2018 Info & Highlights


We launch our second decade of docs with a new name, a new logo, a new slate of award-caliber documentary films. We are now the HAMPTONS DOC FEST—short, succinct, edited to reflect our passion for the non-fiction genre. Our new logo, brilliantly designed by the studio of Walter Bernard, projects the arc of storytelling directly to the art of the documentary.

THE FILMS UP CLOSE. The 11th year lineup is rich and diverse with docs on dance, art, history, music, adventure and compelling life stories. Our intimate “biography docs” that populate our program cover, reveal talent, drive, demons, wins, losses and loves. Experience the musical protégé Sammy Davis Jr.; actor and activist Jane Fonda; provocative playwright Terrence McNally; LGBT champion Edie Windsor; mysterious and misunderstood Montgomery Clift. Each life is a lived script that fascinates and informs.

THE ENVELOPE PLEASE! Our slate of SPECIAL AWARDS honors outstanding films and filmmakers: the Breakout Director Award, in recognition of artistic merit for a feature-length film, goes to Tim Wardle for Three Identical Strangers. The Sloane Shelton Human Rights Award, that celebrates courage in the face of social unrest and injustice, goes to the late Kirk Simon for Strangers No More. The Hector Leonardi Art & Inspiration Award, that embraces the vibrancy and joy of painting, goes to Matthew Kaplowitz for Nothing Changes. Our esteemed Filmmakers’ Choice Award, nominated by fellow documentary filmmakers, goes to Sam Pollard for Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me.

Together we inaugurated the idea in 2017 to bring great documentary films free to the community and expand the festival by an additional day (from 4 to 5 days). Douglas Elliman’s generous sponsorship again brings filmgoers a full day of outstanding docs.


Festival Highlights


Andrew Botsford is a visiting professor in the graduate arts programs at Stony Brook Southampton. A writer, editor,  actor and director, he is president of the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue, where he has appeared in more than 40 productions since 1985. The longtime arts editor of the Southampton Press family of newspapers, he is also the editor-at-large for the online visual arts publication HamptonsArtHub.com. As the host of “Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew and Friends,” he offers commentary on independent and foreign films in the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's “Finest in World Cinema” summer series. In addition, he has reviewed movies and live theater for WPPB, 88.3 FM. Andrew has been the co-host for our festival for many years, asking poignant questions during the post-screening talk-back sessions.


Baron’s Cove

Get the full festival experience and stay a few days at the comfortable Baron’s Cove. The beautiful, convenient boutique hotel right in downtown Sag Harbor welcomes you with 67 charming village and harbor facing rooms. The restaurant and bar offers breakfast and classic American cuisine.

Book now and receive a special FESTIVAL RATE.
Use code DOCFEST for $99 Sunday – Friday, $199 Saturday rates.

Call 844-227-6672 and reference the code or book online and enter the promotional code at www.baronscove.com.

31 W.Water Street, Sag Harbor NY