A Summer of Docs Kicks Off on June 29

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A scene from "Cold Case Hammerskjold." Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The 11th annual “SummerDocs” series has two prerequisites. First, the documentaries must be entertaining and engaging. And second, they must be from the minds of revolutionary storytellers.

“We are proud of how the SummerDocs series has grown over the last 10 years,” Alec Baldwin, Hamptons International Film Festival co-chairman and SummerDocs series presenter, said in a statement. “Bringing exciting documentaries, featuring powerful stories, to our festival community is now a significant part of our programming,”

The series will kick off with a screening of “Maiden,” directed by Alex Holmes, on Saturday, June 29, Guild Hall in East Hampton, followed by Mads Brügger’s “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” on July 20 and “Circus of Books” from filmmaker Rachel Mason on August 24.

Following the screenings — all begin at 7 p.m. — Baldwin and Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent will have conversations with the directors of each film, along with additional guests to be announced.

“With fascinating documentaries that showcase topics including a brave group of female sailors, a wild and intriguing investigation into a plane crash from over 50 years ago, and a straight couple’s story of owning a gay porn shop, our audience will once again get a peek at some of the best non-fiction work of the year,” Nugent said in a statement.

For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.

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