Hamptons SummerDocs Series Features 'Best of Enemies' and 'Peace Officer'

Best of Enemies
Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival, which presents SummerDocs, also announced free screenings of other classic movies this summer, in partnership with the Southampton Arts Center.

New Yorkers decamping to the Hamptons this summer don't have to deprive themselves of sophisticated documentaries and screenings of beloved movies under the stars.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is once again presenting its SummerDocs series and partnering with the Southampton Arts Center for free screenings of classic films.

The seventh annual documentary screening series will feature Best of Enemies, Listen to Me Marlon and Peace Officer. The three screenings will take place at East Hampton's Guild Hall on July 11, Aug. 1 and Aug. 28.

All three screenings will be followed by conversations with the directors and special guests. After the screening of Best of Enemies, about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential conventions, directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville and subject Dick Cavett will participate in a conversation led by Kurt Andersen. Alec Baldwin, who's returning as series presenter, will lead conversations for Listen to Me Marlon, with director Stevan Riley, and Peace Officer, with writer-directors Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson.

Peace Officer, about the increasingly militarized state of the American police, won the grand jury prize and documentary audience award at SXSW.

"The SummerDocs series has been a tremendous success for HIFF and our patrons," Baldwin said in a statement. “The program brings the best in documentary film to Guild Hall during the summertime, when film fans are craving some serious subjects."

HIFF artistic director David Nugent added: “We have a provocative and engaging slate for our seventh year that truly exemplifies the high-caliber filmmaking that we value at HIFF. The SummerDocs series continues to be a highly anticipated mainstay of our programming initiatives, screening award-winning documentaries each year to our audience.”

Free classic movies also will screen on the lawn at 5 Jobs Lane on Fridays at 8:30 p.m., June 26-Sept. 4. This summer's lineup includes Caddyshack, American Graffiti, Dirty Dancing, Some Like It Hot, Field of Dreams, Psycho, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws.

“It is our mission to provide a year-round comprehensive film program to our loyal East End audience,” said festival executive director Anne Chaisson. “Summer is a huge part of obtaining that goal and our offerings again cover much of the South Fork. I want to thank our partners Guild Hall and the Southampton Arts Center for their many years of support.”

Young aspiring filmmakers also can get some firsthand experience at the Student Summer Filmmaking Workshops, which are now open for enrollment by students between the ages of eight and 15. Workshops will be held July 13-17 and 27-31 at Guild Hall and the Southampton Arts Center.

Tickets for the SummerDocs Series are available here.