Community response assures us of a preference and appreciation for quality documentary films. We are known as the ‘art house’ festival presenting 4 days of emerging premieres and award-winning documentaries, shorts, features, and student submissions. These fill our “all docs all day” mission coupled with insightful and stimulating Q/A discussions.
Our special Galas honor legendary documentary filmmakers and have included luminaries such as Richard Leacock, the master of direct cinema; Susan Lacy, the creator of WNET/PBS American Masters currently at HBO; the dynamic and pioneering documentary team of D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; and for 2014 we celebrated Barbara Kopple and her 40+year career of Academy-award winning films. Our Filmmaker’s Choice Award is a peer selection to honor one of its own esteemed documentarians. The 2014 choice was Wendy Keys and her acclaimed documentary career as administrator/programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1966-2008.
We screen important films during the Spring and Fall; we launched a year-round Library Outreach program providing festival films to East End libraries to screen for members; we offer student workshops taught by acclaimed documentary filmmakers to inspire young filmmakers in the art & mechanics of the documentary; we partner with organizations and institutions to augment their programs with documentary film.
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival created a prestigious Advisory Board, a group of film/media/communications professionals who care about the documentary genre and are generous with creative ideas. Together we gather, pollinate ideas and put them into practice for a growing and important documentary film festival.
As we always say, a good story can make a good documentary and a good story told with talent and heart makes a doc you’ll talk about after the theatre lights come up. Thank you for your continuing support.
Founder, Executive Director & Documentary Filmmaker