December kicks off with four film-filled days at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater and Arts Center. The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival (HT2FF) is back for its eighth year (Dec. 3-6), giving film-lovers a reason to brave the cold and head out East. The festival features about 30 films and while you may not have enough time to see them all these are the five films you can’t miss.
A Ballerina’s Tale
Directed by Nelson George, the film observes African-American ballerina Misty Copeland and her claim to fame. The documentary takes a look at body image and race in the world of ballet. See it Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8pm.
Merchants of Doubt
Food, Inc. director and two-time Emmy winner Robert Kenner brings a satirical and comedic 96-minute film to the Island about hopeful for-hires who claim to be science aficionados. Their lack of authority in the field causes confusion about climate change and toxic chemicals. The documentary film is inspired by the novel written by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. See it Friday, Dec. 4 at 10am.
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
113 minutes of the untold stories of the Black Panthers will take the stage to show that black women made up a majority of the party. The film is directed by documentarian Stanley Nelson who is being honored with the Career Achievement Award at a gala to celebrate his accomplishments in film. See it Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8:15pm
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst presents a history of Long Island’s architectural significance and the postwar architects and designers involved in the region’s rich development. See it Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:15pm.
The Newburgh Sting
Directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner won the Peabody Award for this film, which is an exposé of the FBI sting of four homegrown terrorists from Newburgh, New York. It tells the story of their plan to attack Jewish centers in New York City and U.S. military supply planes. See it Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3:15pm.