The SummerDocs series returns for its ninth year as the festival will also host free Friday and Sunday screenings.
The Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series will return for its ninth year this summer.
Five documentary films will be screened from July 8-Aug. 26 with each screening followed by discussions with filmmakers and subjects led by HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin and HIFF artistic director David Nugent.
The films in this year’s line-up are Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, Trophy, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, Whitney: Can I Be Me? and Icarus. Post-screening discussions will be held with, respectively, directors Brian Knappenberger, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, Rory Kennedy, Nick Broomfield and Bryan Fogel. Hamilton will also participate in the post-screening conversation about his film, while the Nobody Speak chat will also feature special guests to be announced.
“It’s HIFF’s 25th anniversary year and the ninth season of SummerDocs and we have a great lineup of documentary films, featuring intense drama and more entertaining fare,” Baldwin said in a statement. “Artistic director David Nugent and I believe this will be one of the best SummerDoc seasons yet.”
Nugent added, “This year’s series truly includes something for everyone, from debates about free speech, an exploration of the trophy hunting industry, a pop star’s triumphs and struggles, a riveting sports scandal and a profile of a surfing pioneer. With a number of special guests set to attend, and engaging discussions following each screening, we are thrilled to share these films with our audiences.”