Hamptons Fest looks East

Conflict and resolution pics featured

The eighth edition of the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival will spotlight more than 100 features, documentaries, panel discussions and shorts — including Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher,” which will open the fest; Ed Harris’ “Pollock”; Gary Winick’s “Sam the Man”; and David Mamet’s “State and Main.” Event runs Oct. 11-15.

Fest chairman Stuart Match Suna said that more than $200,000 in goods and services will be presented to award winners of the festival.

“As ever, we have endeavored to shape a world-class event for all film lovers, the filmmaking community and the industry alike, while continuing the legacy of the Hamptons as a place where the creative spirit and inquiring mind are joyously merged,” said co-directors of programming Linda Blackaby and Lynda A. Hansen in a statement.

Starfish suitors

Features in competition for the fest’s Golden Starfish Award include Matthew Tabak’s “Auggie Rose,” Mia Trachinger’s “Bunny,” Dan Cohen’s “Diamond Men,” Dani Minnick’s “Falling Like This,” Abraham Lim’s “Roads and Bridges” and Michael Bregman’s “Table One.”

Spotlight Films include Bob Giraldi’s “Dinner Rush,” E. Elias Merhige’s “Shadow of the Vampire,” Linda Yellen’s “The Simian Line” and David Mamet’s “State and Main.”

Docus up for an award include “Burning Man: The Burning Sensation,” “Fighter,” “Full Blossom,” “I Remember Me” and “Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story.”

Tom Gilroy’s feature “Spring Forward” will close the event on Oct. 15.

Conflict pix

Fest features a number of film divisions. The Films of Conflict and Resolution this year focuses on the Middle East with such films as Sobhi Al-Zobaidi’s “Ali, His Friends and their Wishes,” Elia Suleiman’s “Chronicle of a Disappearance (Segell Ikhtifa),” Elia Suleiman’s “Cyber Palestine,” Avi Mograbi’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi,” Talya Ezrahi and Lewie Kerr’s “The Jahalin,” Najwa Najjar’s “Naim and Wadee’a,” Azza El-Hassan’s “The Place,” Ilan Yagoda’s “Rain 1949,” Rashid Masharawi’s “Tension,” Rashid Masharawi’s “Mak’Luba (Upside Down),” Eran Riklis’ “Vulcan Junction” and Hanna Elias’ “The Mountain.”

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