Cold Case Hammarskjöld directed by Mads Brügger
Cold Case Hammarskjöld directed by Mads Brügger

This summer, Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs 2019 hosted by Alec Baldwin (HIFF Co-Chair) will once again lead conversations with filmmakers and guests, presenting three new and groundbreaking documentary filmmaking and thought-provoking stories to the East End at Guild Hall. Films include Maiden directed by Alex Holmes, Cold Case Hammarskjöld directed by Mads Brügger and Circus Of Books directed by Rachel Mason.

“We are proud of how the SummerDocs series has grown over the last 10 years. Bringing exciting documentaries, featuring powerful stories, to our festival community is now a significant part of our programming,” said HIFF Co-Chairman and SummerDocs series presenter Alec Baldwin.

Past SummerDocs selections, including ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM(2013), LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM (2014), THE COVE (2009), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012), have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations. 

MAIDEN
Directed by Alex Holmes

In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist?

Tracy Edwards proved them wrong. 26-year-old skipper Edwards, her second-hand racing yacht Maiden, and her seasoned crew not only became the first-ever all-woman challenge to the Whitbread, they proved able competitors in the famously grueling race, besting male crews in their class. By the time they returned to their starting point at Southampton, England, after 32,000 miles of global racing, they had shocked, inspired, and transfixed the sailing world and the British nation. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Trailer: MAIDEN directed by Alex Holmes
COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Directed by Mads Brügger

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS directed by Rachel Mason
CIRCUS OF BOOKS directed by Rachel Mason

A Magnolia Pictures release.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS
Directed by Rachel Mason

For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason: a straight couple with three children. CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist Rachel Mason.

A Netflix release.

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