Spring docs

April screenings

Hamptons Doc Fest is active throughout the year. Our community engagement doesn’t end with our five-day film festival. Our offerings of films and programs continue to engage and enliven even when the winter days are short and the spring months bring promise.


For several Years, Hamptons Doc Fest has kicked-off the new spring season in April by screening a fresh selection of documentary films. We combine the films with panel discussions to engage audiences in the theater and beyond with coordinated lunches, and other events.

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Mission Blue (95min)

April 22, 2018
2:00pm, with special guest Carl Safina
At Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor

Directors: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens
Cinematography by: Axel Baumann, Damien Drake, Bryce Groark
Editing: Peter R. Livingston Jr.

The majesty and imperiled status of the world’s aquatic life are vividly captured in “Mission Blue.” Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon’s documentary also serves as a biographical portrait of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle, whose trailblazing career and inspiring ongoing efforts provide compelling human interest, while Bryce Groark’s spectacular underwater photography offers eye candy aplenty.

Sylvia Earle is a fearless 78-year-old woman. In Mission Blue, we watch her dive with sharks in the deep blue sea and fearlessly dodge fishing nets as she swims through the middle of a major fishing operation. The film offers a bold new view of the famed oceanographer whose relentless pursuit of saving the ocean takes her from the mythical expanse of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the swirling schools of the Chesapeake Bay menhaden fishery to the bustling fish markets of Tokyo


Carl Safina

We are honored that Carl Safina, who is featured in the movie will be in attendance to speak after the screening of Mission Blue. Carl Safina is an award-winning scientist, author and founding president of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University. His writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowship.


Bird of Prey (95 min)

by Director Eric Liner
at 4:00pm
We proudly bring you a spectacular documentary film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It’s the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today. In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig filmed the first images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. But today, with a rapidly expanding human population facing serious political, economic, and environmental turmoil, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness. 

“Bird of Prey” follows Neil’s return to the Philippines as he embarks on a grueling expedition alongside a small but devoted group determined to protect the eagle. Together, they answer the question: What will it take to save a species from extinction?



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