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ed actress Rosamund Pike, who is headlining in A Private War. Her gutsy take on war correspondent Marie Colvin is hauntingly real. Also featured in this issue are actress Emily Mortimer, who produced To Dust with her husband, Alessandro Nivola; Matthew Broderick, starring in To Dust; and the inspiring Jane Fonda, whose conversation with her longtime friend and producer Paula Weinstein and her documentarian Susan Lacy offers a compelling look at Jane Fonda in Five Acts, on HBO. We are hosting opening night of The Favourite with Rachel Weisz (our June cover star) and Emma Stone headlining the darkly comedic drama about court intrigue. Come surf the celluloid wave of the Hamptons International Film Festival with us at Purist magazine this weekend.
Good film reminds us of the interconnectivity of our humanity. It illuminates the human condition and illustrates that we all share the world that we are in. Film stimulates our sensibilities, our sense of self, and both strengths and weaknesses, and allows for reflection on what we can be and ultimately what we can do. Film can also unite us in times of severe polarizationâ€”human emotion is neither red, nor blue, but purple. Anything that challenges you to reflect on your life and your inner self is a form of mindfulness. We spend our lives asleep, metaphorically, and an immersion in culture (reading, watching films and viewing art) encourages us to wake up and see things as they are or as they should be. It helps us to explore the path to wellness. In this issue, we celebrate and support filmmakers, actors, producers, directors and their quest to contribute to our culture. We are thrilled to be a media partner of the Hamptons International Film Festival, held this year from October 4-8. The Spotlight films, some premiering on the East Coast, feature quite a lineup of filmmakers and stars, including our cover actress, Academy Award-nominat-
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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 116 PIKE’S PEAK Actress Rosamund Pike approaches her 40th birthday and conquers the leading role of war correspondent Marie Colvin in A Private War 124 BEST OF THE FEST Your go-to guide to the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival (October 4-8), featuring HIFF actors such as Emily Mortimer and Matthew Broderick and behindthe-scenes players, a full schedule of feature-length showings, and more 166 LEADING LIGHT
A salute to the life and career of Donna Karan as she turns 70
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22 THE M-WORD Ellie Burrows Gluck explains how to be mindful
Bath time is a type of meditation practice.
SPACE 50 ON ART AND DESIGN Peter Marino’s art mecca
24 LIFE OF JANE Talking with the icoinc Jane Fonda
52 COCO COMFORT A stunning Sag Harbor beach shack renovation
26 COMPASSION NOW Celebrating the Dalai Lama’s legacy
56 SETTING THE STAGE Iconic Modern Home has a keen eye for luxury settings
28 WISE IN TIME Work-life equilibrium
58 SHAMAN OF SPACE Fill your home with positive energy
30 SINGING THE SUBLIME Melissa Errico on the power of Stephen Sondheim
Peter Marino and Simone Levinson at his opening night
60 PURE PROPERTY Hamptons and NYC real estate report
32 SAVE OUR SEAS Coralie Charriol Paul’s battle to ban plastic straws
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38 CHANGE IT UP Three fall mind-body resets
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40 WAITING TO INHALE Conquering indoor air pollution 42 OUT AND PROUD Why National Coming Out Day is for everone
74 HITTING NEW BEAUTY HIGHS Multitasking cannabidiol 76 PURE PICKS Favorite selects from 27 Hampton Salon’s Bianka Lefferts; eXO Skin Simple’s Cat Enright; and The Salon Project creator Joel Warren
44 NO JOKE Bill Hader’s cure for anxiety: Transcendental Meditation 46 HOLISTIC LEARNING A multisensory educational program for kids
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82 REVERSING SUMMER SKIN Cayli Cavaco Reck’s skin-saving supplements 12
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98 A TOAST TO MINDFULNESS In good taste with Champagne Henriot 100 THE DR. IS IN 20 ways to quit sugar 102 OLIVE OIL 101 All about EVOO 104 PURE PICKS Party planning with Sofia Crokos
92 AMERICAN ROYALTY Commemorating 50 years of Ralph Lauren fashion
106 TASTE OF EXCITEMENT Meet the executive chef of the MADE Hotel’s Ferris restaurant
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96 VEG OUT The annual bounty of beets, squash and more
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176 MEET YOUR DREAM BED Top NFL players find sweet slumber with Sleep Number 177 COACHES Three wellness mentors 178 AT A GLANCE Upcoming events in the Hamptons and NYC 179 DREAMCATCHER Artist Andrea Kowch, magical realist 180 TERRAIN TO TABLE Discovery Land Company’s latest upstate New York escape 182 NUMEROLOGY Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, by the numbers 184 HIFF CONFIDENTIAL Insider scoop on the Hamptons International Film Fest
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WHAT HELPS YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WORKLIFE BALANCE? “It’s either ‘HELL YES’ or ‘NO’ in my life. I try to only do things that really make me tick! I have no time for ‘maybe.’”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FALL ACTIVITY? “Long meditative walks in the late afternoon in my community of Forest Hills, Queens.”
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO UNWIND OUT EAST? “A long walk on the beach at sunset—best light, beautiful ocean and sky—helps me relax and feel my best.”
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Ellie Burrows Gluck is the CEO of MNDFL as well as a Vedic Meditation teacher, certified personal-development coach and writer. She has worked in the film industry as a creative executive at an independent film production company. In 2015, she co-founded MNDFL, a New York City-based network of meditation studios.
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A magazine writer and editor who has worked on the staffs of Rolling Stone, InStyle and DuJour, Nancy Bilyeau is the author of four novels. Her latest, The Blue (to be published on December 3), is a suspense story about the race for the formula for the most beautiful color in the world, set in 18th-century Europe. Visit her website: nancybilyeau.com.
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If you want to develop mindfulness in daily life, you ought to start with mindfulness meditation. Because if we can sit and be aware of something as simple as the breath, then we can bring that practice to the more dynamic activities that are a part of everyday life. Our lives can be quite chaotic and mindfulness can help anchor us into the present moment. As a New Yorker, I know I’ve often found myself in many agitated states. Perhaps I’m walking down the street while simultaneously sending a work email, calling my business partner about a meeting I’ve just had, and heading into a café to order a matcha. In that moment, I might be ticking three things Learning to be off a to-do list. It’s all…a blur. more present enhances our expeWhat would it feel like if rience of daily life. I sat somewhere quiet and made time to go through my inbox without looking at a phone, an internet distraction or taking a call? What would it feel like if I called my business partner and wasn’t looking at any of my screens or going anywhere while we connected? What would it feel like if I took a walk to the café down the street and noticed the quality of the air and light that day? What would it feel like to order that tea and sit there simply sipping it without doing anything else? I’ll bet that tea would taste better, that walk would be more enjoyable. I would be more present for that conversation, more emails would probably get answered (maybe with even more thoughtful responses). If we are able to become aware of how we are showing up in any given moment, we can learn a lot about ourselves. I may have spent thousands of hours on a cushion, but I am still very much a work in progress when it comes to mindfulness. It’s a practice. And I can speak firsthand from my own experience, that being totally present feels different than being a killer multitasker, no judgment need apply. mndflmeditation.com
As the co-founder of a business called MNDFL and a meditation teacher, naturally I have a favorite buzzword: mindful. I’m biased, of course, and truth be told, I’m in a complete love-hate relationship with the word. On the one hand, I’m absolutely thrilled that people are paying attention to the word and all that it implies. It’s no longer someone in red robes on the other side of the world extolling the virtues of a meditation practice. On the other hand, the word has amassed enough cultural cachet that it’s been hijacked to brand things— Whole Foods apparently sells something called Mindful Mayonnaise. In the meditation world, many of us have a favorite definition of mindfulness, which comes from preeminent master teacher and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience.” Basically, mindfulness is the act of purposefully bringing full attention to the present moment with zero judgment of what’s occurring in that moment. For all the buzz, it’s a rather unsexy objective experience, when you really break it down. So how can mindfulness show up in our day-to-day lives beyond simply appearing in a supermarket aisle? If you’re sitting across from a loved one and he or she is talking to you, then in that moment you are engaging in the act of listening. If you’re being mindful in that moment, you are completely placing your attention on this person and listening to him or her to the best of your abilities. You are not thinking about your to-do list, checking your phone, interrupting with your latest idea, or anxiously waiting to respond to whatever it is they are saying. Instead, you are fully showing up for that person by way of simply listening in that moment. 22
Ellie Burrows Gluck, co-founder of MNDFL, envisions a world where mindfulness takes priority over multitasking.
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LIFE OF JANE
PAULA WEINSTEIN: Susan, why now? What motivated you to make this film now? SUSAN LACY: I read Jane’s book, My Life So Far, when it came out 13 years ago while doing a series I created, called American Masters, and was always looking for good stories, particularly about women. I strongly believe that you shouldn’t make a film about a great artist if you don’t have the material to tell the story with. There is something in Jane’s story that everyone can relate to, whether it’s difficulty with a parent or child, insecurity, body-image issues or unfaithful husbands. Her candor about these things and unrelenting honesty, including looking at her foibles and mistakes, is such an inspiring journey to self. That’s what this film is about. PW: And Jane? As I look at the film, I certainly admire it a lot. I think it’s wonderful. We’re in a very big moment of transition in terms of the next generation of feminists. This is a perfect switch here. What do you hope young women will take from the film, and was that part of why you decided to tell it after writing your book? JANE FONDA: I wish I had seen a documentary like this when I was younger, because I believe it would have made me think about the importance of not just drifting through life like a waif in a stream, but really putting your oars in the water and trying to determine what direction you want to go in. This film shows that you don’t have to get stuck
where you are. You don’t have to settle for what people tell you you’re supposed to be, or how men define you. You can keep moving. But it has to be intentional. I think that’s one of the biggest messages for young girls. Also, that they’ll go after you if you’re an activist, but you can survive. I mean, I’m here. PW: Susan, the film is interestingly structured in five acts. What made you make this choice? SL: The notion of acts is actually embedded in Jane’s book, as she said when she left Ted [Turner] and decided to write her memoirs, she wanted to understand her first two acts. She says it in Jane Fonda’s fifth act “is every bit as the film, too, about her interesting as her third. So acts were in my first,” says Lacy. head and when I started making the film, I realized that often in making portraits of artists, who have really made a major cultural impact, the third act is hard. It’s usually sad and the decline. And I thought, “The act Jane’s in right now is every bit as interesting as the first.” PW: It’s way better. SL: It’s way better, exactly. You’re [Jane] the opposite of what many of us call the third act problem. PW: Jane, did you have any feelings about it? JF: I thought it was really smart. It’s not how I divided my book, but Susan discovered that it’s a gender journey, so that’s how she divided it up. I appreciate it. PW: I found it very bold. But I want to remark, as a feminist and friend, that one of the things Susan did in the film, is really make it clear that Jane led these transitions. 24
A riveting documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, which was recently screened by the Hamptons International Film Festival at Guild Hall before it debuts this month on HBO, explores the iconic actress and activist’s eight influential, action-packed decades. Here, film and television producer Paula Weinstein interviews the film’s director, Susan Lacy, and her inspiring, two-time Oscar-winning subject.
happen. You have to be intentional. You have to work at it, study, meditate— you have to do a lot, but it can happen. SL: There’s a wonderful scene where Jane talks about doing Barbarella, which she didn’t want to do at first, but Roger Vadim convinced her she should do it, and he directed her in it. JF: He wanted me to do a striptease for the opening credits and he promised me that the letters in the credits would cover everything. He lied. I was so nervous that I got drunk, really drunk, on vodka. Then when we went to watch the film the next day, a bat had flown between the camera and me, so we had to do it over again. What you see in the film now is the same thing with a hangover. [Laughs] SL: But it was in France that you became politicized, meeting with a lot of soldiers. Also, Simone Signoret, who was very involved in the student protests, and Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Bouvier. JF: Simone Signoret was a great, great, movie actress in France. She befriended me when I went to France and took me under her wing. She used to take me to anti-war rallies where Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir would speak. She never proselytized; she would just expose me. After I became aware of what was going on in Vietnam because I had spent time with soldiers who were resisters, I went to Paris and was confused about what to do. I went to Simone’s home in the country and I just remember ringing the bell and her opening the door and saying, “I’ve been waiting.” SL: I think for as much as you learned from the men you were married to, they learned a lot from you. Each of them has said at the end, “This was the love of my life. I fucked up.” In the first section, as a child in the Santa Monica Mountains, you talk about looking through the window of a home nearby, and seeing what you thought was a family. Do you think much of your life has been a quest for that? JF: I’ve never thought about it. I guess so. I think it’s because of my son. He always loved having a big family, so I’ve tried to create a big family for him. SL: I do think that you’ve been looking for that. I mean that’s my interpretation anyway. It may not be conscious, but that you were building toward a life with a family. And look at the family you have now. JF: I know—and I’m single! I’m so happy! It’s just me. I live in a place now that’s all mine.
SL: At the root of this story, there is a through line of integrity and bravery. You might have been, as you’ve said in your book, defined by men, but nobody told you to go to Vietnam except you. JF: Yeah, they did. SL: You were encouraged to go, I know, by people to use your celebrity to help bring attention to what was going on, but you made those decisions. You chose your path. And I don’t think you give yourself enough credit through most of the telling of your story. JF: Well, when I was about to turn 60, I was married to Ted Turner, and realized, “Oh, my God. This is gonna be the last act.” Now, I think I’ll live longer than 90 because if Gloria’s [Steinem] gonna do it, I’m gonna do it. I used to ask, “Gloria, why do you want to live to 100?” And she said, “Because I want to see how it all turns out.” SL: What was going on with you at the moment that made you write the book, and be willing to spend all that time digging so deeply? JF: I didn’t want to be like Columbus, who didn’t know where he was going when he left or where he’d been when he got back. I wanted to figure out where I’d been, so I’d know where I was going. I researched myself. It’s something I highly recommend and it requires things like carefully looking at photographs, talking to other people and trying to figure out who your parents were. Why did they act like they had duct tape over their eyes? Why couldn’t they reflect you back to yourself with love? Who were their parents and why did they behave the way they did? That’s what I started to do. I didn’t know there was a word for it, “life review,” that psychologists encourage people to do. It transforms you because you realize it had nothing to do with you. It wasn’t your fault. If they couldn’t love you, it was their problem. You can forgive them because you understand bad behavior is the language of the wounded. You have to break the cycle and move in a different direction. Right now, older women are the fastest-growing demographic in the world and we’re living a whole adult lifetime longer than our parents and grandparents did. It’s good to be a late starter. I’m a late bloomer, and I’m really glad. Everybody’s born whole, but does anybody get through childhood in one piece? I don’t think so. But it’s good that way, because then when you get older, you actually feel when you begin to move into yourself again. It doesn’t just
“When you get older, you actually feel when you begin to move into yourself again…. You have to work at it, read, study, meditate.”
COMPASSION NOW In his new book The Last Dalai Lama?, Mickey Lemle shows why the message of the Tibetan spiritual leader is needed more than ever today.
Filmmaker Mickey Lemle, who has known the 14th Dalai Lama for 35 years, noticed a difference in him about two years ago, a new sense of urgency. The messages that the spiritual leader of Tibet, now 83 years old, very much wanted to convey to the world are captured in Lemle’s 2017 documentary, The Last Dalai Lama? On October 31, a companion book, also titled The Last Dalai Lama?, by Lemle with Laurie Dolphin, will be published, along with an accompanying DVD of the documentary. The film To protest Chinese is now available on iTunes, YouTube, oppression, the Google Play and Amazon Prime. Dalai Lama won’t In a recent interview, Lemle says, reincarnate, making his message more “Some people, after seeing the film, urgent than ever. said, ‘I met the Dalai Lama once and this is just what it’s like to sit with him.’ spiritual leader of Tibet. According to Or ‘I’ve never met him but now I know what it’s like to sit in his presence for an The New York Times, more than 140 Tibetans have self-immolathour and a half.’ The film is ed since 2009 in protest of like a transmission of his wisChinese oppression and to dom. You really get a sense try to bring their tragedy’s of his wonderful humor and attention to the world. compassion and heart “I compare it to the and presence, as well as rainforest,” says Lemle. The all of the things that most wisdom of the Dalai Lama concern him now.” “belongs to the world—and One reason for the Dalai yet it’s being destroyed as Lama’s urgency in sharing quickly as the rainforest is.” his message is that he has Mickey Lemle and Laurie It was Compassion in Exannounced he will not Dolphin’s new book ile, Lemle’s 1993 documenreincarnate after his death. tary, that first brought the Dalai Lama His decision is due to the Chinese and his plight to the attention of some government’s announcement that, in America. It revealed his struggles despite its being officially atheist, Chiafter the Chinese invaded Tibet and na will control the selection of the next xxx 26
he was forced into exile in 1959. In his new film, Lemle also explores the scientific nature of the Dalai Lama’s wisdom. In one segment of The Last Dalai Lama?, the spiritual leader introduces the “Atlas of Emotions,” the work he did with Paul and Eve Ekman, who used behavioral science to map human feelings. “Twenty-five years ago, the Dalai Lama challenged a group of cutting-edge neuroscientists,” Lemle says. “He said, ‘We Tibetans have held the knowledge of how to overcome negative, afflictive emotions such as anger, grief, jealousy and hatred for 1,000 years. It’s time to share this with the world. It belongs to the world.’” lastdalailama.com
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I appreciate this concept as a way to handle the constant push-pull of obligations. Do I answer my son’s text about whether he can go to Jack’s house after school, or listen to my client tell me about their digestive issues? Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve implemented the concept of compartmentalization, and have to say that I feel much more balanced. I am not jumping between a work call and listening to my son’s story about how he loves grapes, or giving him half my attention while helping with his math homework. In your quest to bring life back into balance, consider these additional strategies: 1. LEARN TO SAY NO. It’s OK if you can’t make cookies for the bake sale, or take on a new client when you’re already fully booked. Prioritize. 2. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. I know, I can hear what you’re saying. Take time for myself? How? When? You must. Meditate, walk, go to a yoga class. Do something that you want to do. You will feel better for it. 3. PRACTICE SELF-CARE. Make sure you eat properly. Take a break during the day. Get acupuncture or a massage. Slow down. At the end of our lives, according to palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware, no one wishes they had worked more. They wish for more time with their loves ones. They wish they had taken better care of themselves, and they wish they’d let themselves be happier. STANDwellness.com
I am a busy person. I am the mother of two young boys. I run a bustling practice that is expanding rapidly. I manage an apartment building. I’m working on my second master’s degree. At any given moment, I will be juggling the kids’ after-school activities, preparing a dish for a third grade “around the world in a day” lunch, writing a paper, seeing clients, and taking calls for clogged toilets and malfunctioning fire alarms. I often find myself on the edge of sanity screaming, “No more!” Sound familiar? We live in a culture where busyness is a badge of honor. If you’re not busy, then something’s wrong. I was happy to hear about Barbara Corcoran’s parallel experiences in her podcast “Business Unusual.” She talks about how she struggled for years with work-life balance, until she came to the conclusion that such a state is just not possible. You cannot realistically give 100 percent of yourself to multiple tasks all of the time—there is not enough of one person to go around. So, how do you handle this crazy life? Her solution is to compartmentalize. “I found that the best way to juggle the responsibilities was to clearly divide my attention and time between work and home,” Corcoran says. “So when I’m at work, my husband, Bill, wouldn’t dare call me, and the kids don’t call unless they’re dying.” By keeping work at work, and her home life at home, Corcoran was not doing the daily juggle that makes most people nuts. 28
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In which the heavy and weary weight Of all this unintelligible world Is lightened.
A musical meditation from Melissa Errico, who finds light and wisdom in the Sondheim songbook. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIGITTE LACOMBE
Melissa Errico hears “a deep river of empathy” in Sondheim’s work.
Being an actor is a hard life, and a strange life. But those of us who are musical theater actors cannot imagine our lives, cannot imagine the experience of being an actor at all, without the influence of Stephen Sondheim. I’m blessed to have just completed the passion project of my life—made more passionate by my having once appeared in his great musical play Passion—and that’s a recording of Sondheim’s sublime songs. Why “sublime”? Well, by sublime I mean what the poet Wordsworth meant by it: Sublime. That blessed mood In which the burden of the mystery, 30
I began thinking of recording a Sondheim album at a mysteriously unintelligible moment in my own life. I was juggling three daughters, a marriage, a career, aging parents and all the rush and worries of maturity. The need to unburden my world and make it intelligible again led me directly to Sondheim. He lightens us not by false distractions but by real wisdoms. He writes truths for us to live by: “It’s not so much do as you like/As it is that you like what you do” and “Careful the tale you tell/ That is the spell/ Children will listen.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musicals Hamilton and In The Heights, in his first Tony Award acceptance speech, proudly announced “Mr. Sondheim! Look, I made a hat! Where there never was a hat! It’s a Latin hat, at that!” A recording is a chance to capture a passion and its contradictions, to preserve the intimacy of connecting to music. When a singer meditates and sings, live on stage, it’s an act designed to happen and be gone in an instant. How do you capture a musical meditation? You search for a theme—and a central theme in all of Sondheim’s work is light. (I sometimes tell my singing students that “light” is the key word in Sondheim, the way “love” is in Sinatra.) Light! And I don’t mean the spotlight of the theater, that “look at me” light of center stage. I mean the light of experience honestly observed, the light that happens when a window long shut comes open, the light that lets us see the world as it is. “Understand the light/Concentrate on now.” The power of now—that’s Sondheim’s light. In my new album, I wanted to shine my own light on Sondheim’s, light on light—Sondheim can provide us actors with plenty of pizzazz, but that wasn’t the light I hoped to cast. I wanted to let my own experience as a woman shine over his experience as a man. His work may seem super-cool and super-smart, but just beneath the shimmering surface is a deep river of empathy—the incomparable richness of his music approaches a spiritual level for me, a sanctity, a call to care for other human beings, to share in jubilation with people we love, to love, to touch, to vote, to marry, to empathize with struggles and most of all, to move forward. To move on. Now that the music’s done and out in the world, I hope it leads others down that river, a river where the water is sometimes incredibly clear and lucid, and other times beautifully, complexly muddy. As performers, all we do is to try to cast our own light so that another artist’s work can be seen—the way the light touches the water. Then comes the next mystery. Errico’s album Melissa Errico: Sondheim Sublime comes out November 2 on Ghostlight Records/Warner Music.
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SAVE OUR SEAS Lonely Whale board member Coralie Charriol Paul has an urgent message about reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MORGAN MAASSEN
The first step to saving marine life? Reduce, reuse and refuse plastic straws.
Do you suck? I suck! Well, we all have to stop sucking…on single-use plastic straws. Every day, 500 million plastic straws are used in the United States and most of them end up in our oceans. Soon, we are going to be swimming with plastic instead of fish! As a lover of the ocean and passionate surfer, I cannot let this plastic waste takeover happen. The ocean is part of my life, my world, my well-being and home to all the creatures underneath as well. Plus, I want my children to find the same happiness and revitalization that the ocean gives me. So I have joined the forces against plastic pollution; one of the leaders in that domain is Lonely Whale, and I am proud to serve on its advisory board. As an award-winning incubator for courageous ideas, Lonely Whale strives to drive impactful change on behalf of our beloved ocean. Inspired by the power of community to create the necessary changes to ensure a healthy planet, Lonely Whale truly moves the needle in combating the plastic pollution crisis. Frustrated by the damage and wastefulness of single-use plastic straws, Adrian Grenier and Lucy Sumner worked together to begin Lonely Whale in 2015. They began focusing on this initial area of frustration to start a larger conversation about the marine-litter crisis and the damage plastic straws can have on the ocean. The single-use plastic straw focus was an important and simple first step. Reduce, reuse and refuse the plastic straw! That’s all we are asking...for now. Implementing numerous noteworthy campaigns like Strawless in Seattle, Ocean Heroes Bootcamp—a youth summit designed to empower kids to understand and address plastic pollution— and NextWave, which combines leading cross-industry companies to develop the first commercial-scale global ocean-bound plastics supply chain (processing materials collected from river and coastal areas for use in products and packaging), Lonely Whale is proving to be anything but inactive. On Monday, October 17, Lonely Whale hosts its first-ever Into the Blue gala to celebrate its collective impact and raise critical funds to support further work needed to end plastic pollution. From propelling the plastic straw ban movement, to working with global companies like Dell, to keeping plastics in the economy and out of our ocean, Lonely Whale is on an unstoppable mission to create awareness of the dangers of single-use plastics and take action. Will you #StopSucking and join the Lonely Whale mission? lonelywhale.org 32
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David Restrepo, founder of New York City’s Vitahealth Apothecary, provides inspired integrative pharmacy for the chronically ill. BY JULIA SZABO Too often, the first authority consulted by wellness warriors facing a health challenge is Dr. Google. We’ve all been there—but what if, surfing the net, we mistakenly choose the wrong supplement for what ails us? We might unknowingly disarm an antibiotic by taking it with a probiotic, or cause a scary drug interaction. Preventing such scenarios is the mission of a new breed of health expert: the integrative pharmacist. David Restrepo, a registered pharmacist and the founder of New York City’s Vitahealth Apothecary, has earned a sterling reputation among both physicians and patients for priori-
tizing safety while maximizing wellness. This licensed health-care professional not only holds a degree from an accredited college of pharmacy, he also is fluent in complementary therapies ranging from homeopathy to Chinese and Western herbs, from acupuncture to Ayurveda. “David is one of the smartest people I know,” says Amie Valpone, best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). “When I was going through a decade of chronic illness, he was supportive the entire time. Vitahealth Apothecary is my go-
Vitahealth pharmacist David Restrepo is fluent in a range of complementary therapies.
to for supplements and health supplies. I send all of my clients to David, not only because he is brilliant but also because he is so kind and patient.” The benefits of consulting an integrative pharmacist can be life-changing for those undergoing chemotherapy, and Vitahealth’s First Avenue store is conveniently located steps from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Restrepo often recommends what he terms a “strengthening protocol” to combat common deficiencies that occur in the body, whether related to a particular medication, or as a result of the stress the body undergoes while fighting chronic disease, such as cancer. “In certain cases, selenium, zinc, magnesium and vitamin D3 become depleted,” Restrepo says, “And we know that the body functions better when these are at the higher range of normal.” Restrepo takes care to recommend the specific forms of vitamins and minerals—methylated B vitamins, for example—that our body bodies can best absorb. His customers learn what to look for on a supplement ingredient panel: “Magnesium stearate that is vegetable-based is fine, but there are some other ingredients you can do without,” he says. “For purity and efficacy, you want fewer extra ingredients. You definitely don’t want titanium dioxide, talc or aluminum.” Most conventional pharmacists work behind the scenes, anonymously filling prescriptions. But at Vitahealth Apothecary’s two locations, Restrepo frequently pauses from his back-office duties to interact with customers and dispense advice, both in person and over the phone. His goal, like that of all good integrative pharmacists, is partnering with MDs to make the healing experience smooth and free of side effects. “A supplement isn’t always the answer,” Restrepo concludes. “The answer can take many forms—including good eating habits and various mind-body practices—and we love to take this holistic journey of discovery with our family of customers.”
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THE PRACTICE OF WELL-BEING
In honor of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, Ph. D., maps out four actions to take for creating enduring positive change.
AWARENESS In short, awareness is being fully connected to our present experience. Mindfulness-based practices of all types have now entered the mainstream. The popularity of mindfulness meditation has resulted in a variety of resources to cultivate and practice the skill on one’s own via health-care programs, online apps and local meditation communities. Data show that when people are really focused on what they’re doing, and their minds are not wandering, they actually feel better about themselves. One study points to why this is important. Its conclusions suggest that the average person is not paying attention 47 percent of the time. There’s certainly room for improvement and greater well-being.
In addition, studies show that mindfulness—being in the present moment—can lessen our tendency to want and desire the things we don’t have.
CONNECTION Nurturing connection with other people plays a significant role in our well-being, as loneliness is now considered one of the biggest threats to our mental health. The ability to empathize, behave compassionately and express gratitude are skills that can not only be learned, but also can make us feel good. There is substantial evidence to suggest that engaging in acts of generosity is an effective strategy to increase well-being. We call it a double-positive whammy because, by being generous to others, you benefit them and yourself. Studies, including one from our lab, show that compassion training—in which one generates positive wishes for another being— primes a person’s ability to empathize with others and leads to pro-social behavior aimed at decreasing others’ suffering.
INSIGHT Insight is having a deep understanding of how our minds work. In particular, this understanding applies to our thoughts and emotions, and how our beliefs and expectations shape our experience. The practical skills that foster insight help us to loosen rigid beliefs and form a flexible sense of self that can adapt to changing circumstances. This fluid sense of self, in turn, promotes well-being by increasing resilience and prompting transformative
realizations about the nature of the mind, relationships and experience. The psychological flexibility that these skills engender is beginning to receive scientific attention as a fundamental aspect of well-being. Seeing oneself as growing and expanding is linked to higher well-being—and is thought to bolster well-being in part by helping us navigate life’s challenges in a constructive way. In contrast, overly rigid forms of thinking can be a sign of mental health dysfunction.
PURPOSE Purpose is what motivates, inspires and drives us in life. One study found that if you have greater purpose in life, you’re less likely to be dead 10 years later. Whether you’re older versus younger or if you have a chronic condition or disease, cultivating a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life has been shown to have far-reaching benefits, including to our physical and mental well-being. Realizing and acknowledging what gives you meaning and purpose is important. If deep-down something is important to you, but you ignore that feeling, it can harm your well-being. As one of our researchers has said: “Think about what gives your life meaning. Do what makes you happy or makes you fulfilled, and make sure to save time for it.” Richard J. Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, is the keynote speaker at the Hope For Depression Research Foundation’s Annual HOPE Luncheon on Nov. 6 at the Plaza Hotel; centerhealthyminds.org
What if our world were a kinder, wiser, more compassionate place? A place where we exercise our minds just like we do our bodies? A place where transforming our minds can improve our well-being and extend to benefit the people around us? These questions drive me as a neuroscientist. Here is what I have concluded based on years of brain research: Well-being is a skill. Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello. If you practice well-being, you’ll get better at it. Well-being has four constituents that have each received serious scientific attention. Each of the four skills below is rooted in neural circuits, and each of these circuits exhibits plasticity. If we exercise these circuits, they will strengthen to create enduring change in our lives.
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CHANGE IT UP
Refresh, renew, restore: three ways to reset for fall. BY DONNA D’CRUZ • PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUCE BUCK
“I call in the West, representing autumn, the time of reaping the fruits of our labors. It is the place where we have found our knowledge, where we have found our center and we use it.” —Maureen St. Germain Autumn, fall...this is a season within us, a time to seed, to plant, to nurture, to grow, to harvest and to begin again. Autumn offers Mother Nature’s most complex, quintessential reset. You have expanded (perhaps) wildly in the summer and now, like the leaves changing color, you can metaphorically invite the same. What lessons have I learned, what will I apply to new relationships, projects, business? I’ve created some simple, effective hacks that I invite you to use, to share and if you feel inspired, to expand upon. Try them and let me know how they serve you.
RESET HACK NO. 1 Make time for a nap. We can learn from the great world leaders Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, artists Taylor Swift and John Legend, and even Kim Kardashian—but this applies to all of us. A quick afternoon nap anywhere, on any comfortable seat, on your work chair, or on a couch or a bed if you’re lucky enough, can effectively reenergize and renew you like nothing else. It can give you a moment of repose, time to reset your sails when the day has become too much.
RESET HACK NO. 2 One of my favorite things to do to recharge is to take a bath. It allows me to let go of the day’s noise and clutter and have some one-on-one time. I light my pure aromatherapy candles, pour in my bath salts, drizzle in my 38
plant-based aromatherapy oils, turn on some soothing music and completely luxuriate in my quiet haven. I LET GO. Breathing in, I receive; exhaling, I LET GO.
RESET HACK NO. 3 Make a gratitude list. Sometimes when I feel that I am stressed or frustrated, I stop, take a breath and write a list of 10 things I am grateful for. I start with the things that I am grateful for for myself, and I keep writing about all the things I am grateful for in my life—my family, my business and work family, my friends, my community, my health...you get the idea. By the end of this simple exercise, I realize what an amazing life I have, which helps shift my focus from what is negative to what is positive and uplifting. I AM GRATEFUL. For more tips, tricks and hacks visit donnadcruz.com.
WAITING TO INHALE
out of control. One of the ways that mold remains under the radar is that some people are more sensitive to it than others. A member of a household may be sick, while the rest of the family shows no signs of illness. Make no mistake about it: Indoor air issues will eventually affect anyone in that environment, but can take years to show up. Very few doctors and nurses know anything about mycotoxins. Imagine going to your doctor, feeling poorly, wasting time and money on treatments that in some cases will make you worse. Schools and workplaces are also affected. No one wants to admit what is happening in our public buildings for fear of lawsuits amounting to millions of dollars. The biocides, fungicides and pesticides now being used by 95 percent of the remediation companies not only don’t get rid of the problem completely, allowing regrowth down the road, but they actually make it worse in some cases, according to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. We need to remove toxins from the environment and then remove the toxins from the patient, otherwise treatments are a waste of money. There now exists a proven organic, nontoxic enzyme wash bioremediation technique to improve the indoor air quality, so that anyone who is immunosuppressed can give their immune system a chance to function properly. The best news of all: A program is now available that allows any company or school to improve their indoor air quality themselves. Go to TM-100.com for more information. There are no excuses now for delay. Let’s face the indoor air pollution crisis for the health and well-being of our society.
In 2014, according to Forbes, the total cost for health care in the United States amounted to a staggering $3.8 trillion. That same year, the American Medical Association stated that one out of every three dollars of health-care costs is directly attributed to indoor air pollution, which comes to about $1.3 trillion. Let’s not forget the hundreds of billions of dollars lost due to absenteeism and production delays. Indoor air pollution is actually getting worse each year, due in large part to changes in our building codes that limit the ability of the structure to breathe properly, and the introduction of HVAC systems that in many cases are not being satisfactorily maintained. According to the World Health Organization, over 4.6 million people die annually due to the effects of indoor air pollution, while millions more go undiagnosed. The indoor air quality in this nation is of a terribly low caliber. Environmental toxins are doing great harm to millions of people. The prime culprit is often mold exposure, which causes mycotoxicosis. Mycotoxins are a second metabolite attached to mold spores, and the main cause of health issues resulting from indoor air pollution. Early this century, the World Health Organization released the following quote: “The Great Masquerader of the 21st century is mycotoxins.” Fatigue, brain fog, headaches, sinus issues, scratchy throat, joint pain, asthma, skin rashes, infections, depression, anxiety, loss of motor and cognitive function, itchy watery eyes and many other symptoms of mycotoxicosis mimic other diseases, and because the majority of the medical community is not educated and aware, the public suffers, and the costs of health care continue to spiral 40
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LGBT Network president and CEO David Kilmnick, Ph.D., urges everyone to join the fight to create safer spaces for LGBT youth on National Coming Out Day on October 11.
This year we celebrate a landmark that many did not think would be possible in 1993. The LGBT Network is celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking and historic achievements, while looking ahead to the next 25 years of creating safer spaces and building a stronger and more connected Long Island community. One of the ways we are doing this is by launching one of the largest yearly community organizing efforts and campaigns in the country—National Coming Out Day (NCOD) campaign on October 11. Since 2002, we have been organizing the NCOD campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Throughout its 16-year history, the campaign has grown— this year, we expect more than 250,000 people to participate from all around the world. Last year, we broadened
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our efforts beyond schools to businesses and corporations, places of worship, senior centers, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, first responders, athletic teams and other organizations. One thing that’s important to note is that when we use the term “coming out” in the context of this campaign, we are not referring to someone coming out as an LGBT person. People participate in the campaign by coming out in support of safe spaces—it’s not about their LGBT identity. So in this way, everyone can participate and be a part of a powerful movement in their institutions and communities. The NCOD campaign really embodies the ethos and community organizing framework that has set the Network apart for 25 years. The LGBT Network continues to be a regional home to 6,000,000 and a nationwide voice for the LGBT community. Many people thought that when marriage equality passed, our work was done. But that’s far from the reality and truth for LGBT families. Inequality still remains a troubling issue—85 percent of LGBT students still report verbal harassment in schools. Many people are shocked by these statistics, but the reality is that anti-LGBT/bias incidents are on the rise over last year. A staggering 98.1 percent of LGBT students heard “gay” used in a negative way at school and 93.4 percent reported that they felt distressed because of this language. These facts, and many more like them, tell us that there is still far to go. Behind each of these statistics is a real person who is someone’s daughter, son, sister, brother, mother, father, family member, friend or co-worker. The ultimate goal of the NCOD campaign is simple. We must engage and empower the greatest number of people to take a stand against discrimination, violence, harassment and bullying of LGBT people by coming out for safe spaces where they live, learn, work, play and pray. Each one of the groups participating in the campaign will receive a free, no-cost organizing kit with an instruction manual, posters, palm cards, rainbow ribbons, ally stickers and pronoun stickers to distribute to friends, family and allies. They can use these visual materials to show support for their LGBT friends and to help create safe spaces. Our aim is to engage everyone—not just LGBT people, but also our allies, families and friends—so that together we can build awareness throughout our communities, create safe spaces and have a more just world for all to live in. To learn more about the LGBT Network and NCOD, visit weartheribbon.org and LGBTNetwork.org.
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Bill Hader’s anxiety was no laughing matter. He talks with David Lynch Foundation CEO Bob Roth about how Transcendental Meditation helped him overcome it.
Bill Hader is one of the funniest men in comedy today. Among his long list of honors and credits, he starred for eight seasons on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and is currently the co-creator and lead actor for HBO’s hit show Barry (for which he just won an Emmy Award for best lead actor in a comedy). Hader is also a meditator and strong supporter of the David Lynch Foundation. Here, he sits down with his good friend Bob Roth to talk about how his five-year practice of Transcendental Meditation has helped him overcome a debilitating battle with anxiety and panic attacks, which were undermining a very promising career. BOB ROTH: You once said the first four years at Saturday Night Live weren’t fun for you. Why? BILL HADER: I was terrified. I had massive panic attacks on every show and I wouldn’t sleep the night before, because I knew I was going to be live on national television and I felt so much pressure. In fact, when I did the Stefon character, I would put my hands in front of my face because I was so nervous. BR: What did you do? BH: I had some friends who said, “You should take pills” or “Smoke this, man, you’ll be great.” But I said, “Uh, I don’t know.” So I tried taking Xanax and other stuff. But I had issues coming off the pills. I would be at a Whole Foods with my kids and they’d say, “Dad, why are you crying?” I was crying! BR: How did you hear about Transcendental Meditation? BH: I’m a big David Lynch fan and I happened to be listening to his audiobook of Catching the Big Fish when he talked about Transcendental Meditation. I thought to myself, “I should try that.” I went to the TM center in Manhattan and met my teacher, Josh Pittman, who is one of the nicest guys in the world. He taught me TM, which essentially is as simple as someone teaching you how to brush your teeth. I took to it really quickly. I immediately felt a clarity and a calmness. The fear kind of ebbed out of me. I still knew all the stakes—that I could still mess up on national television—but I also had the feeling of, “So what if that happens? I’ll be OK, I’ll be alright.” BR: But did that feeling of calm make you feel passive or less creative? BH: The opposite. When you have a genuine sense of calm, the fun things come out that you weren’t expecting. You just grab it and you see where that goes. But when you’re tight, that doesn’t happen. To find out more about Transcendental Meditation, visit tm.org.
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Her son Luca inspired veteran teacher Angela De Vincenzo to develop her multisensory learning program Blocks, Trucks + Art, which allows kids to pursue their interests through meaningful play. When my son Luca was born eight years ago with a cleft palate, my husband and I dove into our role as parents. Luca demonstrated a very early, intense love of trucks. Every day was a field trip around the city to spot trucks, photograph trucks, talk to truckers and even sit inside a rig to pull the air horn. At the time, my husband did not realize that he was engaging our son in an emergent study. This study went on for years, the learning becoming more sophisticated with Luca’s growing knowledge and interest. I’m a graduate of Bank Street College of Education and was a teacher for 18 years at both progressive and academic schools, including the Chapin School, City & Country School and Packer Collegiate Institute. As teachers, as parents, we need to allow time and space for our kids to express themselves, pursue their interests through playful, authentic, meaningful
experiences. We can’t expect children to do this completely on their own. We need to be there to guide, to model, to pose questions—to demonstrate that we, too, are interested learners. My multisensory, holistic learning program, called Blocks, Trucks + Art, launched in summer 2015 in Bridgehampton and aims to provide learning opportunities that are rooted in play. Our mobile workspace, an 18-wheeler (bought for our son as a source of inspiration and motivation as he endured multiple surgeries), houses a block-building area. I believe purposeful, meaningful work with blocks offers children the opportunity to create and also express what they know and love and what they understand about the world around them. Block-building is creative, social, collaborative, mathematical and even scientific. Children are navigating the nuanced processes 46
of negotiation, compromise, problem solving and organization. Just beyond the truck, at Hayground School in Bridgehampton, we built a dirt track for bicycles. While biking, children are developing their core strength, gross motor skills, balance and stability. This part of the program eases anxiety, supports a more regulated system and addresses a child’s physical development, which in turn, supports cognition and emotional well-being. As a learning specialist in reading disorders such as dyslexia, much of my tutoring sessions are devoted to providing systematic, direct instruction. I also see many children struggle with attentional issues, which often include poor self-regulation/impulse control. Whether it be the learning of discrete, isolated academic skills, or strategies for planning, organizing and sustaining attention, what children also really need is to be engaged in work that matters to them, to feel productive in an atmosphere that is inspiring and motivating. I firmly believe such experiences will ignite in them an inspired, motivated spirit to learn and grow with confidence and purpose. blockstrucksandart.com
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S P A C E Architect Nina Edwards Anker’s solar, LEED-certified home in Southampton was built using Passive House techniques, which are integrated with the architecture and result in a significant reduction in energy use, keeping the building’s ecological footprint to a minimum. “It’s designed around human well-being, and the form is entirely site-driven,” says Anker. neastudio.com
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Anselm Kiefer, “Aperiat Terra et Germinet Salvatorem,” 2006. Below, Peter Marino.
ON ART AND DESIGN
Star architect Peter Marino recently announced the launch of his own namesake Art Foundation in Southampton. Purist spoke with Marino about his highly personal, generous project. PURIST: Why have you chosen to build the planned Peter Marino Art Foundation in the Hamptons? PETER MARINO: I’ve been working on architectural projects in the Hamptons for over 30 years, on homes for private clients. My wife and I have been here since the early ’90s; we love the village of Southampton. I’ve been working on the gardens of my home here for over 20 years. When the Parrish Art Museum left for Water Mill, it unfortunately created a hole in Southampton, in terms of dedication to the visual arts within the village. We intend to restore 11 Jobs Lane to its original purpose. Hopefully it will be a premier spot
P: Construction isn’t set to begin until 2019. Tell us about your renovation plans. PM: I was very distraught to see what has happened to the building, the former Rogers Memorial Library designed by 50
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for art, anywhere in the world. Counterpoint: Selections From the Peter Marino Collection, which showed at Southampton Arts Center next door this summer, offered a taste of the art that will be seen at the Peter Marino Art Foundation. So far, our connection to the Southampton Arts Center is in the discussion phases. There are many synergies that have been identified, and joint efforts are our goal.
real value. I like to get seven or eight pieces by the same artist, to better understand his or her world and the possibility of entering it. It’s a kind of patronage as well, a way of creating a coherent group of work that is representative of a creation process.
the American architect, R.H. Robertson, who has done a number of major buildings in Manhattan and Long Island that you can still see. The whimsical neo-gothic exterior, full of carved, charming details, is historic. The interior, unfortunately, was never landmarked, so we will focus on restoring and renovating that. It will be restored to the original intention of its generous founder, and save the village from further commercialization.
P: How do art and architecture intersect? PM: Working with and commissioning artists makes a superior project; it creates other experiences throughout the spaces. The strongest thing I do is commission artists to work on projects with me from the beginning, sometimes before I form the space, or while I’m forming it. The greatest thing about working with artists is that you never get what you expect. This is what I love about artists.
P: What do you consider when buying a work of art? PM: The collection is conceived like a statement, or exploration of my various interactions with art. Art that I collect reveals a lot about me. I truly believe that living with paintings and sculpture is the best way to appreciate their
Zhang Huan’s painting “Sea No.1” (2011), above sculpted bronze boxes by Peter Marino, from the series Fire and Water
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Wishbone chairs and cushy canvas ones create an inviting setting for dining.
In the heart of Sag Harbor, William Cummings and Bernt Heiberg transform an unassuming beach shack into a mid-century modernized home with Scandinavian flair. BY DONNA BULSECO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARILI FORASTIERI Boating, beaching, sunset: That trio of elements is poetry to designers Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings. About a year-and-a-half ago, the partners in life and in their New York-based Heiberg Cummings Design firm, set out to find an “extremely charming beach shack,” says Heiberg, and voilà! The mid-1930s home they now call “Coco House”— after Coco Cabana, not Coco Chanel—represents what the duo do best: “super comfortable living spaces with all the whistles you can imagine.” If the word “whistles” conjures up gold faucets, chintz couches or a lavishly appointed interior, you’re not tuned into the pair’s signature Scandinavian style, which is both rustic and chic. Known for their spare-but-not-spartan interiors, they initially focused on adding space, not stuff, working with Southampton architect Shawn Leonard and contractor Bill Flanzer to judiciously maintain the scale
William Cummings and Bernt Heiberg with their miniature dachshund Fia.
of the property while making it taller. The addition of two floors allowed for four bedrooms and four full baths, as well as an airy, spacious living room and a large open kitchen with a massive center island. Amenities such as a steam shower, an outdoor bathtub and floor-to-basement laundry chutes show the practical and intelligent mindset behind the simply curated spaces, inside and out. Texture plays a big part in the balanced palette of white, tan and gray that dominates the rooms. Wood stools, matte-metal side tables and blond woven-basket lampshades enhance the neutrals. Artwork is by Beth O’Donnell, with a large piece over the sofa that was curated by Belinda Kielland. “I don’t really like color myself,” states Heiberg, not at all sheepishly either. Still, he admits, brown and black can give an interior depth and a level of chic, and in the living room, the addition of a dark-chocolate leather chair, or stark black pillows on a white Belgian linen couch, prove that point.
The pool area is like “a beachy garden,” says Heiberg, with natural grasses and greenery. Below: a chic living room with Scandinavian flair.
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feel like we’re really living,” says Heiberg, who was born in Norway. Cummings was born in Colorado and grew up in San Francisco. Being so close to Havens Beach, the pair take guests for jaunts on their boat, a 36-foot Chris-Craft called White Light, and fall weather brings ample opportunity to relax by the wood-burning fireplace when there’s a chill, or throw a kräftskiva, or crayfish party, complete with homemade bread, dill and shots of schnapps. “William is the master of the grill,” says Heiberg. “He’s also famous for his pre-dinner Absolut martinis.” Jubel! (That’s ‘cheers’ in Norwegian.)
An interplay of sensual and rough, or shiny and matte, reflects the design duo’s ability to combine textures in pleasing ways, both inside and outside.
French doors open up to the pool and pebbled garden area, which are surrounded by grasses and plants landscaped by John Verderber, Jr.. “When the doors are open, you see beach grasses, wild roses and bamboo,” says Heiberg. “It’s very beachy, a dream of a garden.” A bamboo fountain flows into the pool, and when breezes blow the tall grasses, the sounds have a calming effect, even when the Coco residence is a full house on the weekends. “We socialize, and work here, a lot,” explains Heiberg. He, Cummings and their miniature dachshund Fia head out from their West Village apartment early in the week, in their white Ford Mustang convertible. “New York City is amazing, but it can be a brutal city at times, and out here we
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SETTING THE STAGE
more into luxury staging, lending their expertise to clients looking to sell luxury properties in the Hamptons, Manhattan and Greenwich markets. Unlike other firms in the staging business, Iconic Modern Home curates a high-level design aesthetic with a foundation based upon vintage furnishings from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. “You won’t be seeing posters from Home Goods on the walls,” notes Kratzman. On the contrary, the prospective buyer looking at a $7.5 million property can spot that Vladimir Kagan sofa reupholstered in fabulous fabrics, and recognize its value. The rapid rate of house sales they’ve seen on their watch is not the only marker of success—oftentimes the new homeowners buy up to 90 percent of the Iconic Modern Home furnishings with the property.
Being “dragged by the sleeve” as a child from one dusty vintage showroom to the next throughout Paris, the South of France and at home near Greenwich, Connecticut, Iconic Modern Home’s founder and creative director Geoffrey Walsky recalls being met with glaring eyes and “do not touch!” edicts. And yet, the early exposure to this rarefied world—thanks to his French mother, a design aesthete— instilled in him a zeal for design and mid-century modern furniture that ultimately changed the course of his life. After a brief stint on Wall Street, Walsky started the Antique and Design Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, rebranding the company as Iconic Modern Home in 2016. Linking up with a fellow design lover with a finance background, Teresa Kratzman, who is now Iconic Modern Home’s COO and head of business development, the company moved 56
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With a discerning eye for current trends and vintage pieces, Iconic Modern Home is transforming how luxury properties are bought and sold. BY RAY ROGERS
At a Town House in The Watchcase in Sag Harbor, industrial modern design marries authentic detail original to the factory building.
Beyond sourcing top-tier vintage furnishings, Iconic Modern Home provides interior design, art consulting and renovation services—all of which are bottom-line driven, executed by professionals with finance backgrounds who understand budgets and timelines (95 percent of their projects are installed in a day). No detail is spared in their staging work—right down to making the beds, if needed. “The word of mouth in the business was just tremendous,” says Walsky of the company’s initial years, “especially in the real estate market, where one broker would tell another broker who was staging about us and a buyer would walk in, buy the unit, then ask who the designer was. All of a sudden, we were keeping clients on both ends, presenting pieces and then taking design work.” Real estate clients, including Hamptons builders such as DeVito and Co., Terra Construction and Bluefin General Contracting, now come to them for start-to-finish interior design and trend-spotting even before a project begins. “The biggest trend we’re seeing now in interior design is paying attention to the flow of the property,” says Walsky, who clearly learned valuable lessons of what not to do all
Vintage furnishings, renovated with modern textiles, lend new style to iconic pieces at this Sagaponack residence.
of those years ago while navigating the narrow walkways of overcrowded antique houses with his mother. How prospective buyers see, feel and experience a home during their walk-throughs can make all the difference. iconicmodern.com 57
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Barnes Coy Architects created this open space, perfect for easy energy clearing.
SHAMAN OF SPACE
helps entities to “move on” to more appropriate celestial realms.) The results of the spatial detox can be subtle or profound—angst or discord can lessen, headaches or fatigue can lift, plants can thrive, children can feel calmer and more focused. And as this writer experienced after a family cottage eluded a buyer for years, a space-clearing can create an ineffable resonance that—finally!—helps to call its new owner in. Space-clearing may sound out-there, but think of it as the subtlest layer in a trio of interventions to create a healthy home. Interior design uses physical change to achieve functionality and beauty; feng shui uses both physical changes and energetic tweaks to create balance and (as Miller describes it) a psychologically supported sense of self; and shamanic space-clearing works purely at the invisible level based on the understanding that, as Miller explains, “everything is energy, and all energy can be transformed.” As with any kind of subtle healing, you don’t necessarily have to believe in it to experience it. Colwell admits that many of her clients are “nonbelievers, but when I suggest we investigate and correct the energy, they always say yes—and sometimes the most uneasy space in their home becomes their favorite and most restorative!” More peace and harmony, a heightened ambiance that welcomes guests and visitors, or a sense of flow where there was heaviness before—the transformation may be hard to fathom, but few of us would turn these detox benefits down. Melinda Joy Miller can be reached through shambhallainstitute.com
The home that brims with tension or sleep disturbance; the room that elicits an odd but hard-to-name kind of discomfort; the attractive house that has lingered, inexplicably unsold, on the market. These are the kinds of cases that feng shui master, medicine woman, and master “space-clearer” Melinda Joy Miller takes on to remove obstacles and restore the health of an environment at the level of the unseen. Miller is the secret weapon of interior designers and real estate agents who hit hurdles that elude their most rational problem-solving efforts. Her daughter, designer Kim Colwell, calls on her frequently when a client’s home has “an intensity or sensation to it that doesn’t feel good, or if clients are avoiding an area of it, and I need an accurate reason why.” Miller, who is as spirited and loving as her middle name suggests, uses her many decades of experience in intuitive and metaphysical energy work to scan the space for invisible interferences and toxicity, which in her book can include disturbing frequencies from underground physical features (geology, stagnant water, chemicals) and EMFs (electromagnetic fields); accumulated mental and emotional stress and trauma, and—yes—entities, aka earthbound spirits or ghosts, residing in a space. Similar to a Reiki master and energy healer attending to the body, she gradually—over a several-weeks process that is typically done remotely—clears the negative interferences, and, using the energy of the Earth, fills the space with “love, joy and harmony, so that people and animals feel comfort and ease.” (Advising that it’s nothing to be get worried about, Miller says that if necessary, she 58
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LEGENDS OF THE FALL
With iconic offerings in the Hamptons and the city, real estate brings its A game. BY NANCY KANE
Windows on the world at architect Ismael Leyva’s midtown jewel
Iconic designer Bunny Williams’ digs feature a comfy living room.
complete the quintessential Hamptons home. Autumn in the city brings home-seekers to all neighborhoods, and this listing will draw them to Tribeca. Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep has listed her penthouse for $24.6 million with Douglas Elliman. Accessible by private elevator, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows, plank floors, a wood-burning fireplace, a stunning Varenna kitchen and a 10-foot-wide terrace with wraparound views of the Hudson. Uptown in Carnegie Hill, legendary interior designer Bunny Williams’ gracious turnkey home is for sale for $3,995 million, listed with Corcoran. The stunner features spacious rooms and high-beamed ceilings. It’s a fabulous space for entertaining, with a dining room that overlooks a landscaped courtyard garden. On the 57th Street corridor, a magnificent architect’s home features 3 bedrooms in a seamless open flow, renovated to perfection. Architect Ismael Leyva’s jewel is on the 30th floor and features a custom kitchen, made in Vienna, and a five-fixture bathroom with a custom double vanity, separate shower and a large soaking tub. Asking $4,795,000, it’s listed with Corcoran.
Following last year’s sale of two Bouvier estates, Grey Gardens and Lasata, the Bridgehampton estate of Jean Kennedy Smith, the only surviving sibling of John F. Kennedy, has hit the market, listed with Corcoran. Two separate parcels on Sagaponack Road include a waterfront property asking $20 million and a 4-bedroom cottage with a pool for $15 million. Built in 1850, the 9-bedroom, 6,000-squarefoot main house on 4.9 acres has a dock, a pool and a tennis court. Kennedy Smith, a former diplomat and U.S. ambassador to Ireland, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama for her work with people with disabilities. Atop its own private hill in Water Mill, surrounded by horse pastures, sits a unique and modern home, on the market with Cristina Matos of Brown Harris Stevens for $5,449,000. Three distinct custom design levels of living space features a dramatic double-height foyer, a glass staircase, a double-faced fireplace, formal dining room and European-style gourmet kitchen. The lower level, an enviable entertaining space, includes a theater room, wine cellar and gym. A swimming pool, spa and tennis court 60
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When I was growing up, my father took a beekeeping class at our local nature center. The next thing I knew, he had eight hives in our backyard. At 9 years old, I would watch him construct the frames, put on his bee suit and tend to the bees every weekend. We harvested over 300 pounds of honey every year—it was an all-hands-on-deck family operation. After college, I learned that the Peace Corps had a beekeeping assignment. I applied and was assigned to Paraguay in South America, where I spent two-and-a-half years. My village was four hours from a city and had no running water or electricity. What it did have, though, was the kindest, most soulful people who taught me farming and agriculture. In turn, I taught the women farmers how to bee-keep so they could earn income by selling honey. We even created a side business making soaps and lotions with beeswax and honey. These creations launched my great passion for developing natural personal care. Once back from South America, I worked in product development for over a decade at global companies like Avon, LVMH and L’Oréal. In 2007, I began to pursue my dream of developing plant- and mineral-based products. Back then, there were very few products on the market without toxins or that used the power of plant science. I saw a great opportunity in baby and kids’ hair, skin and sun care. The sun-protection formulas on the shelves were loaded with chemicals, so I worked hard to create a clear, lightweight, zinc-based mineral sunscreen. I also developed shampoos and lotions that I could use on my soonto-be-born baby. Even though I had products, I still had no name for the company. One day, my son was carrying around his stuffed security bunny (the one he couldn’t live without) and calling it “Babo.” I thought, what a great name to signify safety, comfort and security. And thus, Babo was born in 2010! Over the past eight years, Babo has grown quickly. We just expanded nationally, through Whole Foods. White’s Apothecary carries our entire range. Retailers like Ulta and Target sell us online. As my children have grown (and I have, too), Babo has also matured. This year, we launched products for adults with sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Now, everything has come full circle. I have three children who help harvest the honey once a year. This past year, our yield was 400 pounds! Our amber honey has a floral and fruity taste that is divine. (The Hamptons are a magical, unique environment for bees to flourish.) My kids are so proud of their work, and they give it to their teachers for holidays. Educating my kids on the bee cycle and ensuring they understand the connection between work, environment and food is very important to me. And of course, that beekeeping is a family tradition makes it all the more special. Babo’s tag line is Family Comes First. Naturally, I live by that. babobotanicals.com
Kate Solomon, founder and CEO of Babo Botanicals, a natural line of children’s hair, skin and sun care, learned about wellness from her beekeeping family.
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Today’s conscious consumers expect their skin-care lines to be hazard- and cruelty-free, yet highly effective; sensibly streamlined, yet still a treat for the senses; and did we mention socially and environmentally responsible, too? Fortunately, two uncompromising entrepreneurs are more than up to the task, producing covetable brands that are not only clean, but are infused with higher purpose.
When one-time “overachieving, type-A New Yorker” Cheryl Yannotti Foland woke up in a new jeans-and-sandals West Coast life in 2015, she had an epiphany. “My life had become cluttered, confusing and at times frivolous—and that wasn’t the real me.” The long-time private equity exec specialized in guiding beauty brands; her California rebirth ignited a passion to create her own cosmetics company that, counter to the unchecked excess of most high-end beauty brands, epitomized a less-is-more lifestyle. “I wanted a luxurious-minimalist line of clean products that each performed two, three—or even four or five!—functions in one, so that three of them were all you needed, inspiring us to be mindful, to use less and enjoy a simpler life,” she explains of the color cosmetics line she named Lilah b. Her now-iconic zen-minimalist packaging, as smooth and satisfying as sea-washed stones, is designed to be recycled by an expert third-party vendor (products come with a label for returning used containers, along with any other brands’ containers, to the company). The buildable colors for lips and cheeks, lightweight bronzer and powders are as rigorously clean as Foland could formulate without sacrificing performance, and their super-smooth textures and staying power have won fans from makeup junkies to dewy-faced ingénues. “My audience is getting younger as the brand’s reach expands,” Foland says, laughing, “Thankfully they are much more mindful and less frivolous than I was at their age!” lilahbeauty.com
ONE OCEAN BEAUTY Industry veteran Marcella Cacci is a beach baby who never lost her awe for the ocean’s magnificence. Inspired by research on the powerful physical and psychological benefits of human-ocean interaction, she dreamed of launching a progressive skincare company that encouraged mindful awareness of aquatic ecosystems while directly and significantly supporting urgently needed preservation efforts. The dream became reality when Cacci discovered that cutting-edge biotechnology allowed marine-derived ingredients with extraordinary skin-protective benefits to be grown in a lab. This process reduces the need for impactful ocean harvesting, yet obtains super-consistent results. The next step in the origin story of One Ocean Beauty? Cacci and her team formulated four multitasking, stringently safe and fragrance-free products that are designed to be taken with one marine collagen supplement. They buck beauty industry conventions in multiple ways: They use full doses of clinically tested active ingredients (most companies dilute doses significantly to bump up profit margins); combine multiple actives at once into single products; use 100 percent recycled inner and outer packaging, and give a generous fixed donation—not a nebulous “percentage of profits”—to conservation group Oceana. Sound pretty serious? Maybe, but the end result—an age-defying skin-
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It helps balance the pH, regulate sebum secretion and exfoliate the scalp,” he says. “The shine in your hair after is really visible.” Salon Ishi offers a new treatment that mixes phytocannabinoids with essential oils including hemp, jojoba, rosehip seed, black pepper, rosemary, spearmint, coriander seed and lemon, as well as coconut oil, in a 45-minute shiatsu scalp treatment. “The combination of CBD oil and shiatsu on the scalp is incredibly stress-relieving,” says Ishi, “and, along with the other oils, it stimulates growth and gives the hair more luster.” Adi Aloni has a more express treatment: a vitamin C– packed hydrating pack. “First I clarify the hair, then add nutrition-infused drops and finally the mask,” says Aloni, who will impart new vitality to your locks in just half an hour at his intimate Simadi Salon (767 Lexington Ave, 6th floor). Warren goes to the next level at his newest location. In addition to the intense keratin shot treatment, which infuses the follicles with the hair’s basic building block, he has medical professionals on staff who inject PRP (platelet-rich plasma) into the scalp. “This is as natural as it gets—we inject nutrients from your own blood,” he explains. “They get to the root and really stimulate collagen. The new antiaging approach is revolutionizing the way we look at hair.”
We’ve been waging the war against wrinkles and sagging skin for decades, with new products meant to keep our skin looking youthful emerging monthly, but there’s another frontier in our battle against the signs of aging—hair. “The circulation in your scalp slows down as you age, so nutrients don’t travel to the hair follicle as well,” explains Joel Warren, who has just opened an outpost of his beauty emporium The Salon Project at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Brookfield Place (thesalonproject.com). “If the nutrients are depleted, hair weakens and loses elasticity.” Ishi, owner of Salon Ishi on East 55th Street (salonishinyc. com), says the diminished condition of hair is also the result of decreased hormone production. “The individual hairs thin, and there is generally less growth,” he explains. Fortunately, there is a spate of new treatments that feed and treat the scalp, restoring health and vibrancy. “It’s like creating fertile soil to grow vegetables,” explains Paul Labrecque, whose salons on East 65th Street, in the Core Club on East 55th Street and in Palm Beach, FL (paullabrecque.com) now offer the P50 Capillaire treatment, a new version of the cult favorite exfoliating lotion made specifically for the scalp. “It uses cider vinegar, witch hazel, horseradish and 50 botanical ingredients to clean and condition your scalp and promote stronger hair growth. 70
Thanks to new treatments, stimulating the scalp and freshening up follicles is this fall’s mane event. BY BETH LANDMAN
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smoothing, ginger leaf plant stem cells for renewal, alpine rose to strengthen, an antimicrobial manuka honey cleansing balm and a probiotic-rich kombucha mask. Two estheticians renowned for microcurrent facials are also incorporating manual lifting techniques into their treatments. “Nothing can replace hands when it comes to pampering. I can feel the muscles more with my hands,” says Yasmine Djerradine (yasminedjerradine. com), who has brought her remodeling facial to the Park Avenue office of Dr. Anetta Reszko. Djerradine uses a combo of pumping movements for drainage, pinching for stimulation and longer strokes to relax wrinkles. “When you relieve stress, you see it on the face immediately,” she says. Each facial at Rescue Spa (rescuespa.net), where owner Danuta Mieloch famously offers her microcurrent bio-lift facial, begins with a 15- to 20-minute massage. “It’s our trademark,” she reports. “Massage works on an energetic level, and if you do it once a month, you tap into skin regeneration and that has a long-term effect. We always start from the neck and focus on lifting the muscles of the chin that get sluggish. The massage also increases the penetration of products.’’ Lang says facial massage can even help remove those hardened expressions etched on the faces of many New Yorkers. “We release endorphins and oxytocin and literally erase visible stress, tension and holding patterns—even ‘resting bitch face’! Facial muscles are connected to your emotions, and we free your face up.”
Most of us wouldn’t think of not exercising the muscles of our bodies, but working out the 43 facial muscles hasn’t always been on the agenda. Estheticians have long used lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and excess fluid from the skin, and the beauty cognoscenti have relied on electronic currents to stimulate muscles in the face, but suddenly there is an emphasis on using hands to strengthen muscles from the neck up. “We are so high-tech that we really crave highWant skin like touch,” declares Rachel Bella Hadid’s? Lang, who founded FaceMassaging the Love (lovefacelove.com) face improves in the Flatiron district, cellular repair. which focuses on facial massage. “We have been obsessed with the face as canvas, but now we’ve gone beyond that, as recent research shows skin becomes brighter as we work the muscles and increase collagen. When the human hand massages us, it also puts our bodies into a state of rest, and we get better cellular repair.” Karen Hong, the owner of the go-to facial spot Sia’s Beauty (siasbeauty.nyc) in Soho, combines pressure-point massage of the face with acupuncture, a HydraFacial power cleansing and a collagen mask in her age-defying Hydra-Puncture facial. “It promotes circulation and energy flow to the skin, clarifies, increases elasticity and visibly reduces wrinkles and fine lines,” explains Hong. The Holistic Facial at Naturopathica’s spas (naturopathica.com) in East Hampton and Manhattan starts with a facial brushing and relies heavily on lymphatic drainage followed by a muscle-activating massage. The session comes with an array of beautifiers including retinol for 72
Express yourself beautifully with toned muscles from neck to forehead. BY BETH LANDMAN
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HITTING NEW BEAUTY HIGHS CBD and hemp oils are turning up in everything from lip balms to hair products. And they’re not just a gimmick—they contain powerful antioxidants, with significant beauty benefits. Here, a few of our favorites. BY BETH LANDMAN
Formulated by a pharmacist and shipped directly from the Colorado-based farm, these formulas relieve joint and muscle pain. Made without pesticides, they contain natural full-spectrum hemp oil (which means they contain other beneficial hemp derivatives, not just CBD isolate) and organic beeswax, organic coconut oil and organic essential oils derived from flowers and leaves. Choose natural or camphor or lavender-eucalyptus scents. $39.99; theveritasfarms.com
youthful looking. Available in orange creme or French vanilla scents. $3.99; theveritasfarms.com
moisturizer. $24.99; madhippie.com
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Hemp seed oil is just one of the many high-grade ingredients in this hydrating, nourishing body lotion. Avocado oil, jojoba oil and vitamin C help improve uneven skin tone and texture. $45; emerginc.com
You can almost smell the mountain-fresh air in these bath salts with piñon wood essential oil. Created by a Colorado-based apothecary, they contain full-spectrum hemp extract and magnesium chloride, which help soothe sore muscles. $45 at Rescue Spa; shoprescuespa.com
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Soybean oil, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and aloe vera gel are added to the hemp oil in these balms, which will keep lips moisturized and
Pomegranate seed oil, blueberry extract, broccoli extract and hemp seed oil are among the 18 ingredients in this omega-fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich
SAGELY NATURALS RELIEF & RECOVERY HEADACHE ROLL-ON CBD is an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, so this rollon formula helps alleviate headaches (just roll it on where it hurts). It also contains menthol and peppermint oils to cool; rosemary oil, which is said to improve cognitive function; and 74
eucalyptus oil for a mental boost and to relieve pain. Keep it on hand for whenever headaches hit. $29.99; sagelynaturals.com
MALIN + GOETZ HAIR POMADE This lightweight cream contains cannabis, meadowfoam and soybean to nourish and moisturize the hair, while fatty acids hydrate and help control stubborn locks and enhance texture. $24; malinandgoetz.com
CBD FOR LIFE PURE CBD SHAMPOO This gently cleanses your mane and restores luster to tresses while CBD and hemp oils stimulate hair growth thanks to the omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids they contain. $25; cbdforlife.us
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Joel Warren, founder of The Salon Project by Joel Warren, with locations at Saks Fifth Avenue in Long Island and Manhattan, shares beauty tools and products for healthful hair care. “I recommend the NutraStim Laser Comb to all clients with fine or thin hair, as it stimulates the blood flow below the hairline and helps your roots get the nutrients needed to stay healthy.” NutraStim Laser Hair Comb, $279, nutrastimhair.com
“We use INOA hair color, which contains mineral oil instead of ammonia. The color is vibrant, and your hair gets conditioned at the same time.” L’Oréal Professionnel INOA permanent hair color, available on Amazon, pricing varies, amazon.com
“Shu Uemura’s fragrances are the best in the business.” Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset shampoo, $48, and conditioner, $58, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com
“The philosophy of The Salon Project is to create an all-inclusive beauty experience where clients receive the best services, advice, and exposure to the most advanced products available.”
“I am in love with this airbrush gun and personally use it everyday. It evens out your skin color, is simple to use and is an easy color match. You’ll look like you were in a professional’s chair for hours.” TEMPTU SP-35 Airbrush Gun, $90, temptu.com 76
“MOP nourishing oil for all hair types is amazing. Made from pomegranate enzymes and coconut oil, it strengthens and nourishes dry, brittle hair.” MOP POMegranate Nourishing Oil, $32, mopproducts.com
“Keratin Complex is a best seller. The formaldehyde-free keratin treatment improves hair health, and helps fight against humidity.” Keratin Complex Infusion Keratin Replenisher, $43., keratincomplex.com
“The styling tools (blow dryer, straightener and curling iron) from Bioprogramming by Lumielina actually improve hair quality, texture and moisture; they also help repair damage.” Repronizer 3D Plus, $410, wbioprogramming.com
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Products for pampering from 27 Hampton Salon owner Bianka Lefferts.
“Open Minded Organics’ Full Spectrum CBD Oil is my biggest obsession. Not only does it help with anxiety, sleep, sunburns and bug bites, but when used in pedicures, it relaxes your achy feet and kills most discomfort.” Full Spectrum CBD Oil, $185, available for purchase at 27 Hampton Salon
“This is the cleanest polish on the market, fortified with botanic oils. It lasts a full week without chipping.” Londontown nail polish in Cheerio, $16, londontownusa.com
“Kopari deodorant has a beautiful scent and is hypoallergenic.” Kopari Coconut deodorant, $11.90, koparibeauty.com
“Our mission at 27 Hampton Salon is to provide the cleanest hair care and beauty in the Hamptons. I adore seeing guests strut out knowing that they look amazing.”
“Chella has superior eyebrow products that fill and define brows, last all day and come off with non-oily makeup remover.” Chella eyebrow pencil, $20, chella.com
“Oribe’s newest creation hydrates your hair like a champ when added to any styling product.” Oribe Power Drops Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster, $58, oribe.com
“HydraFacial with Growth Factor Boost is my absolute must prior to any event. It leaves your face glowing, fills in fine lines and plumps up collagen.” HydraFacial available at 27 Hampton Salon, $350, 27hamptonsalon.com 78
Founder and CEO of eXO Skin Simple Cat Enright is pioneering a new vision of beauty— one that focuses on using the body’s own biology to drive results. Here, the beauty disruptor shares her most cherished items and modern essentials. “Poodle mania! Cherry is smart, sweet and the mascot of eXO Skin Simple.” eXO Skin Simple products are available at exoskinsimple. com or at Knockout Beauty in Bridgehampton
“On the occasions that I wear perfume, I want it to be special, different and uncommon. This scent suits me perfectly.” Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras by Maurice Roucel, $280, fredericmalle.com
“This 100-percent Turkish-cotton robe is from—and monogrammed by— Restoration Hardware. Nothing better than moisturizing with eXO and relaxing in a lush terry cloth robe.” Hotel Satin Stitch Turkish cotton robe, $129, restorationhardware.com
“Clean, simple and modern, nothing says fall like cashmere.” Chloé cashmere sweater in buttercream, $1,095, available at Net-a-Porter, net-a-porter.com
“My favorite pant for fall comes in three colors and is perfect for day or night. The side-snap stripes are fun and unexpected.” Rag & Bone Simone Snap Pant, $325, rag-bone.com
“A spectacular moisturizer that does everything in one bottle. You are the most important ingredient, as your body’s chemistry successfully interacts with it ” eXO Bio.digital Perfection Moisturizer, $118, exoskinsimple.com
“‘Simplicity is radical’ is the mantra and basis for my all-in-one moisturizer and resonates in my clean, classic picks.”
“I start my days with an early morning run in Central Park with my pup, Cherry. Running keeps me fit and gives me clarity.” Adidas x Stella McCartney Women’s Pureboost X TR 3.0 sneakers, $180, available at Barneys, barneys.com 80
“Even in the digital world I still wear a watch every day. This gift, from a best friend, will last forever and keeps me thinking forward.” Patek Philippe watch, various models and pricing available, patek.com
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REVERSING SUMMER SKIN Even if you’re vigilant about sun protection, your skin can still show the effects of UV exposure after a long summer of outdoor fun. To the rescue: Knockout Beauty owner Cayli Cavaco Reck, who recommends the most effective products to give your skin a fresh, dewy look.
All summer long, I apply sunscreen with reckless abandon and wear a hat that could double as a golf umbrella, but still, three months of salt, sun and fun take their toll on my skin, resulting in what I call “Fall Face.” Unsurprisingly, the warm-weather months account for approximately 70 percent of a person’s yearly UV exposure. UV radiation creates free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules missing an electron that need to scavenge for another electron so they can become a pair. This process can cause collagen to break down at a higher rate, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. It can also alter cells’ genetic material, which can lead to cancer. After many years, and a lot of trial and error, I have realized that the best thing to do is go back to the basics— literally, the ABCs of skincare—as in Vitamins A, B and C. They are all antioxidants, which are able to “donate” an electron to a free radical and prevent the damage they inflict. We can (and should) consume them in the food we eat, but applying them externally can
make a huge difference in the health of our skin. Here’s how to erase the signs of summer for a fresh-faced fall look.
A Vitamin A is one of the best vitamins for giving skin a fresh, dewy look. It activates the cells that are responsible for making new collagen and increasing cell turnover, which gives you a more even skin tone. It also helps clear any pesky blemishes. I love Lacrème Beauté Venom Cream ($198), which has tamanu oil, a natural form of vitamin A. Another favorite is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185), which contains vitamin A-rich carrot seed oil and nettle leaf.
B Vitamin B, and specifically B3, is another potent multitasking ingredient that is a must for reversing sun damage. It speeds up cell metabolism and cell turnover (a process that naturally slows down with age), revealing younger-looking skin. Perfect 82
B3 Niacinamide Topical Spray ($40) is an excellent product for giving your skin all the B3 it needs (niacinamide is a form of B3).
C Vitamin C is vital for skin health—it helps prevent and treat photodamage and gives skin a smoother texture. I love Kat Rudu Hydra Cell Vitamin C Serum ($88), which has botanical vitamin C, as well as vitamin E and ferulic and hyaluronic acids, which help even out hyperpigmentation and plump the skin. Agent Nateur Holi (C) Youth Skin Refining Face Vitamines ($120), which you mix in with your moisturizer or sunscreen, reverses fine lines, brightens and evens out the complexion. It also stimulates the production of elastin and helps fade scars, and is also soothing for people with rosacea. Incorporating all of these micronutrients will have you glowing with vitality before the leaves hit the ground. All products are available at knockoutbeauty.com.
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“I’ve created shearling that is light yet warm, colorful, feminine, luxurious and ultimately so desirable.” —Yves Salomon
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Inspired by her far-flung travels, Donna Karan’s latest Urban Zen collection features beautiful, versatile pieces in rich earth tones that allow women to create their own unique looks.
“I don’t worry about fashion as much as I do what’s going on in a woman’s life. These are clothes that address her individual spirit, her lifestyle, her desire to put on something sensual and head out.”
Urban Zen Nomadic Canvas Double Breasted Officers Jacket, $1,995, available at 705 Greenwich St., NYC; 16 Main St., Sag Harbor; 9045 Nemo St., LA; and urbanzen.com
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Top finds for fall from award-winning shoe designer Tabitha Simmons, who collaborated on a jewelry collection this season with Swarovski.
“This jacket by Brock Collection is so beautiful—it looks both modern and Victorian, which I absolutely love.” Brock Collection Janet printed cotton and silk-blend peplum jacket, $3,690, available at Moda Operandi, modaoperandi.com
“In creating a collection with Atelier Swarovski, I did a ton of research. This particular necklace was designed after looking at hundreds of Renaissance portraits and Victorian jewelry. I love that it is a bit more modern, with the different charms being irregular and imperfect.” Atelier Swarovski by Tabitha Simmons Statement Necklace in amethyst, $899, atelierswarovski.com
“I am obsessed with white shoes and can’t wait to wear these white military-style boots.” Tabitha Simmons Max in white calf, $1,195, tabithasimmons. com
“Lobmeyr uses traditional techniques like mouth-blown glass and hand-painting for this drinking glass.” Lobmeyr Oriental Tumblers Persian Flowers No. 3, $236, available at Kneen & Co., kneenandco.com
“Fall is exciting because it means coming back to the city and revisiting special things in my closet. This season, I can’t wait to mix some new pieces into my wardrobe like beautiful jackets, statement jewelry and crisp white military boots.”
“This eye cream is fantastic! It makes you feel so awake after you use it, which is very helpful for me, as I have a baby girl.” Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelée, $58, esteelauder.com 87
“I love an odd earring for fall. I will wear these to dress up sweaters, or make an evening outfit a bit more whimsical.” Atelier Swarovski by Tabitha Simmons Mismatched Drop Earrings in amethyst, $399, atelierswarovski.com
“I love soft clutches at the moment, like this feathered one by Attico.” Attico feather-trimmed velvet drawstring pouch, $428, available at matchesfashion.com
Here’s what’s on Sachin & Babi designer Babi Ahluwalia’s shopping list for fall.
“This dress is the ultimate piece for holiday travel. I plan on taking it with me on my upcoming vacation.” Sachin & Babi Malewane dress, $895, available at Sachin & Babi, 1200 Madison Ave. and sachinandbabi.com
“This season, I am inspired by celebrations and gathering with close friends to commemorate. My fall collection was designed with these moments in mind—warm tones paired with easy silhouettes to strike the right chord between fun and fantasy.”
“Our Dupio earrings add a glamorous touch to any look. Handmade in Mumbai, these statement pieces are a beautiful addition to a wardrobe in every season.” Sachin & Babi Dupio earrings in navy, $250, sachinandbabi.com
“The Lulu Bag is a delicate and timeless option for the evening and pairs well with a gown or cocktail dress.” Sachin & Babi Lulu Bag in black, $595, sachinandbabi.com
“A coffee table book makes the perfect housewarming gift. One of my favorites is Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table.” $78.22, amazon.com
“Whenever I am in the Hamptons, I love taking yoga classes at Five Pillars Yoga.” 720 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, fivepillarsyoga.com 88
“I always have my favorite Tata Harper face oil in my purse. It keeps my skin hydrated, and I love the smell.” Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, $125, tataharperskincare.com
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Libby Edelman, SVP and co-founder of Sam Edelman, reveals the inspirations behind this season’s collection.
“My go-to perfume. The scent is fresh and light, with notes of mandarin and basil. I keep a travel-sized version in my bag, but I still find myself stopping at the nearest Jo Malone in the airport.” Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, $68, jomalone.com
“This fall essential will keep me cozy all season long. The shearling accents and bold yellow hue make it a standout that is both functional and fashionable.” Sam Edelman faux shearling zip front jacket, $220, samedelman.com
“Sam Edelman takes you on a journey aboard the Orient Express for Fall 2018, inspired by the menswear-dressing in London, the old world-glamour and elegance of Paris and the ornate embellishments from Venice. The influence of a weekend in the English countryside gives us shearling jackets, lug-soled boots and hints of western detailing.”
“High-rise, wide-leg denim is back! I love this style for its easy and on-trend Western flair. Now all I need is a great vintage belt.” Sam Edelman Chelsea wide leg crop jean, $98, samedelman.com
“This knee-high boot is perfectly sleek and versatile, and great for pairing with longer skirts or dresses.” Sam Edelman Hai knee high boot, $200, samedelman.com
“I am always traveling and the de Mamiel long weekender kit has everything I need to keep my skin fresh and hydrated on-the-go.” de Mamiel long weekender kit, $120, available at Goop, goop.com 90
“I just started sleeping with a silk pillowcase. I am waiting to see the results, but I love how the material feels on my skin. Slipsilk has compact, sleek packaging that makes it easy to pack your pillowcase wherever you go.” Slipsilk king pillowcase in white, $105, slipsilkpillowcase.com
“This suitcase is spacious with a lightweight build. The charger is great for longer trips and keeps me powered up to document my travels and daily looks on Instagram @libbyonthelabelnyc.” The Carry-On, $225, awaytravel.com
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Before the show at Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace Hillary Clinton and Vogue’s Anna Wintour honor the man of the hour by wearing his designs.
inspired. The show ended with Lauren, 78, striding down the runway in black tie and blue jeans, the menswear evening look he branded. “I’ve always loved the freedom of taking a pattern or fabric and using it in an untraditional way… I like to break the rules,” said the designer, who has always been his own best walking (and horseback-riding, and racecar-driving) advertisement, whether wearing perfectly tailored suits or well-worn dungarees. On the subject of advertising, Ralph Lauren ads are significant for making fitness chic. Handsome, healthy men and women model more than impeccably tailored clothes; they embody a wholesome, athletic lifestyle. Nobody ever
His show on the steps of Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace was New York Fashion Week’s most highly coveted ticket. Guests at Ralph Lauren’s after party included Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively (both in tuxes and heels), Ansel Elgort, Priyanka Chopra, Robert De Niro and Kanye West, all captured for the occasion by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, the titled prince who shot the engagement and wedding portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Harry and Meghan. The event was a “greatest hits” of RL style: the marriage of English tradition and American independence that is— like the union of Harry and Meghan—both confident and 92
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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, photographed by royal lensman Alexi Lubomirski
Left to right, daughter-inlaw Lauren Bush Lauren, son David Lauren, wife Ricky Lauren, daughter Dylan Lauren, son-in-law Paul Arrouet, son Andrew Lauren
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Robert De Niro, well-suited to Ralph Lauren Actress Camilla Belle, sheathed in sequins
Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, channeling 1940s Hollywood glamour
Oprah Winfrey, regal in Ralph, with the designer
of the British Empire. Adds fashion historian Rebecca Arnold, author of the forthcoming Fashion: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press): “Ralph Lauren’s work has been marked by his reverence for a dream of American identity that can be created, at least in part, through clothes—and that transformation is always possible.” Ralph Lauren, the man, recently stepped aside as CEO of the fashion house that bears his name, to take on the job of creative director and executive chairman. Expect Ralph Lauren—both the label, and its role-model founder— to keep making headlines while celebrating an optimistic, well-heeled American Dream.
smokes in a Ralph Lauren ad: They’re too busy playing rugby or tennis or the sport of kings, polo. (The polo player, mallet brandished high in the air, is the iconic symbol of Polo Ralph Lauren, and one of the world’s most recognized logos.) Etched in America’s collective memory like favorite family snapshots, Polo Ralph Lauren ads offer wellness as the ultimate luxury. The message: Whatever your sport, look damn good doing it—even if it’s just walking the dog (RL ads almost always feature dashing canine companions). “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams,” said Lauren, a self-described “Jewish kid from the Bronx” who in 2017 was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the Order 93
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As summer fades, fall ups the ante on flavor and nutrition with the season’s vegetable bounty. BY TAPP FRANCKE
I am always sad to see August in my rearview mirror, with long, hot beach days and carefree, late-night cookouts in the past. Coming up are shorter days, chillier weather and a return to school routines. But with the cool breezes of September come the best vegetables of the year. The fall bounty promises cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes and beets, all hearty vegetables loaded with nutrients to fortify the body for the long winter. Here are a few favorite fall heroes:
BEETS Rich in B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper and potassium, this crimson beauty has properties that enrich the blood and improve stamina. Studies have shown that eating nitrate-rich beets can improve endurance by up to 16 percent—quite helpful when slogging through the slush. Additionally, beets contain high levels of betaine and tryptophan, which are known to help alleviate depression. The best aspect of beets, though, is their amazing cleansing abilities. They, along with other red fruits and vegetables, help to keep the lymphatic system moving, cleansing the liver and purifying the blood. Heading into cold and flu season, that can be very reassuring. Beets are great roasted. Peel them (careful not to wear your favorite white shirt), chop them into 1-inch cubes, toss with avocado oil or a little ghee
BUTTERNUT SQUASH Packed with vitamins C, E, and most of the B family, one cup of this dynamo offers more potassium than a banana. Their brilliant orange color comes from the concentration of carotenoids that the body converts into vitamin A, which is essential to the optimal functioning of the immune system. An important note here: Many of the nutrients contained in butternut squash are fat soluble (namely E and A), so they require a small amount of fat, like ghee or cashews, to make sure the nutrients are bioavailable. Butternut squash is delicious roasted. It also can be made into a nourishing soup with sautéed onions and cashew cream. Add it to red coconut curry for the sweet ness as well as the nutritional punch.
PARSNIPS These powerhouse vegetables are largely overlooked. We hear all the time that we need to eat all the colors of the rainbow to get a full spectrum of phytonutrients, but white vegetables often get a bum rap. Like their pale cousins—onion, garlic and cauliflower—they have a lot to offer. Parsnips are high in vitamin C, zinc, folate, potassium and manganese, as well as being very high in fiber. They are also anti-inflammatory and help boost the immune system. Parsnips can be roasted, blended into soup and added to stews. Or slice them really thin and roast with ghee and Himalayan salt. They taste like sweet shoestring fries! 96
BRUSSELS SPROUTS The crowning glory of the fall vegetables, Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamins C and K, B vitamins like folate and B6, minerals such as manganese and potassium, and carotenoids, which convert into vitamin A in the body. Additionally, these “mini cabbages” are rich in heart- and brainhealthy omega-3 fatty acids. Like their cruciferous relatives, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, Brussels sprouts are high in helpful nutrients called diindolylmethane (DIM) and Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C). These are crucial for phase 2 liver detox. Cruciferous vegetables play an essential role in healthy hormone metabolism by breaking down aggressive estrogens and flushing them out of the system. The key with Brussels sprouts is to not overcook them. Cook only until tender to maintain their sweet, nutty flavor. I like roasting mine with avocado oil, Himalayan salt and walnuts. This is the dish that my in-laws always request at holiday meals, and for good reason. STANDwellness.com.
(clarified butter made from cow’s milk), some Himalayan salt and fresh thyme and roast at 375° for about 40 minutes. You can use roasted beets as a side dish, mix them into a green salad or blend with some bone broth for a hearty soup.
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A TOAST TO MINDFULNESS Champagne Henriot brings the revelatory practice of medi-tasting to wine connoisseurship. BY STEF MCDONALD
is the first answer. “Aging” is the second. (This is, after all, Los Angeles.) He tells us that stress influences our perception. So does focus. Our attention, he says, is precious. “We want to do our best to clean our mental palate,” says Goldstein. To prepare for the tasting, we are instructed to sit still and recognize how we feel. Slowly, we are guided to use all of our senses to experience Champagne Henriot’s Blanc de Blancs, 100 percent chardonnay, being poured. Goldstein suggests the STOP method: Stop. Take a deep breath. Observe. Perceive. He recommends that guests try to single-task, to step out of routines, break patterns and make room for wonder. Which brings us back to lifting the glasses to our ears—the event’s aha moment. Noses in a wine glass? Sure; this is a great way to evaluate the bouquet of these luminous Champagnes. But holding a wine glass to the ears? Really? Then: “Wow.” Giggles and smiles all around as one guest says: “It sounds like a seashell!” Science tells us we can actually shift activity in the brain with healthy pursuits like exercise and meditation. Goldstein says the same holds true for mindful practices such as medi-tasting. “We’re trained from a young age to multitask,” he says. “When we focus on single-tasking, we can up the pleasure in our lives and find things that might surprise us.”
eated around a large rectangular table at the Conservatory Rooftop at The Montage Beverly Hills, a dozen men and women hold champagne flutes to their ears. Yes, their ears. Welcome to Medi-Tasting with Champagne Henriot at The Montage Beverly Hills—a combined Champagne tasting and mindfulness workshop designed to elevate the tasting experience and connect to “the light within,” Champagne Henriot’s calling to illuminate the senses with its chardonnay-driven wines. Guests at this special event are sommeliers who are regulars at wine tastings, where it is customary to hold a glass to the light, tilt it, then swirl the wine around. Amelie Derrieux-Sable of Maisons & Domaines Henriot America begins by providing insights into the Premier and Grand Crus vineyards of Côte des Blancs and Montage De Reims where Champagne Henriot sources its grapes, the heritage of the 200-plus-year-old house, and the eight generations of Henriot family behind the wines, which are defined by their light and fresh character. Before we sip, we listen to Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., a psychologist and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, who offers his definition of mindfulness: “It’s intentionally paying attention to something,” he says, “with engaged curiosity.” He then asks guests to share what stresses them. “Traffic” 98
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As the saying goes, everyone is talking about sugar, but what are they doing about it? It’s my fervent wish that they—and you—are working on quitting the stuff. Why? The short answer is that sugar is an extraordinarily destructive substance that most people eat far too much of. The longer answer is that virtually every day, more studies are proving what we in the optimal health community have always believed: that sugar plays a pivotal role in the development of many of the devastating illnesses we fear most, namely heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. Granted, the body does need trace amounts of sugar to
function, but the average American is eating sugar by the pound, not the molecule. Some estimates put the average adult intake at close to 130 pounds of sugar a year—an astonishing amount of any substance, much less one with such disastrous health implications. So what do we do now? In a nutshell: Kick sugar to the curb—your life absolutely depends on it. Here are a few thoughts on how to break free and get sugar out of your life now, so you can live the sweet life for years to come: 1. EAT REGULARLY (INITIALLY). Eat three meals and two snacks, or five small meals, a day. For many people, if they 100
Some researchers have maintained that it’s as addictive as cocaine, so how can you finally quit sugar? Purist’s columnist Dr. Frank Lipman weighs in with 20 actionable ways to get sugar out of your life.
13. LEARN TO READ LABELS. Although I would encourage you to eat as few foods as possible that have labels, educate yourself about what you’re putting into your body. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list. So check the grams of sugar, and choose products with the least sugar per serving (I teaspoon of sugar is roughly equivalent to about 4 grams). Become familiar with sugar terminology and recognize that all of these are sweeteners: agave, corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, cane sugar, cane crystals, fruit juice concentrates, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar. 14. LEARN TO RECOGNIZE SUGARS IN DISGUISE. Remember
don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sugary snacks. With time, as you break free from sugar and start eating more fat and protein and fewer carbs, you won’t need to eat the sweet stuff as often. 2. CHOOSE WHOLE FOODS. The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety. 3. DO A CLEANSE. My experience has been that when people do a proper cleanse, not only does it reset their appetites but it often decreases their sugar cravings. After
“For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sugary snacks. ” that most of the “complex” carbohydrates we consume like bread (including whole wheat), bagels and pasta aren’t really complex at all. They are usually highly refined or act just like sugars in the body and are to be avoided. 15. SCARE YOURSELF STRAIGHT. While I won’t say our national love affair with sugar is all in the mind—there is a strong physical component to sugar addiction—one way to kick off your sugar-free journey is to reframe the way you think about sugar. Treat it like an illicit drug, a kind of legal form of heroin, a dark force to be avoided and a substance whose use leads to physical ruin. Next, take a look at CBS’s 60 Minutes’ story, “Is Sugar Toxic?” story—it’s a potentially life-changing report for anyone who needs just a bit more inspiration to help them kick sugar. AND IF YOU HAVE ACUTE SUGAR CRAVINGS, TRY THESE: 16. TAKE 1000-2000 MG OF L-GLUTAMINE EVERY COUPLE OF HOURS AS NECESSARY. It often relieves sugar cravings, as the brain uses it for fuel. 17. TAKE A “BREATHING BREAK.” Find a quiet spot, get comfortable, close your eyes and sit quietly for a few minutes and focus on your breath. After a few minutes of this, the craving will pass. 18. DISTRACT YOURSELF. Go for a walk, if possible, in nature. Cravings usually last for 10 to 20 minutes maximum. If you can distract yourself with something else, they often pass. The more you do this, the easier it will get and the easier the cravings will be to deal with. 19. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Sometimes drinking water or seltzer can help with the sugar cravings. Also, sometimes what we perceive as a food craving is really thirst. 20. HAVE A PIECE OF FRUIT. If you have to give in to your cravings, have a piece of fruit; it should satisfy your craving for something sweet and is somewhat healthier. Stick to low-sugar fruits, like berries, and remember, always eat your fruit, don’t drink it. bewell.com
the initial sugar cravings, which can be overwhelming, our bodies adjust and we won’t even want the sugar anymore; the desire will disappear. 4. HAVE A BREAKFAST OF PROTEIN, FAT AND PHYTONUTRIENTS TO START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT. Breakfast smoothies are ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option, since you’ll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings. 5. TRY TO INCORPORATE PROTEIN AND/OR FAT WITH EACH MEAL. This helps control blood sugar levels. Make sure to select healthy sources of each. 6. ADD SPICES. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and help reduce cravings. 7. TAKE A GOOD-QUALITY MULTIVITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENT AND OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS AND VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENTSS. Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse—and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control, including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium. 8. MOVE YOUR BODY: EXERCISE, DANCE OR DO SOME YOGA. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift. 9. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. When we are tired, we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion. 10. STOP EMOTIONAL EATING. Be open to explore the emotional issues around your sugar addiction. Many times our craving for sugar is due to an emotional need that isn’t being met. 11. KEEP SUGARY SNACKS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND OFFICE. It’s difficult to snack on things that aren’t there! 12. DON’T SUBSTITUTE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS FOR SUGAR. This will do little to alter your desire for sweets. 101
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typically takes place from late October to November. The harvesting of the olives is still done by hand, with crews using ladders to reach the fruit, but it is also accomplished by mechanical means, using tree-shaking devices. Then the olives are gathered up and transported immediately to the mill. The less time the olives sit around, potentially getting bruised and damaged, the better the quality of their oil will be.
EXTRA VIRGIN VS. VIRGIN Extra-virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil available. It has a maximum acidity level of 0.8 percent and a full-bodied olive fruit taste and pleasant spicy notes. Extra-virgin olive oil is a staple you should keep on hand, because it’s great for cooking in just about any preparation. It’s also excellent to enjoy more simply on a slice of crusty bread, on salads, or drizzled over dishes as a final touch, to better taste its delicate flavors. Virgin olive oil is made using the above process, obtained from over-ripe fruits with an acidity level of up to 2.0 percent. Although slightly lower in flavor quality, it’s a better choice for cooking at high temperatures—high heat will generally destroy the more delicate nuances of extra-virgin olive oil. Pure olive oil provides a light olive taste and is perfect to use in any meal preparation, and is great for baking and frying.
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Giovanni Colavita, the chief executive officer of Colavita USA, shares with Purist the basics of what’s in the bottle. Though it’s a natural product, there’s a wealth of information about extra-virgin olive oil, from its millennia-old history to modern-day production, incredible health benefits and uses in the kitchen. Here, an overview:
FOOD OF THE GODS Olives are the fruits of Olea europaea, an evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean that fruits once a year for, potentially, thousands of years; some of the oldest trees alive, which are in Crete, Greece, are known to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old. A freshly picked olive is about the most bitter food on earth—it’s virtually inedible. Prior to eating, olives are typically cured in brine, water or oil, or harvested to be made into its most popular product—olive oil.
A tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat. You may ask, if it contains so much fat, how can it be considered healthy? Among its many positive traits, olive oil coesn’t contain trans-fats or cholesterol and furthermore, actually reduces cholesterol levels. It has more monounsaturated “good” fats per serving than any other cooking oil, which helps reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. Olive oil also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, keeps diabetes under control and relieves pain and inflammation. Extra-virgin olive oil is wonderfully versatile, from the most obvious uses (drizzled on salads) to the unexpected (in chocolate cake). Check out Colavita’s recipe collection at colavitarecipes.com, for traditional and innovative ways to incorporate olive oil into your cooking.
HARVEST TIME Fall is a busy season all over Italy, in large part because it’s harvest time for the two staples of the Mediterranean diet: grapes and olives, both products that have been part of the fabric of Italian culture for thousands of years. The harvest begins in late September and can continue through January, depending on the location where olives are being grown and the local weather patterns. In the region of Molise, where Colavita traces its roots, the olive harvest 102
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“Seasonal cooking has always been appealing to me. We are very seasonal—I would say hyper-seasonal,” says executive chef Greg Proechel of the MADE Hotel’s Ferris, a cozy, subterranean wood-beamed boîte, which celebrates its one-year anniversary with autumn-appropriate twists on its celebrated, Japanese-influenced menu. “We change our menu four Ferris dining room, designed by Studio MIA times a year, but within that time frame, we modify it a lot to make sure we’re using ingredients at their peak freshness,” says Proechel. And so, the strawberries that worked so well in the summer when paired with mackerel have been swapped for Italian plums grown upstate. A popular asparagus, sofrito and fried rice side dish now gets earthy oomph from pumpkin and squash. Over 90 percent of Ferris’ offerings are locally sourced, Proechel says with pride. “Upstate New York is an amazing farming area,” he says. “Most of our menu comes from within a couple hundred miles of the restaurant.” There are delicious exceptions to this rule, such as the Iberico pork from Spain (“I have no problem getting it from there,” Proechel says, “because it’s the best stuff in the world”) and Okinawan sweet potatoes from Hawaii (“a purple sweet potato that is very sweet, almost chocolate-y”).
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The highest quality ingredients make the simplest preparations possible: duck is brushed with tare sauce and grilled. Mackerel is salted on the flesh side, grilled on the fin side, and paired with an egg yolk sauce. Sweet potatoes hit the Yakitori grill, too, for crispy skin and a little bit of smoke. “We do exciting food—the foundation of what we do here is excitement,” says Proechel. “We like to have people use their hands. We specifically don’t cut our bread—we want our guests to break the bread. We want people to share their food and have fun.” The 44-year-old Iron Chef alum, whose resume includes prestigious posts at Eleven Madison Park, Graffit, Blanca and Le Turtle—and who played football at Wesleyan and worked in finance before heeding the call to the kitchen in 2009—says he favors eco-friendly measures in his restaurant, including a zero-waste policy. Leftover plums make excellent vinegar; some are dehydrated for dashi. Ramp leaves get crushed into powder for seasoning. “We don’t throw anything away,” Proechel says, “so instead of feeding our team generic food like most places do, they enjoy pretty great meals. The only thing that gets spoiled is our staff.” ferrisnyc.com 106
Greg Proechel, executive chef at Ferris restaurant at the MADE Hotel in Manhattan, puts his signature pizzazz into whole food. BY JIM SERVIN
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STEALTHY HEALTHY SNACKS When it comes to kid-approved after-school treats, nutritious, tasty options abound. BY NEALY FISCHER
After a long day at school, kids want a delicious snack. You want to give them something healthy that doesn’t take all afternoon to prepare. If your kids are anything like mine, they’re more likely to reach for candy over kale or a bowl of cereal instead of a hardboiled egg. But with some flexible planning, you can satisfy your kids’ cravings without spoiling their dinner appetites. IF YOUR KIDS CRAVE CHIPS, stock your pantry with healthier crunchy snacks, like zucchini chips, sweet potato chips, chickpea crisps or apple chips. Supermarket shelves are stocked with healthful, crunchy options. Just read labels closely to ensure the bagged goodies aren’t loaded with sugar, preservatives and other fillers. If you’re feeling supermom-ish, whip up a batch of homemade kale chips or bake a batch of crispy oven potato fries.
IF YOUR KIDS CRAVE FROZEN TREATS, buy dairy-free ice cream and top with chopped almonds or trail mix. Looking for something a bit healthier? Frozen homemade fruit treats, like frozen bananas or watermelon, are super refreshing. Keep a stash on hand.
them more nutritious dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. If you have extra time, try making my delicious apple “doughnuts” topped with peanuts and then dipped in melted dark chocolate chips. They’re fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat.
IF YOUR KIDS CRAVE DAIRY, you can satisfy their appetite with some cheese sticks and crackers. Or opt for a dairy-free option, like a coconut yogurt parfait or my Chipotle Cheesy Pecans. While these dehydrated vegan delights taste like they have real cheese, it’s just nutritional yeast. Smoothies are another hit-the-spot snack. In my upcoming cookbook, Food You Want: For the Life You Crave, I feature a thick, dairy-free smoothie “milkshake” that kids go crazy for.
IF YOUR KIDS CRAVE SOMETHING SALTY AND CREAMY, opt for a platter of chips and dips. Guacamole with tortilla chips is always a hit in my house. You can also serve hummus with gluten-free pretzel sticks or almond butter with crudités.
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IF YOUR KIDS CRAVE COOKIES, no-bake chocolate chip energy bites are a fun and healthful option. Or make a batch of gluten-free muffins over the weekend and freeze them for a grab-and-go after-school treat.
Apple “Doughnuts” INGREDIENTS 2 large apples ½ cup natural peanut butter 2 tbsp. maple syrup Pinch of salt 1 12-ounce bag high-quality dark chocolate chips Cookie crumbs, sprinkles, nuts or toasted coconut, for topping INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut apples into ¼-inch rounds. 2. Using a biscuit cutter, cut each apple round into a circle. 3. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut the center out of each apple round. This will leave you with a doughnut shape. Set apple slices aside. 4. Mix together peanut butter, maple syrup and salt. 5. Using your hands, mound about a teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture onto each apple slice. Set aside. 6. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and then dip each peanut butter-coated apple round in the chocolate. 7. Before the chocolate hardens, add desired toppings. 8. Lay each apple doughnut on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate to set.
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One man’s story of how an abandoned orchard in upstate New York brought abundant, fruitful change. BY JOSEPH STEUER pursuit. Soon, the two of us were talking, first jokingly, then longingly, about how much fun it would be to make artisanal hard cider for a living: pick fruit and produce cider in Ithaca, and sell it locally and in New York City. When my wife suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident 2 1/2 years ago, becoming a cider maker for Career 3—taking a leap at a dream before my “end”—took on urgency. Who wants regrets? (Thankfully, it wasn’t my wife’s end; she has greatly, if not fully, recovered.) This year, Steve and I launched the New York Cider Company. We believe in traditional cider-making techniques and wild fermentations, which often means staying out of the way and letting nature do the work, with little intervention. The fruit that we pick—which also includes some foraged wild apples—cannot be called “organic,” because we have not pursued this classification or the paperwork involved. I tell people that they are “beyond organic”: For more than a half century, these trees have not even been touched by the legal certified-organic chemicals often administered. They, along with trees from another abandoned orchard we have since rescued, get sun, rain and maybe a sprinkle of compost, if they are lucky. We pick only the apples we find interesting. Peak ripeness is key, when the apples are sweetest and most flavorful. Good fruit makes good cider. This philosophy guides the production of three very dry New York Cider Company ciders: Hedgerow, Ithaca Sharp and Barn Swallow. Increasingly, you will find them at local restaurants, wine stores and farmers markets in Ithaca, New York City and the Hamptons. Career 3 is certainly not the zippy career of my youth. It is fast enough. I have no regrets.
Ithaca, New York, is deep in apple country, where random wild and domestic apple trees abound—in yards, in pastures and in hedgerows. Abandoned overgrown orchards often dot the countryside. If the craggy old trees in them were people, you would say they suffered from New York Cider acute arthritis. As trees, they Company uses inspire awe in their withered apples from beauty. As fruit trees they are 125-plus year old trees in its ciders. also a marvel—in that they continue to bear any fruit at all, after so many years without care. Never mind that more often than not, their apples remain untouched, except by the deer that gorge themselves on the drops. I knew little of apple trees when I dropped out of the go-go New York City scene and moved to Ithaca in 2008, leaving behind my crazy, exhilarating Career 1—in journalism. Over the course of 20 years, I had moved through the ranks: cub reporter, gossip columnist, writer, editor and, finally, co-founding editor-in-chief of three magazines. The all-night editing sessions along with the grand fashion and society extravaganzas were a blast for a big-city bachelor. Unfortunately, the lifestyle did not mix well with marriage— or parenthood, for that matter. My wife kept saying the kids needed more nature. Apparently, I did too. It took nearly another decade; Career 2 in real estate; and a life-shaking event to lead me to hard cider-making. When someone asked me about the odd career decision recently, I explained, “Who wants to get to the very end, and say, ‘I should have done that, but I was too scared?’” A friend in Ithaca, Steve Daughhetee, lived with his wife, Leah, on a farm next to one of those ancient abandoned orchards. With the permission of its owner, Steve and Leah began rescuing each one of the extant 125- to 150-year trees, stripping away decades of vines, clearing away brush and beginning the daunting task of pruning. A few years later, when I saw their progress on these living antiques, I could not resist pitching in. And so my infatuation began. The work proved to be worth the effort. More than half of the trees in this orchard were Newtown Pippins, an old American heirloom variety not often seen in markets these days. They can be blended with other apples to make a superb, crisply dry hard cider. Steve had been doing just that as a hobby for a number of years. I joined him in this
Joseph Steuer began his career at Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine in 1988 and co-founded and edited Gotham, Indie and BKLYN magazines. Now, he commutes in a 1992 Dodge pickup from the farm cidery in Ithaca to New York City and to Long Island, where he and his family have a house. nyciderco.com 110
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FOOD IS MEDICINE like Provence, has a lot of local lavender, so we’re considering a lavender honey glaze. Lavender can be oily, and heat strengthens the flavor, so when we’re making our sauce we add it right at the very end.”
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ARCTIC CHAR “I don’t believe in cooking farm-raised salmon, so I did some research and found that wild Arctic char is an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative. Fish can be temperamental when you’re cooking it, so for crispy skin make sure the pan is really hot. I keep it simple and season it with a little salt.”
EGGPLANT “For our eggplant ‘caviar,’ I grill the whole eggplant, then wrap it in plastic and put it in a bowl to steam. I pulse in a processor, then run it through a colander to remove seeds and skin. I add cumin, lemon juice and zest, garlic and olive oil. Without tahini, it’s
Bonjour, Maison Vivienne, the Provence-inspired bistro and inn that’s also uniquely Hamptons. Chef Christian Souvenir shares his favorite local seasonal dishes, and instructions for preparing them à la francaise. BY CAMILLE COY farms, and cook with Chef Christian.” Chef de Cuisine Christian Souvenir took a break from developing Maison Vivienne’s fall menu with his sous chef to talk about the ingredients he’s excited to cook with this fall. He’s passionate about doing things a little differently, and developing intentional meals that take advantage of local ingredients and produce.
LONG ISLAND DUCK “Duck should be pan-seared for a nice crispy skin—the ideal temperature is medium-rare. I’m going to serve it with sautéed pears, lentils, root vegetables, a sherry honey gastrique and maybe a dried fig jam. The Hamptons, 112
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basically a lighter baba ghanoush. I’m serving it with socca, a chickpea flour bread from the South of France.”
GOAT CHEESE “The goat cheese is seasoned with salt and pepper and a few sprigs of thyme, then wrapped in phyllo leaves and pan-seared until golden brown. I think I’m going to pickle some late-season heirloom tomatoes for the salad. Our tomatoes all come from Hepworth Farms, an organic family-owned farm upstate.”
A fresh addition to Southampton’s Main Street, Maison Vivienne just wrapped up its first season in the Hamptons and is looking forward to fall. Co-owner and food-lifestyle blogger Svitlana Flom sees Maison Vivienne as her “creative playground” and brings her love of entertaining and elegant, modern décor to the airy hotel and restaurant, which is located in a 17th-century Dutch colonial building. Flom’s wish is that Maison Vivienne brings a touch of Provence to the Hamptons and that it becomes a multipurpose culinary destination: “I want to offer a chance for people to stay at the inn, eat local food at the restaurant, visit local wineries and
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PIKE’S PEAK She rose to fame in Gone Girl. Now, in A Private War, which screens at this year’s HIFF, Rosamund Pike gives her all to the portrait of a woman who risks it all in the service of humanity and truth. BY CRISTINA CUOMO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY FREDERIC AUERBACH 116
Rosamund Pike plays war correspondent (and Long Island native) Marie Colvin in A Private War.
CC: Did Marie’s desire to share this very real human aspect of war and the stories of the victims as a means of telling the truth of history resonate with you? RP: The crossover with my mode of working and Marie’s is that I also look for the human in the stories I tell. I want people to relate to the human in all of us. You’re chasing something that will resonate with people and make them feel something—a moment of humanity and truth, as they sit in a dark room watching a big screen. And I think she wanted people to sit at home with their breakfast reading the papers and feel something. That’s where we crossed over. Sharing the human experience and realizing that we are not isolated and we are not insular—that’s what makes us transcend the everyday in our own lives. Raising awareness was hugely important to her. It is very easy for wars to be told in the history books as tribal conflicts, territorial conflicts or governmental conflicts, and she wanted to remind people that it’s the old, the elderly, the sick, and the women and children who suffer the most. CC: How did you research who this girl from Oyster Bay, Long Island, was? RP: It was a very unusual experience and a very profound one because I stood in her shoes a fair bit and met her friends and was privileged enough to have a certain intimacy with some people who are very close to her. ‘The life of the party’ is what a lot of people remember of her. And you have to have a sort of black humor when you’re in situations like that, as I learned from Paul Conroy—who is played by Jamie Dornan—who joined us for the whole shoot. Paul was with us everyday, so stories would just bounce out of his mind. He was amazingly generous. One of her friends lent me one of her sweaters, which I wore in the film, and then when we were in Jordan filming in each of the conflict zones, Matthew got whatever level of reality by casting supporting background cast who were frequently refugees from the conflict that we were covering. So in the Homs section, 80 percent of the people featured were people who lived in Jordan after coming from Syria. And the women in the widow’s basement, that’s what they called it—a widow’s basement, women who had gone to shelter underground not knowing where their husbands were and if they’d ever see them again. Women and children were sheltered there and the stories that I get from those women, those are their real stories. Those aren’t scripted lines. It was a very profound experience for me. CC: That must have been harrowing to see first-hand all that treachery of war. Was there any part of that that you struggled with while filming? RP: There were definitely very emotional days and a kind of
From Bond Girl to Gone Girl, Academy Award-nominated actress Rosamund Pike finds meaning in the role of a lifetime as Marie Colvin, one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, in A Private War. With a new series, The Banker’s Wife, in the works, and a star-turn as Marie Curie in the forthcoming Radioactive, the 39-year-old British actress and mother of two sons is no stranger to strong, independent, inspiring female lead roles, having made a name for herself in Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley and action dramas Die Another Day and Jack Reacher. The fearless and renegade Colvin, who chronicled the cost of war for The Sunday Times in London for over 25 years, traveled to the frontlines of harrowing war-torn towns in the Middle East, where the intrepid reporter physically and emotionally sacrificed everything—all in an effort to give a voice to the voiceless victims of conflict. Pike’s process and portrayal of Colvin goes deep, and is evident when we sat down to talk about her important place in history and in this film, in which Pike gives such a convincing performance that when Colvin speaks on video at the end of the film, it sounds uncannily like Pike. Pike echoes the same sentiment with which Colvin lived her life: Will enough people care when this story reaches them? Led by Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman, this narrative feature also stars Jamie Dornan, who gives a wonderfully authentic performance as Colvin’s colleague in the trenches, photographer Paul Conroy. Honoring the Oyster Bay, Long Island, native, the Marie Colvin Stony Brook University Center for International Reporting was established after her death. A Private War premieres on Sunday, October 7, at the Hamptons International Film Festival. CRISTINA CUOMO: A Private War is an incredibly told story. When did you first come across the story of the war correspondent Marie Colvin, and what was the appeal of this part for you? ROSAMUND PIKE: I felt very passionately about Marie. I had read about her and felt very moved by her story, and the way she put her own life on the line in pursuit of the story and the truth. It was a courage I admired, and I’m very drawn to people who show that kind of courage. I felt that I understood her. I don’t know why, but I felt I could relate to her, and I knew I wanted to play her. I believed that a documentary maker by trade would challenge me to be very fearless in my performance, because I knew there was nowhere to hide if you’ve got someone who’s used to filming total reality. And I knew that he was not going to accept any artifice.
“You’re chasing something that will resonate with people and make them feel a moment of humanity and truth, as they sit in a dark room watching a big screen.”
tion and rehearsal. You try and take her into you physically. You know the way she carried her shoulders, the way she used her hands, the way her fingers spoke, the way she handled her eye patch, the way she touched her face, the way she ran her hand through her hair, everything I studied from documentary footage and private footage that people shared. Even still photographs. I tried to piece together a walk from that still image. And then I’d just be in a room walking, sitting, standing, talking, smoking, lying, crouching, running, trying to be her—in a dance studio, so it’s got mirrors and you can see what seems to be working and what isn’t working. It’s a really interesting process. I’m having fun these days doing parts that are physically further away from me. CC: And then there’s the best-selling book Gone Girl that you did, and I counted over 60 awards for your performance. How does that much focus on one role appeal to you as an actor? RP: Well, you crave that again. The fact that the adults wanted to go and see that movie in the cinema was the real thrill of it for me. On opening night, people were queuing to get tickets and it was an event and it wasn’t a superhero movie, it wasn’t a tent-pole franchise movie. It was an adult thriller drama that the adults had to see and wanted to be part of the conversation. It was incredibly exciting. Also, David Fincher is a masterful director, and I would like to have that experience again too. CC: How has being a mother changed what you look for in a role? RP: I don’t think it’s changed what I look for—it’s changed what I’m able to do. It’s changed what I’m able to convey because I have nothing to hide anymore; once you’ve given birth and you’ve had that most wild of human experiences, you feel pretty free to do anything else physically. CC: What do you fear? RP: I fear losing my parents, a child being sick. And I fear things for the world. My biggest fear is the escalating plastic problem. You really feel it when you go to the countries I went to in preparation of this role. I went to Lebanon and the plastic waste is everywhere and I find it very upsetting. I fear the damage to our planet. CC: How do you feel about turning 40 soon? RP: Oh, I’m cool with that. I played Marie Curie who was 24 and I played Marie Colvin who was 57, so I get to float. I never feel I’m restricted by the number. CC: What’s the strongest takeaway from playing Colvin? RP: That when you do feel fear, you can go there anyway. I think it’s about having fear, looking it in the face, and doing something anyway.
window on appalling situations that are very hard to forget. There were images during the making of this that will probably be seared in my brain forever. CC: When she comes back to receive her correspondent of the year award after Sri Lanka, and her producer tells her that some people are saying that she’s foolish for going in there, what part of that had to do with her being a woman? RP: She was seen as a bit of a kamikaze. She set her bar higher than most people would feel was an acceptable risk. She was rarely treated any differently by the people she worked for because she was a woman. It got her access when she was in the Middle East that a man might not have gotten because she was sort of more unfathomable. She wasn’t necessarily their version of a woman, and nor was she a man. She said sometimes she occupied the space of a third sex. I’m sure that’s what got her the close relationships she had with Yasser Arafat and even Colonel Gaddafi. She was a curiosity and she traded on that. She knew that she could play the curiosity, but underneath be tough as nails. CC: And she’s relentless in her faith in humanity. Do you think she made a difference? RP: Well, she certainly did in some places and I think as anyone who works in the humanitarian field will say, it can be a drug if you’ve had one success. But it’s a fallacy to think that you can save anybody. You can raise awareness and you can perhaps influence…. Early on in her career, Marie was in East Timor and the U.N. had a compound of people who they were sheltering from the hostilities. And then there was going to be an imminent attack. There were people who were closing in on the compound with machetes and guns and it was deemed too dangerous for the peacekeeping presence and the journalists to stay, so everybody got out. Marie was the only one who stayed, and her presence there shamed the U.N. into keeping their presence there and saving those people from certain death. That was when she said her famous line, when her editor rang and said, “What do you mean you didn’t get on the plane?” And she said, “I can’t go. If I go these people will die.” And he said, “Where’s everybody else? Where are all the men?” And she reponded, “Well, I guess they don’t make men like they used to.” Which has gone down in history but people don’t often don’t know the context. CC: I was so impressed with how you channeled her physical struggles and her deterioration. How did that affect you when you were in the moment? RP: If I go back into her voice or anything it comes with all the physicality of her, because you work on it in prepara123
BEST OF THE FEST A world of cinematic magic awaits. On the following pages, find all the need-to-know details on the diverse range of star-studded films, exclusive screenings, conversations and special events at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival.
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Emily Morimer is currently writing another comedic televion series.
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THE QUIET STORM
After a recent Hamptons International Film Festival screening of The Bookshop, Emily Mortimer, who stars in the quietly stirring drama, stood up to toast the director and her co-stars at an intimate fete hosted by Purist at Dopo La Spiaggia. With a twinkle in her eyes, she recalled getting a pressing phone call from Patricia Clarkson (seated next to her at the party), telling her she’d “be an idiot not to take the part!” opposite her powerful small-town matron in the film. Good thing for lovers of smart, independent cinema she heeded that advice. The London-born actress, who splits her time between New York City and Amagansett with her husband, actor Alessandro Nivola, and their two children, gives an intelligent, nuanced performance in the film. “There is something symbolic about the fact that my character is trying to start up a bookshop and that her fight is to bring books to people—to expose people to ways in which they can think more and be more curious about other people,” says Mortimer. “Her tale is one of real courage. She was a quiet woman, but one who had this mighty heart—and in a way it appealed to me that she didn’t succeed. So many of the stories that we see are about people winning, the triumph-over-adversity tale, and a lot of our experience in life is of not winning at all. There’s a real dignity that can be found in somebody being disappointed by life, but managing to keep going and keep putting one foot in front of the other, even though heartbreaking things happen along the way. And part of the reason that she can keep going is because she is a reader and she has this vast resource of her imagination and books that she can be free in her mind.” From her 2003 breakout role in Lovely & Amazing,
which earned her an Independent Spirit Award, to Woody Allen’s Match Point and comedic television series such as HBO’s The Newsroom and Doll and Em (she co-wrote the latter with her friend and co-star Dolly Wells), whatever she’s in, Mortimer brings a fierce sense of humanity, and often a dry wit, which is clearly on display in real-life conversations. (When asked about maintaining a sense of balance and well-being, she cracks, “Once you get to that I think you might as well hang up your boots and die!”) The Bookshop was her second professional HIFF experience; Wig Shop, a comedic short she produced and starred in, was featured in the short films program in 2016. And this year, a film she and her husband produced—the buzzed-about To Dust, starring Géza Röhrig, who was in Son of Saul, the 2016 Academy Award-winning best foreign film—will show at HIFF. “It also stars Matthew Broderick, who is a neighbor in Amagansett,” she notes. The festival is a community affair for Mortimer. “It always feels very welcoming and cozy, and cool, interesting people always come to see the movies and support the festival.” When it rolls around every October, she says, it serves as a vital reminder that “there is a community out there that is still interested in the arts. Alessandro’s grandfather was an abstract expressionist painter out here back in the ’50s, part of the artist community here. It’s nice to feel that it’s not just billionaires and party animals out here now. There’s still a thriving artistic community and one that’s still interested in supporting the arts and buying books and going to the cinema—and the Hamptons Film Festival is definitely very much part of that.” –Ray Rogers
THE QUADRUPLE THREAT Bespectacled Bob Balaban, so familiar in movies, theatre and television since the ’60s, is never cast as a leading man. With a career spanning iconic movies—Catch-22, Midnight Cowboy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind— and comedies by Christopher Guest and Wes Anderson, he’s worked with a who’s who of actors and directors. In fact, he directs, produces and writes; in common parlance, that makes him a quadruple threat. Moving with ease in all aspects of entertainment may be the surest ticket to longevity in a business known for fleeting fame. As usual, Balaban has a busy fall: In Condor—based on the book Three Days of the Condor, made famous by the Robert Redford movie—he’s playing the Deputy Director of the CIA. Among several projects he is developing: Cleo, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright. Cleo is the love story between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as seen through the perspective of the making of the movie Cleopatra. A run at the Alley Theatre in Houston a couple of months ago was a hit, so the plan is to bring it to London or New York. “I did make a condition in my contract that I have time off to attend the Hamptons International Film Festival. I just don’t want to miss it,” says Balaban, a board member since 1993, the HIFF’s inaugural year. In 1995, a movie he produced and directed, The Last Good Time, won the festival’s Starfish prize. A supporter and admirer of the HIFF, the Bridgehampton resident says, “I had the pleasure of watching it grow into an important festival.” “As deeply fun as the premieres of great Hollywood movies at the festival can be, the selection of foreign, independent and local movies are, for me, the surprise treat. Sometimes you can’t see them anywhere else. It is easy to find the movies with Nicole Kidman or Julianne Moore, but you have to seek out the little ones.” Having been in all kinds, big and small, working with megastars like George Clooney and Matt Damon (in The Monuments Men), Balaban knows the feeling of not being the one fans swarm. The actor notes, “It is a different experience to see someone you grew up with who starred in all your favorite movies, or in the tabloids. People have a familiarity with me. You wouldn’t neces-
Bob Balaban executive produced Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which screens in this year’s festival. It stars Melissa McCarthy.
sarily say, OMG I got to stand next to him. Some people are famous for their breasts, for their partner, or their penises. Some of the most wonderful actors are more invisible in their work.” —Regina Weinreich 128
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THE WILD CARD
If you’re going to have breakfast wraps with Aida Turturro at Joni’s in Montauk, prepare for visitors popping by your picnic table out front, some of them dogs. It’s like hanging out with the mayor. Passersby will say, “I love your work.” And it’s understood: maybe her role as Janice, Tony’s sister in The Sopranos, or Heddie Hawkins, her character in The Blacklist. But, there’s the work, and then the work. Turturro gesticulates wildly, passionate as she talks about the job she’s been doing since she was 12, all throughout her acting on television, movies and stage: helping people organize their stuff. “I can talk about acting. I like doing it. With organizing there’s the satisfying feeling of directly helping a person function better, often bartering my services. Organizing has its own life, and you can’t shut me up about it: It’s about wellness, healing, not just cleaning. Teach people how to handle their space, and it helps to clear the head.” On a recent morning, she’s thinking about what to wear to the North Fork’s 2nd Annual Television Festival in Greenport: “They’re going to interview me, and I get nervous.” Then she’s off to LA to help her cousin Nick Turturro with some TV pilots—and then back to Montauk, her home for 16 years, where she lives with her yellow lab Ollie, adopted from a family who could not keep him, and to a decluttering job she’s thrilled to start. She donated her organizing to benefit the Montauk Playhouse. A city kid, she grew up on the Lower East Side, in an unrenovated synagogue on Henry Street. “My father was an artist; his studio was where they prayed. He did well enough that we got to go away to Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard in the summers. The beach became my life. I was working hard cleaning and organizing. All I wanted was a home, with a husband, dog, kids. A friend brought me here [to Montauk], it reminded me of Block, so I got some things I wanted.” She loves that the community supports the Hamptons International Film Festival. She has a film coming out, Honey in the Head, playing the dead wife of Nick Nolte’s character, seen in old camera footage, alongside Emily Mortimer and Matt Dillon. About acting out East, she’s shy, and won’t push it. This summer, Kate Mueth invited her to perform a one-act play at Guild Hall, to benefit the theater company The Neo-Political Cowgirls: “I got nervous. I called my
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cousin John [Turturro] because it was a monologue. You don’t get that person to bounce off of. He said, ‘When you are doing it, the audience is your partner.’ Wow, it was exciting. When John was here he asked, ‘How come everybody knows you?’ I told him, ‘Not because I’m an actress, because I’m friendly.’” —Regina Weinreich
Aida Turturro uses her talents to support the local community.
when Hamptons International Film Festival Executive Director Anne Chaisson asked him to join the HIFF board a few years ago. “It’s really rewarding to be a part of it and help out both at an administrative and artistic level.” Trained under the tutelage of famed publicist Bobby Zarem, Weinberg launched his own namesake publicity firm before making the transition from publicist to talent manager decades ago. A founding partner at Untitled Entertainment, which he established in 1999 with Guy Oseary and Stephanie Simon, he’s helped steer careers for everyone from budding talents like Eddie Redmayne (before he was a household name) to powerhouse icons like Jane Fonda, whose documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts was just screened at Guild Hall by HIFF in September. And so, it’s no surprise that Weinberg has a long list of HIFF highlights over the years. To name a few: “Laura Dern was honored here—they did a great tribute; Olivia Wilde brought her first producorial film here; and Sam Rockwell recently had one of his films screen here,” he recalls. “But they’re all different levels—from movies that are brand-new that have not been seen before to movies that are in the awards game that people are excited to see.” The best part about showing at HIFF, says Weinberg is the festival’s prioritization of creative work. “There are certain festivals that have become more about the consumerism and the media around it. This festival is one that really focuses on the movies. You get people who live here locally and people who are coming to visit who really want to see the movies and talk about the movies, as opposed to what somebody wore on the red carpet.” Due to the nature of his job, Weinberg spends time on both coasts, but home is New York City and weekends year-round are largely spent with his partner, screenwriter Merritt Johnson, and their twin sons in East Hampton, at the family’s country getaway. Weinberg’s been coming to the Hamptons with his own family since he was a child himself, so life out East is a mix of business and pleasure, with deep roots in the community. “To be out in the Hamptons and feel connected to the film industry is great. There are so many people out here— writers, producers, directors, actors, and projects filming out here—and to be here with my family while working is pretty incredible.” On that note, you might see Weinberg taking a breakfast meeting with clients such as Naomi Watts at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton, before spending family time at the pool or beach. For some, the idyllic surroundings might make it challenging to get work done. “Not me!” he says. “I’m that freak that’s 24/7. All I need is my computer and a phone. I work on the plane, in the car, in the office, in the Hamptons. I’m one of those guys who sleeps with the phone next to my bed, which I probably shouldn’t. I’ll talk to my therapist about that.” —Ray Rogers
Jason Weinberg wheeling and dealing, poolside.
THE POWER PLAYER
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THE OUTLAW do, so he started robbing banks. It made him feel good. The adrenaline rush that he had gotten from the combat missions was somehow replaced by bank robbery. While acting isn’t exactly being in combat missions, it calls upon adrenaline. I’m happy to know I can still rely on it.” —Jim Servin
Thanks to Scarface, actor Harris Yulin, who played a corrupt cop in the 1983 gangster movie, will forever be on the radar of the film’s obsessed fans. “Scarface was so ubiquitous, so popular, that for many years, people would follow me down the street, reciting my lines,” says Yulin. “I always told them that they remembered it better than I did. I only saw it once, whereas I knew people who had seen it 200 times.” The Bridgehampton resident of 14 years, a veteran of stage, film (Night Moves, Clear and Present Danger, Wanderland, an HIFF entry last year) and television (Ozark, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 24, Entourage, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) says that similar recognition has been in play this summer, during and following his acclaimed performance as disgraced president Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon at the Bay Street Theater. “I meet a tremendous number of people in the Hamptons who have seen the play. A lot of people come up to me and say, I never had any sympathy for Nixon until now,” reports Yulin. “The play certainly allowed me to get into Nixon as a human being. I found places where his anger or resentment could become manifest, where I could present not just his dark side, but all sides.” The tour de force drew upon Yulin’s considerable energies, his capacity for portraying patrician gentility and white collar corruption with equal panache. It created momentum that continues as Yulin, 80, shifts his focus to home and community life in the Hamptons. In addition to gardening, spending time with his wife, actress Kristen Lowman, and daughter Claire Lucido (also an actress), and taking late afternoon beach walks with his 7-year-old West Highland terrier, Fox, Yulin reports that he’s also campaigning for East Hampton’s Perry Gershon’s congressional bid, as well as working on the advisory committee to rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema. “Without April Gornik at the center of it,” Yulin says, “I think probably the whole conference, the world would collapse.” If his schedule permits, Yulin will also take part in readings at this year’s HIFF’s Screenwriters Lab. “You get that habit of having the adrenaline rush, eight times a week, and then you’re kind of without any place to use it,“ he says of segueing from stage life back to real life. “It reminds me of a guy I read about in the Times, who was raised in a well-to-do family outside of Cleveland, then he went into the army—Iraq and Afghanistan—and did over 200 tours on combat missions. When he came back from the army, he was at loose ends—he didn’t know what to
Harris Yulin is also a playwright and stage director.
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Matthew Broderick and wife Sarah Jessica Parker enjoy biking on the East End.
The two-time Tony Award winner, Gen X icon, part-time Amagansett resident and star of the forthcoming black comedy To Dust, which is screening at HIFF, applies his quirky wit to musings on good times, superheroes and mortality.
PURIST: Who would play you in your film biography? MATTHEW BRODERICK: James Cagney, of course. P: What’s on your nightstand? MB: An asthma inhaler, change and some batteries. Also John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, Philip Roth’s The Counterlife, Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza. P: What advice would you give your younger self? MB: Slow down, a bit. P: Thing you do to get out of a bad mood? MB: Cook, ride a bike, watch a blackand-white movie. P: If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why? MB: Superman is good. A little boring, maybe but good. Honestly, The Invisible Man. I realize he’s more a homicidal maniac but still, I really think it would be cool to be invisible. P: Worst job you’ve ever had? MB: There have been several, but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. P: What would you change in the world?
MB: End poverty. P: Funniest thing you’ve ever heard? MB: My friend Garo tried to hold an automatic door closed at the supermarket when we were kids. The sound of his sneakers squeaking as he desperately held on to the opening door still makes me laugh. P: Best advice you’ve ever been given? MB: After an audition my father said, “Why do you assume you did anything wrong? Maybe they picked the wrong actor.” P: Food vice? MB: Bologna P: Healthiest thing you do? MB: Bike. Read. P: When was the last good cry you had (and over what)? MB: A few days ago. I watched Three Identical Strangers. P: What makes you laugh? MB: Mel Brooks P: Favorite thing about the Hamptons International Film Festival? MB: The setting, and that it’s still not super big. P: The thing you love most about the Hamptons? 133
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MB: Produce, the beach, my friends, biking with my whole family. P: In To Dust, which is screening at the festival, your character is a biology professor helping a grieving widower. How do you feel about death? MB: I’m not looking forward to it. P: What appealed to you about this role? MB: An ordinary person doing an extremely kind thing. And doing it almost by accident. P: What did you and co-star Géza Röhrig learn about each other? How did you play off one another? MB: I enjoyed Géza enormously. We have very little in common on the surface, but we seemed to understand each other very easily when acting. I admire him. P: What challenged or inspired you about this story? MB: I was touched by [Géza Röhrig’s character] Shmuel’s desperation to feel better, and to get answers. I think the movie speaks about science and religion, the advantages and limitations of both, in an interesting way.
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THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
haal), a Staten Island teacher who accidentally discovers her young student’s prodigious gift for poetry. Desperately seeking her own creative recognition, Lisa’s fascination with the boy quickly unravels into an all-encompassing fixation. Anchored by Gyllenhaal’s fearless performance, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is an electrifyingly unpredictable morality tale about the precarious line between protection and obsession.
10/4, 6:30PM, GUILD HALL Opening Night Celebration + Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award Presentation to Alan Alda 10/4, 7:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/6, 12:45pm, Bay Street East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 97 minutes, English
Writer/Director: Sara Colangelo Producers: Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal
Writer/director Sara Colangelo (LITTLE ACCIDENTS, HIFF 2014 and Screenwriters Lab 2013) returns to HIFF with her prize-winning sophomore feature. Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER follows Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllen-
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SEASONS, SWEET LIBERTY, A NEW LIFE and BETSY’S WEDDING, all of which he wrote and directed. On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross, Jake’s Women, and The Apple Tree. For 11 years on PBS, Alda has hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers; he also hosted the miniseries The Human Spark and Brains on Trial. His playwriting credits include Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie and Dear Albert. Alda is on the Board of the World Science Festival; a visiting professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which he helped found; and Founder + CEO of the Alda Communication Training Company. In addition to his successful podcast Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda, he has written three New York Times bestsellers, including If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? – My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.
Created and presented by HIFF co-chairman Alec Baldwin in 2017 in honor of Cavett himself, The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award recognizes a lifelong advocate for artistic achievements and contributions to the industry. The 2018 recipient will be Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor Alan Alda. Alda will be lauded during a special presentation on Opening Night. Seven-time Emmy® Award winner Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Blacklist, The Big C, Horace and Pete, and The Good Fight. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his role in THE AVIATOR. Alda’s other films include BRIDGE OF SPIES, TOWER HEIST, WANDERLUST, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR and CALIFORNIA SUITE, as well as THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN, which he wrote, and THE FOUR
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THE FAVOURITE 10/5, 8:00PM, GUILD HALL 10/6, 8:30PM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, Ireland/UK/USA, 121 minutes, 2018, English As England wages war with the French in the early 18th century, a frail and increasingly unstable Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne while Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz)—her advisor, confidant, and trusted friend—leads the country in her stead. Their mutually beneficial arrangement is threatened by the arrival of Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone), who sees becoming the Queen’s preferred companion as her best chance of returning to her aristocratic roots. As Sarah and Abigail’s battle of wills intensifies within the labyrinthian confines of the royal palace, director Yorgos Lanthimos and his three brilliant leads dial up the savage humor in this delightfully unhinged tale of lies and deceit within Queen Anne’s kingdom. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Screenwriters: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara Producers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn SPONSORED BY
FIRST MAN 10/6, 7:30PM, GUILD HALL 10/7, 7:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 East coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 133 minutes, 2018, English Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle reteams with his LA LA LAND-leading man Ryan Gosling for a riveting look at the eight years that defined the life of Neil Armstrong, from his entrance into NASA’s astronaut program to his era-defining moon landing in 1969. Adapted from James R. Hansen’s biography by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (SPOTLIGHT, HIFF 2015), Chazelle portrays the period with the same visceral intensity that drove the program to push humankind to previously unknown heights. Rounded out by an ensemble cast including Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Jason Clarke, and Kyle Chandler, FIRST MAN is an awe-inspiring look at the defining moment of the last century. Director: Damien Chazelle Screenwriters Josh Singer Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg Cast: Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? 10/7, 5:00PM, GUILD HALL 10/8, 3:45PM, BAY STREET East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 107 minutes, 2018, English After spending decades as a successful biographer of female celebrities and public figures, real-life author Lee Israel (Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy) finds herself out of work in the 1980s, as the industry moves away from respectability and into the depths of tabloid culture. Realizing she has an uncanny ability to replicate the voices of her literary idols, Israel sets out on a new venture: forging historical letters and selling them on the black market, with the help of an ex-con old friend (Richard E. Grant). Following up her 2015 debut THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, director Marielle Heller has created a charmingly mischievous comedic drama about the lengths one woman must go to to stay afloat. Director: Marielle Heller Screenwriters: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty Producers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell Executive Producer: Bob Balaban Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella
CLOSING NIGHT FILM BOY ERASED 10/8, 7:00PM, GUILD HALL East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 114 minutes, 2018, English As the son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges) seems to be the model son of a loving family. Excelling in school and in a committed relationship, Jared’s heavily conditioned image is shattered when a friend outs him to his community, leading his parents (Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) to send him to Refuge, a church program that aims to reinforce gender roles and heal those with the “disease” of homosexuality. Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name, director and co-star Joel Edgerton delivers a refreshingly empathetic take on the difficulty of retaining a sense of one’s self in a circumstance that aims to erase it. Director/Screenwriters Joel Edgerton Producers: Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Steve Golin, Joel Edgerton Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe SPONSORED BY
SPOTLIGHT FILMS BEAUTIFUL BOY 10/6, 11:45AM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 US Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 111 MINUTES, English Adapted from father and son David and Nic Scheff’s best-selling memoirs, HIFF alum Felix van Groeningen (THE MISFORTUNATES, HIFF 2009 and THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, HIFF 2013) chronicles the struggle with drug addiction that threatened to tear their family apart in this emotionally charged drama. Passionately led by Academy Award®-nominees Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet (following up his breakthrough role in last year’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), BEAUTIFUL BOY portrays their story as a heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring story of a family struggling to stay on top of the waves of recovery and relapse as Nic moves in and out of his father’s life. Director: Felix van Groeningen Screenwriters: Felix van Groeningen, Luke Davies Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan 137
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BEN IS BACK 10/6, 4:30PM, GUILD HALL 10/7, 4:15PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 US Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 103 minutes, 2018, English On Christmas Eve, the Burns family is stunned by the unexpected arrival of their son Ben (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges), returning home for the first time after entering rehab for opioid addiction. His mother, Holly (Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts), is quick to eagerly welcome her son in, while the rest of the family are more skeptical of the reasons for his surprise return. As Ben is torn between proving his sobriety and falling into his old ways, Roberts perfectly portrays a mother struggling with her own warring instincts in this affecting look at one family’s struggle with a national epidemic. Director/Screenwriter: Peter Hedges Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Hedges Cast: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton
CAPERNAUM 10/6, 4:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/7, 10:00AM, BAY STREET US Premiere, Narrative Feature, Lebanon, 2018, 120 minutes, Arabic Scraping by on the chaotic streets of Beirut, 12-year-old Zain (Zain al Rafeea) is one of many children born into an uncertain future in the city’s slum. Living a deeply troubled home life and branded the sole caretaker of an abandoned toddler, Zain makes the desperate move of suing his negligent parents for giving him life and trapping him in a hostile world. Utilizing a cast of non-professional actors (including two revelatory performances from its child leads), Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Cannes Jury Prize winner is a stirring slice of social-realist protest cinema, driven equally by righteous anger and enduring empathy, and sure to be one of the most talked about films of the year. Director: Nadine Labaki Screenwriters: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar Producers: Khaled Mouzanar, Michel Merkt Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, Fadi Youssef
EVERYBODY KNOWS “todos lo saben” 10/5, 8:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/6, 4:45PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, France/Spain/Italy, 2018, 133 minutes, Spanish Transplanting his trademark psychological drama from his native Iran to the foothills of Spain, two-time Academy Award®-winning director Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST [HIFF 2014], THE SALESMAN [HIFF 2017]) returns with a story of secrets and intrigue in Spanish wine country. Returning to her childhood home to celebrate a family wedding, Laura (Penélope Cruz) finds long-simmering tensions coming to the surface when her daughter suddenly disappears amidst a power outage, with her distanced family and ex (Javier Bardem) the most likely suspects. Beautifully realized and constantly engrossing, Farhadi has crafted another masterful thriller with a deep ensemble cast of Spanish legends, led by Bardem, Cruz, and Bárbara Lennie. Director/Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi Producers: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Álvaro Longoria Cast: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández, Bárbara Lennie
SPOTLIGHT FILMS GREEN BOOK 10/6, 7:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/7, 1:15PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 130 minutes, English It’s 1962 America, and impeccably stylish jazz musician Don Shirley (Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali) needs to hire a bodyguard to get him safely from venue to venue on his upcoming Southern tour. Enter Tony “Lip” Valelonga (Viggo Mortensen): a loud-mouthed Italian-American bouncer who’s quicker to enter a situation fists first if it means coming out on top. Together, the unlikely pair set out on a road trip through the American South, using the Negro Motorist Green Book as a guide to find welcoming lodging; along the way, they forge a surprising camaraderie in this heartwarming and comedic true story. Director: Peter Farrelly Screenwriters: Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga Producers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
THE HAPPY PRINCE 10/7, 3:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 Narrative Feature, Germany/Belgium/Italy, 105 minutes, 2018, English/French/Italian In the final three years of his life (1897-1900), Oscar Wilde finds himself adrift. Coming off the heels of his trial for indecency and subsequent imprisonment, Wilde lives out his last days in exile, moving between a small group of enduring friends (Colin Firth, Edwin Thomas) under assumed names and torn between whether to go back to his ex-lover (Colin Morgan) or estranged wife (Emily Watson). Written, directed by, and starring Rupert Everett as the ailing Wilde, THE HAPPY PRINCE is at once a moving evocation of the literary genius’s final act and a stirring paean to the brilliant wit that endured to his last moments. Director/Screenwriter: Rupert Everett Producers: Sébastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson
THE HATE U GIVE 10/5, 7:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 10/6, 1:30PM, GUILD HALL 10/7, 12:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 Narrative Feature, USA, 129 minutes, 2018, English As a way to escape the limited options of the streets she grew up on, sixteenyear-old black teenager Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is torn between two lives: one at school amidst her predominantly rich, upper-class white classmates, and another within her working-class neighborhood. But Starr’s dual life is torn apart when a reunion with a childhood sweetheart ends in tragedy at the hands of a local police officer, forcing her to take a side amidst a swelling of protests in the local community. Adapting Angie Thomas’s award-winning novel to the big screen with the same sense of urgency that shot it to the top of the bestsellers list, THE HATE U GIVE is a stirring look at one teenager’s personal awakening. Director: George Tillman Jr. Screenwriters: Audrey Wells (screenplay by), Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by) Producers: Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall, Common, Sabrina Carpenter 139
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A PRIVATE WAR 10/7, 2:00PM, GUILD HALL 10/8, 3:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 106 minutes, 2018, English In an industry defined by those willing to place themselves in the midst of tremendous danger, photojournalist Marie Colvin (Academy-Award® nominee Rosamund Pike) distinguished herself as one of the world’s most celebrated war correspondents. In his feature narrative debut, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman (CARTEL LAND, CITY OF GHOSTS) pays tribute to Colvin’s extraordinary life both on and off the battlefield. Portrayed with rebellious conviction by Pike, and aided by a supporting cast including Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci, A PRIVATE WAR is a thrilling look at one individual’s devotion to bringing a voice to the voiceless. Director: Matthew Heineman Screenwriter: Arash Amel Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Marissa McMahon, Matthew George, Matthew Heineman, Charlize Theron Cast:: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci
THE PUBLIC 10/5, 5:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 East Coast Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 119 minutes, English As the day’s activities wind down and library workers Stuart (Emilio Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) prepare to close for the day, a group of homeless patrons decide to stage an act of rebellion when they refuse to leave the building to find somewhere to sleep in the wintry night. Soon the scene outside becomes a carnival of riot gear-wearing officers and local news reporters, leading to a standoff between the city’s have’s and have-not’s. Aided by a deep supporting cast, including Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, and Alec Baldwin, writer, director, and star Emilio Estevez continues to showcase his skills as a gifted multi-hyphenate force with his latest ode to the struggles of the disenfranchised. Director/Screenwriter: Emilio Estevez Producers: : Emilio Estevez, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce, Lisa Niedenthal Cast: Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jacob Vargas, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jeffrey Wright
ROMA 10/7, 11:00AM, GUILD HALL Narrative Feature, Mexico, 135 minutes, 2018, Spanish/Mixteco Inspired by the early 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, celebrated auteur Alfonso Cuarón (GRAVITY, CHILDREN OF MEN, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) returns with this semi-autobiographical look at a middle-class family making a life for itself within a time of political turbulence and patriarchal rule. Filmed on a giant canvas in 65mm and utilizing stunningly detailed black and white photography, ROMA recreates the world of his past with cinematic grandeur and vibrancy. Acting as his own cinematographer and working with a remarkable cast of largely unknown actors, Cuarón places the viewer in the middle of a world alive with the anxious energy of the period, while paying respect to the individuals who would help to shape his life. Director/Screenwriter: Alfonso Cuarón Producers: Gabriela Rodriguez, Alfonso Cuarón, Nicolas Celis Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
SPOTLIGHT FILMS TO DUST 10/6, 9:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/7, 6:30PM, WESTHAMPTON PAC Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 90 minutes, English Shmuel (Geza Rohrig, last seen at HIFF with 2015’s SON OF SAUL), a Hasidic cantor living in upstate New York, is unable to cope with the untimely death of his wife. Struggling to find religious solace in the face of tremendous grief and plagued by nightmares about his wife’s decaying body, Shmuel looks to Albert (Matthew Broderick), a community college biology professor, to teach him more about the decomposition process facing her. In director Shawn Snyder’s darkly comic first feature, the two form an unlikely bond via clandestine biological experiments, despite the blasphemous consequences. Director: Shawn Snyder Screenwriter:Shawn Snyder, Jason Begue Producers: Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Scott Lochmus, Josh Crook, Ron Perlman Cast: Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick
WIDOWS 10/5, 8:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 Narrative Feature, 2018, UK/USA, 128 minutes, English From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. WIDOWS is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. WIDOWS also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry. Director: Steve McQueen Screenwriters: Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn Producers: Iain Canning. Emile Sherman, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson
WILDLIFE 10/5, 5:15PM, GUILD HALL 10/7, 5:00PM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, USA, 104 minutes, 2018, English In 1960s Montana, Jerry Brinson (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds his family at yet another crossroads when he loses his job at the local golf course. With a wildfire raging in the surrounding mountains, Jerry decides to join a group of firefighters and leaves his wife Jeannette (Carey Mulligan) and teenage son (Ed Oxenbould) on their own in their small town, where both begin to question the stability of the life they’ve known for so long. With this astonishingly well-realized directorial debut, Paul Dano reveals himself to be a director of considerable emotional depth in this melancholic look at the steady decline of the nuclear family, anchored by Mulligan’s towering central performance. Director: Paul Dano Screenwriters: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan Producers: Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Rurak, Alex Saks Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Camp, Ed Oxenbould 141
A CONVERSATION WITH...
Join us for our A Conversation With… series, one-on-one interviews with some legendary personalities. Past conversations include Steven Spielberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Altman, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Michael Moore, Edward Norton, Holly Hunter, Emily Blunt, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Rob Reiner, and many more.
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL 10/5, 3:00PM, Bay Street
Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated actor and producer Maggie Gyllenhaal has starred in many films over her career, including SECRETARY, MONA LISA SMILE, SHERRYBABY (Golden Globe nomination), and CRAZY HEART, for which she received an Academy Award® nomination. On the silver screen, she starred in the BBC/Sundance Original TV Series The Honourable Woman (Emmy Award® nomination), and recently wrapped filming and producing the second season of the HBO drama The Deuce, which is currently airing on HBO, and for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination. Her next film, the Netflix thriller THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, which she also produced, launches on October 12.
EMILIO ESTEVEZ 10/6, 3:30PM, Bay Street
Emilio Estevez is not only as an accomplished actor, but also a talented writer, director and producer. In 2006, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the Golden Globe® and SAG ensemble nominee BOBBY, which revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. Estevez made his acting debut in Tim Hunter’s TEX and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s ensemble drama THE OUTSIDERS, both based on S.E. Hinton novels. Estevez’s performance in John Hughes’s THE BREAKFAST CLUB won him widespread attention and acclaim, after which he appeared in ST. ELMO’S FIRE and then THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW, for which he also wrote the screenplay. In 1996, Estevez directed Martin Sheen for the first time in the Vietnam drama THE WAR AT HOME, which he also starred in and produced. Other film credits include REPO MAN, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, and the STAKEOUT, YOUNG GUNS and MIGHTY DUCKS franchise movies. His latest film is THE PUBLIC. Moderated by Alec Baldwin
DAMIEN CHAZELLE 10/7, 12:30PM, Bay Street
Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle most recently wrote and directed the musical LA LA LAND, which earned 14 Oscar® nominations, winning six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle, who is the youngest director to receive the award. The film also won a record-breaking seven Golden Globe Awards and was also honored with five British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award wins and 11 nominations. His previous film, 2014’s WHIPLASH, received five Academy Award® nominations and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. His 2013 short, based on the WHIPLASH screenplay, won the Short Film Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the following year, the feature film took home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award from the festival. Chazelle made his first feature, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, as an undergraduate student at Harvard University. The film was named one of the best films of the year by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, The Village Voice and others. Upcoming in television, Chazelle has the musical drama The Eddy for Netflix, and a straight-to-series order for a drama series for Apple TV, which he will direct and executive produce. His latest film is FIRST MAN. 142
FILMS OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION
The Films of Conflict and Resolution program is dedicated to showcasing films that deal with the complex issues and societal effects of war and violence. These films are selected because of their excellence in filmmaking and depiction of provocative and dramatic content. Since this signature section was launched 19 years ago, it has continued to stimulate discussion about major issues and conflicts of our time. The program recognizes one of the films in the series with the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award.
prosecutors, senators, congressmen, and former members of the Nixon administration—to shine a new light on the landmark case. Following up his 2008 expose on the financial crisis INSIDE JOB, which landed him an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, Ferguson’s WATERGATE is a stunning, all-encompassing look at a scandal that, until recently, stood without parallel in US politics.
10/5, 11:30AM, GUILD HALL Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 260 minutes (w/intermission), English Few moments loom larger on the collective conscious of contemporary American history than the Watergate investigation, and the subsequent resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. Now over 40 years later, filmmaker Charles Ferguson utilizes new interviews with surviving subjects from all sides of the investigation—including reporters,
Director/Screenwriter: Charles Ferguson Producer: Krista Parris Featuring: Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Lesley Stahl, George Frampton, John McCain, Dan Rather, Elizabeth Holtzman 143
FILMS OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION
AND BREATHE NORMALLY 10/6, 6:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/7, 6:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 New York Premiere, Narrative Feature, Iceland/Sweden/ Belgium, 2018, 95 minutes, English/Icelandic/ Creole
OF FATHERS AND SONS
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS
10/4, 5:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/8, 1:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 New York Premiere, Documentary Feature, Germany/Syria/Lebanon, 2017, 99 minutes, Arabic Posing as a pro-jihadist photojournalist making a documentary The disparate paths of a struggling Icelandic single mother and on the Islamic Caliphate, Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki returns to his an asylum-seeking Guinea-Bishomeland, where he gains the sauan woman interweave in Ísold trust of a radical Islamist family led Uggadóttir’s (Screenwriters Lab by al-Nusra general Abu Osama. 2015) award-winning first feature. Filming their lives over the course Though they are initially divided of two years, with a particular by political and cultural discord, attention paid to the general’s son the two women gradually form Osama, Derki intimately examines an unlikely bond outside of the pre-ordained paths expected from the daily jihadist teaching and tutelage given in a town ravaged their socio-political realities. Akin by conflict and destruction. Winner to the social-realist work of Ken of the World Cinema Grand Jury Loach and the Dardennes BrothPrize at this year’s Sundance Film ers, AND BREATHE NORMALLY is a sharply observed and unsentimen- Festival, OF FATHERS AND SONS is a revelatory and disquieting tal exploration of the migration examination of the conditions that crisis, and confirms Uggadóttir’s lead to radicalization. status as a rising star of Icelandic cinema. Director: Talal Derki Producers: Ansgar Frerich, Director/Screenwriter: Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert, Ísold Uggadóttir Hans Robert Eisenhauer Producer: Skúli Malmquist Cast: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson
10/7, 3:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/8,11:45AM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 Documentary Feature, Spain/ USA, 2018, 96 minutes, Spanish At the risk of being forgotten by an apathetic system, the survivors of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship set out on a quest for justice in Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s Berlinale Peace Prize-winning documentary. The filmmakers follow the group over the course of six years as they come together and bravely confront the remaining perpetrators of Franco’s regime with an unprecedented international lawsuit. Executive-produced by Pedro Almodovar, THE SILENCE OF OTHERS is a powerful and provoking tribute to the courageous individuals determined to hold those responsible accountable, and a reminder that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Presented in participation with Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island. Director/Producers: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar Executive Producers: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
UNDER THE WIRE 10/5,12:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/6, 12:15PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 New York Premiere, Documentary Feature, UK, 2018, 95 minutes, English/Arabic In February of 2012, war correspondent Marie Colvin (also the subject of HIFF 2018 Spotlight selection A PRIVATE WAR) illegally crossed the border into Syria with her photographer, Paul Conroy. Ignoring the government’s refusal to allow foreign journalists into the country, the two were among the first to attempt to cover the story of civilians trapped in the besieged city of Homs, where they found a ravaged war zone that only one of them would ultimately survive. Grippingly recounting their moment-by-moment journey into Homs, UNDER THE WIRE is a chilling tribute to the courageous bravery that led Colvin and Conroy to their final mission together. Director/Screenwriter: Chris Martin Producer: Tom Brisley
For the past sixteen years, HIFF has focused on emerging acting talent and highlights a dynamic class of actors each year. Past honorees include many future award winners and nominees including, Emily Blunt, Elisabeth Moss, Brie Larson, Mahershala Ali, Riz Ahmed, Alicia Vikander, Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Rooney Mara, Norman Reedus, Adam Driver, and more. This year’s three breakthrough artists are thrilling new actors whose stars are solidly on the rise. All three are appearing in films at the festival, and we are delighted to welcome them to HIFF 2018. Meet the Breakthrough Artists at our Winick Talk 10/6.
KAYLI CARTER Kayli Carter will next star in Netflix’s PRIVATE LIFE, opposite Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. She also will be seen in the independent film CHARLIE SAYS, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival. She recently starred in Scott Frank’s Emmy nominated miniseries Godless for Netflix. Her other film credits include RINGS and Amazon’s Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. On stage, she most recently starred in the Off-Broadway play, Mary Page Marlowe, written by Tracy Letts. She also originated the role of “Flo” in Mark Rylance’s Olivier-nominated comedy Nice Fish. Kayli graduated with a BFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Appears in PRIVATE LIFE
CORY MICHAEL SMITH Cory Michael Smith stars as the ‘The Riddler’ on the hit Fox series Gotham. He was recently seen in two of Todd Haynes’ films: CAROL, opposite Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and WONDERSTRUCK, opposite Julianne Moore. Prior to that, he was featured opposite Frances McDormand in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, directed by Lisa Cholodenko. His performance in that role earned him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Limited Series. Next up, he stars in Yen Tan’s film 1985 with Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis, as well as Damien Chazelle’s FIRST MAN, opposite Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Appears in 1985 and FIRST MAN
AMANDLA STENBERG Amandla Stenberg will next be seen in 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated film THE HATE U GIVE. Additionally, she can be seen this fall in Amma Asante’s WWII drama WHERE HANDS TOUCH. Amandla’s other recent film credits include THE DARKEST MINDS, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING, AS YOU ARE, COLOMBIANA, RIO 2 and THE HUNGER GAMES. She has been recognized globally for her crusade towards sparking thoughtful conversation using social media to spread awareness and knowledge on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, biracial identity, sexual identity, gender and beauty standards, to name few. Amandla has been recognized with Teen Choice Awards, a BET Award and NAACP Image Award for her work. Appears in THE HATE U GIVE and THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
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VIEWS FROM LONG ISLAND In 2002, HIFF and longtime partner the Suffolk County Film Commission inaugurated the Views From Long Island program, focusing on local ﬁlmmakers, the area’s unique landscapes, and the important social and political issues facing Long Island communities today. Each year, the Film Commission awards a $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant to a ﬁlm in the Views From Long Island section. This grant supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low budget independent ﬁlms from both emerging and established ﬁlmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County, New York.
BLACK MOTHER 10/6, 6:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR 10/7, 8:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA5 Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 77 minutes, English/Patois Filmmaker, photographer, and Long Island resident Khalik Allah’s second feature is, much like his debut film FIELD N*****, a mesmerizing documentary portrait. Allah casts his lens on two dissonant worlds on the island of Jamaica, showcasing the sacred and profane alike. Switching among multiple formats, from the raw texture of super 8mm film, to videotape, to HD video, Allah skillfully creates another intimate and daring portrait of kaleidoscopic beauty, revealing Jamaica—the birthplace of his mother—as a blessed place, dreamlike, full of rhythm and seduction. Director: Khalik Allah Producers: Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin
THE LAST RACE 10/6, 3:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 3:45PM, WESTHAMPTON PAC East Coast Premiere, documentary feature, USA, 2017, 74 minutes, English Long Island is the birthplace of American stock car racing, but today, only one racetrack remains: Riverhead Raceway. Established in 1949 on an initially rural part of Long Island, the land has seen its value skyrocket in the subsequent years. With the track now worth over $10 million, the octogenarian owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty struggle to keep the bulldozers at bay. In his debut feature, acclaimed visual artist Michael Dweck explores the issues of class divide and corporate interest that have impacted both the racing industry and region as a whole in this beautiful, visceral, mesmerizing ode to a dying American tradition. Preceded by ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING (below) Director/Producer: Michael Dweck Also part of the HIFF Documentary Competition
ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING 10/6, 3:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 3:45PM, WESTHAMPTON PAC World Premiere, Narrative Short, USA, 2018, 12 minutes, English Set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Montauk winter, the lives of a fisherman and a writer intertwine as they attempt to navigate off-season loneliness. Precedes THE LAST RACE (above) Director: Emily Anderson 146
AIR, LAND & SEA Where the air, land and sea lure prominent visitors from around the world and our local residents feel nothing short of devout passion for our waters—HIFF is perfectly poised to bring to life this signature program dedicated to global issues of environmental conservation. Founded in 2016 with the goal to generate awareness around man-made environmental issues, this section fosters a deeper appreciation for our planet, and allow ﬁlmmakers and experts to share information and discuss solutions to the global problems which face us all today. HIFF’s Air, Land & Sea selections take ﬁlmgoers on a journey of environmental appreciation and awareness. This journey continues with post-screening Q&As that dive deep into the issues depicted in select ﬁlms. Air, Land and Sea is made possible, in part, by the generous contribution of Susan and David Rockefeller. Additional support provided by Nichole Delma and Fond Group.
ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW 10/7, 10:00AM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/8, 11:00AM, BAY STREET Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 90 minutes, English On the eve of its 60th Anniversary, Academy Award®-nominated director Rory Kennedy charts the history of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a look at its myriad contributions to space exploration and its continued work investigating the effects of climate change throughout the world. Touching on both the many epoch-defining moments created throughout NASA’s history and the intensely personal commitment required by the men and women who made them possible, Kennedy has crafted a consistently inspiring tribute to an organization that reminds us of the infinite reach of the human spirit. Director: Rory Kennedy Screenwriters: Mark Bailey, Don Kleszy Producers: Mark Bailey, Patricia Bischetti
GRIT 10/5, 5:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA5 10/6, 10:00AM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 US Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 80 minutes, indonesian In 2006, international drilling company Lapindo carelessly unleashed an unstoppable toxic mudflow into East Java—burying dozens of nearby villages and displacing tens of thousands of Indonesians in the process. Documentarians Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade (Academy Award® winner for FREEHELD) focus the tragedy around 16-year-old survivor Dian, a survivor who is routinely ignored by her government, despite the unforgiving sludge continuing to engulf her home for over a decade. Chronicling the teenager’s transformation from a young girl into an outspoken advocate for her community, GRIT is a timely showcase of the urgent need for political activism, the duty to hold those in power accountable, and the perseverance of the human spirit amidst social and environmental strife. Preceded by BLACK LINE Directors: Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade Producers: Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade, Tracie Holder, Matthew Syrett
THE SERENGETI RULES 10/4, 7:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA5 10/6, 3:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 Documentary Feature, UK/USA, 2018, 84 minutes, English In the 1960s, five international scientists set out into the wilderness with an insatiable desire to learn more about the balance of life on earth— and, in the process, redefined our understanding of ecosystems around the world. Now in the twilight of their celebrated careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share how their pioneering work forever altered our view of nature, and how their findings may help combat the effects of climate change. Featuring gorgeous photography from some of the most exotic and remote places around the world, Nicolas Brown’s THE SERENGETI RULES is a beautiful ode to the Earth and those endeavoring to protect it. Director/Screenwriter: Nicolas Brown Producer: David Allen
COMPASSION, JUSTICE & ANIMAL RIGHTS
The Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights program provides a platform for filmmakers to share stories of inspiration and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals by bringing together animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues. The films in this program seek to arouse respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community.
THE CAT RESCUERS 10/7, 12:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 World Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 87 minutes, 2018, English Throughout the United States, an estimated 40 million cats live abandoned without a home, with over 500,000 stray or feral cats roaming the streets of New York City alone. In an effort to counter the increasingly uncontrollable issue of the city’s abandoned cat population, hundreds of animal welfare activists have taken to the streets to attempt to humanely help the animals through new techniques and adoption pushes, often at great expense to their personal lives. Following four of these volunteer activists working in Brooklyn, THE CAT RESCUERS is an eye-opening look at a too often undiscussed issue facing the city, and the courageous few doing what they can to help.
WINNER: 2018 ZELDA PENZEL
“GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS” AWARD
Directors: Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence Producers: Steven Lawrence, Rob Fruchtman Subjects: Latonya “Sassee” Walker, Claire Corey, Stuart Siet, Tara Green PANEL Immediately following screening on 10/7. Tickets to the screening provide access to screening and panel.
FOR THE BIRDS 10/13, 3:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA 5X 10/14, 11:30AM, EAST HAMPTON UA 5X East Coast Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 92 minutes, 2018, English One day on her property in upstate New York, Kathy Murphy finds a duckling in her yard and decides to take it in. A decade later, her (and her husband’s) home is overrun with over 200 fostered birds, including chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys. Shot vérité-style both at the couple’s farm and throughout the ensuing court battles with local activists and animal welfare officers, director Richard Miron empathetically documents the resulting strains on Kathy’s marriage and mental health as she fights to keep her birds, while shining a necessary light on the rarely-discussed issue of animal hoarding. Demonstrating that significant life changes are achievable, Kathy’s journey highlights the importance of community in the road to recovery, giving hope to all that struggle to face life’s challenges. Director: Richard Miron Producers: Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star, Holly Meehl
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE COMPASSION, JUSTICE & ANIMAL RIGHTS PROGRAM PROVIDED BY: Zelda Penzel, Pat Field, John Bradham, Alan Ceppos & Frédéric Rambaud, Dorothy Frankel
How can you help? HIFF welcomes donors at various levels to support this film movement and continue to shed light on and showcase stories that embody this crucial issue of our time. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Amy Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VR IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING
Come explore the world of Virtual Reality with THE HIDDEN at The Mulford Farm Lounge. From Annie Lukowski and BJ Schwartz - the creators at Vanishing Point Media, and with the support of the ACLU and Samsung, The Hidden is a political thriller that literally drops you in the middle of a high stakes game of cat and mouse without telling you who is hunting whom. In a manner only possible in VR, The Hidden will have you experience the pulse-pounding fear and turmoil of an ICE Raid from every perspective. In the end the viewer is left with larger questions about the state of social justice in modern America. This program is presented with the support of the Organización Latino-Americana (OLA). IMMERSIVE MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCES AT MULFORD FARM:
• FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 • 12PM TO 4PM • Admission is FREE and granted on a first-come, first-served basis
Interested in Virtual Reality? Be sure to join us for our free Winick Talk at Rowdy Hall on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, at 10am: A NEW (VIRTUAL) REALITY. As the tools of virtual reality have moved outside of the realm of science fiction and into our homes, the last few years have seen the rise of an entirely new visual medium. With creators continuing to work to define their role in the new media landscape, this panel will bring together project creators and virtual reality experts to examine what the future of VR means for the ways we interact with visual entertainment and the arts.
Bruce Vaughn: The Future of the Cinematic Experience and Immersive Narrative Join The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center and Sag Harbor Partnership on Monday, October 8, at 3pm at Pierson High School Auditorium for a not-to-be-missed glimpse into the future of cinematic possibilities, presented by Bruce Vaughn, CEO of Dreamscape Immersive—a preeminent player in the growing virtual reality (VR) landscape. Location: Pierson High School, 200 Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor. 149
WINICK TALKS AT ROWDY HALL Join us for food, fun, and casual conversation with exciting special guests at the Winick Talks at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton. Doors open at 9:30am; ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served. Free admission!
GARY WINICK (1961-2011) Director/producer Gary Winick premiered multiple films at HIFF, winning the Audience Award in 1999 for his drama THE TIC CODE. Throughout the early 2000s, Winick’s brainchild InDigEnd was a high-profile production company that championed low-cost, independent and digital moviemaking. A longtime supporter of the Festival, Gary considered the Hamptons his second home. The Gary Winick Memorial Fund was established to help young filmmakers hone their craft and further the art of cinema.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 10AM
OUR BODIES, OUR STORIES On the one-year anniversary of the emergence of #MeToo as a global movement for change, a panel of filmmakers talk through how stories of the abuse and subjugation of women and girls must be told, now more than ever.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 10AM
BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS Join this year’s breakthrough performers for a lively discussion about what it takes to make it as a young actor in today’s film industry. The actors will share stories about their work and experiences in a casual and intimate setting.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 10AM
A NEW (VIRTUAL) REALITY As the tools of virtual reality have moved outside of the realm of science fiction and into our homes, the last few years have seen the rise of an entirely new visual medium. With creators continuing to work to define their role in the new media landscape, this panel will bring together project creators and virtual reality experts to examine what the future of VR means for the ways we interact with visual entertainment and the arts.
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HIFF COMPETITION Discover thrilling new talent in our prestigious competition section. Each year, the HIFF Awards honor emerging narrative and documentary directors who represent cinema’s next generation of innovative ﬁlm artists.
NARRATIVE COMPETITION 1985 10/6, 3:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/7, 1:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 New York Premiere, USA, 2018, 85 minutes, English In the years since his departure, twenty-something Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) has long since left behind the speed and politics of his small Texas hometown. Returning to his family for his first Christmas in years, he finds himself torn between the desire to make the most of their time together and the need to tell them the real reason for his visit. Inspired by his award-winning short film of the same name, director Yen Tan’s 1985 is a nostalgia-tinged look at the lingering feelings left in the wake of leaving one’s hometown, and the awkward tension that comes with determining how much of yourself you can still reveal to those you’ve left behind. Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan Producers: Ash Christian, HutcH Cast: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Aidan Langford
ALL GOOD “alles ist gut” 10/5, 3:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/6, 8:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3US Premiere, Germany, 2018, 93 minutes, German When an encounter at her school reunion ends in an non-consensual sexual encounter, Janne’s immediate response is to use the same rationale that has driven much of her adult life: “If you don’t see any problems, you don’t have any.” But Janne’s silence soon creates deafening rifts with her partner, family, and co-workers that threaten to destroy the personal and professional relationships she’s worked so hard to maintain. Mesmerizingly led by Aenne Schwarz’s performance, debut filmmaker Eva Trobisch has crafted a nuanced and powerful look at the destructive instinct to refuse to define yourself as the victim. With support from German Films Preceded by DOUBLE EXPOSED Director/Screenwriter: Eva Trobisch Producers: Trini Götze, David Armati Lechner Cast: Aenne Schwarz, Andreas Döhler, Hans Löw, Tilo Nest, Lisa Hagmeister, Lina Wendel
BORDER “gräns” 10/5, 6:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/6, 12:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1
Sweden/Denmark, 2018, 108 minutes, Swedish Tina (Eva Melander), a reclusive customs officer whose enlarged face and pronounced overbite make her immediately stand out, has a unique skill: her sense of smell allows her to identify contraband coming through the border. One day, a mysterious man sets off her senses and places her on a strange path that will lead her to discover the origin of her gifts. Based on Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novella, director Ali Abbasi has crafted a consistently surprising genre hybrid. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, BORDER straddles the line between romance, fantasy, and horror in its examination of one person’s struggle to realize her place in the world. Selected as Sweden’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Director: Ali Abbasi Screenwriters: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist Producers: Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, Petra Jonnson Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff Sponsored by
NARRATIVE COMPETITION ONE DAY “egy nap” 10/5, 10:15AM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/6, 10:15AM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 US Premiere, Hungary, 2018, 99 minutes, Hungarian 40-year-old Anna (Zsofia Szamosi) has defined her life by being dependable. While working diligently to take care of her three children, she increasingly pushes the growing distance between her and her husband to the back of her mind, until she receives a piece of news that will threaten the steady world she’s worked so hard to maintain. Taking place over the course of a single 36-hour period, director Zsófia Szilágyi’s fearless debut feature is a remarkable piece of social realist cinema. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize in the Critics Week section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and aided by Szamosi’s intensely committed lead performance, ONE DAY announces Szilágyi as a major talent. Director: Zsófia Szilágyi Screenwriters: Zsófia Szilágyi, Réka Mán-Várhegyi Producers: Agi Pataki Cast: Zsófia Szamosi, Leo Füredi, Ambrus Barcza, Zorka Varga-Blaskó, Márk Gárdos
TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG “tarde para morir joven” 10/5, 12:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/7, 8:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 Narrative Feature, Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar, 2018, 110 minutes, Spanish Taking place in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day in the 1990 summer that would bring democracy to Chile, a group of families have recently moved to start a new life for themselves in the rural country. Within the course of this single sun-soaked week, 16-year-old Sofia finds herself in her own period of enormous transition, as she begins to take the first tentative steps into adulthood within the mountain enclave she now calls home. Taking viewers far beyond the city scenes that defined the period and into the foothills below the Andes, director Dominga Sotomayor crafts a beautifully naturalistic coming-of-age film, propelled by the wistful energy of a time defined by optimistic transition. Director/Screenwriter: Dominga Sotomayor Producers: Dominga Sotomayor, Rodrigo Teixeira Cast: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro
JURY The Narrative Jury bestows the award for Best Narrative Feature Film and Best Narrative Short Film. See page 62 for Narrative Short Program and page 13 for HIFF Awards. GERALYN DREYFOUS Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She is the founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. In 2013, Geralyn co-founded Gamechanger Films, a film fund dedicated to women directors. Her independent producing credits include the Academy Award-winning BORN INTO BROTHELS; the Emmy-nominated THE DAY MY GOD DIED; Academy Award nominees THE SQUARE and THE INVISIBLE WAR; and multiple film festival winners. Geralyn was honored with the IDA’s 2013 Amicus Award for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking. Variety recognized Geralyn in their 2014 Women’s Impact Report highlighting her work in the entertainment industry.
JAMIE PATRICOF Jamie Patricof
produces auteur-driven narrative features and television, documentaries and digital content, including most recently the Netflix original film THE AFTER PARTY, written and directed by Ian Edelman and starring the rapper Kyle. Other narrative features include THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, starring Jessica Chastain; CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, starring Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe; THE ACCOUNTANT, starring Ben Affleck; Tim Burton’s BIG EYES, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz; Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes; Cianfrance’s BLUE VALENTINE, for which Ryan Gosling was nominated for a Golden Globe and Michelle Williams was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar; and finally HALF NELSON, also starring Gosling. Additionally, Patricof has 152
LINUS SANDGREN, FSF Linus Sandgren previously collaborated with Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling on LA LA LAND, for which he won an Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Cinematography. Prior to LA LA LAND, the Swedish cinematographer worked with David O. Russell on his critically acclaimed films JOY and AMERICAN HUSTLE, and with Gus Van Sant on PROMISED LAND. Sandgren is an advocate for celluloid film, and his latest film FIRST MAN is photographed in 16mm, 35mm and 70mm IMAX.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CITY OF JOEL 10/5, 10:15AM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/7, 3:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4
World Premiere, USA, 2018, 83 minutes, English/Yiddish 50 miles north of New York City lies the town of Monroe, where one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the country thrives deep within the Hudson Valley. As the 25,000+ population within the village of Kiryas Joel looks to expand their city, the neighboring villages of non-Hasids see the encroaching community as a burgeoning power grab, leading to an increasingly tense standoff between locals. Shot over several years with seemingly boundless access, Emmy®-winning director Jesse Sweet’s documentary observes the simmering tensions that have come to define the community of Monroe, and the myriad ways in which the town’s divide echoes the country’s as well. Director: Jesse Sweet Screenwriters: Jesse Sweet, Federico Rosenzvit Producers: Jesse Sweet, Federico Rosenzvit, Hannah Olson
DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES 10/5, 3:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/6, 7:45PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1
USA, 2018, 104 minutes, English At the time of his death in May 2017, a mere four months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Former Fox News head Roger Ailes left behind undoubtedly one of the largest legacies of any individual on the American political landscape. Looking at the legacy of the man who was both the leading strategist behind the election of numerous Republican presidents and one of the first largerthan-life figures to be taken out of power by accusations of sexual misconduct, filmmaker Alexis Bloom sheds light on the multitude of ways in which the story of Ailes’s rise to power reflects the story of the modern Republican party, as well as the disquieting history of abuse that followed it. Director: Alexis Bloom Producers: Will Cohen, Alexis Bloom
GHOST FLEET 10/5, 6:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/6, 12:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 East Coast Premiere, USA, 2018, 90 minutes, Thai/ Burmesa/Bahasa Amidst the unsustainable expansion of Thailand’s fishing market, the global fishing industry has engaged in the illegal practice of holding workers against their will for years at sea, with little hope of returning to their families. Defying threats of torture and imprisonment to those who attempt to escape, many workers have jumped ship and found themselves taking refuge in local jungles. Following Thai human-rights activist Patima Tungpuchayakul and her team as they set off on a mission to rescue the prisoners who have successfully escaped to the southern islands of Indonesia, GHOST FLEET is an eye-opening expose of the ways in which slavery continues to exist in the modern world, and an inspiring look at those devoting their lives to ending it. Directors: Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron Producer: Jon Bowermaster Sponsored by
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION THE LAST RACE 10/6, 3:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 3:45PM, WESTHAMPTON PAC East Coast Premiere, USA, 2017, 74 minutes, English Long Island is the birthplace of American stock car racing, but today, only one racetrack remains: Riverhead Raceway. Established in 1949 on an initially rural part of Long Island, the land has seen its value skyrocket in the subsequent years. With the track now worth over $10 million, the octogenarian owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty struggle to keep the bulldozers at bay. In his debut feature, acclaimed visual artist Michael Dweck explores the issues of class divide and corporate interest that have impacted both the racing industry and region as a whole in this beautiful, visceral, mesmerizing ode to a dying American tradition. Preceded by: ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING Director/Producer: Michael Dweck Also part of Views From Long Island
WALDEN 10/5, 1:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 12:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 New York Premiere, Switzerland/Austria, 2018, 100 minutes On a gentle day, deep in an Austrian forest, we hear the sudden sound of a chainsaw sending a fir tree to the ground, and thus begins Daniel Zimmerman’s formally fascinating and uncompromising experimental documentary. Entirely comprised of thirteen 360° panning shots, WALDEN follows the tree’s lumber from its harvest in the Austrian wilderness around the globe, as it slowly makes its way across towns, ports, and continents. Equal parts challenging and hypnotizing, Zimmerman’s film is a rhythmic rumination on the role nature plays in all of our lives, both as individuals and as those living in a world defined by globalization. Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Zimmermann Producer: Aline Schmid
JURY The Documentary Jury bestows the award for Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Documentary Short Film. See page 63 for Documentary Short Program and page 13 for HIFF Awards. RORY KENNEDY
Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers. An Academy Award-nominated, Primetime Emmy Award-winning director/ producer, Kennedy’s work deals with some of the world’s most pressing issues—including poverty, political corruption, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, mental illness. Kennedy has made more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries, including TAKE EVERY WAVE (2017), LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (2014, Academy Award nomination), ETHEL (2012), and GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB (2007). Two documentaries she produced also received Academy Award nominations: STREET FIGHT (2009) and KILLING IN THE NAME (2011). Kennedy’s films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A&E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network, and TLC. Kennedy is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Kennedy is co-founder of Moxie Firecracker Film. A committed activist, Kennedy continues to fight for social justice and human rights.
Alison Willmore is the critic at BuzzFeed News. In her past life as the TV editor at Indiewire, she helped launch the site’s television coverage. Her writing has also appeared in the AV Club, Salon, Time Out New York, and Movieline. Alongside Matt Singer, she hosts the Filmspotting: SVU podcast. Wilmore is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE From international masters to global breakthroughs, this extraordinary section encompasses features ranging from award-winning festival favorites to one-of-a-kind discoveries, curated for our audience from around the world.
ASK FOR JANE 10/7, 11:15AM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR World Premiere, Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 108 minutes, English Between 1969 and 1973, The Jane Collective operated underground in Chicago, helping over 11,000 women receive safe, illegal abortions throughout the metropolitan area, learning and performing the procedure on their own in an era that refused to make them legally available. Before disbanding in the wake of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the group operated like a spy network throughout the city and provided a necessary public service to the women of Chicago. Exploring the story of Jane’s founding with a ensemble cast including Emmy® nominee Alison Wright, Tony® nominee Saycon Sengbloh, and Ben Rappaport, ASK FOR JANE is a timely reminder of the necessity of reproductive healthcare in our modern era. Director/Screenwriter: Rachel Carey Producers: Cait Cortelyou, Josh Folan, Caroline Hirsch Cast: Cait Cortelyou, Cody Horn, Sarah Ramos, Ben Rappaport, Sarah Steele, Alison Wright
BIRDS OF PASSAGE “pájaros de verano” 10/5, 7:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 10/6, 10:30AM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 New York Premiere, Narrative Feature, Mexico/Colombia/Denmark, 2018, 125 minutes, Spanish In the follow-up to his visually stunning foreign language Oscar®-nominated EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (HIFF 2015), director Ciro Guerra depicts a single Colombian family who find themselves increasingly forced into the violence and capitalist pull of the country’s burgeoning drug trade. Co-directed alongside his longtime collaborator Cristina Gallego, BIRDS OF PASSAGE provides a visceral and multi-faceted look at the two-decade rise of the Colombian drug trade through the eyes of the indigenous communities who both helped to shape it and were subsequently devastated by it. Sprawling in scope and filled with a sense of surreal beauty, Guerra and Gallego deliver an unparalleled crime saga. Selected as Colombia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra Screenwriters: Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Producers: Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors Cast: Natalia Reyes, Carmina Martinez, Jose Acosta, Jhon Narváez
BURNING 10/6, 8:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 7:45PM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, South Korea, 2018, 148 minutes, Korean Years after leaving his small northern hometown for Seoul, an aspiring writer (Yoo Ah-in) unexpectedly runs into a childhood acquaintance (Jeon Jong-seo). Their chance encounter soon blossoms into a tentative relationship, until her return from an impromptu trip with a mysterious new companion (Steven Yeun, THE WALKING DEAD) sets in motion an accidental love triangle that soon morphs into something much more sinister. Based on Haruki Murakami’s short story Barn Burning, director Lee Chang-dong’s masterful film became one of the most celebrated titles of the last decade upon its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival—an exhilarating thriller that is as precise as it is undefinable. Selected as South Korea’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Director: Lee Chang-dong Screenwriters: Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong Producers: Lee Joon-dong, Lee Chang-dong Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun 155
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE COLD WAR “zimna wojna” 10/7, 9:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/8, 1:30PM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, Poland, 2018, 90 mins, Polish/French In the midst of tremendous political upheaval, two folk musicians meet in post-war Poland, where one attempts to escape a troubled past while the other increasingly questions the pair’s role in the country’s propaganda machine. Soon they fall in love and find fame in the smoke-lit bars of Eastern Europe, setting in motion a relationship that will span decades and cross borders. Sumptuously shot in beautiful black and white, Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (in the follow-up to his Foreign Language Academy Award® winner IDA) returns to his home country with an achingly seductive tale of love and loss. Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Piotr Borkowski Producers: Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza
DEAD PIGS 10/6, 3:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/7, 10:15AM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 Narrative Feature, USA/China, 2018, 130 mins, Mandarin/Shanghainese/ English Against the backdrop of urban development, gentrification, and thousands of discarded pigs mysteriously floating down the Yangtze River, a brassy salon owner, lonely busboy, trust-fund princess, expat architect, and bumbling farmer find their lives unexpectedly converging in Cathy Yan’s sprawling directorial debut. Yan, a participant in the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab and the recipient of support from the inaugural Melissa Mathison Fund, effortlessly weaves together the individual narratives of five Shanghai residents in her biting satire. Based on true events, DEAD PIGS is a wicked and whimsical examination of contemporary China’s ongoing clash between traditionalism and modernization. Director/Screenwriter: Cathy Yan Producers: Jane Zheng, Clarissa Zhang Executive Producer: Jia Zhangke Cast: Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, David Rysdal, Meng Li, Zazie Beetz
THE GUILTY “den skyldige” 10/5, 3:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/6, 10:30AM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, Denmark, 2017, 85 minutes, Danish Following a suspension, police officer Asger Holm (a hypnotic Jakob Cedergren), is re-assigned as an emergency dispatcher. During one seemingly typical night he receives a unusually distressing call, and slowly realizes that the woman on the other end of the line has been kidnapped. Confined to his desk with only his direct line of communication to aid him, Holm must act without delay in order to save her. Winner of audience awards at Sundance, Rotterdam, Montclair and more, first-time director Gustav Möller experiments with the boundaries of traditional narrative to create one of the year’s most suspenseful thrillers. Director: Gustav Möller Screenwriters: Gustav Möller, Emil Nygaard Albertsen Producer: Lina Flint Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE HAPPY AS LAZZARO “lazzaro felice” 10/7, 8:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/8, 6:30PM, BAY STREET Narrative Feature, Italy, 2018, 125 minutes, Italian Within an impoverished Italian countryside estate, a group of sharecroppers spend their days harvesting tobacco for their overbearing Marchesa, while the wide-eyed, innocent local Lazzaro (first-time actor Adriano Tradiolo) is at once beloved and taken advantage of by his fellow workers. One day, Lazzaro’s involvement in a kidnapping scheme at the hands of the Marchesa’s entitled son sets in motion a string of events that will push him towards a place and time far from his rustic home. Blending the lines between Italy’s history of neo-realism and bucolic fables into a transfixing parable of the country’s modern-day society, director Alice Rohrwacher’s (CORPO CELESTE, HIFF 2011) third feature is a stunning achievement of contemporary European cinema. Director/Screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher Producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani, Tommaso Ragno
BARBARIANS 10/5, 8:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA5 10/7, 6:15PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 US Premiere, Narrative Feature, Romania/Czech Republic/France/Bulgaria/ Germany, 2018, 140 minutes, Romanian In the latest provocation from Romanian director Radu Jude, local theater director Mariana Marin (Ioana Iacob) prepares to stage a public recreation of the 1941 Odessa Massacre, an often-ignored ethnic cleansing in which tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews were murdered at the hands of Romanian soldiers. As Mariana attempts to push back on both calls for censorship from a city representative looking for a more traditional display of nationalist pride and a burgeoning mutiny amongst her cast of local volunteers, Jude crafts a timely and constantly engaging examination of the ways in which barbarism is not only defined by its perpetrators, but by those insistent on pushing it to the sidelines of history as well. Selected as Romania’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Director/Screenwriter: Radu Jude Producer: Ada Solomon Cast: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Serban Pavlu
LETO 10/5, 8:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/8, 10:45AM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 US Premiere, Narrative Feature, Russia, 2018, 126 minutes, Russian As the political repression of the USSR enters its final decade, Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk), frontman of the early 1980s Leningrad band Zoopark, welcomes a new singer that will soon break out far past the reach of their comparatively underground rock scene. Looking back at the music landscape of his youth, director Kirill Serebrennikov has crafted a sprawling portrait of a vibrant scene alive with the riotous, uncontrollable energy of the era. Filled with an electrifying soundtrack, LETO provides a nostalgic, yet un-romanticized look at a period that seemed to exist almost entirely outside of both what had come before and was yet to come in its native country. Director: Kirill Serebrennikov Screenwriters: Mikhail Idov, Lily Idova, Kirill Serebrennikov, Ilya Stewart Producers: Murad Osmann, Pavel Buria, Mikhail Finogenov Cast: Roma Zver, Irina Starshenbaum, Teo Yoo, Philipp Avdeev, WEvgeniy Serzin, Aleksandr Gorchilin 157
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE NON-FICTION “doubles vies” 10/5, 12:15PM, BAY STREET 10/6, 11:00AM, GUILD HALL Narrative Feature, France, 2018, 108 minutes, French Internationally acclaimed French auteur Olivier Assayas (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, HIFF 2014) returns to the festival with this charmingly playful comedy. Facing both a rapidly changing industry and the lingering feeling that his relationship with his wife (Juliette Binoche), a professional actress, is growing stale, publishing executive Alain (Guillaume Canet) struggles to find his place while dealing with an oafish author (Vincent Macaigne) and significantly younger new recruit (Nora Hamzawi). As his perfectly cast ensemble move between dinner parties and bedrooms, Assayas crafts a deliciously mischievous look at the difficulty of adapting to today’s new-media world. Director/Screenwriter: Olivier Assayas Producer: Charles Gillibert Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Chirsta Theret
PRIVATE LIFE 10/6, 1:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 123 minutes, English Feeling the pressure of repeated failed attempts to have a child, middle-aged New York couple Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti) seem to have run out of options when their stepniece Sadie (HIFF 2018 Breakthrough Artist Kayli Carter) arrives at their doorstep looking for a place to crash. When Sadie agrees to donate her eggs and become the last piece of their fertility puzzle, the three form an unconventional bond as they set about creating a family. With her first film in 10 years, director Tamara Jenkins (THE SAVAGES, HIFF 2007) and her wonderful cast craft a knowingly tender portrait of the pressures facing one middle-class family. Director/Screenwriter: Tamara Jenkins Producers: Anthony Bregman, Stefanie Azpiazu, Tamara Jenkins Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch
SHOPLIFTERS “manbiki kazoku” 10/7, 2:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/8, 4:15PM, GUILD HALL Narrative Feature, Japan, 2018, 121 minutes, Japanese The winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, prolific Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, HIFF 2013) returns to the festival with a nuanced, heartbreaking look at a family of misfits living in the margins of contemporary Tokyo. Making a life for themselves by shoplifting from local grocery stores and foraging food where they can, the film’s central family find their impoverished but tranquil life threatened when they take a young girl under their wing, and her abusive parents fight back for custody. An impassioned plea for those struggling to stay afloat, this is another must-see from one of international cinema’s greatest filmmakers. Selected as Japan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®. Directors/Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda Producers: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose, Hijiri Taguchi Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki 158
WORLD CINEMA NARRATIVE STYX 10/5, 10:30AM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/6, 3:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR US Premiere, Narrative Feature, Germany/Austria, 2018, 94 minutes, German/ English Rike (Susanne Wolff), a forty-year-old woman working contentedly as a successful doctor in the city, finally fulfills a lifelong dream when she uses an annual holiday to set sail on a solo voyage from Gibraltar to Ascension, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Following an intense storm, Rike’s holiday is interrupted by the discovery of a badly damaged and overloaded refugee boat, with over one hundred passengers’ lives threatened and her calls for help unanswered. Director Wolfgang Fischer crafts a stunning story of survival, as well as a striking allegory for the sometimes impossible task of acting to save those imperiled by an impassive system. Director: Wolfgang Fischer Screenwriters: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel Producers: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald Cast: Susanne Wolff, Ika Künzel
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY 10/7, 4:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1
Narrative Feature, USA, 2018, 84 minutes, English Literary icon Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) breaks free from her public persona as a famously prudish spinster and claims her status as a vibrant lesbian hero. Balancing raucous humor with tender romance, Shannon establishes Dickinson as a spirited artist who drew inspiration from her passionate, lifelong affair with her secret lover, Susan Dickinson (Susan Ziegler). In the delightfully irreverent WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, writer/director Madeleine Olnek refreshingly upends the false narratives that have historically dominated the poet’s life and work, and examines the way we as a society choose to write and remember our powerful women. Director/Screenwriter: Madeleine Olnek Producers: Anna Margarita Albelo, Casper Andreas, Madeleine Olnek, Max Rifkind-Barron Cast: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan
WOMAN AT WAR “kona fer í stríð” 10/5, 9:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/6, 2:15PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH1 US Premiere, Narrative Feature, France/Iceland/Ukraine, 2018, 100 minutes, Icelandic Fifty-year-old choir teacher Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) has, on the surface, an uneventful life in her Icelandic countryside home. By day a pillar of the local community, Halla leads a secret life as an eco-terrorist, devoting herself to a campaign against the aluminum industry by sabotaging local electric pylons and spearheading factory sieges. When the balance of her dual life is threatened by the approval of a longstanding adoption request, she is forced to decide whether to sacrifice the cause for the desire to settle down. Examining the nuanced relationship between the personal and the political with an unexpectedly offbeat, comic tone, WOMAN AT WAR is a stirring tale from emerging Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson. Director: Benedikt Erlingsson Screenwriters: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egill Egilsson Producers: Marianne Slot, Benedikt Erlingsson, Carine Leblanc Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Davíð Þór Jónsson 159
WORLD CINEMA: DOCUMENTARY Examining true stories from across the globe, this eye-opening section looks at a changing world and the individuals helping to shape it. Ranging from headline-grabbing events to small-scale human portraits, these documentaries encapsulate our world in consistently surprising and eclectic ways.
HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP 0/6, 5:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 3:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 World Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 86 minutes, English/French As one of the preeminent photographers of the 20th century, self-taught Henri Dauman took the international photojournalism scene by storm with his cinematic images that redefined the methods of capturing historical icons. Leaving behind his past as an orphaned Holocaust survivor, Dauman created a new life for himself in New York City, where his timeless style quickly gained momentum amidst high society and celebrity culture. Exploring both the photographer’s traumatic past and the contrasting vibrancy of the city that would define his work, director Peter Jones’s film is a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the man behind the camera. Director: Peter Kenneth Jones Producers: Glen Zipper, Kerri Borsuk, Nicole Suerez, Roland Smith, Peter Kenneth Jones, Will Keesee
MAKING THE GRADE 10/5, 10:00AM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/7, 10:30AM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 East Coast Premiere, Documentary Feature, Ireland, 2017, 83 mins, English Across Ireland every year, 30,000 students prepare for the piano exams that will determine whether they proceed in their studies towards the coveted Grade Eight—considered the pinnacle of musical education. Spanning generations, proficiency levels, and a multitude of perspectives, documentarian Ken Wardrop provides a panoramic look at students working to define their relationship with both the piano and the teachers guiding them forward. MAKING THE GRADE is simultaneously a charming study of teacher-student relationships, an enduring tribute to the importance of perseverance, and a nostalgic look at the different ways people finds fulfillment through the arts. Director/Screenwriter: Ken Wardrop Producer: Andrew Freedman
MARIA BY CALLAS 10/5, 12:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/6, 8:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 Documentary Feature, France, 2018, 113 minutes, French/English Upon her untimely death in 1977, the name Maria Callas was inseparable from the art form that she helped to define in the 20th century. One of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, Callas rose to prominence in the years following World War II, as her unrivaled voice—and much discussed private life—captivated audiences worldwide. Culled from a treasure trove of archival footage, interviews, rare live footage, and personal Super 8 recordings, director Tom Volf creates a loving portrait of Maria through her own words, never losing sight of the woman behind the voice. Director/Screenwriter: Tom Volf Producers: Emma Lepers, Gaël Leiblang, Tom Volf, Emmanuel Chain, Thierry Bizot Featuring: Joyce DiDonato 160
WORLD CINEMA: DOCUMENTARY MONROVIA, INDIANA 10/7, 10:45AM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 143 minutes, English Turning his attention away from the large-scale city institutions that have defined his work for much of the past decade, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman aims his camera towards the residents of Monrovia, Indiana: a small midwest town with a population of just over 1,000. Observing life in this middle-American community, Wiseman moves between a variety of locales, ranging from the churches and farms that have defined the region for centuries to the gun shop visits, school performances, and Freemason society meetings that showcase the town’s daily rituals. Through it all, Wiseman creates a remarkable space for contemplation of a type of community rarely depicted on screen, despite the undeniable role these towns play in contemporary American politics. Director/Producer: Frederick Wiseman
A MURDER IN MANSFIELD 10/6, 1:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 Documentary Feature, USA, 2017, 87 minutes, English Academy Award® winner Barbara Kopple’s latest documentary explores the ramifications of a horrific crime that shook the small town of Mansfield, Ohio. In 1990, 12-year-old Collier stepped onto the witness stand during the most explosive murder trial in the history of his hometown. Many locals still remember the boy’s dramatic testimony— blaming his father, a prominent doctor, for the murder of his mother Noreen. Twenty-six years later Collier returns, seeking to heal the lingering trauma associated with the crime and confront his imprisoned father, who continues to withhold his admission of guilt in the events that changed so many lives. Director: Barbara Kopple Producers: Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy, Ray Nowosielsk
THE PANAMA PAPERS 10/6, 6:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/7, 7:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 World premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 96 minutes, English/Spanish/Icelandic/Maltese/Russian Leaked by an anonymous source to journalists in 2015, The Panama Papers were an explosive collection of 11.5 million documents, exposing the use of secretive offshore companies to enable widespread tax evasion and money laundering. Largely viewed as the largest data leak in history, the release of the Papers had wide-reaching implications, incriminating 12 current or former world leaders, 128 politicians or public officials, and various celebrities and public figures (among others). In his expansive documentary, director Alex Winter speaks to the journalists who worked to ensure the release, and examines how it reshaped our understanding of corruption amidst the highest forms of government, along with the ongoing effects on global inequality. Director: Alex Winter Producers: Alex Winter, Glen Zipper, Robert Friedman Featuring: Elijah Wood
WORLD CINEMA: DOCUMENTARY THE PROPOSAL 10/5, 6:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 10/7, 5:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 83 minutes, English/Spanish Hidden away in a vault in Switzerland lies the professional archive of Mexico’s most renowned architect Luis Barragán, now fiercely protected by its sole owner, who has almost completely restricted access to the public over the last 20 years. Determined to relocate the archive back to Mexico City, American conceptual artist, writer, and filmmaker Jill Magid initiates a dialogue with the owner, and in the process, begins to construct her own piece ruminating on the dangers of cutting off accessibility to an artist’s work from the outside world. With this provocative and haunting film, Magid challenges the perception of who truly controls an artist’s legacy and how the world should engage with their work. Preceded by: WILD WILD WEST: A BEAUTIFUL RANT BY MARK BRADFORD Director: Jill Magid Producers: Jarred Alterman, Laura Coxson, Charlotte Cook Executive Producers: Charlotte Cook, Laura Poitras
ROLL RED ROLL 10/5, 3:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA4 10/7, 2:30PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 80 minutes, English In 2012, the sleepy town of Steubenville, Ohio made international news when a whistle-blowing blogger discovered a series of disturbing online evidence documenting the sexual assault of a teenage girl by star members of the high school football team. Examining the complicated motivations of the perpetrators, bystanders, and community leaders who actively denied and dismissed the event, documentarian Nancy Schwartzman attempts to unpack the harmful attitudes at the core of their unconscionably complicit behavior. Timely and undeniably affecting, ROLL RED ROLL goes behind the headlines to uncover the deeply entrenched, social media-fueled, “boys will be boys” culture at the root of sexual assault in America. Director: Nancy Schwartzman Producers: Nancy Schwartzman, Steven Lake, Jessica Devaney
SHIRKERS 10/5, 5:00PM, BAY STREET 10/8, 6:45PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 96 minutes, English Spending her days seeking refuge in zines, bootlegs, and American independent cinema, teenager Sandi Tan found herself among the first generation of Singapore’s burgeoning counterculture movement when she began working on her DIY-labor of love film SHIRKERS in the early 90s. But Sandi and her co-conspirators’ dreams of beginning a new film movement were crushed when Georges, her mysterious American mentor, disappeared with the entirety of the footage without warning. Two decades later, Tan and her collaborators return to the footage they lost in order to grapple with the movement their optimism inspired—and the man who tore it away from them—in this singular look at one artist’s attempt to reckon with the past. Director/Screenwriter: Sandi Tan Producers: Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph, Sandi Tan 162
WORLD CINEMA: DOCUMENTARY THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD 10/5, 7:45PM, BAY STREET Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 98 minutes, English THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND was to be Orson Welles’ grand comeback, until years of financial, legal, and creative issues halted the completion of the CITIZEN KANE director’s final work. Now nearly 50 years later, Oscar®-winning documentary director Morgan Neville (20 FEET FROM STARDOM, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR) looks back at the winding and nearly unbelievable story of the making of Welles’ film, created guerrilla-style by a director living in exile, and the decades of failure that came to define the project’s legacy. Aided by Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Beatrice Welles, and other living collaborates, THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD is a lively tribute to one of cinema’s true giants. Director: Morgan Neville Producers: Josh Karp, Korelan Matteson, Morgan Neville, Filip Jan Rymsza Featuring: Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Alan Cumming, Oja Kodar
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING 10/6, 10:00AM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/7, 5:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR US Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 97 minutes, English One year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations ignited the #MeToo movement, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING offers a comprehensive look at the film industry’s role in reinforcing gender dynamics over the last century, and the resounding call for action pushing back. Speaking with a tremendous group of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Reese Witherspoon, and countless others, the film stands as a timely testament to the urgent need for change facing both the entertainment industry and society as a whole. Director: Tom Donahue Producers: Ilan Arboleda, Kerianne Flynn, Tom Donahue Executive Producer: Geena Davis, Regina K. Scully, Ku-ling Yurman, Madeline Di Nonno, Steve Edwards, Jennie Peters, Simone Pero, Patty Casby; Featuring: Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Chloë Grace Moretz, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Taraji. P. Henson, Heather Graham, Yara Shahidi, Shonda Rhimes, Jackie Cruz
TIME FOR ILHAN 10/4, 4:30PM, EAST HAMPTON UA1 10/6, 5:45PM, SOUTHAMPTON SH2 Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 89 minutes, English/Somali On November 8, 2016, Ilhan Omar—a young, hijab-wearing mother-ofthree—made history as the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to legislative office in the United States. With incredible access to Omar’s campaign, documentarian Norah Shapiro follows the candidate and her team on the trail as they attempt to unseat the 43-year incumbent in a hard-fought race to represent the country’s largest Somali community. At a time of tremendous political turmoil, TIME FOR ILHAN intimately chronicles the inspiring journey of one of the nation’s brightest rising political stars and offers a fresh perspective on the American Dream. Director: Norah Shapiro Producers: Jennifer Steinman Sternin, Chris Newberry, Norah Shapiro
WORLD CINEMA: DOCUMENTARY THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS 10/7, 6:15PM, EAST HAMPTON UA2 10/8, 4:00PM, EAST HAMPTON UA3 New York Premiere, Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 83 minutes, English/Mandarin/Japanese/German As defined by science fiction giant Isaac Asimov, the first law of robotics states, “A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” So what happens once we live in an era where the law has already been broken? Using three recent case studies of moments in which robots have caused the death of a human as a starting point, director Maxim Pozdorovkin creates an equally thought-provoking and wryly provocative survey of just how much we’ve allowed robots into our lives, and the extent to which our often unnoticed reliance on machines may have already defined our fate. Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin Producers: Joe Bender, Maxim Pozdorovkin Sponsored by
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BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY 10/7, 2:15PM, BAY STREET 10/8, 12:00PM, SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CTR Documentary Feature, USA, 2018, 87 minutes, English As a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young waded through thousands of record bins in search of quirky albums to showcase on the recurring segment “Dave’s Record Collection.” Steve’s quest for offbeat records eventually brought him to the largely unknown world of “industrial musicals”: full productions put on by major companies to dazzle their employees during annual sales meetings. As Steve’s initial interest quickly morphs into a full-blown obsession, director Dava Whisenant follows him on his odyssey to speak to those who helped create these outrageous Broadway-style shows, while shedding hilarious light on the industry of corporate-sanctioned musicals. Preceded by: STILL PLAYS WITH TRAINS Director: Dava Whisenant Screenwriters: Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant Producers: Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, Susan Littenberg Featuring: Steve Young, David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera 164
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Meet Paton Miller, the painter whose work adorns this year’s HIFF poster. BY RAY ROGERS • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKEY DETEMPLE
Paton Miller, photographed for Purist in his Southampton art studio
International Film Festival poster. (The original hangs in a collector’s home in nearby Shinnecock Hills.) “Surfing, you sometimes see the boats coming and going, and they really struck me as iconic of the area. I often paint them because to me they’re symbols of a part of this area that I like very much, the farming and the fishing. I’m not the only one—it’s part of the charm.” The poster is another career marker in a lifetime full of them. (Miller fondly recalls his debut show in the first gallery in Soho, attended by the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.) “I’ve always wanted to do the poster, especially having two sons who are now filmmakers,” he says. He’s getting into the film business himself—working with his sons on a forthcoming documentary, The Forger’s Club, about the dark underbelly of the art world. “Who knows, maybe it’ll end up in next year’s festival.” What he appreciates most about the festival is that it brings together the diverse talents living in the area, something that’s motivated him personally over the years. “The East End is a creative community, and that is extremely important to me. I curate exhibitions every year at the Southampton Arts Center called East End Collected. What I do is a survey show of what’s happening out here. People often think really great work is a thing of the past or is happening somewhere else. But guess what? It’s happening here, now.”
“That used to be a swimming pool, now it’s a koi pond. Over there’s a chicken coop underneath all those vines. The neighbors have chickens too. They come over here. Their rooster especially—he’s banging all of our hens,” says the artist Paton Miller, walking from his classic, cedar-shingled house in Southampton to the big-as-abarn artist studio out back where he’s been painting for the past 22 years. Like most working artists, he has his painter’s uniform (he’s wearing paint-splattered shorts and sandals the day we meet), and a daily routine: he gets up early, makes coffee for himself and his wife, Nancy, and spends the day painting in the studio—with breaks for surfing, of course. Stand-up paddleboards jut out of the back of a truck in the driveway. “I could never live away from the ocean. I was surfing with dolphins just the other day, off Road A in Southampton.” His love of the Hamptons was immediate when he arrived from Hawaii in 1974 with $40 in his pocket and a return ticket home. A scholarship to Southampton College kept him here longer than planned, and today he can’t imagine living anywhere else. He recalls being immediately taken with the area’s potato trucks and fishing vessels, like the one navigating choppy blue waters that’s depicted in his painting “Out of Shinnecock”; it’s the image that adorns this year’s Hamptons 165
LEADING LIGHT After conquering fashion, Donna Karan brought concepts of wellness to the mainstream, making the holistic hip. Approaching age 70 with the same spirit of curiosity and passion sheâ€™s exhibited throughout her career, she continues her mission with the awareness-raising, culture-shifting Urban Zen Foundation. BY DONNA BULSECO
“I’ve always believed in ‘conscious consumerism,’“ says Donna Karan. “It’s not just about dressing, but addressing important issues.”
Photo of Donna Karan and Gabby Karan de Felice by Russell James. All others courtesy of Urban Zen.
Donna Karan loves to giggle. In conversation, the legendary fashion designer has an engaging, low-throated laugh that welcomes the listener into her remarkable world. No matter what she’s discussing—her 45+ years in fashion, the philanthropic work she does with her Urban Zen Foundation, or the upcoming Stephan Weiss Apple Awards ceremony on October 24 that honors her late husband and people who have made a difference in health care, education and culture—Donna Karan finds a wondrous delight, spiritual joy and a keen sense of humor about everything life brings her. Karan is someone who looks forward, not back, but 2018 is a big year for the designer, who celebrates her 70th birthday on October 2 (she’s a Libra). That kind of milestone event naturally prompts reflection about everything she’s achieved up to now, and the list is long and accomplished—nothing to giggle at but to applaud, loudly. She began her career working with sportswear designer Anne Klein, who was the sole woman in the game-changing Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in 1973 that pitted five French designers (Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro) against five Americans (Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Halston and Anne Klein, who brought Karan as her assistant). “There I was, eight months pregnant, putting clothes on [model] Billie Blair, clothes you could just pull over your head and didn’t have to put hooks and eyes in,” says Karan. “The French were shocked!” The memorable show shifted the fashion spotlight from Paris to America; some six months later, Karan was appointed chief designer with Louis Dell’Olio at Anne Klein, after Klein’s death from breast cancer. It was a successful 10-year partnership, earning the duo two Coty Fashion Awards and Karan’s induction into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1984. A year later, the designer launched her own label, Donna Karan New York, with Seven Easy Pieces, a collection of chic basics including her famous bodysuit that transformed the way working women dressed, ditching businessman-like suits to adopt Karan’s signature classics. The idea evolved naturally out of her own lifestyle, she says. “I started doing yoga in high school, so that’s how the bodysuit became my functional way of dressing,” says Karan. “I always had on leggings and I would throw my clothes on from there.” She won the prestigious CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year award that year, and won again in 1990, after launching DKNY, a more affordable line inspired by her daughter Gabby and youth culture. DKNY became a company that symbolized New York City’s return to prosperity and Karan’s burgeoning fashion empire, with its larger-than-life
Clockwise from top left: In 2006, Karan hosted HOPE, an event for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama to raise funds for the Norbulingka Institute in India; hard at work at Anne Klein in 1974 with baby Gabby; Karan visited Ethiopia in May of this year; a snapshot that reflects a strong motherdaughter bond.
“I had a vision—it was so strong—that we all need a space to talk about the issues at hand.”
billboard at Broadway and Houston that was an iconic image of the city from 1992 to 2009. Along with success came sorrow during that time— about friends who died as a result of AIDS-related complications and diseases, which hit the fashion world hard. “That era was a major turning point for me in ‘conscious consumerism,’” says Karan, who spearheaded Seventh on Sale, a fashion industry fundraiser for AIDS relief and research. “I told Perry [Ellis, the late designer who was the CFDA president at the time], this is not about dressing, it’s about addressing the issue right now.” Seventh on Sale was just the first of many such “dressing and addressing” initiatives for Karan, and the idea of “conscious consumerism” ultimately led to her creating the Urban Zen Foundation in 2007. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring change in the areas of health and well-being, education and the preservation of culture. Its catchphrase says a lot about its involvement in changing the important conversations in all of these spheres of influence: creating, connecting, communicating and collaborating are the keys to change. “I had this vision—it was so strong—that we all need a space to talk about the issues at hand,” she says. “It was where past, present and future come together in practices like yoga and meditation; it’s all of the mind-body-spirit practices that have always been close to my heart.” Those practices helped Karan through very trying times, particularly the death of her husband, sculptor Stephan Weiss in 2001. Her prescience about health care prompted the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, developed with yoga professionals Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, that incorporates Eastern healing techniques with Western medicine for a holistic approach to patient and clinician care. In October, the Stephan Weiss Apple Awards likewise recognize the “change makers” in health care, education and the preservation of culture, the three priorities of Urban Zen. The awards were named for Weiss’ giant bronze apple sculpture that sits in the Millennium Garden at Hudson River Park in Manhattan. This year, supermodel Iman, photographer Jimmy Nelson and Joel Towers, executive dean of the Parsons School of Design (Karan was instrumental with launching the MFA program there in 2010), will be honorees, along with a few other surprises “Before he died, my husband said to me, ‘Donna, whatever you do, take care of the nurses.’ Much of the work I do with Urban Zen is my way of recognizing the doctors and nurses who are always there, 100 percent of the time, for those who are ill. He thought I was woo-woo with my essential oils, bodywork and yoga, until he saw what it could do.”
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Valentine Thomas fights for our ocean’s fish, one Instagram post at a time. BY ABBY TEGNELIA • PHOTOGRAPH BY BARRET HARVEY
gotten better. I still don’t have an apartment, but at least now it’s my choice!” Indeed, the goofy, photogenic Instagram star, who has more than 166,000 followers, is in demand. As we chat, she is waiting for her flight to Cabo to help with a spearfishing retreat. Later this year, she will spend some time monitoring a tuna boat for a sustainable canned tuna company, and she is also working on a sustainable-seafood cookbook and an organic swimwear line. Thomas travels the world (some of her recent trips have included the Bahamas, Portugal, Thailand and Hawaii), couch surfing and seeing local spots through the eyes of other spearfishing enthusiasts, hoping that they’re good with an iPhone. (She laughs about being the rare Instagram star without a trusty “fishing boyfriend” to take her picture.) Also part of the lifestyle: staying in tip-top shape. She says freediving burns 1,000 to 1,200 calories an hour—and she’s often out there eight to 10 hours every day. “You don’t need a treadmill after that!” she says with a laugh. While all of that diving yields her a tasty dinner every night (lionfish is her favorite, both in taste and ecosystem benefits), she implores others to also try new fish and diversify their dinner orders. “Everyone eats salmon, tuna and bass,” she says. “There are way more fish than that in the ocean.” valentinethomas.net
Scrolling through Valentine Thomas’ Instagram, there are plenty of sexy swimwear shots in exotic locales. But her account is anything but a frivolous bikini-girl’s romp around the world. A dedicated spearfisher and fearless freediver who catches her own dinner almost every night, she’s on a quest to change the way we eat. Her No. 1 priority: raise awareness for sustainable fish and seafood sourcing, which she admits is a pretty tough goal in a world where “I’ll just have the salmon” has created a realm of eco-unfriendly farms for common fish. This, despite an entire ocean out there of tasty, lesser-known options whose fishing would be better for the ecosystem. “How we harvest fish and seafood—it needs to be talked about!” she says, racing to LAX for her next trip. “Turning a blind eye is contributing to bad practices.” She discovered her passion for clean eating while working at a hedge fund in London. Once she began spearfishing and catching her own food, her desk job was doomed. While filming a documentary about her new hobby in South Africa, she realized that she could make a living doing what she loved. “I’m all about food—that’s what drives me,” she says. “Once I discovered spearfishing, I didn’t want life in the big city anymore. I had a house and a car in London, but after I quit my job I couldn’t afford anything. I have been traveling full-time for three years now. Slowly but surely that’s
Spearfishing enthusiast Valentine Thomas catches her own dinner almost every night.
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Homecoming (Amazon Prime, premiere airs Nov. 2) If you’re not already on the Amazon Prime bandwagon, you might want to join just to watch this psychological thriller series starring Julia Roberts. Based on a podcast of the same name, the show, which is already slotted for a minimum of two seasons, focuses on Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a caseworker at the Geist Group, a facility helping soldiers rejoin civilian life. Bergman has begun a new chapter in her life, working as a waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor comes to question her about why she left the facility. There are lots of twists and turns on the
road to solving that mystery. Actors Stephan James and Bobby Cannavale, Dermot Mulroney, Sissy Spacek and Jeremy Allen White come along for the ride.
The Good Cop (Netflix, premiere aired Sept. 21) Josh Groban can act! Perhaps he picked up a few pointers from his new co-star, TV vet Tony Danza (or his recent star turn on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). The duo banter back-andforth for 10 episodes, with Danza playing an ex-cop who was just released from prison. Groban is his son, a straight-shooting NYPD detective, who’s just trying to keep his dad, now roommate, in check.
The First (Hulu, premiere aired Sept. 14) In this joint British-American production, Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone (cue excitement) star in this drama about the quest to colonize Mars. Penn plays a veteran astronaut aspiring to be on the first manned mission to the red planet, while McElhone plays a wealthy woman who’s financing the expedition. The series is also an eerie depiction of Earth’s future, when climate change threatens extinction.
This Is Us (NBC, Season 3 premiere aired Sept. 25) Get your Kleenex ready for round three of the family show that’s as heartwarm172
ing as it is heart-wrenching. Following the lives of siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall (known as “the big three”) and their parents, Jack and Rebecca Pearson, most episodes feature multiple story lines taking place both in the present and past as the true meaning of family is explored. At the end of season two, fans finally learned how the show’s main protagonist died, so what more do they
Tony Danza plays Josh Groban’s dad in the dramedy, The Good Cop.
10 go-to shows this fall for laughter, passion and musing. BY CHARLOTTE DEFAZIO
A Million Little Things (ABC, premiere aired Sept. 26) Friendship in the aftermath of a death by suicide sets the groundwork for this new show, based on true events from the life of series creator D.J. Nash. The cast includes the familiar TV faces of David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Grace Park and Stephanie Szostak.
The notso-great outdoors with Camping’s David Tennant and Jennifer Garner.
have to find out? Tune in and see. The cast also includes Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore.
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Camping (HBO, premiere airs Oct. 14) Looking for comic relief? Break out the s’mores on Sunday nights, and take in the latest project by Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Jennifer Garner plays an obsessively organized, controlling woman who gathers family and friends for a camping trip in celebration of her husband’s (David Tennant) 44th birthday. Going back to nature was never so funny. Forever (Amazon Prime, premiere aired Sept. 14) Many people, including June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen), find themselves in marriages that have become routine. Armisen and Rudolph, former cast members of Saturday Night Live and longtime friends, have great chemistry in this much-anticipated satire. Series creators Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard are the guys behind the successes of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
Maniac (Netflix, premiere aired Sept. 21) This new dark comedy, based on a Norwegian series and starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, is worth seeing just for Stone’s performance (which will no doubt garner multiple award nods). She and Hill star as strangers participating in a pharmaceutical trial that leads them to enter various alternate realities, morphing into a different character in each world. Though the two keep crossing paths, confusion arises between what’s real and what’s fantasy. Other actors making appearances include Sally Field, Jemima Kirke (Girls), Justin Theroux and Gabriel Byrne.
House of Cards (Netflix, Season 6 airs Nov. 2) House of Cards has became famous for its ability to foreshadow real-life political drama. The greed and corruption of Francis Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, seems ripped from the current headlines as it follows his take-no-prisoners quest to rise from U.S. representative to become POTUS. The trailer for the upcoming sixth (and final) season reveals Spacey’s character has died—the seemingly only plausible solution for the show’s writers after Netflix dropped the actor post-accusations of sexual misconduct. The trailer reveals that Claire
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in Maniac.
A young gridiron Warrior
Underwood, Frank’s equally ruthless wife (Robin Wright), is the current commander-in-chief, and shows her standing over her husband’s grave (is that a gloating expression on her face?). But viewers will need to tune in to find out the exact cause of his death, and who might have been behind it. Warriors of Liberty City (Starz, premiere aired Sept. 16) This six-part documentary series, executive-produced by NBA titan LeBron James, focuses on Miami’s Liberty City, which has been called the “NFL’s largest football factory.” But it isn’t just about football, it’s about history, tragedy and violence in one of our country’s most disadvantaged corners. Children who participate in Luther Campbell’s Liberty City Warriors football program, however, are given a positive outlet and evaluated based on their strengths and talents, not their addresses and backgrounds. The show looks at some of the formidble obstacles many prominent athletes face.
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Elements Fitness Studio’s new online fitness videos offer a full menu of its signature stretch, dance and other classes you can do at home. BY MICHELE SHAPIRO
To fend off boredom among studio regulars, Hunsberger often adds new classes. The latest include a Barre Stretch and, for the time-crunched, 30-minute Express AF classes. Two popular ones are Shred AF Express, a surf-inspired workout that focuses heavily on balance and core, and Sexy AF Express, a cardio dance class that includes a choreographed warm-up, isometric floor work and core-building moves. In addition, Elements “is very focused on growth in Manhattan and the tristate area,” says Hunsberger, who calls East Hampton home. In addition to her studio there, an Upper East Side Elements is slated to open in winter 2019. She has also expanded into corporate wellness, developing a group fitness program for WebMD’s downtown office, among others. “That really took our brand to the next level,” she says. “I would love to continue to grow this part of the business and to roll out a larger on-demand streaming program specifically geared toward companies.” As Hunsberger continues to build an Elements empire, she looks to her clients for motivation and support. “I am constantly inspired by their commitment to our work together,” she says. “We focus on creating a community of people who are there for each other just as much as for the workout.” elementsfitnessstudio.com
As summer barbecues and beach outings fade into fall, there’s good news for those looking to keep up (or re-commit to) their exercise regimen before the holidays hit: Elements Fitness Studio in East Hampton will begin offering its signature classes via a “Sweat on Demand” platform, available on its website in November. Exercisers of all levels will be able to live-stream the studio’s signature classes, including Total Body Tone, Stretch and Strengthen and Sexy AF Dance Express. Miss your favorite session? There will also be on-demand videos that allow you to work out anytime. Since opening its doors in 2014, Elements Fitness has gained fans with its low-impact workouts that target arms, abs and legs. The studio’s founder, director and master trainer, Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, is a former professional dancer and personal trainer, and a founding trainer at Physique 57. “I felt there was something missing from boutique fitness,” Hunsberger says, so she created a teaching method based on her work with clients. The method combines isometric muscle contractions, ballet conditioning, functional training and her signature stretching and toning techniques. Two benefits of her formula: “They’re safe for people with injuries,” Hunsberger says, “and they yield quick results.” 174
Can’t make it to the studio? Now you can live-stream Elements’ classes anywhere.
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bodē nyc yogi Victoria Gibbs strikes a pose. Below: Jen Lobo Plamondon, right, and Donna Rubin founded NYC’s first hot yoga studio.
@bodenyc; Gibbs photo: Zach Russell
bodē nyc, New York’s first hot yoga studio, is celebrating its 19th year in business—and the first anniversary of its rebranding as a 360-degree wellness center—with an open house offering free classes on October 11. BY ANNE MARIE O’CONNOR with Monique Crous. “It’s low-impact but high-intensity, which is very unique. We don’t do the jumping” that is typical in other HIIT classes, so it’s easy on the joints. For maximum de-stressing, try bodé’s sound bath meditation sessions. “You lie on the floor and let the sound vibrations permeate your body,” Plamondon says. “It’s the most amazing experience.” And if you’ve always been leery of taking a hot yoga class, Plamondon wants to reassure you. “Bikram has this reputation that it’s so militant, but we’ve always taught in a more nurturing way.” While she admits that the first couple of classes in the heat can be challenging, “We say, come in, do your best, sit down when it gets too much and then rejoin when you’re ready.” On October 11, you can try out any of bodé nyc’s classes for free at all of its four locations. Another great reason to check out the open house: bodé nyc is offering a special deal—30 days of yoga for just $30—for new clients on that day only. bodenyc.com
In 1999, when Jen Lobo Plamondon and Donna Rubin opened Bikram Yoga NYC, the first hot yoga studio in the tristate area, downward dogging and warrior-ing in 100-plus degree rooms was a completely foreign concept. But once people experienced the benefits, they became converts. “They felt strong, their skin looked amazing, they’d probably lost some weight,” Plamondon says. Hot yoga became so popular that the duo eventually opened four studios, with locations on the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Midtown and Flatiron. A year ago, Plamondon and Rubin decided to expand their menu of classes and rename the business bode ¯ nyc. “We started offering a lot more than just Bikram-method yoga,” says Plamondon. “There aren’t too many places where you can get such a variety of classes under one roof.” There’s Hot Bode ¯ Flow (a vigorous vinyasa class) and Yin Nidra (which combines meditation and deep stretching) and a high-intensity interval class called Hot HIIT that Plamondon and Rubin developed in collaboration 175
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The secret to better workouts, weight loss and overall health? It just might be Sleep Number’s new 360® Smart Bed, endorsed by some of the NFL’s top athletes, which is upping the ante on the perfect mattress. BY AMANDA ALTMAN True or false: When you think about self-care, you’re more likely to think about meditation or adaptogen smoothies than you are the most basic health habit of all, sleep? True, right? Yes, it can be hard to log off Netflix or Instagram at a reasonable hour, but studies have linked not getting enough shut-eye to a host of health issues no amount of ashwagandha can cure, ranging from weight gain to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and heart disease. On the flip side, adequate sleep (a new meta-analysis from cardiac researchers in Greece found six to eight hours is ideal) can translate to better eating habits, sharper exercise performance and even the prevention of lower-back pain. Aside from keeping your bedroom looking zen (fluffy white duvet, please) and feeling cool (around 65 degrees), the National Sleep Foundation says that a mattress that feels comfortable to you is key to more restful slumber. Which is why NFL players, whose bodies endure major abuse every single day, have zeroed in on the Sleep Number 360® Smart Bed, which helps them maximize recovery after grueling practice sessions. Minnesota Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith switched to a Sleep Number 360® during training camp. “That’s when your body’s stressed the most, going through a lot of different running and hitting and things like that,” he explains. He especially likes the bed’s ResponsiveAir technology, which senses your movements while you snooze and automatically adjusts its firmness and support. “Being able to adjust the bed to what I need is big,” Smith says. “I don’t need to buy a firm or a soft mattress—it can be whatever I need it to be.” Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys is another die-hard fan, thanks to the smart bed’s built-in SleepIQ® technology, which tracks sleep quality and quantity. “You don’t realize how much your body recovers while it sleeps,” Smith says. “You need as much sleep as possible, especially a guy like me that has the injuries that I do.” Other lust-worthy features of the 360®: You can adjust the head position, which helps alleviate snoring, and the foot position, which takes stress off your lower back. Its foot-warming feature can help you fall asleep faster, according to research in the journal Nature. If it’s been more than eight years (or, sigh, you can’t even remember how many), it’s time to go mattress shopping. Now you can test-drive the new Sleep Number 360® Smart Bed in the company’s first Manhattan outpost in the Flatiron District. Beds start at $999; sleepnumber.com
Minnesota Viking Harrison Smith likes that the Sleep Number 360® automatically adjusts its firmness when he moves.
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JESSICA BELLOFATTO, OHM AND AHH EXPERT
DR. ROBERT KANDARJIAN, ENERGETIC TRANSFORMER
“The weight loss is great, but the things I’ve seen and the friends I’ve made from each trip have truly changed my life,” says one client who has been on 14 discovery jaunts with Escape to Shape founder Erica Gragg. Gragg developed the idea for wellness in exotic locales after co-founding Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, Mexico, nearly 20 years ago. One day, Francesco Anchisi, Gragg’s partner of 11 years, said to her, “We could do this anywhere. Why not show people the world?” Today, ETS offers cultural tours, challenging fitness schedules and healthy culinary experiences to destinations around the globe. A trip might include climbing a sand dune in Namibia, swimming with seals in the Galápagos or riding horses in Patagonia. “Nutrition and movement are obviously integral,” Gragg explains, “but we want our guests to feel engaged culturally, intellectually and spiritually, too.” Accommodations are also elegant. “We take people out of their comfort zone, in comfort!” Gragg says. escapetoshape.com —Amanda Taylor
If the four walls of your yoga studio are cramping your style, perhaps it’s time to take your practice outside. There, promises Jessica Bellofatto, you will make the empowering discovery that there’s more to yoga than movement. The founder of JB Yoga has a cult following in the Hamptons for her standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga classes, which get participants outdoors, where they rediscover nature and all it can offer the spiritual searcher. Being outside, Bellofatto promises, brings with it an appreciation for eating local, organic food and stopping to smell the roses—along with all the other delightful fragrances nature has to offer. An aromatherapy expert, Bellofatto has an encyclopedic knowledge of essential oils, and gladly diffuses it among her clients to enhance their yoga experience. Having basked in nature’s fragrant embrace, it’s impossible to go back to a toxic routine of processed foods and chemical-laced cosmetics—and that’s the point: “My mission is to make people understand that yoga can open the door to a whole amazing way of life.” jbyoga.com —Julia Szabo
It’s a safe bet your local hospital doesn’t have an energy field unit, but with Western medicine beginning to integrate complementary therapies, it may soon. Until then, maintaining good energetic health is the work of the intuitive energy healer, who balances the biomagnetic field that emanates from the human body (also known as one’s chi, or aura). Gifted with the healing touch, Dr. Robert Kandarjian enables patients “to hear their own inner voice.” He draws on 35 years of experience supporting patients through every imaginable crisis, from debilitating physical distress to grief following a loved one’s death. “I awaken people to the tools and skills we all have,” Kandarjian says, “so they can use these abilities to heal themselves.” Kandarjian holds daylong Path to Self Healing workshops that empower participants “to release unhealthy habits, beliefs and blocks.” (See him on October 21 in Parsippany, NJ.) The next best thing to attending a Kandarjian seminar is reading one of his three books, all available on Amazon. drrobertkandarjian.com —J.S.
From left: Brooke Casillas, Cynthia Perez, SPF Studios
Three gifted wellness guides are here to lift you up.
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From art and architecture to athletics, the fall season wows with culturally enlivening events in NYC and the Hamptons. BY KYRA ZIMMERMANN
SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH MEMORIAL DAY 2019
Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton, peconiclandtrust.org
Tapovana Ashtanga Healing Center at Sen Restaurant Fans of Indian cuisine will relish Tapovana’s homemade South Indian vegetarian lunches. Drop in during lunch hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11AM-1PM, for a warm, hearty meal. Suggested donations are $15, homemade chai $5. Sen Restaurant, 23 Main St., Sag Harbor, senrestaurant.com, tapovana.com
Jeff LeBlanc The independent singer-songwriter hits the stage this fall in Westhampton Beach, performing songs from his three Top 20 albums off the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter chart. Tickets from $30. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach, whbpac. org, jeffleblancmusic.com
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Affordable Art Fair First-time buyers and experienced collectors alike are invited to peruse this vast collection of contemporary art, participate in a workshop or tour and relax at the café. Art prices range from $100-10,000, entrance tickets from $10. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., NYC, affordableartfair.com
Please Send To: Ray Johnson Guild Hall will display original poems, drawings and personal notes from artist Ray Johnson. Most of the pieces were sent between Johnson and his network of fellow artists, but some are solely from his own collection. Free. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, guildhall.org
Light of the Ocean by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez Immerse yourself in Alvarado-Juárez’s latest exhibit, which will be ambitiously installed, with the help of the community, to recreate a beach indoors. The artworks on display will be made entirely from recycled paper bags, collected via The Recycled Bag Project. It’s a great opportunity for locals and students to get involved. Admission by donation. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, southamptonartscenter.org
Archtober: Architecture and Design Month Learn more about the history and design processes behind the buildings that you walk
Andy Warhol (1928–1987), “Self-Portrait, 1964.” Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago; gift of Edlis/Neeson Collection, 2015.126 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
past every day. Lectures, tours and workshops on NYC’s architecture and infrastructure will be offered throughout all five boroughs. Ticket pricing and locations vary. archtober.org
fulfillment. Tickets from $229. Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., wellsummit.org
20th Annual Celebration of the Long Pond Greenbelt Bring out your family in support of the organizations that help protect your home: the Long Pond Greenbelt, Peconic Land Trust and South Fork Natural History Museum. Enjoy guided trail walks, games, crafts and an ice cream social. Free. South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag
WELL Summit Lifestyle, relationships and mindfulness—all are critical for the happiest and healthiest life. Pick up wellness tips from guest speakers such as Christy Turlington Burns and charity: water founder Scott Harrison, and find your own means of achieving 178
NYC Marathon Support a community of more than 600,000 people from all skill levels, ages and walks of life as they run through all five boroughs. Grandstand seating tickets from $50. TCS New York City Marathon finish line, West 65th Street and Central Park West, nyrr.org
NOVEMBER 12MARCH 31, 2019
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again The 350 original works on display reveal unexpected depths of the father of pop art. Reconsider what you think you may know about Andy Warhol as you explore the Whitney’s largest monographic exhibit to date. Tickets from $25, children 18 and under free. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., whitney.org
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have always held special significance for me. I initially choose them as compositional elements, to enhance the drama and mood of the landscape. But in essence, they always come to serve as vehicles for expressing the feelings and underlying tensions that we, as humans, have been so conditioned to suppress.
Stormy weather: “The Cape,” 2012, acrylic on canvas
Artist Andrea Kowch’s acclaimed paintings bridge the worlds of the real and the surreal, the peaceful and the disturbing, the natural and the supernatural. BY JIM SERVIN
Courtesy RJD Gallery
Beginning October 6, in an exhibition titled Women Painting Women, Men Painting Men: Voices With Vision, RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton will show Andrea Kowch’s sublime paintings, noteworthy for their captivating storytelling involving feminine subjects, influences from American Masters and the Old Masters of the Renaissance, and strong connection with nature. The Michigan-born and -based Kowch spoke with Purist about her emotionally rich, transcendent work and its unique home in the Hamptons. JIM SERVIN: What drives you as an artist? ANDREA KOWCH: Emotions, memories, experiences, personal growth, rites of passage, and moods that become stirred in me as a result of my visual surroundings, all serve as gateways to my creativity. Painting is partly my way of searching and attaining peace and understanding of others and myself. Things of mystery intrigue me, and
I am drawn to painting raw beauty and psychological truths. My art is described as magic realism, narrative and dreamlike. There is always a hint of suspense and the unknown, a feeling that something is about to occur, a pulsing tension that is simultaneously subtle and intense. JS: There’s a depth of feeling to your work—every piece resounds with powerful emotions. AK: Each painting is essentially an extension of me, serving as an indirect, metaphorical self-portrait of sorts. Freedom, love, passion, restriction, melancholy, fear, chaos, introspection, independence and strength, triumph and survival—all of it is reflected in the forms of my female characters and the natural phenomena that surrounds them. JS: Natural references consistently appear in your paintings. AK: Animals—birds, in particular— 179
JS: You’re based in Michigan and are represented exclusively by the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton. What is it about the Hamptons that makes it an ideal setting for your work? AK: Michigan, my models, and the American heartland are the sources and soul of my artwork. The gallery’s long-standing support of a myriad of nonprofits and other well-known artists helped me make my decision. In visiting the Hamptons throughout these eight-plus years, I’ve found that the region provides an incredible natural setting—the golden glow of the setting sun on the East End is unlike anywhere else—and draws some of the most creative and open-minded art collectors from all over the world. JS: You support local charities such as The Retreat. Can you talk about the importance of giving back? AK: The Retreat’s honorable mission has been a very strong motivation for the gallery. The opportunity to protect, support and enable abused children and women to have safer, better and new lives has been an emotionally rewarding experience. JS: What role does art play in helping people to heal and connect? AK: Artists have an intrinsic duty to express and help viewers confront what we, in our day-to-day lives, cannot express as openly and easily. My job is to open up the viewer’s mind and invite dialogue, rather than to dictate. In sharing my inner self-discoveries, I hope to give viewers opportunities to connect with themselves and experience a freeing of the soul.
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Produce grown from the organic garden
The scenic golf course, and snack cabin
An outdoor gathering at Silo Ridge
TERRAIN TO TABLE
Most people don’t associate food at private clubs with high-caliber cuisine. Discovery Land Company, innovator in the development of private communities, is changing all that, as fine dining becomes a focus at its members-only luxury resorts. “In the beginning, we were more golf-centric,” says Discovery Land Company (DLC) founder, CEO and chairman Mike Meldman. “Now, our communities have gone from just golf to having a huge culinary influence.” Situated on 800 acres and surrounded by scenic Taconic and Adirondack mountain ranges, Silo Ridge Field Club, DLC’s latest East Coast venture in Amenia, New York, shines in all four seasons. Calling upon his childhood on an English country farm, Silo’s Director of Culinary Operations Jonathan Wright, alongside Executive Chef Robert Hohmann, emphasizes simplicity and freshness with a menu that features justpicked ingredients, most of which are grown right in the property’s extensive organic garden, or sourced locally. Signs around the working farm and garden let members know what is currently in season. Members are encouraged to pick their own berries, mint, basil and fennel, and make their own herb-infused vinegars. Children gather eggs in the morning to be scrambled up for breakfast at the Ridge House restaurant. A root cellar stocks homemade jams and jellies. Char-
cuterie, cheeses, yogurts and breads are all made on the premises, and complemented with local wines, beers and spirits, including whiskey from a local distillery. This season, kids can harvest their own pumpkins, picking them when ripe and ready for carving, or making pumpkin pie. Activities such as skeet shooting, canoeing and horseback riding are all part of Discovery’s Outdoor Pursuits program. Breaks are encouraged, too. Each of the comfort stations that dot the Tom Fazio-designed golf course exudes a sense of fun and inclusion and feeling right at home. Each cabin features an array of snacks, from old-fashioned candies to make-your-own ice cream sundaes, just-popped popcorn and homemade beef jerky. If you’d like a fresh fish taco or a fruit salad, those are here, too. Ice-cold beers and Recover 180 hydration drinks stock the fridges. Just like your own (dream) pantry, no money ever exchanges hands, and rock music is the finishing touch on the lively atmosphere. “There is nothing like this in this part of the country,” says Meldman of the weekend getaway just under two hours from midtown Manhattan. “We are utilizing the Discovery imprint to create a truly unique community that builds upon the strong tradition and rich lifestyle of the area, which is really based on the simple things life has to offer: friends, family, great food and lots of fun things to do.” discoverylandco.com; siloridge.com 180
Harvesting the rich bounty of the Hudson Valley, Silo Ridge adds fine dining and outdoor fun to its lineup of life-enhancing offerings. BY NANCY KANE
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A by-the-numbers look at the Academy Award-winning actor, environmentalist and philanthropist Leonardo DiCaprio, whose namesake foundation celebrates 20 years campaigning for our earth, wildlife and ecosystems.
Number of acres on Blackadore Caye, an island in Belize that DiCaprio purchased to create a sustainable, wellness-focused resort
1974 Year Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11 in Hollywood, California, to George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken
Number of views (in just three months) of Before the Flood, DiCaprio’s film about climate change
“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
Titanic, starring DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is currently the world’s second-highest-grossing film of all time.
HOROSCOPE: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scorpio, b. Nov. 11. Like all Scorpios, DiCaprio’s emotions are intensely deep and complex, with a strong sense of reality and understanding of cosmic consciousness. He has a Libra moon granting him with attractive looks and demeanor, but also a driving sense of justice. Libras hope to bring harmony and balance to the world, which, combined with his indefatigable Scorpio sun, fuels his will to persevere and get results. Expect him to champion anything that disrupts the natural order of things (environmental toxins, global warming and social injustices) and make unexpected dramatic changes that keep him on the path he has set for himself. —by Karen Thorne, karenthorne.com, @karenthorneastrologaie
Age DiCaprio started acting. He was cast in the TV series Parenthood in 1990; his breakout feature film role was in This Boy’s Life (1993).
Number of seasons of DiCaprio’s reality series, Greensburg (2008), about the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado 182
Age at which DiCaprio established his foundation
SIX Number of areas DiCaprio’s foundation focuses on: Wildlife & Landscapes, Marine Life & Oceans, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Environment Now California Program and Innovative Solutions
2007 Year DiCaprio released The 11th Hour, a documentary on the state of the global environment
Photo courtesy of @leodicapriodaily; quote from Town & Country, Oct. 2017
Date in July 2019 DiCaprio’s next film is expected to hit theaters. The Quentin Tarantino-directed drama called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood revolves around the Charles Manson murders.
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HIFF CONFIDENTIAL Fun facts about the Hamptons International Film Festival
Most recent Lifetime Achievement Award winner:
Number of foreign films being shown at this year’s festival that have been submitted for Oscar consideration: 7
honored in 2017, at the 25th anniversary of the festival.
Shoplifters (Japan); Border (Sweden); Birds of Passage (Colombia); I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Romania); Roma (Mexico); Never Look Away (Germany); and Burning (South Korea)
NUMBER OF FILMS IN THE 2017 FESTIVAL THAT RECEIVED AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION:
Blake Lively, recipient of the 2007 HIFF Breakthrough Award
SPOTLIGHT ON THE HAMPTONS
THE BIG BREAK
Actors who have received the HIFF Breakthrough Artist award: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Elisabeth Moss (2003) Emily Blunt (2005) Blake Lively (2007) Jessica Chastain (2010) Freida Pinto (2010) Alexander Skarsgård (2011) Adam Driver (2012) Alicia Vikander (2012) Michael B. Jordan (2013) Mahershala Ali (2016) Rachel Brosnahan (2016) John Legend (2016) Timothée Chalamet (2017) Kumail Nanjiani (2017)
Only the Wind Is Listening
Percentage of FILMMAKERS at this year’s festival who are
Still Plays With Trains
(up from 35 percent in 2016)
is a short film by Long Island-based Emily Anderson that was shot in Montauk. is a documentary about model train fanatic John Scully, which was produced by Regina Scully, both East Hampton residents.
Number of movies that screened at SummerDocs that have also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature: 3 Last Days in Vietnam (2014); How to Survive a Plague (2012); and The Most Dangerous Man in America (2010) 184
YEAR THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WAS FOUNDED
(including five of the nine Best Picture nominees)
Number of films that have appeared at HIFF that went on to be nominated for an Oscar over the past 11 years
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