Each of us leaves the festival theater with lingering impressions of a story told. The imprint on the human psyche can bolster or bother but what we take away is as individual as the filmmakers who make documentary films.
2014 was a year of growth. We’re now a 4-day festival. Our screenings in Spring and Fall are community events. We broadened our ‘Young Voices’ selections; initiated a collaboration with the School of Visual Arts MFA Social Documentary; promoted our Library Outreach program; and expanded our Industry Advisory Board to eight of the finest professionals in the world of documentary film.
Our annual Galas honor and celebrate visionaries in the world of documentary. As filmmakers, we stand on the shoulders of their pioneering breakthrus: Richard Leacock created the sound-sync camera and cinema verité, Susan Lacy enlivens artists with the art of documentary biography, DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus disappear their cameras into an intimate world behind the scenes. This year our spotlight shines on Barbara Kopple and her 40+ years of documentary filmmaking— courageous, bold, honest.
For 7 years, HT2FF’s mission continues to champion the rich, diverse and challenging world of the documentary. We bring you unique stories on film, some long, others short and some you’ll never see anywhere but at our festival. We hope our films find a place in your busy life. This is the experience we want to share.
Curtain up! Jacqui Lofaro Founder, Filmmaker & Executive Director
She hosts the popular morning show the “Eclectic Café” a sonic gumbo of music, news and interviews weekdays 9am to noon and “The Song Is You” featuring a wide range of guests exploring their top 10 favorite tunes and the way music has affected their lives. Listen online: 883wppb.org and find her on Facebook and Twitter. On her off days you can also find Bonnie on a variety of local stages doing community theatre... her latest a production of “August Osage County” was in the spring of 2014 at Southampton Cultural Center.
Bonnie Grice is an award winning broadcaster and interviewer. A two-time Gracie Allen Award winner, Bonnie can be heard on Long Island's NPR affiliate WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting.
Andrew Botsford is a visiting professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program at the Stony Brook Southampton Graduate Arts campus. For 20 years he was the associate editor of The Southampton Press family of newspapers. As the host of "Tuesday Night at the Movies with Andrew and Friends," he offers commentary on the independent and foreign films of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center's "Finest in World Cinema" summer series. In addition, he has reviewed movies and live theater for WPPB 88.3 FM. An actor and director, he has appeared in 41 productions
of the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue and Westhampton Beach since 1985, and in full productions as well as staged readings at a number of other East End venues, including the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Our Mission. The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival,now in its 7th year, is a nonprofit organization founded by filmmakers. We champion and celebrate the rich, diverse and challenging world of documentary film. We bring the work of talented documentary filmmakers with preference from New York to Montauk, Long Island—to new audiences with our annual December film festival in Sag Harbor and year round screenings in the Hamptons. We recognize and honor film and filmmakers who deserve a closer look.
Our History. Community response assures us of a preference and appreciation for quality documentary films. We are known as the ‘art house’ festival presenting 4 days of emerging premieres and award-winning documentaries, shorts, features, and student submissions. These fill our “all docs all day” mission coupled with insightful and stimulating Q/A discussions.
We Celebrate. Our special Galas honor legendary documentary filmmakers and have included luminaries such as Richard Leacock, the master of direct cinema; Susan Lacy, the creator of WNET/PBS American Masters currently at HBO; the dynamic and pioneering documentary team of D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; and for 2014 we celebrate Barbara Kopple and her 40+year career of Academy-award winning films. Our Filmmaker’s Choice Award is a peer selection to honor one of its own esteemed documentarians. This year’s choice is Wendy Keys and her acclaimed documentary career as administrator/programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1966-2008.
Year Round. We added screenings of important films during the Spring and Fall; we launched a year-round Library Outreach program providing festival films to East End libraries to screen for members; we offer student workshops taught by acclaimed documentary filmmakers to inspire young filmmakers in the art & mechanics of the documentary; we partner with organizations and institutions to augment their programs with documentary film.
Advisory Board. The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival created a prestigious Advisory Board, a group of film/media/communications professionals who care about the documentary genre and are generous with creative ideas. Together we gather, pollinate ideas and put them into practice for a growing and important documentary film festival.
As we always say, a good story can make a good documentary and a good story told with talent and heart makes a doc you’ll talk about after the theatre lights come up. Thank you for your continuing support. Enjoy the festival.
Founder, Executive Director & Documentary Filmmaker
2014 HT2FF ADVISORY BOARD
In 2013 we created our first industry Advisory Board, now a group of 8 highly accomplished members of the documentary film community. Their input plays a key role in developing programs and incubating new ideas which will benefit filmmakers and audiences alike. We believe the work and experience of an Advisory Board offers the festival a wealth of creative input and connection. The intent is to gather, pollinate ideas and put them into practice for a growing and important documentary film festival.
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Julie Anderson - Executive Producer, Documentaries and Development at PBS/WNET; former producer at ESPN; documentary filmmaker at HBO Sports; executive at HBO Original Documentary Programming. Karen Arikian - Founded her independent consulting company with offices in Germany and New York for clients including BAFTA, Toronto International Film Festival, Hamburg Media School; US Delegate to (Berlinale) Berlin International Film Festival. Susan Lacy - Founded Pentimento Productions in 2014, with a film to premiere on HBO, the first in an exclusive multi-picture deal with HBO Documentary Films; former creator, director & executive producer of 200 documentaries for the PBS “American Masters” series.
Don Lenzer - Documentary director and cinematographer whose credits can be found on five Academy Award winning feature documentaries and numerous public television programs; co-directed and shot the Emmy Award winning Great Performances documentary "Itahak Perlman; In The Fiddler's House." Susan Margolin- President of Docurama and Special Acquisitions at Cinedigm. She oversees the recently launched Docurama Channel as well as the Docurama brand of award winning documentary films across all platforms including theatrical, home entertainment, and digital distribution.
Nigel Noble - Producer, director and Academy Award winner for the documentary short, “Close Harmony;" producer and director of films and video for theatres, television, not-for-profits, major businesses with works earning nominations and accolades from the Director’s Guild of America, Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival.
Roger Sherman - Director, producer and cinematographer of documentaries that have won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and two Academy award nominations. He is a co-founder of Florentine Films.
Ron Simon - Curator of television and radio for The Paley Center for Media; an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York University and Hunter College; judge on the George Foster Peabody committee; member editorial board of Television Quarterly.
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