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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2016 SummerDocs Lineup

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series has set a 2016 lineup that includes “Author: The Jt Leroy Story,” “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series will also feature co-chairman Alec Baldwin and the festival’s artistic director, David Nugent, leading conversations with filmmakers and guests. Screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Amazon Studios picked up A&E IndieFilm’s literary scandal documentary “Author” out of Sundance earlier this year. “Betting on Zero,” about a crusade against alleged pyramid scheme Herbalife, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, while R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s look at Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate,” was first released in 1996.

In the past, SummerDocs selections “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” “Last Days of Vietnam,” “The Cove,” Searching for Sugar Man” and “How to Survive a Plague” have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.

“The SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York and Hamptons summer calendar,” said Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”

The festival’s Student Summer Filmmaking workshops are also open for enrollment and will also be held at Guild Hall July 18-22 and July 25-29. The festival is also partnering with Southampton Arts Center and offering free movie screenings through the summer, which include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Surf’s Up,” Rocky,” “The Candidate,” “The Shining,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Tootsie” and “Jaws.”

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 6-10.



- Maria Cavassuto

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Prince AIDS Report: Activist Says National Enquirer Turned ‘AIDS Into Godzilla’

29 April 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The National Enquirer’s cover declaring “AIDS Killed Prince!” is “deeply offensive” to people living with HIV/AIDS because it reinforces a stigma they’ve spent decades fighting, a prominent activist told TheWrap. The tabloid claimed this week that Prince died after refusing to take AIDS medications. But Peter Staley, a leading AIDS activist who was featured in the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” says the Enquirer is shamelessly sensationalizing the disease for a quick buck. “They’re turning AIDS into Godzilla,” Staley told TheWrap. “These headlines are deeply offensive to the over 1 million Americans who are living with HIV. »

- Itay Hod

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Hillary Clinton’s Reagan-aids Gaffe Could Be Bigger Than You Think

14 March 2016 7:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Peter Staley remembers the deafening silence of the Reagan administration during the hellish AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. As gay men died in droves, President Reagan refused, until late in his second term, to even speak the name of the virus that was killing them. So Staley — an AIDS activist prominently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” — was stunned last Friday when his preferred presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, praised Nancy Reagan’s “low-key advocacy” to fight AIDS in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Bottom line, it was a Wtf moment,” Staley told TheWrap. “It didn’t make any sense. »

- Itay Hod

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AIDS Activist: Charlie Sheen Is ‘Spitting in the Face’ of People Who Saved Him

13 January 2016 12:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Update, Jan. 13, 2016 3:27 Pst: Sheen’s manager Mark Burg tells TheWrap that Sheen has resumed taking hismedication. According to Burg, Sheen stopped taking his HIV medication for about four weeks but went back on them as soon as his viral load went up. Burg says Sheen will continue looking for a cure. Charlie Sheen announced on Tuesday that he quit his HIV meds, and the AIDS activist featured in Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” is fuming. “He’s shitting all over us, frankly,” Peter Staley told TheWrap. “He’s alive today because of the work we did.” Sheen »

- Itay Hod

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Brigade, PR/Marketing Firm Behind ‘Tangerine’ Campaign, Launches Awards Division (Exclusive)

13 January 2016 8:48 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Brigade, the bi-coastal publicity and marketing agency that guided this season’s awards campaign for Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the first on record to promote a transgender performer for a major Oscar nom, is formally launching an awards consultation division, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The company, which was established in 2010 by publicist Adam Kersh, digital marketer Tom Cunha and social media strategist Jean McDowell, has provided traditional publicity services for many indies, including Lena Dunham‘s Tiny Furniture and the early Brie Larson vehicle Short Term 12, and awards-specific services for Compliance, starring Ann Dowd, and the doc How to Survive a Plague, among many others.

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