The Hamptons International Film Festival will be on the lookout for a new chief as five-year vet Karen Arikian leaves the scene. Her replacement has their work cut out for them. It has been hard for the Hamptons fest to stamp itself as important or singular. Hatched as a way to extend the tourist season for Long Island’s East End when the socialite set shutter their summer homes and head back to Manhattan, the event unfortunately falls between the Toronto and New York film festivals. Those are unbeatable showcases for Oscar-season films and they get all the top films. But the Hamptons is a pleasant festival, and maybe it’s sufficient as just one more stop along the trail for award-season wannabe films. Especially the art house fare that can use all the promotional opportunities they can get. Here’s the release:
The Artist from director Michel Hazanavicius earned the Audience Award (Narrative) while Marc Levin’s Hard Times: Lost on Long Island was honored with the Audience Award (Documentary) to pace winners at the 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival announced tonight. Also taking home an Audience Award was Two’s a Crowd from directors Jim Isler and Tom Isler (for Best Short), while The Fairy – directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon — was selected as winner of the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Golden Starfish for Best Documentary went to Fellipe Barbosa’s Laura. Other winners included: The Strange Ones, from directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein (Short Documentary Jury Winner); Without, from director Mark Jackson (Kodak Award for Best Cinematography and the Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award); and You’ve Been Trumped, from director Anthony Baxter (Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice). The Narrative Jury also awarded a special jury mention to Joshua Marton’s The Forgiveness of Blood.
EXCLUSIVE: The 19th annual Hamptons International Film Festival has set the silent film sensation The Artist to be the closing-night film premiere on Oct. 16 and the Drake Doremus-directed drama Like Crazy to be the Centerpiece Film screening Oct. 15. That film won the Grand Jury Prize at 2011 Sundance, where it was acquired by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush.
The festival will honor its star, Anton Yelchin, as one of this year’s Breakthrough Performers. Other emerging stars will be added as the festival gets closer. HIFF already announced that its opening film will be the Jay and Mark Duplass-directed Jeff Who Lives at Home. The Michel Hazanavicius-directed The Artist, acquired by The Weinstein Company on the eve of Cannes, won Best Actor honors at the festival for Jean Dujardin, who plays a silent-movie superstar at the advent of talking pictures, a development that will ruin his career.