Next, Geranium, and Maaemo.
“The Food Network crowd will go nuts for the doc, but beyond the shots of luscious dishes, there’s a pretty interesting character study here as well,” John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter noted.
Additionally, beach season will bring the Summer of Spielberg to Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton). July and August will feature free screenings of Spielberg classics, including the Indian Jones series, Hook, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Poltergeist, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, The Post, and more.
“Between our SummerDocs program and the outdoor Summer of Spielberg program at the Southampton Arts Center, our audiences will have much to choose from in the run up to our 26th edition,” concluded Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent.
SummerDocs screenings will take place at Guild Hall (158 Main Street, East Hampton), starting at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.