Summer Docs Series Returns In June


The Hamptons International Film Festival’s fifth annual four-part SummerDocs series kicks off with a screening of Morgan Neville’s “Twenty Feet From Stardom” on Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, who is featured in the film, will give a live performance. Dick Cavett will lead the conversation after the screening. The documentary pays tribute to the unmistakable voices of backup singers.

Alec Baldwin, the documentary series presenter, returns as the series continues on July 5 for Academy Award nominee Josh Fox’s “Gasland Part II.” The film is the provocative follow-up to “Gasland.” The second part examines even further the method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

“From Morgan Neville’s moving portrait of the singers that provide the backbone for much of our beloved music, to Josh Fox’s searing exploration of a topic so important to our planet’s future, we continue to highlight the breadth of subject and style in contemporary documentary film,” said David Nugent, artistic director of The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Two additional films in the series will be announced at a later date. HIFF will also add a partnership with the Southampton Center for the Arts in July, according to Hamptons International Film Festival Executive Director Anne Chaisson.

“We are delighted to continue to bring exciting and groundbreaking documentaries to the Hamptons each summer,” she said.

Tickets are $22, or $20 for members. Reservations are available at or at the Guild Hall box office. For additional information, visit

The 21st annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held from October 10 through October 14.

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