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East Hampton October

October is a magical month in the Hamptons.

Hayground Farm in the Hamptons

Hayground Farm in the Hamptons

The farm stands are overflowing with fresh produce… pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins… get lost in corn mazes… wander empty beaches at dawn or dusk (for the best photo opportunities)… experience the inescapable excitement of the wineries in full harvest mode and the foliage transforming into a rich palate of "Chardonnay" and "Merlot" just as the mountains of New England lose their last leaves…

And then there is the 21st Hamptons International Film Festival (October 10 - 14) - a smorgasbord of independents, luminaries, documentaries, shorts and interviews with the stars…  In past years during the Film Festival, we have hosted the great Robert Altman, Susan Sarandon, Charlize Theron and more at the Mill House Inn. Maybe this year you can follow in their footprints.

Hamptons International Film Festival East Hampton NY

Hamptons International Film Festival UA Theatre

This year HIFF 2013 offers 75 feature films and 51 shorts including star studded films such as Nebraska (Bruce Dern), August: Osage County (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & Sam Shepard), Free Ride (Anna Paquin), and Burton & Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter). "A Conversation With…" features intimate interviews with Helena Bonham Carter and Bruce Dern. One of my favorites is always the screening of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award winner "to a narrative film highlighting a realistic and compelling portrayal of Science and Technology."  This year's $25,000 prize goes to Steven Bernstein ("Like Water for Chocolate", "Monster") for his compelling "Decoding Annie Parker" starring Helen Hunt as a geneticist researching the link between DNA & cancer.

Then there are shorts, documentaries, international films, "10 Actors to Watch," cocktail parties, award ceremonies and random star sightings…  Catch a quick bite between films at Rowdy Hall  or Citta Nuova and then sprint back to one of the many participating theaters to dream new dreams on the silver screen. Maybe next October your film will debut in East Hampton!

BTW... MHI is the secret to enjoying the HIFF, our Personal Assistants can help with movie suggestions & tickets, accommodations, dinner rez…...

The Bar at Rowdy Hall

The Bar at Rowdy Hall