Amagansett actor Alec Baldwin has been elected as co-chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) Board of Directors, along with attorney Randy Mastro, according to an announcement released by HIFF on Monday.
The pair replaces Stuart Match Suna, a founder of the Festival in 1992, who will step down from his chairman position after 18 years, though he will continue to support HIFF as Chair Emeritus. Baldwin and Mastro will begin their tenure following this year’s 23rd annual festival.
“Stuart Match Suna has had a clear vision for HIFF ever since its inception, and I feel very privileged to have been part of such a passionate team,” Baldwin, a longtime supporter of the Festival, said. “I’m thrilled to continue with the Festival as we look to lay the ground for many more exciting years ahead.”
“This is an important and innovative Festival that brings outstanding programs and events year round to the Hamptons,” Mastro said. “I’m honored to be serving with Alec and expand what Stuart Match Suna has already successfully done with HIFF.”
“Both Alec and Randy have been instrumental to the Festival over the past decade, and I’m very pleased to see them taking on these positions,” said Suna. “I’m incredibly grateful for the past 18 years having served as Chairman and seeing the Festival grow since its inauguration. It’s an honor to have such varied talents as Alec and Randy elected to lead HIFF.”
Baldwin has been a HIFF board member for the past decade. He has also been producing its SummerDocs series for the past seven years. Baldwin has appeared in over 50 films and has been a major supporter of East End cultural institutions, both financially and with his valuable time.
Mastro, who has been on HIFF’s board for the past nine years, is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and co-chair of that firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He routinely ranks among the nation’s leading litigators and trial lawyers in surveys of corporate counsel and other practitioners. Previously, Mastro served as Deputy Mayor of New York City and as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mastro graduated cum laude from Yale College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and previously taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.
The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 8–12, 2015. Founders Passes go on sale August 17 and other passes September 8. The box office will open on September 26 in NYC, East Hampton and Southampton. Visit hamptonsfilmfest.org for more info.