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Paladin Acquires Hamptons Fest Thriller ‘The Maid’s Room’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 7:57am PST
Mike Fleming

hamPaladin has acquired The Maid’s Room and will release the Michael Walker-helmed thriller theatrically and on digital platforms this spring, per the company. Pic played the Hamptons Festival and was shot in that resort area. Paula Garces of Devious Maids, plays that role again, caring for a spoiled family and gaining leverage when the son of her employers comes home with a bloodied car after a hit and run. Devilworks, a new London-based sales agency, has pacted for international rights and is launching the title at the current European Film Market in Berlin.

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‘Philomena’, ‘Desert Runners’ Take Audience Awards At Hamptons Film Fest

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

Philomena and Desert Runners took the Audience Awards for Narrative and Documentary respectively at the 21st Hamptons International Film Festival which wraps up today. One Last Hug (…And A Few Smooches) Three Days At Grief Camp nabbed the Audience Award for short docu. Clio Barnard-directed Selfish Giant, Code Black and Whale Valley were honored with Golden Starfish awards for narrative feature, docu and short, respectively. Selfish Giant‘s Conner Chapman and the ensemble cast of Kush also received special juror mentions for their performances in those films. Shana Betz took the Tangerine Entertainment Juice award, which honors outstanding narrative filmmaker, for Free Ride. This year’s documentary feature jury included producer Daniel Crown, photographer and filmmaker Michael Halsband and Zeigeist Films’ co-founder Nancy Gerstman. The narrative jury included Elle magazine’s film critic Karen Durbin, writer, director and actor Alex Karpovsky and Tony-nominated Raul Esparza. Click over for a complete list of winners: Read More »

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Hamptons Sets ‘Kill Your Darlings’ To Open Fest; ‘12 Years A Slave’ Will Close It

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 8:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 21st Hamptons International Film Festival has named the Sony Pictures Classics pic Kill Your Darlings to open the fest; the Paramount Vantage-distributed Alexander Payne-directed Nebraska for its centerpiece, and the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years A Slave to close the deal. Latter is a Fox Searchlight/New Regency production that has arguably gotten the strongest critical reaction of the Oscar pics unveiled here in Toronto. The fest runs October 10-14.

Related: Toronto: 300 Movies To See, But Who Will Get The Biggest Oscar Buzz?

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Hamptons Film Fest Taps Anne Chaisson As Exec Director

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 2:08pm PST
Mike Fleming

EAST HAMPTON, NY (November 28th, 2012) – The Hamptons International Film Festival announced today the appointment of Anne Chaisson as the new executive director. Chaisson, who has long been associated with the Festival, serving as Advisory Co-Chair since 2003, will begin her new post at the end of November. The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director. Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008. He has also been teaching Documentary film history, and American Independent film history at The New School since 2004.

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Hamptons Festival: ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘No Place On Earth’ Win Top Prizes

By | Sunday October 7, 2012 @ 4:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

East Hampton, NY (October 7th, 2012) – The Hamptons International Film Festival announced tonight their audience, jury and special prizes at their awards ceremony from Guild Hall in East Hampton. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and NO PLACE ON EARTH were honored with the Baume & Mercier Audience Awards for Narrative and Documentary, respectively.

Umat Dag’s KUMA and Cate Shortland’s LORE tied for The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary went to COLOMBIANOS, directed by Tora Mårtens.

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Hamptons Fest Sets ‘Love, Marilyn’ As Opening Nighter; Toronto Winner ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Also On Slate

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 3:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EAST HAMPTON, NY – The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival is proud to announce that LOVE, MARILYN will have its U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night film at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Thursday, October 4th. Director Liz Garbus’ documentary feature is a startlingly intimate and revealing portrait of arguably the most famous female actor ever to grace the silver screen. HBO will air in the film in 2013.

The Friday night Southampton opening is David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. After a court-ordered stint at a psychiatric facility, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who is bipolar, moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) and tries to win back his estranged wife Nikki. Into his orbit flies Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an equally volatile young widow who offers to help Pat get Nikki back…at a price. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 21st.

Ben Affleck’s ARGO will be the Centerpiece of the festival. Affleck directs and plays Tony Mendez, a CIA agent and “exfiltration” expert who devised a daring, unconventional plan to rescue six Americans hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Warner Brothers will release the film nationally on October 12th.

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