SummerDocs Serves Up Fresh Slate, Anniversary Style

Steve Youngs in a film still from “Bathtubs Over Broadway.” Courtesy photo

The 10th anniversary season of SummerDocs — a film series hosted by the Hamptons International Film Festival — will kick off with a screening of HBO’s “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” on June 29 followed by a conversation with director Marina Zenovich, led by David Nugent and Alec Baldwin.

The first of three documentaries — which will premiere on HBO on July 16 — is a funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved comedians, taking audiences through his life and career, and what drove him to give voice to the characters in his mind.

Told largely by Williams himself, with a wealth of never-before-seen footage, and informed by in-depth interviews with those who loved and knew him, the film features Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Pam Dawber, Zak Williams and many others.

The series will continue with “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” on July 21 — followed by a discussion with director Dava Whisenant — and “Chef Flynn” on August 25. Director Cameron Yates and the film’s subject, chef Flynn McGarry, will participate in the talkback.

“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our SummerDocs series with three dynamic films covering a variety of topics, including a legendary actor, forgotten Broadway musicals and a culinary prodigy,” Alec Baldwin, HIFF co-chairman and SummerDocs series presenter, said in a press release. “Over the last decade we have captivated audiences with some of the most incredible storytelling and know that our 10th anniversary continues that tradition.”

Past SummerDocs selections, including “Icarus,” “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” “Last Days in Vietnam,” “The Cove,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “How to Survive a Plague,” have gone on to receive Academy Award wins and nominations.

Each screening begins at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall, located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Tickets are $25 and $23 for members. For more information, please call (631) 324-4050 or visit