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Hamptons Doc Fest Adds Last Fest Favorite, "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq"

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A film clip of Tanaquil Le Clercq from Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq. (Courtesy Photo)

Hamptons Doc Fest will feature one final Fest Favorite prior to the start of the 2020 iteration. Beginning the week of October 28, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq will be available to view via hamptonsdocfest.com.

"This will be the last Fest Favorite we are adding to the website," Hamptons Doc Fest founder and Executive Director Jacqui Lofaro announced. "Since the start of COVID closings in March, we are happy to have brought our doc fans 35 films online as a mid-week Wednesday treat during the past eight months through the end of October."

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is directed by Nancy Buirski and has a run time of 91 minutes. The screening includes the post-film interview with Buirski. The dramatic film is about a ballerina who inspired Jerome Robbins, a New York City Ballet choreographer and became George Balanchine, a New York City Ballet director and choreographer's muse and fourth wife. Unfortunately, in 1956, Tanaquil Le Clercq contracted polio at the age of 27 and never danced again.

"Many documentaries about ballet and its practitioners, even the very best, understandably appeal mainly to a core audience of dance aficionados. Nancy Buirski's mesmerizing, beautifully crafted Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq proves a striking exception to that rule. While it does profile the work of brilliant dancer, the film also contains two complex and moving love stories as well an account of a physically devastating tragedy followed by an extraordinary tale of struggle and survival," Roger Ebert stated about the film.

"Now we are shifting to preparations for our 13th annual Hamptons Doc Festival, which this year will be running for ten days, with 35 films offered virtually from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 13. Stay tuned for news of the festival in November," Lofaro noted.

Film tickets and festival passes will be on sale starting Monday, November 9 on the Hamptons Doc Fest's website.

Other Fest Favorite films available through the Hamptons Doc Fest with Q&As from the directors' appearances at the Hamptons Doc Fest film festival in previous years, are Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, The Biggest Little Farm, Three Identical Strangers, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Spielberg, Life, Animated, Very Semi-Serious, Free Solo, To a More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor, Marvin Booker Was Murdered, first-run documentary Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint, Dads, Pick of the Litter, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, first-run documentaries John Lewis: Good Trouble and Spaceship Earth, A Moment in Time: Hamptons Artists, What Happened, Miss Simone?, first-run documentaries The Fight and Denise Ho: Becoming the Song, Fest faves Mike Wallace Is Here, Merchants of Doubt, Driven To Abstraction, Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists, A Ballerina's Tale, For the Birds, a special screening of RBG in tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on September 18, and also King Bibi, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Command and Control and Imber's Left Hand.

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