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Last Play at Shea in SummerDocs Series By T.J. Clemente On Saturday, September 4, at 8:00 p.m. at the John Drew Theatre, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), working in association with Guild Hall, will conclude its three-part “Summer Docs” series with a screening of The Last Play at Shea. Once again Alec Baldwin will host, joined by Hampton’s legend Billy Joel who plays a prominent role in this documentary. HIFF Director of Programming, David Nugent said to me via a phone call from Maine that the summer series has been “a huge success,” and may be expanded in the future. The documentary covers the history of Shea Stadium—1964 to 2008—and includes vintage footage of the Mets, New York Jets, the Beatles and rock concerts, along with a keen focus on Billy Joel’s closing concerts. Directed by Paul Crowder, the film is set against the backdrop of New York City and the soundtrack is of Joel’s final Shea concerts in 2008. The Last Play at
Shea includes exclusive concert footage—featuring special guests Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others. Long time Joel friend and former band mate, Jon Small, directed the concert footage, filmed at each of Joel’s sold-out Shea Stadium shows, staged on July 16 and July 18, 2008, before 110,000 fans. They were
the last performances at the historic stadium. Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair produced The Last Play at Shea in conjunction with Joel’s Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films. HIFF’s Nugent explained that, in growing into a “greater part of the Hampton’s Community” the festival was looking to have its presence felt all year round. Karen Arkian, HIFF Director, while at a breakfast at the Maidstone Inn last Saturday to celebrate the launching of some new Mont Blanc watches (a sponsor of the Festival), said, “The second year of this series proved to be a huge success and we are looking forward to this years’ film festival to continue to bring the community great films.” Nugent said that even at this late date, only 85% of the films have been selected for this year’s Festival. However he promised some (continued on next page)
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Published on Aug 27, 2010
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