Indian Summer in East Hampton coaxed the stars out in daylight. Thanks to Toni Rossi, of Nick and Toniís Restaurant, East Hampton rocks after Labor Day for the East Hampton Film Festival which Ms. Rossi created 7 years ago. The festival celebrates the ěvision, spirit and excitementî of Independent film, and offers panel discussions, symposia, Distinguished Achievement awards and Student, Documentary, and Golden Starfish Award competitions. IN ADDITION to prodigious parties and the flicks themselves. This year, The Seventh Annual Festival featured ten World premiers, six North American Premiers, twenty East Coast premieres, and six New York premieres out of nearly sixty new feature films ready to be distributed.
At the gala opening night party at the tent at Nick & Toniís, on Wednesday night, October 20, it was impossible to point a camera and NOT get a star, a producer or an angel. Jeri Ryan, aka Seven of Nine of Star Trek fame, Brooke Shield, Roy Scheider, William Hurt, Steve Buscemi, Marisa Berenson, (please add here whomever Bob Belpano caught on film) made appearances on the streets, in the theaters and at the parties at different points during the 5 days of the festival.
GOLDEN STARFISH AWARDS
Best Film: JUDY BERLIN Directed by Eric Mendelsohn. Produced by Rocco Caruso. Screenplay by Eric Mendelsohn. Starrin Barbara Barriee, Bob Disy, Edie Falco, Carlin Glynn, AaronHarnick, Bette Henritze, Madeline Kahn, Julie Kavner and Anne Meara.
Best Origianal Score: JUDY BERLIN Music by Michael Nicholas.
Best Documentary: NIGHT WALTZ: The Music of Paul Bowles Directed and Produced by Owwsley Brown
Best Short Film: MOMENTS OF DOUBT Directed byLouis Pepe.
OTHER FLICKS TO WATCH FOR: Coming Soon, to a Theater Near You!
Directed by first-time director Rod Lurie; starring Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton,Sheryl Lee Ralph and Sean Astin.
A political thriller that explores power and responsibility-- taut and disquieting.
Directed by Coke Sams; starring Bruce Arnston, Jackie Welch, Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Mike Montgomery, Mark Cabus,Jenny Littleton.
Outrageous camp comedy pits the Arts against Evangelism. Do not miss.
ONE OF US
Directed by Susi Korda
Emotional, personal search through the Holocaust for an explanation of current family issues. Many will relate, all will be touched.
Directed by Doug Lindeman; Edited by Rick Lunn
ěJesus and Sex, Together at Last!î Unusual in-depth look at a brothel in Nevada, owned by an aging, devout Christian couple. Must see.