Hamptons Film Festival to Honor Albert Maysles, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler's Killer Films

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Outgoing Hamptons Film Festival board chairman Stuart Match Suna will also be recognized at the festival's first awards dinner.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is set to pay tribute to late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and honor New York-based production company Killer Films, co-founded by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, among others.

Outgoing Hamptons Film Festival board chairman Stuart Match Suna will also be honored for his 18 years of work with the board, of which he's a founding member.

Maysles died in March, leaving behind a filmography that includes Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter and Iris, which won last year's Hamptons Film Festival audience award for documentary.

Killer Films' co-founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler will be honored with the Hamptons Film Festival's industry award for 20 years of innovative, risky movies and for championing unique voices in independent film. Killer Films has produced movies like Boys Don't Cry; Kids; Still Alice, which made its U.S. premiere on the closing night of last year's Hamptons Film Festival; and the upcoming Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Suna, it was announced in August, is set to step down from the HIFF board of directors after this year's festival, with Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro becoming co-chairmen. Suna will become chair emeritus. Under Suna's leadership, the festival expanded into Southampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor and West Hampton and became a year-round cultural organization. Baldwin will present the award to Suna.

“The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent voices in cinema, and it is in that spirit that we choose to fete this extraordinary group of individuals, each of whom has made a remarkable impact on independent film culture,” executive director Anne Chaisson said in a statement.  “Also, it is with great admiration that we celebrate our outgoing chairman Stuart Match Suna.  His vision and support over the past 18 years has led HIFF to where it is today.”

All of these honors will be handed out at the festival's first awards dinner, set for Sunday, Oct. 11 in East Hampton, towards the end of the 23rd annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which is set to run from Oct. 8-12. The dinner will benefit the Festival's year-round programming initiatives, the annual Screenwriters' Lab, SummerDocs and the Student Filmmaking Workshops.