HIFF's Opening Night Film and Others Have East End Ties

Toby and Itzhak Perlman started the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island.

On Wednesday, the Hamptons International Film Festival announced several films with ties to the East End, including its opening night film on Oct. 5, the world premiere of Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak.” The documentary is about the life of Itzhak Perlman, an Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor who has a residence in East Hampton and musical school on Shelter Island. Mr. Perlman will attend the screening.

Another world premiere with local ties is “Killer Bees,” a film produced by Shaquille O'Neal and Larry Gagosian and directed by Ben and Orson Cummings, about the Bridgehampton High School basketball team’s effort to defend their state championship title. Continuing with the basketball theme is "The First to Do It,” Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah’s documentary on the life of Earl Lloyd, who was the first African American to play in the N.B.A. 

Josh Klausner set “Wanderland” on the South Fork, where an isolated city dweller comes to house sit, but is pulled into an odyssey of misadventures.

Other world premieres include “11/8/16,” a compilation of footage from 40 filmmakers taken on last year’s Election Day and selected by Jeff Deutchman. Last year’s election is also the subject of  “The Misogynists,” a narrative film by Onur Tukel starring Dylan Baker, about different people who come and go from the same hotel room. Tiffany Bartok’s “Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story” features interviews with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss about the acclaimed makeup artist. Brendan & Emmett Malloy’s “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” is a coming-of-age drama set in an affluent Los Angeles suburb with Jennifer Garner, who will attend the festival.

Passes and ticket packages for the festival will go on sale Sept. 5.