Amagansett Series Flashes Back To HIFF Origin Story

Anne Chaisson and David Nugent.

It’s official. The East End’s caught HIFF fever.

On Saturday, September 15, the Amagansett Library will continue its fourth annual Art/History/Amagansett series with “Flashback: Hamptons International Film Festival,” featuring Executive Director Anne Chaisson and Artistic Director David Nugent in conversation with East Hampton Star editor David Rattray. They will explore the 26-year history of HIFF, which has become one of the most anticipated annual showcases of contemporary cinema on the East Coast.

The following week in “Exploring/Meditation,” Amagansett artist Elizabeth-Strong Cuevas will discuss her work — a balance between outward exploration and inner meditation — with Guild Hall Museum Director Christina Strassfield on Saturday, September 22.

In a program called “Future Shock,” artist Alexis Rockman will discuss his rich, visually imaginative depictions of future landscapes, informed by looming threats to the environment, with Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover on Saturday, September 29.

In a single Sunday program, held on September 30, a Q&A with Vera Graaf and Max Scott will follow a screening of their film, “Souvenirs: The Many Worlds of Micky Wolfson” — one of two co-presentations with the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.

The programs, which begin at 6 p.m., are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. The Amagansett Library is located at 215 Main Street in Amagansett. For more information, call (631) 267-3810 or visit