If You're In New York...

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), working in association with Guild Hall, concludes it’s three-part “Summer Docs” series with a screening of The Last Play at Shea. The film will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, September 4th at 8:00pm

Returning “SummerDocs” host Alec Baldwin will introduce the film and participate in a question and answer session with music legend Billy Joel immediately following a screening of the film.

“What a great way to celebrate the last in the “SummerDocs” series with a film about a Long Island native Billy Joel and the New York Mets” says Hamptons International Film Festival Executive Director Karen Arikian. “The second year of this series proved a huge success and we are looking forward to this years’ film festival to continue to bring the community great films.” Director of Programming, David Nugent, adds “We are thrilled to have the music legend Billy Joel participate in our program and discuss his history with Shea Stadium.”

The intersecting histories of a landmark stadium, a volatile baseball team, and a music legend are examined in a film that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel. Directed by Paul Crowder, the film is set against the backdrop of New York City, early 60s to present, and the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concerts in 2008. The Last Play At Shea, weaves interviews with players and performers with exclusive concert footage—featuring special guests Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey, among others. Long time Joel friend and former band mate, Jon Small, directed the concert footage, filmed at each of Joel’s sold out Shea Stadium Shows. The shows staged on July 16 and July 18, 2008, before a combined 110,000 fans, were the last performances ever to play the historic stadium. Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair produce The Last Play At Shea, in conjunction with Billy Joel’s Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films.

HIFF greatly appreciates the continued support from their corporate sponsors, which include Altour International, American Airlines, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, RoC and Silvercup Studios.

Tickets for the screening are available purchase at www.guildhall.org or at the Guild Hall Box Office.

The 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will now take place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 7th – 11th.

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