Stevie Nicks, Melissa Leo close out Hamptons film fest
Stevie Nicks and Melissa Leo helped wrap up the last big day of the 20th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which included an awards ceremony for the winning films and a screening of David Chase's "Not Fade Away," the closing night film.
Sunday was a day to see a platinum-selling singer and an Oscar-winning star in action. Nicks, whose self-produced documentary, "In Your Dreams," had its world premiere here, spoke at Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theater and thrilled the audience with an impromptu medley of several songs, including 1981's "Bella Donna."
At East Hampton's Presbyterian Church, Leo read scenes from a screenplay titled "The Buck Decision," playing the part of a poor Virginia woman. Her fellow actors included Michael Stuhlbarg ("Men in Black 3") and veteran character actor Harris Yulin.
Alan Cumming hosted the Golden Starfish awards at East Hampton's Guild Hall, where David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper as a bipolar man, won the Audience Award for best feature. "No Place on Earth," about a Jewish family that lived in a cave to survive World War II, won the Audience Award for best documentary.
Trudie Styler, the wife of Sting and a festival juror, helped present the juried awards. Two films won for best narrative, "Kuma," about a Turkish family living in modern Vienna, and the WWII drama "Lore," which also won the Kodak award for cinematography. "Colombianos," about a college student helping his brother kick a drug habit, won for best documentary.
The festival continues Monday with screenings of the winning films.