Thursday, August 30, 2012

37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix Sunday

THE HAMPTON CLASSIC                                      

 Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. • PO Box 3013 • Bridgehampton, NY  11932-3013
631-537-3177 • 631-537-5443 (FAX)

WHAT: 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, September 2, 2012
              Horse Show runs Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2012

WHERE: 240 Snake Hollow Road
                 Bridgehampton, NY    

FEATURES: The Hampton Classic Horse Show draws many of the world’s top horses and riders, including Olympic, World Cup and World Championship veterans.  Headlining this year’s field is defending Grand Prix champion and two-time U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist McLain Ward.

The featured attraction of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, one of the most highly anticipated show-jumping classes in the country and a World Cup Qualifier, gaining valuable points for riders hoping to qualify for the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic for junior and amateur-owner riders tops off a week of outstanding hunter competition. Another highlight of Grand Prix Sunday is the $25,000 David Yurman Show Jumping Derby.

The line-up of celebrities who have attended in the past includes Alec & Billy Baldwin, Candace Bergen, Christie Brinkley, Kate Capshaw, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Robert Duvall, Katherine Hellman, Mariel Hemingway, Bianca Jagger, Billy Joel, Mick Jones, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Caroline Kennedy, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Matt Lauer, Ralph Lauren, Susan Lucci, Joan Lunden, Elle MacPherson, Kelsey Grammer, Chynna, Bijou & Mackenzie Phillips, Stefanie Powers, Randy Quaid, Chuck Scarborough, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, and Tom Wolfe.

Join Peter Leone for a Book Signing on the ASPCA Patio at the Hampton Classic on Friday August 31

Join Peter Leone for a Book Signing on the ASPCA Patio at the Hampton Classic  
on Friday August 31

Bridgehampton, NY- August 30 2012- Olympian, Peter Leone will be on hand to personalize his book, Peter Leone's Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletesand his DVD, Ride the Body: Select Insights of Peter Leone at the ASPCA Patio at the Hampton Classic on Friday, August 31st from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and again after the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier.

"The Hampton Classic is always a favorite on the Lionshare Farm horse show calendar and I whole-heartedly support the efforts of the ASPCA. Our love of show jumping was born out of a deep affection for horses. I look forward to seeing friends and helping this great cause that means so much to me personally," shared Leone, who serves as an official ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador.

Friday will be named "ASPCA Equine Ambassador, Peter Leone Day" at the ASPCA Patio at the Hampton Classic. The ASPCA will have Leone's books and DVDs available for sale all day with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the ASPCA's horse welfare efforts.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mary Martin Galler: MARTIN EICHINGER Opening 6 pm to 8 pm on October 5th,

Mary Martin Galler: 


Your invited to the opening reception Opening 6 pm to 8 pm on October 5th,

please contact: Elaine Hruska843-723-0303

“THE POST-MODERN SERIES, FINDING BALANCE AND STRENGTH DURING TIMES OF CHALLENGE” BY “The Post-Modern Series, Finding Balance and Strength During Times of Challenge” by Martin Eichinger at the Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad Street. Eichinger will be unveiling his newest bronze sculpture series, “Post Modern”, during this the featured show for the month of October. Compared to the great renaissance sculpture Donatello, Martin Eichingerhas been internationally recognized for his romantic classical bronze sculptures.  For more than twenty years, this dynamic, visionary artist has produced limited-edition sculptures that engage the minds and hearts of art lovers and collectors.Grouped into themed series—Dream, Circus, Exotic Women, Goddess, Duet, Passage, Dance, Mythic Man, Ideoforms, and Meditation—Eichinger sculptures chronicle the eternal human pursuit of meaning, happiness, and growth.The Post-Modern series invites a conversation for the viewer to contemplate. Each figure is delicately balanced on a post that represents a new way of approaching an idea.According to Eichinger: “To summarize the significance of the Post-Modern series: The tides are shifting for humanity and we are in the process of discovering a new perspective and perhaps a new dance.”“Open, balancing freely in flight, grounding and stable on one hand while the other hand is unburdened. His actions showing that anything is possible” is how Eichinger describes “On the Other Hand”, (35 h x 15 w x 11 d, Edition 75).Eichinger sculptures are also known for their unique patina. Eichinger designed a new silver style patina specifically for the “Post Modern” series by to express and reflect the cool toned contemporary nature of the sculptures and to create an “edgy” effect, symbolizing the concept of Post-modern. Martin Eichinger’s narrative, romantic sculptures grace numerous private and corporate collections around the world. Working in his 6,000-square-foot studio, with its 16-foot-high-ceilings, Eichinger creates dramatic bronzes that range in scale from intimate to monumental.  Important large-scale, public, and commissioned works include Windlord, a 16-foot cast-bronze sculpture commissioned by the City of Lansing, Michigan; a high-relief plaque for the Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Celebration; a plaque and bust commemorating President Ronald Reagan; and Ski Trooper, a sculpture commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s Tenth Mountain Division. Eichinger has won numerous awards and honors, including First Place in the International ARC Salon, the C. Percival Dietsch Prize for Best Sculpture in the Round, Kellogg Internship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 1993, at the invitation of His Serene Highness, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, he exhibited his Circus series at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo.

In Charleston, Eichinger is represented by Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401. PRESS CONTACT: To arrange an interview with the artist, request print resolution images or additional information, please contact: Elaine Hruska843-723-0303 ####



The Miami VIP Social Networking is Happening at MIAMI AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL!

We're having a cocktail party and you shouldn't miss it.

Come and enjoy complementary Wine & Drinks after work.

Friday, August 24th 2012
5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

10200 NW 25 ST, Suite A-103
Miami, FL 33172

A Favorite of Mine : Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons
Gagosian  Gallery 

Balloon Flower, 2006
High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating
114 x 132 x 108 inches (289.6 x 335.3 x 274.3 cm)
Version 4/4

Jeff Koons was born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania. He received his B.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his emergence in the 1980s Jeff Koons has blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial and always engaging. His work explores contemporary obsessions with sex and desire; race and gender; and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. A self-proclaimed "idea man," Koons hires artisans and technicians to make the actual works. For him, the hand of the artist is not the important issue: "Art is really just communication of something and the more archetypal it is, the more communicative it is."

Jeff Koons' artworks rarely inspire moderate responses, and this is one signal of the importance of his achievement. Focusing on some of the most unexpected objects as models for his work, Koons' works eschew typical standards of "good taste" in art and zero in rather precisely on the vulnerabilities of hierarchies and value systems. As critic Christopher Knight has written "He turns the traditional cliché of the work of art inside out: Rather than embodying a spiritual or expressive essence of a highly individuated artist, art here is composed from a distinctly American set of conventional middle-class values."
Since his first solo show in 1980, Koons' work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2003), the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2004), which traveled to the Helsinki City Art Museum (2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); "Jeff Koons: Versailles,"château de Versailles, France (2008-2009). In 2009 alone, Koons had four major solo exhibitions in public institutions: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and the Serpentine Gallery, London. Koons lives and works in New York City.
Please visit the artist's website

Carol Hunt at the Spanirrman Modern Aug. 23-Oct. 6

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Special: The Hampton Classic Horse Show 8/26-9/2

The Hampton Classic Horse Show 

Above The Hampton Classis Horse Show 2011/© Jamie Ellin Forbes/ SunStormarts Publishing Co Inc.       
Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. • PO Box 3013 • Bridgehampton, NY  11932-3013
631-537-3177 • 631-537-5443 (FAX) •

 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Opening Day

 Sunday, August 26, 2012
              Horse Show runs Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2012

240 Snake Hollow Road
                 Bridgehampton, NY

FEATURES: The Hampton Classic, August 26 – September 2, is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and features competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic veterans in the Classic’s feature event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier.

Opening Day at the Hampton Classic will feature hundreds of riders from Long Island competing in local hunter divisions.  
Headlining competition on Opening Day is the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  More than thirty top show jumping riders and horses are expected to compete in this popular speed class.

Following a brief Opening Day ceremony at 1:30 pm, the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, will take center stage in the Grand Prix Ring.  This class features some of the nation’s best hunter horses and riders.

Hamptons Classic Horse Show update: Best ever

 Extensive Broadcast Coverage Planned For Hampton Classic Horse Show

USEF Network and HRTV to Webcast $50,000 USHJA Hunter Derby and $250,000 FTI Grand Prix
WVVH-TV and to Present Live Coverage Each Day

Bridgehampton, NY—August 22, 2012—For those who can’t make it to the 2012 Hampton Classic to see its world-class horse show competition in person, there will be extensive opportunities to watch the excitement of this year’s horse show on television and online.
The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 26–September 2.  Those wishing to watch competition will be able to do so through several outlets.

  • WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast live competition and highlights each day during the Classic.  These broadcasts can also be seen online at
  • ShowNet will webcast all classes held in the Grand Prix Ring live throughout the entire horse show.  Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at, or via ShowNet membership at  In addition, most of the Classic’s jumper and hunter classes from all other rings will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at
  • Two additional outlets, the USEF, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will both offer free live webcasts of the Classic’s featured events on its two Sundays—the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, on Sunday, August 26 and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2.

            “We are thrilled to announce expanded broadcast coverage of this year’s Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “In addition to our traditional coverage on WVVH-TV, we will have most classes from all our show rings available online through ShowNet plus two featured live class webcasts on both the USEF Network and HRTV.  Access to Hampton Classic competition has never been greater!”
For those who want to watch all the excitement of Opening Day’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Grand Prix Sunday’s $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, the USEF Network, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will be featuring these events as part of their equestrian coverage.  The Hunter Derby on Sunday, August 26 at 1:30 pm, features some of the nation’s best hunter horses and riders and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix on Sunday, September 2 at 2:00 pm, features some of the world’s best show jumping horses and riders including riders just back from the London Olympic Games.
In addition to providing online coverage of most of the classes in the Classic’s six show rings, ShowNet will be providing the camera shots and video coverage for the Hunter Derby and Grand Prix webcasts on USEF and HRTV.
ShowNet LLC provides real-time equestrian event management, updates and results as well as live video webcasts of competition at several horse shows throughout the year.  Information on all of ShowNet’s services is available at
WVVH-TV, a broadcast partner of the Hampton Classic Horse Show since 1996, will provide live television coverage daily from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Nightly specials will recap each day’s activities from 8:00-10:00 pm.  The WVVH broadcasts can also be seen online at
WVVH-TV will be providing a total of over 40 hours of coverage including live coverage of the Grand Prix with a repeat broadcast primetime that evening.  WVVH-TV will again activate its permanent Lightpath fiber optic link between the Bridgehampton Hampton Classic Show Grounds and the WVVH-TV studios in Wainscott, New York to bring the excitement of the Hampton Classic live in digital quality to WVVH-TV’s viewers, an unprecedented commitment for coverage of a live sports event by a New York television station.
The USEF, Presented by SmartPak, is an online broadcast platform provided by the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States.  As the country's largest multi-breed organization serving 27 breeds and disciplines, the Federation licenses more than 2,600 equestrian competitions nationwide each year.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV's programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

For you Cooking Buffs this may be fun: MAN FIRE FOOD


Airing on Cooking Channel Tuesday Nights at 10:00PM ET | 7:00PM PT

The heat is on as chef Roger Mooking travels the country to discover inventive ways to cook with fire, in Cooking Channel’s new series Man Fire Food.  Roger endures the heat as he visits with pit masters, chefs and home cooks, all looking to create complex, flavorful dishes utilizing the element of fire.  Whether cooking over an open fire in a rustic chuck wagon or smoking meat from inside a double-decker, Roger follows the smoke signals for a mouthful of flavor and a whole lot of heat.

Feast Over Flame | SERIES PREMIERE
Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00PM ET | 7:00PM PT

The fires glow bright in the Carolinas.  Roger visits Skylight Inn, family-run restaurant in Ayden, North Carolina who have been serving whole hog-style barbecue for 65 years.  In Greer, South Carolina, five friends create an extravagant two-day, meat-filled feast called “Bovinova, Barn Yard Burn.”  Six hundred hungry barbecue lovers come for the surf and turf paella, roasted chickens, roasted lamb, pigs and the main attraction, a whole roasted cow!

CHECK out the Tribecca Film Fes; See if you like and of the listed films


Select theatrical release:

New York             September 5                         Film Forum
Seattle                   September 14                      SIFF Cinema
Denver                  September 28                      Colfax 3
Miami                   September 28                      Miami Beach Cinematheque
Chicago                October 19                           Gene Siskel Center

Additional cities to be announced

Available nationwide on demand beginning September 19th 

Writer/Director: So Yong Kim

Producer: Bradley Rust Gray and Jen Gatien
Featuring:  Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Margarita Levieva, Jena Malone, Shaylena Mandigo

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano- THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) has wanted nothing more than to “make it”, having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Margarita Levieva- “Revenge,” “How To Make It In America”) in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen (newcomer Shaylena Mandigo). With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder- NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone- INTO THE WILD) that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.
Premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival


Available nationwide on demand beginning September 19

Director: Michael Axelgaard
Writer/Producer:  Matthew Holt
Featuring: Emily Plumtree, Jessica Ellerby, Sam Stockman,           Matt Stokoe

An old monastery in a small, remote village in Suffolk, England has been haunted by a local legend for centuries. Left in ruin and shrouded by the mystery of a dark spirit that wills young couples to suicide, the place has been avoided for years, marked only by a twisted, ancient tree with an ominous hollow said to be the home of great evil. When four friends on holiday explore the local folklore, they realize that belief in a myth can quickly materialize into reality, bringing horror to life for the town.

World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival 2011
European Premiere at Raindance Film Festival 2011
Nominated for Best British Feature at Raindance Film Festival 2011
Nominated for British Independent Film Award


Theatrical Late Night Screenings

New York             October 12           Village East Cinema
Baltimore             October 12           The Charles Theater
Phoenix                 October 12           Harkins Valley Art Theater
Denver                  October 12           Denver Film Center
San Diego             October 12           Gaslamp

Additional cities to be announced

Available nationwide on demand beginning October 2

Presented by:  The Vicious Brothers
Director:         John Poliquin
Writer:            The Vicious Brothers
Producer:        Shawn Angelski, Martin Fisher
Featuring:       Richard Harmon, Dylan Playfair, Sean Rogerson, Leanne Lapp
Stephanie Bennett, Howard Lai, Ben Wilkinson

GRAVE ENCOUNTERS was a found-footage horror phenomenon that many people believed was just a movie.  Film student Alex Wright is out to prove them wrong in GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2.  Alex is as obsessed with the first film as the 20 million people who viewed its viral trailer on YouTube.  While he and his friends research the events and visit the real psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film, they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil, banking on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel. 


Select Theatrical Release:

Los Angeles                November 9               
New York                  November 16             
Phoenix                       November 16             
Seattle                         November 16             
San Francisco             November 23             
Denver                        November 30             

Additional cities to be announced

Available nationwide on demand beginning October 24th

 Director:         Rick Alverson
Writer:            Rick Alverson, Robret Donne, Colm O’Leary
Producer:        Mike S. Ryan, Brent Kunkle
Featuring:       Tim Heidecker, Kate Lyn Sheil, Eric Wareheim,
Alexia Rasmussen, James Murphy, Gregg Turkington

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker, "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. The Comedy wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.

Premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Official selection of:
SXSW 2012
BAMcinemaFest 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Sweetest Way Home Book Signing! August 16th

Join us for

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
August 16th, 2012

@ The Mountaineer
Rt 73 Keene Valley

Meet the author Victor Forbes
Special appearance by Joe Sharak.

The Sweetest Way Home
Written by Victor Forbes & Illustrated by Michele Bramlett

The Sweetest Way Home is a story for children of all ages.  All books include an audio CD featuring several artists including DION, KIM SIMMONDS, and MARTHA GALLAGHER.

Pick up your copy today by going to
**Makes a great gift too!! ;)**

Friday, August 10, 2012

IFP Announces The 34th Edition of Independent Film Week September 16-20, 2012

IFP Announces The 34th Edition of Independent Film Week
September 16-20, 2012
Industry Activities, plus Project Forum Slate

Independent Film Week takes place September 16-20, 2012 at various locations throughout Lincoln Center and is a one-of-a-kind event that brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new voices and projects on the independent scene. The event is purely focused on supporting the future of storytelling by nurturing and providing opportunities for both emerging and established artists to connect with the financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences.  
Expanding from its core mission IFP's Film Week has been re-focused to ensure that artists, industry and audiences have the educational, networking and access opportunities necessary to create and enjoy work across a variety of platforms.

The Week provides multiple ways for the independent film and media communities to come together. These include:
·         Project Forum which facilitates over 2,000 meetings for talent with new projects in development; 
·        Future Forward Industry Initiatives allow established professionals to meet to discuss new opportunities in creative media, as well as debate key issues critical to the future of visual storytelling; 
·        FILMMAKER Conference Offering audiences the opportunity to discuss the future of film; 
·        FILMMAKER Magazine - Celebrating tomorrow’s filmmakers today through IFP’s signature publication, celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.
“IFP is proud to present this year’s Independent Film Week, which includes a truly original, exciting, and diverse slate of U.S. and international projects that are sure to pique the interest of our attending industry friends,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP. “Not only does Film Week remain an important space for filmmakers with unique vision to connect with industry and peers, but it is also a destination for aspiring filmmakers and film fans alike to explore the art and business of 21st century storytelling with the Filmmaker Conference.”


Under the curatorial leadership of Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson & Senior Director of Programmer Milton Tabbot, IFP’s Project Forum has had a prolific history in the independent community supporting independent filmmakers at critical stages in their development processes. 165 U.S. and International projects have been selected for the 2012 Project Forum, evenly split between documentary and narrative features. Projects hail from the U.S., throughout Europe and Canada, as well Australia, Columbia, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.


Narrative program highlights include new work from established independent producers John Baker (Dragonslayer), Siddiq Barmak (Osama), Jason Berman (LUV), Anne Carey (The American), P. Jennifer Dana (The Art of Getting By), Howard Gertler (World’s Greatest Dad), Steve Holmgren (Putty Hill), Lucas Joquin (Keep The Lights On), Guneet Monga (Gangs of Wasseypur), Katie Mustard (Night Catches Us), Josh Marston (Maria Full of Grace), Dave Saltzman (Shut Up and Play The Hits), Alicia Van Couvering (Tiny Furniture), Christine Kunewa Walker (Life During Wartime), Brock Williams (You’re Next), Steven Wolfe (500 Days of Summer) and Ryan Zacharias (Septien).

Acclaimed indie directors and festival favorites on this year’s slate include Deron Albright (The Destiny of Lesser Animals), Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things), Brian Crano (Bag of Hammers), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Clay Jeter (JESS +MOSS), Eric Juhola (Off The Grid: Life On The Mesa), Malcom Murray (Bad Posture), Matthew Porterfield (Putty Hill), Tom Quinn (The New Year Parade), Dror Schaul (Sweet Mud), Martha Stevens (Pilgrim’s Song), Tim Sutton (Pavilion), and Musa Syeed (Valley of Saints).  

This year’s selection of docs includes a range of stories equally divided among - and embedded within - the American political and social landscape, the international scene, history, and the arts world – with new projects from Academy Award® winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face), Academy Award® nominee Sam Cullman (If a Tree Falls), Jennifer Grausman (Pressure Cooker), John Walter (How to Draw a Bunny; Theater of War), Grace Lee (The Grace Lee Project), Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel), Ben Niles (Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037), Academy Award® nominee Jennifer Redfearn (Sun Come Up),  Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron), Emmy® Award winner Tracy Droz Tragos (Be Good, Smile Pretty), producer Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and a greater than usual number of documentaries from exciting new filmmakers.

In addition, SAG Indie’s Emerging Narrative Reading will highlight short excerpts from new work by up-and-coming writer/directors, featuring a live reading from leading independent actors cast by Paul Schnee and Alison Estrin of Barden/ Schnee Casting (Winter’s Bone, The Help). Featured scripts include:

·       Arrow Written and directed by Emily Carmichael
·       Brooklyn Flee Written by Devon Kirkpatrick, written and directed by Alexandra Roxo
·       The Price of Flowers Written and directed by Ashley Charbonnet
·       Papaw Easy Written by Martha Stevens and Karrie Crouse, directed by Martha Stevens
·       Taminex Written by William Gerard, written and directed by Anya Meksin

The organization championed the early work of pioneering independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Kevin Smith, and Todd Solondz. Recently, it has also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Debra Granik (Down to the Bone), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Amongst the many films supported by Independent Film Week alumni playing theatrically, highlights include Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) and The Queen of Versailles (Magnolia).


Film Week also consists of a number of initiatives aimed at expanding the networks and educating established film and media professionals on issues prevalent within the art and business of 21st Century storytelling and audience engagement. These include:
·       The launch of IFP and FILMMAKER Magazine’s REINVENT: Media Arts for the 21st Century - Consisting of a series of short talks by innovators who have radically rethought the art and business of media arts for the 21st century.

·       IFP Producer of Marketing & Distribution Labs - IFP & director Jon Reiss (Bomb It!) have created the world’s first Producer of Marketing & Development (PMD) Labs, a six month fellowship providing select producers, marketing and digital strategists the tools and networks necessary to create a audience engagement strategy for select feature films from IFP’s 2012 Independent Filmmaker Labs.

·       IFP’s Festival Forum- Launched in 2010 at IFP’s Independent Film Week, IFP’s Festival Forum network is a bi-annual convening of over 45 top festival programmers and leaders from around the globe. The purpose of this two-day event is to create an infrastructure where festivals around the world can come together to discuss issues and trends affecting their organizations, audiences, and filmmakers, as well as discover new work by up-and-coming filmmakers to include in their upcoming festival slates.

·       New International Partners & Initiatives
IFP is pleased to announce new international partnerships and initiatives with a variety of funding bodies and cultural around the globe, providing a myriad of new creative and business opportunities for IFP’s emerging and established talent. This includes producers and executives attending on behalf of the Dubai Film Market, Torino Film Lab, Turkey’s Meetings On The Bridge, Columbia’s ProImagines will all be presenting partners of IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market.


Held during IFP’s signature Independent Film Week, the Filmmaker Conference brings together the international filmmaking community to explore the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Whether stories are told through film, television, online, or new media, the Filmmaker Conference is the premiere place for to interact with experts on how to connect with audiences to make the most of your films. For the latest Conference schedule and to purchase tickets:

Highlights include:
·       New! Meet the Decision Makers – real meetings for Conference attendees with top distributors, agents & managers, and filmmakers’ grants and fellowships. Limited tickets available!

·       “Conversations With” legendary producers James Schamus and Christine Vachon, ARTE’s Michel Reilhac  and Ford Foundation’s Orlando Bagwell.

·       Zeroing in on specific films and storytelling as instructive models for filmmaking success, the Conference will also feature daily Case Studies on the hit indie films of the year, kicking off with Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight). 
·       In addition to these headliners, new media pioneers Steve Coulson (Campfire Media), Nicole Emanuele (YouTube), Eric Brown (Kornhaber Brown), Karol Martesko-Fenster (Cinelan); director Daniel Minahan (“Game of Thrones” “True Blood” “Series 7”); and distribution strategist Jon Reiss will also be on hand to offer advice to aspiring and working filmmaker on how to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Independent Film Week’s Premier sponsors are Royal Bank of Canada and HBO. Gold sponsors are A&E IndieFilms, Eastman Kodak Company and SAGIndie/Screen Actors Guild. Silver sponsors are National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa, Screen Australia and Telefilm Canada. Official Independent Film Week Partner is Film Society of Lincoln Center. Independent Film Week is supported, in part, by funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

After debuting with a program in 1979 New York Film Festival, the nonprofit IFP has evolved into the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, and also the premiere advocate for them. Since its start IFP has supported the production of 7,000 films and provided resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers – voices that might not otherwise have been heard. IFP fosters the development of 350 new feature and documentary films each year through its Project Forum of Independent Film Week, Independent Filmmaker Labs and projects in its fiscal sponsorship program.

Monday, August 6, 2012

45th Artists of the Springs Invitational /2 5-7 PM Honoring Rae Ferren | Connie Fox | Bill King

Ashawagh Honors | Thursday August 2, 5 - 7 pm
Benefit Preview and Wine Reception
Honoring Rae Ferren | Connie Fox | Bill King
$25.00 donation at the door

Opening Reception | Friday, August 3, 4 - 7 pm
open to the general public

Curator's Tour | Saturday 18 August, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
visit and talk with Christina  Strassfield, 2012 guest curator 

Ashawagh Hall | 780 Springs Fireplace Road | East Hampton | Find us on Facebook

Hours | August  4 - 19 | Sun - Fri 1 pm - 5 pm | Sat 9 am - 5 pm

Proceeds from events and 50% of art sales to benefit The Springs Improvement Society, Ashawagh Hall, and the S.I.S. Scholarship Fund

Image: Rae Ferren, Bay Beach Summer, 1999, Oil on canvas

Wednesday, August 1, 2012