It’s that time of year again. The Hamptons International Film Festival is back in town. It’s my personal favorite time of year on the East End. Not only are there wonderful films to see before they hit theaters, but plenty other happenings this week. Here’s a roundup:
HIFF presents The Kindergarten Teacher as its opening night film. The film is written and directed by Sara Colangelo and will screen on Thursday, October 4, at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The movie stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, who portrays a Staten Island kindergarten teacher who yearns to live a life of art and intellectualism. And to top it off, “A Conversation With . . .” Gyllenhaal will be held on Friday, October 5, at 3 PM, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
Janet Lehr Fine art presents “Handler & Umbach: Sweet Things.” “Sweet Things” is an exhibition of new works by Adam Handler and Adam Umbach. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 6 to 8 PM.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard celebrates its 30th anniversary with its annual Harvest Party on Saturday, October 6, from noon to 5 PM. Dance to live music by Hopefully Forgiven. Celebrate with family and friends between the vines and on the expansive lawn of the estate. Enjoy a menu with dishes by Palo Santo, Rolling in the Dough, and Fresh Flavors, sip Wölffer wines and ciders, partake in barrel-rolling, grape-stomping, a wine-making relay race, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, and more. Visit www.wolffer.com for tickets.
Tripoli Gallery in Southampton presents “Night,” a group exhibition featuring the work of Katherine Bernhardt, Ross Bleckner, Katherine Bradford, Francesco Clemente, Ann Craven, Félix Bonilla Gerena, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Adrianne Rubenstein, Hiroshi Sugimoto, José Luis Vargas, and Lucy Winton. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 6, from 5 to 7 PM.
Check out Boy Erased, the closing night film at HIFF. The film, about the gay son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, is directed by Joel Edgerton and is making its East Coast Premiere. The screening will be held at Guild Hall on Monday, October 8, at 7 PM.
Roman Fine Art in East Hampton presents “Luxury Graffiti,” a solo exhibition of new works by artist Stephen Wilson. Wilson’s first exhibition at the gallery features works from his ongoing Luxury series. Don’t miss a wine reception for the artist Saturday, October 6, from 6 to 8 PM.
The Last Race, from visual artist Michael Dweck, will also have its East Coast premiere. The documentary explores the Riverhead Raceway and the American tradition of stock car racing. You can catch the film at UA East Hampton on Saturday, October 6, at 3 PM or on Sunday, October 7, at 3:45 PM at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.