Hamptons Doc Fest Sets Opening Films, Sheila Nevins Tribute

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Jeff Kaufman's 'Every Act of Life' will open the festival, on Nov. 29.

The Hamptons Doc Fest on Thursday unveiled the lineup for its 11th edition, which will include a tribute to former HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins.

The festival will open on Nov. 29 with Jeff Kaufman's Every Act of Life, a film about Terrence McNally, with the four-time Tony Award-winning playwright in attendance. And the closing night film on Dec. 3 is Free Solo, about free-solo climber Alex Honnold, by directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

The Hamptons Doc Fest will also hold a tribute for veteran producer and former president of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins, who will be honored with the Lumiere Career Achievement Award, and will participate in an informal keynote, on Dec. 1.

Nevins last year stepped down after working at HBO's documentary division since 1979, having served as president since 2004. HBO has won 26 Oscars on her watch, most recently A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016.

The documentary festival will also give its Filmmakers’ Choice Award to Oscar-nominated director, producer and editor Sam Pollard (Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me). Pollard, whose work spans over three decades, and Geeta Gandbhir also earned an Emmy for their documentary When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

The festival's slate of 28 documentaries will also include Ron Mann's Carmine Street Guitars; To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor, by director Donna Zaccaro; Steven Cantor's Ballet Now, featuring New York City Ballet dancer Tiler Peck; and Richard Miron's For the Birds.

Also in the Hamptons' lineup is Susan Lacy's Jane Fonda in Five Acts; The Hello Girls: The 100-Year-Old Story of America's First Female Soldiers, by director James William Theres; and Michael Dweck's The Last Race.