Sharon Stone To Mentor at Hamptons Film Festival

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Sharon Stone To Appear at 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

Now that we’re slowly starting to accept that summer is officially over, at least according to the calendar, we’re ready to look forward and start planning our schedules for the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. And what a schedule it’s going to be! This year’s line-up of films and stars is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Sharon Stone has already been confirmed as one of the A-List guests that will be attending this year’s festival. Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will be her first stop where she’ll be the guest of honor in the festival’s long running series, “A Conversation With…” on October 11th. HIFF’s highly praised Breakthrough Performers Program will also welcome Stone as this year’s mentor, an honor that the actress and activist was grateful to accept. “This is a great tradition,” Stone said of the program, “and I am humbled to be in the company of those who have mentored in the program before me, like Robert Altman and Gena Rowlands.”

In other film fest news...

We’ve learned that Terry Gilliam's “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” featuring the final performance of the late Heath Ledger, will have its U.S. premiere at the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. This highly anticipated film will close out the festival on October 11th. (Good luck getting tickets to that!)

Before Ledger’s untimely death on January 22nd, he had only finished shooting the “real world” scenes in Gilliam's fantasy film. To save the movie and honor the work that Ledger had already completed, Gilliam turned to Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell. Since Ledger’s character travels through different worlds, the story allowed for each actor to assume the same role -- each being featured in a “different world.”

Shana Feste’s debut feature, “The Greatest” will open this year's festival on October 8th. The emotional film, which stars Susan Sarandon and Pierce Bronson was a featured film at Sundance 2009 and has garnered critical acclaim for it’s “moving, intelligent exploration of pain and grieving.”

This year’s centerpiece film will be Brian Koppelman and David Levien's “Solitary Man,” starring Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg and Jenna Fischer. Solitary Man will be screened on October 10th.

The 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will run from October 8th to the 12th. We'll see you there!

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