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Rowdy Talks

Join us for food, fun, and casual conversation with exciting special guests at our third annual Rowdy Talks series in East Hampton’s Rowdy Hall. Each morning, guest artists will be featured in a moderated conversation. Coffee and light breakfast will be served free of charge to attendees.

Rowdy Talks - Capturing Life: Barbara Kopple -
10/11, 10:00am    Rowdy Hall 60 min

Groundbreaking documentarian Barbara Kopple brings her latest film to the Festival, RUNNING FROM CRAZY. The two-time Academy Award®-winning director of HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. and AMERICAN DREAM will discuss her illustrious career and the intricacies of documentary filmmaking with a New York Film Critics Circle member. She also directed WILD MAN BLU ES, about Woody Allen; SHUT UP AND SING, about the Dixie Chicks and George W. Bush; THE HOUSE OF STEINBRENNER; WOODSTOCK: NOW AND THEN; A CONVERASATION WITH GREGORY PECK; MY GENERATION; and FALLEN CHAMP: THE UNTOLD SOTRY OF MIKE TYSON, among many others. Julie Anderson, Executive Producer of Documentaries & Development for THIRTEEN, will interview Ms. Kopple.

Meet the Competition: GSA Contenders -
10/12, 10:00am    Rowdy Hall  60 min

Join some of the highly innovative and creative filmmakers vying for the Golden Starfish Awards as they discuss the highs and lows of their filmmaking careers and what it’s like to get started in the business. The GSA’s, as the competition is fondly called, recognizes the work of emerging directors from around the world in narrative feature,
documentary feature, and short film competition sections. Juried by world-class filmmakers and industry professionals, the competition introduces us to cinema’s next wave of master filmmakers. A New York Film Critics Circle member will moderate a discussion with directors Christine Molloy (MISTER JOHN), Dan Shadur (BEFORE THE
REVOLUTION), Anish Savjani (BLUE RUIN) and Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson (WHALE VALLEY).

New York Independent Film: Rewind & Fast Forward -
10/13, 10:00am    Rowdy Hall 60 min

On the heels of the World Premiere screening of MISFIRE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SHOOTING GALLERY at the Festival, this Rowdy Talk will focus on the past, present, and future of independent cinema in New York. From the history of the infamous Shooting Gallery of the ‘90s to the opening of IFP’s new Media Center, New York has always been
steeped in a culture of strong independent film. Join moderator Steven Gaydos, the Executive Editor of Variety, MISFIRE director Whitney Ransick, and industry leaders like IFP’s Joana Vicente, producer John Sloss, and Nancy Gerstman, co-President of the film distribution company Zeitgeist Films as they look back at the trajectory of the indie film movement and forecast the future of this vibrant industry.


Rowdy Hall
FREE ADMISSION. First come, first served. Limited seating. Doors open at 9:30AM, conversations begin promptly at 10AM.


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