Hamptons Doc Fest celebrates its 16th year with an enlarged seven-day festival of 30 enlightening documentary films, screening November 30 to December 6 in Sag Harbor, at both the Sag Harbor Cinema and Bay Street Theater.
“Our 2023 documentary program promises you the power and experience of quality storytelling that surprises us, makes us think and feel, and connects us with wider ideas and concepts,” says Jacqui Lofaro, founder and executive director of Hamptons Doc Fest. “Plus the festival provides us as always with a festive, celebratory opening to the holiday season.”
Opening Night Film at the Sag Harbor Cinema on Nov. 30 features “In the Company of Rose” directed by James Lapine, about widow Rose Styron’s life with novelist William Styron, while Frank Marshall’s “Rather” about newscaster Dan Rather closes the festival at Bay Street Theater on Dec. 6.
The line-up includes films about artists, musicians, dancers, fashion and photography, nature and the environment, biography, history and human rights.
“Among the many award-winning films and talented filmmakers we have invited to our festival,” states Hamptons Doc Fest artistic director Karen Arikian, “we are honored to recognize the stellar career of Matt Heineman with our Pennebaker Career Achievement Award; Artemis Rising Foundation with our Impact Award to Regina K. Scully; and new this year, our Legacy Award, given posthumously to filmmaker Nancy Buirski. We are also thrilled to be showing Wim Wenders’ “Anselm”—shot in 3D—about artist Anselm Kiefer, as well as to warmly welcome master filmmaker James Ivory with his film “A Cooler Climate.”
An annual tradition, the festival also presents its Young Voices Program on Dec. 6 at Bay Street Theater to hundreds of local middle and high school students, where award-winning filmmaker Roger Sherman will conduct a hands-on workshop after the screening of a short film “Rocks 4 Sale!”
Tickets and passes for films at both theaters are available starting November 1 at www.hamptonsdocfest.com.