EXCLUSIVE: The Jackson Hole International Film Festival will debut December 8 to 10 in Jackson, WY, via a new partnership with the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The mountain town is a longtime destination for vacationers and outdoor sports enthusiasts and also home, at least seasonally, to a number of film industry figures. Among the latter is local resident Stuart Suna, former owner of New York production mainstay Silvercup Studios, co-founder of the Hamptons fest and founder of the new event in Jackson.
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The inaugural outing will feature eight narrative and documentary features, all selected by Hamptons Artistic Director David Nugent. The opening film is I‘ll Be Right There, a comedy starring Edie Falco, Jeannie Berlin, Kayli Carter, Charlie Tahan and Bradley Whitford and exec produced by Falco and Jessie Eisenberg. It world premiered last month in the Hamptons.
“A film festival is a great way to stimulate artistic imagination and contribute to the culture of the community,” Suna said. “I can’t think of a better way to start this now annual event than with Brendan Walsh’s moving I’ll Be Right There.”
Other films on the docket include American Fiction, A Great Divide, Society of the Snow, Trees & Other Entanglements, Avenue of the Giants, The Taste of Things and They Called Him Mostly Harmless. Films will be screened at The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Jackson Hole International Film Festival on their inaugural festival. The expansion of the HamptonsFilm footprint partnering with a like-minded resort community has been a dream for many years,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
“As we embark on our inaugural three-day event, our hope is to
Hussain Currimbhoy is the new Artistic Director at Toronto’s Hot Docs.
The filmmaker takes the helm from Shane Smith, who left in June. Currimbhoy will begin his role immediately. He’ll lead programming for the upcoming 2024 Hot Docs Festival, held between April 25-May 5 in Canada next year.
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The job also gives him responsibility for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Docs for Schools, the organization’s national educational program.
Currimbhoy was born in Toronto and has worked as a film producer, director and film curator since 2002. He was executive producer on feature documentaries such as And, Towards Happy Alleys, Praying For Armageddon, Tomorrow’s Freedom and The Beloved and was the CMP’s Director of Investment and Global Strategy.
As a film programer he has worked for the likes of Sundance Film Festival, Sheffield DocFest, Melbourne International Film Festival, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, Doc 10 and the Red Sea International Film Festival. This year he created and launched the Gåsebäck Film Festival, an independent film event in Helsingborg, Sweden dedicated to showcasing international cinema, regional short films and filmmaker masterclasses.
“It is an absolute honour to take up this position with one of my favourite film festivals, and in my hometown, no less,” said Currimbhoy. “I must paraphrase poet and author Mahmoud Darwish to sum up how I feel about delivering a new vision for Hot Docs: ‘When you see something beautiful, it breaks walls down.’ Together with Hot Docs’ world-renowned programming team and a lot of bonhomie, we will do just that. Our aim is to deepen our Festival and year-round programming to provide even more opportunities for our audiences to engage with the best of documentary film in all its forms.