Itzhak Perlman Documentary to Open Hamptons Film Festival

Itzhak documentary
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“Itzhak,” Alison Chernick’s documentary about famous violinist Itzhak Perlman, will get its world premiere at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival, which will open with the movie when the fest kicks off in October.

The opener is part of a new batch of films added to the festival 25th anniversary lineup. A couple of the premieres center on the most recent presidential election: “11/8/16,” the world premiere of a doc (directed by more than 40 people and produced by Jeff Deutchman) capturing footage from election day around the country; and Onur Tukel’s “The Misogynists,” featuring Dylan Baker and set in a hotel room on election night.

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Titles with a local angle include Ben and Orson Cummings’ documentary “Killer Bees,” about Bridgehampton’s high school basketball team, and Josh Klausner’s comedy “Wanderland,” about a housesitter at a Hamptons cottage. Also on tap are Emmett and Brendan Malloy’s “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” a coming of age tale with a cast that includes Jennifer Garner; “Larger Than Life, The Kevyn Aucoin Story,” Tiffany Bartok’s documentary about the well-know makeup artist; and Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah’s “The First to Do It,” a doc about Earl Lloyd, the first African American player (then scout, then head coach) in the NBA.

With a full slate that also includes Andy Serkis’ “Breathe” and Rob Reiner’s “LBJ,”  the 25th anniversary Hamptons Film Festival runs Oct. 5-9.

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