Start December off on the right foot at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater and Arts Center. The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival (HT2FF) is back for its ninth year Dec. 1-4 with exclusive screenings, parties and Q&A’s with award-winning directors. There’s something for every documentary film lover in this year’s lineup, but you definitely don’t want to leave without seeing these five.
A Moment in Time: Hamptons Artists
The opening night film, directed by Lana Jokel, highlights interviews from the 1990’s with acclaimed Hampton’s artists such as John Alexander, Audrey Flack, Donald Sultan, Nathan Joseph, April Gornik, Li-Lan, Eric Fischl, Sven Lukin, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Howard Kanovitz, John Chamberlain and Robert Dash. Wine reception and Q&A with filmmaker Jokel and featured artists are to follow. See it Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8pm.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Tune in for the remarkable journey of the African-American poet, writer, singer and activist, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. See it Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:30pm.
Dec. 3 HT2FF honors filmmaker Alex Gibney with a Career Achievement Award and the screening of his latest film Zero Days. The documentary thriller takes audiences into the world of cyberwar. The U.S. and Israel release Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to borrow from computer to computer on its own) to sabotage a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and it starts to spread. See it Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8:30pm.
Art & Heart, the World of Isaiah Sheffer
The film is directed by Catherine Tambini, the winner of this year’s HT2FF Filmmakers’ Choice Award. Discover the life of Isaiah Sheffer, a renowned New Yorker, co-founder and artistic director of Symphony Space and producer of literary and political cabaret productions. See it Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11am.
Unlocking the Cage
Award-winning team of directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker follow animal rights lawyer Steven Wise’s efforts to give cognitively complex animals, such as chimpanzees, legal rights to protect them from physical abuse. See it Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30pm.