Jane Fonda’s Many Acts

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"Barefoot in the Park," Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, 1967.

On July 1, Hamptons Doc Fest founder/executive director Jacqui Lofaro added the film “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” as a “Fest Favorite” on the hamptonsdocfest website.

Shown at the five-day Hamptons Doc Fest in December 2018, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (2018, 133 min.), follows the first four acts of actor Jane Fonda’s life, named after the four major men in her life (her father Henry Fonda, and her three husbands — French director Roger Vadim, political activist Tom Hayden, and media mogul Ted Turner), with the fifth act named after Jane Fonda herself, as she resumes a successful career as both an actress and an activist, entirely on her own terms. The website will also include the interview with director Susan Lacy of Sag Harbor.

In addition, film buffs are encouraged to go to the website to access two free “Fest Favorite” documentary films not available anywhere else. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, African-American director Wade Gardner is continuing to make his film “Marvin Booker Was Murdered” (102 min., 2017), screened at the December 2017 Doc Fest, available to the public at no charge. And for those who may have just watched the Belmont Stakes on television and are interested in an uplifting story about horse racing, “Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner” is still accessible as well, along with an interview with the director John Tweedy, son of the Triple Crown race horse’s owner Penny Chenery.

Other films also available through the website, most with Q&As from the directors’ appearances at the film festival in previous years, are “Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Spielberg,” “Life, Animated,” “Very Semi-Serious,” “Free Solo,” “To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor,” the new first-run documentary “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint,” “Dads” for Father’s Day, and “Pick of the Litter.”

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