By Elsa Court
Since 1993, the Hamptons International Film Festival has brought independent cinema to Long Island’s sophisticated seaside enclave.
Locals can enjoy the festival’s year-round screenings and workshops, as well as a cluster of historic cinema venues, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was saved from fire in 2016 and has since won a $1.4m grant for its reconstruction. Plans include a new Cinema Arts Center with two theatres and a screening room, while maintaining the existing building’s original facade.
Each October the festival culminates in a five-day screening event, attracting some 18,000 attendees to East Hampton.
Kilkare, Wainscott, NY
Built in 1877 by ship carpenters, this restored oceanfront villa overlooking the Georgica Pond featured in Michel Gondry’s 2004 sci-fi drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Built on a 3.4 acre plot, the three-storey house has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, wraparound porches, and a private walkway to the beach.
Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for $45m
Water Mill, NY
Built on top of a dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Mecox Bay, this waterfront cottage was formerly owned by film director Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and swimming pool as well as a private walkway to the beach.
Available through Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales for $11.995m
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