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Gawker, Hulk Hogan Doc to Kick Off Hamptons Festival’s SummerDocs

The Hamptons International Film Festival has set the lineup for its ninth annual SummerDocs series, kicking off with a screening of Netflix’s “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” Brian Knappenberger’s chronicle of the legal battle between Gawker and Hulk Hogan.

Running July 8-Aug. 26 at Guild Hall in East Hampton, SummerDocs will continue with The Orchard and CNN Films’ “Trophy,” with IFC’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” and Showtime’s “Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me‘” screening in August. Another Netflix doc, “Icarus,” will close out this year’s run.

Alec Baldwin, who is HIFF’s co-chairman and the SummerDocs series presenter, and HIFF artistic director David Nugent will lead conversations with the filmmakers and film subjects following the screenings. “Artistic Director David Nugent and I believe this will be one of the best SummerDoc seasons yet,” said Baldwin said in a statement.

Nugent added, “This year’s series truly includes something for everyone, from debates about free speech, an exploration of the trophy hunting industry, a pop star’s triumphs and struggles, a riveting sports scandal and a profile of a surfing pioneer. With a number of special guests set to attend, and engaging discussions following each screening, we are thrilled to share these films with our audiences.”

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Past SummerDocs selections, including “Twenty Feet From Stardom” and “The Cove,” went on to receive Academy Awards.

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