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The Hamptons International Film Festival has set the world premiere of the Itzhak Perlman documentary, Itzhak, as the opening-night film for its 25th anniversary edition. The conductor, who is an East End resident, will be in attendance at the screening of director Alison Chernick’s film about the life and music of the man widely considered to be the world’s greatest living violinist.
Additionally, the festival will host world premieres for Jennifer Garner-starrer The Tribes of Palos Verdes, with Garner expected to attend the event, and docs about makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin and the day of the 2016 election.
Palos Verdes — directed by Emmett Malloy and Brendan Malloy and co-starring Maika Monroe, Justin Kirk, Elisabeth Rohm, Goran Visnjic and Joely Fisher — follows a family as they adjust to life in the affluent L.A. suburb.
Tiffany Bartok’s Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story explores the life of the late makeup artist and LGBTQ advocate through archival footage and interviews with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and others, and 11/8/16, curated by filmmaker Jeff Deutchman, features vignettes of voters from across the political spectrum.
Other docs set for HIFF premieres include Coodie Simmons’ and Chike Ozah’s The First to Do It, about the first African-American NBA player, Earl Lloyd, featuring interviews with Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard and executive produced by Anthony, Leonard, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and P.J. Tucker; and a Shaquille O’Neal-produced and Larry Gagosian-executive produced doc Killer Bees, about the Bridgehampton High School basketball team, directed by Ben and Orson Cummings.
And the festival will feature world premieres of narrative films The Misogynists, directed by Onur Tukel and starring Dylan Baker, following two Trump supporters who celebrate the president’s victory in a fully stocked hotel room on the night of the 2016 election; and Josh Klausner’s Wanderland, starring Tate Ellington as an isolated New York City dweller who impulsively accepts a house-sitting invitation from an online acquaintance (Dree Hemingway) and finds himself in a surreal, all-night musical odyssey of misadventures.
“We are thrilled to announce Allison Chernick’s Itzhak as our opening night feature, and to have the talented Itzhak Perlman himself join us for our anniversary year,” HIFF artistic director David Nugent said in a statement. “This diverse array of films announced today, many with local ties, are sure to be some of the most talked about films at this year’s festival.”
In addition to Garner, Finley, Deon Cole, Spencer Haywood, Oscar Robertson and P.J. Tucker are set to attend the festival.
HIFF, the only East Coast film festival to have screened the eventual best-picture winner at the Oscars for the past seven years in a row, is set to take place over Columbus Day weekend, from Oct. 5 to 9.
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