The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival,now in its 8th year, is a nonprofit organization founded by filmmakers to 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.
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.
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 celebrated 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. The 2014 choice was Wendy Keys and her acclaimed documentary career as administrator/programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1966-2008.
We screen 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.
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.
Founder, Executive Director & Documentary Filmmaker
2015 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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