Eight Days, 30 Documentaries

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The Hamptons Doc Fest, now in its 14th year, will run Friday, December 3, through Friday, December 10, in Sag Harbor. This year, the festival will offer 30 screenings at two venues.

The festival begins at the Sag Harbor Cinema December 3-5, with eight films including the Opening Night Film, the presentation of the Human Rights Award, the Pennebaker Career Achievement Award, the Art & Inspiration Award, and in collaboration with Sag Harbor Cinema, the Producer Impact Award and posthumous Tribute to Diane Weyermann.

The festivities then move down the block to the Bay Street Theater on Long Wharf where, from December 6-10, 22 more films will be screened, including the winner of the festival’s Environmental Award, the Young Voices Program for students, two Shorts Programs, ending with a free Community Day on Friday, December 10.

This year, the Hamptons Doc Fest will also offer a virtual component of 11 films the following week, December 11-18.

“Returning to the big screens at two iconic venues in Sag Harbor is what we hoped for in 2021. And it’s happening,” said Jacqui Lofaro, founder and executive director of Hamptons Doc Fest. “We are thrilled to share an exciting and diverse program of films with our documentary fans.”

Sag Harbor Cinema 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor:

Opening Night Film Friday, December 3, 7 p.m.

“Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind” (94 min.), director Stig Bjorkman. Post-film, there will be a Q&A with  Bjorkman (well-known internationally for his documentaries about Ingmar Bergman), hosted by Miriam Parker, associate publisher of ECCO, an imprint of Harper Collins. Tickets are $25

Pennebaker Career Achievement Award to director Dawn Porter Saturday, December 4, 9 p.m.

Ceremony and a short reel on Porter’s work followed at 9:30 p.m. by two of Porter’s films —“Bree Wayy: Promise, Witness, Remembrance” (32 min.) about how artists have paid tribute to 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky; and a short excerpt from her new film “Cirque du Soleil” about the iconic circus’s attempts to return to the stage after the COVID crisis. Tickets are $50.

Human Rights Award Saturday, December 4, 5 p.m.

“Citizen Ashe” (94 min.), directed by Rex Miller and Sam Pollard, will be the recipient of the Human Rights Award. A virtual Q&A after the screening will include Miller and Pollard in conversation with Nancy Buirski, founder/director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Art & Inspiration Award Sunday, December 5, 5 p.m.

“Bernstein’s Wall” (100 min.) by director/writer Douglas Tirola and producer Susan Bedusa, will receive the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation’s Art & Inspiration Award. . The film will be followed by a Q&A with Tirola and Bedusa, hosted by d documentary filmmaker Roger Sherman, a founder of Florentine Films.

Producer Impact Award/Tribute to Diane Weyermann Sunday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

A recognition of the life and work of producer Diane Weyermann, who passed away in October. She was to receive the festival’s first Producer Impact Award, which will be presented by Hamptons Doc Fest artistic director Karen Arikian and now will be accepted posthumously by the filmmaker’s sister Andrea Weyermann. A screening of “Citizenfour” (114 min.), directed by Laura Poitras and executive produced by Weyermann, which will be screened at the award presentation. After the film, Sag Harbor Cinema artistic director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan will engage in a conversation with director Poitras. Tickets are $25.

Bay Street Theater, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:

Environmental Award Tuesday, December 7,

7:30 p.m.

The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Environmental Award is “After Antarctica” (105 min.), directed by Tasha Van Zandt. A Q&A follows the screening with Van Zandt, hosted by Andrew Botsford, president of Hampton Theatre Company.

Closing Night Film Friday, December 10, 8 p.m.

“Torn” (92 min.), directed by Max Lowe for National Geographic, will be shown followed by a possible Q&A on Zoom.

For a full schedule of films showing, visit hamptonsdocfest.com. All passes and tickets will be sold online. A festival pass is $250. Except where noted, tickets to individual films are $15. Attendees at live events must wear a mask and show proof of COVID vaccination.

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