Spring docs 2019
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.
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.
May 5, 2019 AT Southampton Arts Center
We screened “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists”
Sun, 5/5, 5:00pm, 108 min
Co-presented with Press Club of Long Island
Q&A with co-director Steve McCarthy, Patrick Breslin, Dennis Hamill and Brendan J. O’Reilly, Press Club of Long Island.
DIRECTORS: Jonathon Alter, Steven McCarthy, John Brock
PRODUCERS: Jonathon Alter, John Brock
EDITORS: Geof Bartz, ACE and Angela Gandini
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steve McCarthy
The film follows the intersecting lives, triumphs and tragedies, and five-decade careers of these two brilliant, gritty and controversial New York City newspaper columnists in the great era of print journalism, writing for the New York Herald Tribune, Daily News, New York Post and Newsday. It draws directly from rare archival footage, family archives, and interviews with both columnists as well as major figures on the New York and national scene. It also follows them to the Hamptons, as they retreat to rented seashore homes to find the peace and quiet to write their novels. (108 mins)
Q&A with the film’s co-director and director of cinematography Steven McCarthy, in conversation with Brendan O’Reilly, a Board member of the Press Club of Long Island and the Press News Group’s features editor for the Southampton and East Hampton Press.