Barry Sonnenfeld To Lead Kodak-sponsored Master Class at Hamptons Film Festival

ROCHESTER, NY, October 7, 2009-Kodak will provide a unique addition to the 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival this year - a Master Class with Barry Sonnenfeld. Sponsored by Kodak, this hour-long event will feature film clips, trade secrets, and behind-the-scenes stories from the celebrated Hollywood producer-director whose film credits include The Addams Family, Get Shorty and Men in Black.

The event will be held at noon on Saturday, October 10, at the United Artists 6 cinema at 30 Main Street in East Hampton, N.Y. It is free and open to the public. Moderating the event will be David Schwartz, chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image.

"Although Barry Sonnenfeld has achieved acclaim for his directorial efforts, he began his career as a cinematographer," says Anne Hubbell, regional account manager of feature filmsfor Kodak's Entertainment Imaging unit. "He was director of photography for a diverse slate of movies including Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Big, When Harry Met Sally, Misery and Throw Momma From the Train.  You can just imagine the stories he has to tell."

Kodak is also a sponsor of the festival itself, founded to celebrate independent film - long, short, and documentary. Traditionally held for five days in mid-October, the festival typically shows more than 100 movies from 20 countries around the world. In addition to well-attended screenings, the program includes special recognition for emerging acting talent, as well as question-and-answer sessions with legendary filmmakers.

"There is an eclectic atmosphere to this festival that feels fresh and different every year," adds Hubbell. "Between the unique events and the diverse screenings, this is a festival that entertains, educates, inspires, and enlightens in a way that only films and filmmakers can. Kodak is pleased to sponsor Barry Sonnenfeld's Master Class as a key part of the festival's program."

The 17th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 8-12 in theatre venues from Montauk to Southampton. It is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors. "When that many people who love film come together," says Hubbell, "it's only natural for Kodak to be involved."

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