There’s a new film festival in town and it comes with the greenest of missions — to encourage and support filmmakers who incorporate messages of conservation and sustainability into their work.
With that in mind, the inaugural Montauk Film Festival (MFF) debuts this weekend, and from Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27, films will be screened at outdoors at night and indoors during the day at three locations: Third House at Theodore Roosevelt County Park, the Montauk Library, and the Montauk School. Q&As with producers and directors will follow. In addition, renowned ecologist and author Carl Safina, and marine scientist and filmmaker Gaelin Rosenwaks will take part in a special conversation at Third House on Friday, July 26, at 8 p.m.
An awards and closing party will be held at George’s Lighthouse Café on Sunday, July 28.
Environmentalism is key to this festival, and all films will explore themes of athleticism, sustainability, and conservation in four categories: Environmental, Social/Cultural Documentary, Dramatic, and Surf & Skate.
Among them is “Straws,” a 30-minute animated documentary directed by Linda Booker and narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins that offers a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution. It also empowers individuals to be part of the solution.
With East End towns and villages now banning the use of plastic straws, this is a film of our time. “Straws” will be screened at Montauk School on Thursday at 2 p.m., and again on Saturday at 8 p.m. outdoors at Third House.
For a full schedule for Montauk Film Festival, visit montaukfilmfestival.org.