Fond Group Launches Air, Land & Sea Special Section at Hamptons International Film Festival
Water has always been the element of emotion, and for those on the East End of Long Island it represents everything from sports to commercial fishing to drinking water to moving meditation. This rich and valued relationship inspired Nicole Delma of the Fond Group to create a new section called Air, Land & Sea for the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) which runs from October 6th through October 10th, 2016. The goal is to tap into film as a story telling method to generate awareness around manmade environmental issues and allow filmmakers and experts to share information and discuss solutions to these local and global problems.
“I was inspired when Leonardo DiCaprio used his winning speech at the Academy Awards to express his concern over the environment,” says Delma. “I recognized the power of film for this message, and I approached the Hamptons International Film Festival to create a new category to open the discussion on this important topic. I was so pleased that they immediately embraced the concept and launched Air, Land and Sea this year.”
The Air, Land and Sea program will include a screening of Emmy-nominated director Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld’s SONIC SEA, which focuses on protecting aquatic wildlife from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution, narrated by Rachel McAdams. The screening on Sat. Oct. 8 at 2:15 will be followed by a panel discussion led by Delma with award winning journalist and filmmaker Daniel Hinerfeld and Alison Chase of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
DiCaprio’s documentary on climate change with Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens BEFORE THE FLOOD will also be in this section in the HIFF 2016 lineup.
Festival 2016 Career Achievement Award honoree Edward Norton is lending his personal support with an amazing raffle on CrowdRise, the social fundraising platform he founded. The lucky winner will get to hang 10 with Edward Norton and surfer Takuji Masuda as well as have dinner with Alec Baldwin at the awards dinner honoring Norton. The money raised will fund HIFF’s Jr. Educational Programs as well as the Surfrider Foundation.
The Air, Land and Sea program also includes THE BLOOP, the short documentary by Cara Cusumano about the mystery of the loudest underwater sound ever recorded and THE PROPHET OF PLAS-TEEK, the narrative short from Joshua Cohen which tells the satirical tale of a prophetic hermit who dedicates his life to worshiping the plastic deities he collects from Montauks’ hidden coves. Director Joshua Cohen and Scott Bluedorn, the star and co-creator will be in attendance.
Nicole Delma created the Fond Group to motivate businesses to do work that mattered. A successful marketer with large companies including J.Crew, Getty Images and Conde Nast, she wanted to bring together brands and publishers and causes where for profit and not for profits engage in unique projects to raise awareness. A matchmaker of consciousness, she is tapped into important foundations, top brands, and philanthropy. “I was reaching a hundred million people on a daily basis,” says Delma, “And it occurred to me that I could influence that message to be something more meaningful. I could move people to give, volunteer or take action rather than just pushing them to shop.” Delma recently executive produced INTO THE SEA for the Surfrider Foundation directed by Mikey DeTemple with a voice over by John Slattery. Nicole lives in Sag Harbor with her family and is also a surfer, tightly tied to the community and the environmental issues which affect people here on a daily basis. Nicole and her fiancé, Jesse Spooner, co Vice Chair the local Surfrider Foundation chapter as well as host its annual Surf Movie Night Fundraiser each summer at Guild Hall.
For tickets and info on HIFF 2016 www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
HipHamptons Tip: Remember that films “ON RUSH” are not sold out – most will release tickets just before the screening so it’s worth it to wait on the rush line if there is something you really want to see.