Going To The Hamptons This Weekend?

With just one month to go before the finale of the 2010 Midterm Elections, SnagFilms announced that it will offer a series of fifteen thought-provoking, issues-based documentaries to voters in blue states, red states and all those purple states in between.

“SnagFilms’ Midterm Madness” Festival begins today, October 6 and will run until November 2, offering viewers free streaming of hundreds of films addressing the hot button topics of the midterm election, including more than 15 new films, several of them available online for the very first time. Each film may be “snagged” and shared anywhere on the web.

Each film will address an election theme or an issue relevant to voters. The line-up has been chosen to appeal to voters across the political spectrum and provide viewers with a way to cut through the political clutter to gain a deeper understanding of the issues important to them. “Americans have had it with soundbites and attack ads,” said SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. “They want thoughtful perspectives on tough issues, and they’ll get it from these noted films in our huge library. Before you go into the voting booth alone, watch these films with friends, on every topic you’re passionate about.”

“We are always looking for unique partners, and during this midterm election year what better partner than SnagFilms and documentaries about the election, says Director of Programming for Hamptons International Film Festival, David Nugent. From the screening booth to the voting booth, it is a great way to see how films can influence no only public policy, but the world we live in.”

The virtual theaters of the “SnagFilms’ Midterm Madness Festival” will be complemented by screenings in Long Island theaters beginning tomorrow, with the commencement of the Hamptons International Film Festival (October 7-11). The Festival will screen five new documentaries on issues that will play a key role at the voting booth: WELCOME TO SHELBYVILLE (dir. Kim Snyder, World Premiere), COOL IT (dir. Ondi Timoner, US Premiere), ON COAL RIVER (dir. Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, New York Premiere), NO TOMORROW (dir. Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth), and CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER (dir. Alex Gibney). The festival’s “Midterm Madness” centerpiece film will be Davis Guggenheim’s WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, with an extended Q&A with the filmmaker at the festival on Saturday, October 9.

The Hamptons will host a panel discussion about political documentary filmmaking, featuring the directors with films in the Midterm Madness sidebar on Friday, October 8 at 4:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church Session House in East Hampton.

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