Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville‘s political debate film Best of Enemies and Stevan Riley’s Marlon Brando doc Listen to Me Marlon (pictured) are heading to the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) as part of its seventh annual SummerDocs series.
Best of Enemies, which has been making its way through the festival circuit, is set to kick off the SummerDocs series on July 11. The film – which will be released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures on July 31 – focuses on the heated political debates, televised on ABC, between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. Radio host and author Kurt Andersen is set to host a Q&A with the film’s directors following the screening.
Listen to Me Marlon, which will enjoy a theatrical release under the Showtime Documentary Films banner, will screen in the SummerDocs series on August 1. The doc showcases actor Marlon Brando discussing his craft and personal life through previously unheard audio tape recordings .
Finally, having bowed at SXSW where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Documentary Audience Award, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson‘s Peace Officer is set to close the series on August 28. The film explores the militarized state of American police while focusing on the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his state’s first SWAT team, and whose son-in-law was killed in a stand-off 30 years later by the unit he instituted.
Following each August screening, actor Alec Baldwin – who co-curates the series with artistic director David Nugent – will lead a discussion panel with the respective directors.
The three documentaries will screen ahead of HIFF, which takes place October 8 to 12.
A number of past SummerDocs selections have gone on to win industry acclaim and recognition from the Academy Awards, including Twenty Feet From Stardom, Last Days in Vietnam, The Cove, Searching for Sugar Man and How to Survive a Plague.
“We have a provocative and engaging slate for our seventh year that truly exemplifies the high caliber filmmaking that we value at HIFF,” said series artistic director David Nugent in a statement. “The SummerDocs series continues to be a highly anticipated mainstay of our programming initiatives, screening award-winning documentaries each year to our audience.”
(With files from Manori Ravindran)