The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series returns for the eighth year from July 9th to August 27th; opening with AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY, followed by BETTING ON ZERO and close with A PERFECT CANDIDATE.
The 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
“Now in its eighth year, the SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York & Hamptons summer calendar,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”
Past SummerDocs selections including TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM, THE COVE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations.
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
Saturday, July 9th at 7:00PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
New York magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, Laura Albert. AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but for Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to selfexpression. AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY is an Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures release.
BETTING ON ZERO
Saturday, August 6th at 7:30PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
Allegations of corporate criminality and high-stakes Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller from DARFUR NOW writer-director, Ted Braun. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history while Herbalife execs claim Ackman is a market manipulator out to bankrupt them and make a killing off his billion dollar short. Caught in the crossfire are middle Americans forging their financial future, working class Latino’s seeking justice, and a business model affecting the lives of millions around the world. BETTING ON ZERO weaves uncertainty, deception, hubris, intrigue, and greed in a surprising, deeply emotional dive into the world of money, fraud and the American Dream.
A PERFECT CANDIDATE
Saturday, August 27th at 7:00PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton
Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, A PERFECT CANDIDATE is a twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics. In 1994 former Marine Oliver North re- emerged from the Iran-Contra scandal to run for the U.S Senate to spark one of modern politics’ most outrageous elections. In the hotly contested race between North and incumbent Chuck Robb – who played Charlie Brown to Ollie’s Elvis – filmmakers R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor were granted astonishing access to the back room games played by the candidates, their handlers, and the press. The result is a revealing, chilling and darkly funny look into the modern political process.
Sometimes called the “evil twin” of the Pennebaker/ Hegedus classic The War Room, A PERFECT CANDIDATE screened in over 70 theaters nationwide, and on Channel 4 UK; and was nominated for an Emmy and short-listed for an Oscar. Its 2004 DVD release confirmed the film’s lasting value, and prompted The Onion to call it “brilliant, riveting, and unforgettable … a great film about American elections and the people who control them,” while the New Yorker declared “it couldn’t be more relevant.”