Don’t be fooled by the forecast of 90-degree weather: Summer ended last week and even the die-hards are calling it a season. Caracas shuttered its boardwalk outpost last weekend and Rippers will follow suit this Sunday. But don’t get S.A.D.: a couple of October film festivals make for nifty reasons to keep up the Rockaway and Hamptons pilgrimages.
Hamptons International Film Festival
Oct. 10-14 in East Hampton and Southampton, tickets $15-$40.
If you missed the big premieres of Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story at the New York Film Festival, here’s your chance to see them in the Hamptons, blessedly far from midtown traffic. The 27th installment of the HIFF kicks off Thursday with the adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir Just Mercy, in which Michael B. Jordan plays a lawyer fighting for the wrongfully convicted, and continues Saturday with Ford v Ferrari, in which Matt Damon and Christian Bale set out to build a race car that can defeat team Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hour Le Mans race. There’s also a strong slate of documentaries about some truly cringe-worthy types—disgraced yogi Bikram Choudhury, writer and “narcissistic social butterfly” Truman Capote, infamous shoe addict and original hypebeast Imelda Marcos, and Trump enablers the National Enquirer– as well as one about the Boss: Bruce Springsteen’s concert film chronicling an intimate performance of his new album Western Stars.
Rockaway Film Festival
Oct. 17-21 in Rockaway Beach; day and weekend passes $30-$150.
Started last year by filmmaker Sam Fleischner, who will be close the fest with his 10-year-old Wah Do Dem, this fest aims to bring quality flicks to a peninsula that is still somehow without a movie theater. This year’s installment pays tribute to some trailblazing filmmakers who died this past year, via Jonas Mekas’s footage of Williamsburg in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’70s; D.A. Pennebaker’s 1953 tribute to the moribund Third Avenue elevated train, Daybreak Express; and Agnes Varda’s One Minute For One Image, in which the late Belgian artist and filmmaker discusses her favorite photographs. Needless to say, there will also be surfing footage and a couple of films about the New York waterfront: Nathan Kensinger’s Managed Retreat evocatively documents three local neighborhoods where residents are taking post-Sandy buyouts in order to cede the shore back to nature; Ben Mendelsohn’s As If Sand Were Stone shows how underwater dredging shapes the urban waterfront. Another standout documentary is Midnight Family, about a Mexico City family’s struggle to make it in the private ambulance business. And don’t miss the truly wacky Brazilian satirical film Diamantino, a hilarious, puppy-filled sendup of soccer culture and political corruption. Admission includes dinner at The Castle, a boutique hotel resembling a Tuscan villa.