‘Last Days in Vietnam,’ ‘The Overnighters’ Added to HIFF SummerDocs Schedule

"The Overnighters."
“The Overnighters.” Credit: jessemoss.com/The-Overnighters

The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced that Rory Kennedy’s Last Days in Vietnam and Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters will be the last two films in the SummerDocs screening series.

Last Days in Vietnam will be shown on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m., while The Overnighters will be screened on Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.

“Rory Kennedy and Jesse Moss are both filmmakers whose work we’ve had the privilege of screening in the past, and we’re delighted to present their latest work,” Hamptons International Film Festival artistic director David Nugent said.

Alec Baldwin will moderate both post-screening conversations, which take place at East Hampton’s Guild Hall.

In Last Days in Vietnam, Kennedy depicts the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as communist victory became inevitable. The movie explores the American soldiers who engaged in unsanctioned, makeshift operations to save South Vietnamese. The film will open in New York theaters on September 5 with a national rollout to follow.

The Overnighters is a feature documentary directed by Jesse Moss that explores the story of the thousands of people who migrated to Williston, North Dakota to find work after hydraulic fracturing in the region unlocked a vast oil field. Night after night, many of these “overnighters”—struggling to find work and housing—turned to a local church for shelter after the pastor converted the space into a makeshift dorm and counseling center. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, were it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking.

“From Kennedy’s moving chronicle of a pivotal moment in our country’s foreign policy to Jesse’s examination of some unexpected results of the new economy, both filmmakers are in top form,” series presenter Alec Baldwin said of the two final films.

The next installment in the SummerDocs series, a screening of Al Hicks’ Keep On Keepin’ On, will take place on Friday, July 25, at 7:30.

Tickets for the screenings are available for purchase at guildhall.org or at the Guild Hall box office. Admission is $23.

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