[slide-left]Spring docs 2019[/slide-left]
[fade]Hamptons Doc Fest kicked-off the new spring season in April with another inspired selection of documentary films. The post-screening panel talks with invited filmmakers served to enhance the documentary experience.[/fade]
April 28, 2019 AT Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
We screened “The Biggest Little Farm” and “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”
Sun, 4/28, 1:00pm, 91 min
Q&A with Layton Guenther, Acting Director of Quail Hill Farm, Amanda Merrow, Farmer and Founder of Amber Waves Farm and Geoffrey Drummond from Stony Brook’s innovative Food Lab.
PRODUCERS: Sandra Keats, John Chester
EDITOR: Amy Overbeck
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: John Chester and Kyle Romanek
Biggest Little Farm chronicles the personal journey of two big-city foodies—John Chester and his wife Molly, a culinary writer—as they trade city life to acquire and establish their own farm, Apricot Lane Farms, on 200 acres of depleted and dry soil in Moorpark, California, outside of Los Angeles. Over an eight-year stretch, they work doggedly to live in harmony with nature, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 crops, raising animals of every kind, including a pig named Emma and a rooster named Greasy, all the while combating obstacles that include coyotes, insects, drought and disease. (91mins)
Q&A with Scott Chaskey, Amagansett’s longtime Quail Hill Farm director, poet and author, and Layton Guenther, its farm manager, speaking about their experiences heading Quail Hill, one of the original Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States. They will be joined by Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves farm in Amagansett.
Sun, 4/28, 4:00pm, 115 min
Q&A with Ed German, host of The Urban Jazz Experience on WPPB and Ali Davis, grandson of Miles Davis.
PRODUCERS: Stanley Nelson and Nicole London
EDITORS: Lewis Erskine, ACE, Natasha Livia Mottola and Yusuf Kapadia
Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis' life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today's world. Nelson had unprecedented access to the Miles Davis estate, never-before-seen archival materials, Sony archives and interviews. (115 mins)
Stanley Nelson, who was the Hamptons Doc Fest’s 2015 Career Achievement Award honoree, has the distinction of having more docs play at Sundance (10) than any other director.