A still from "The Messenger," a documentary to be screened at the April 17 Spring Docs Day
A still from “The Messenger,” a documentary to be screened at the April 17 Spring Docs Day

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival is presenting a special “Spring Docs Day,” comprised of three compelling, animal-related films and a day-long silent auction on Sunday, April 17 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m.

“Spring Docs Day celebrates the joy of spring and all living things, spotlighting our most beloved companions, be they cats, dogs, birds or horses,”  says HT2FF founder and executive director Jacqui Lofaro.

On the Red Carpet
On the Red Carpet

At 1 p.m. “The Internet Cat Video Festival” (65 min.) will feature the best of humorous cat cuteness on the Internet, from the Minneapolis Walker Art Center’s hugely-successful annual program for “feline fanatics” that drew 13,000 people to its outdoor screening space last summer. This selection of videos is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the “Henri Le Chat Noir” videos.

At 3 p.m., the festival will screen “The Champions” (90 min.) by Darcy Dennett, an inspirational story about pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. Ms. Dennett’s two-hour National Geographic special on this subject was its highest-rated, second-season premiere, garnering 4.3 million viewers.

At 5:30 p.m., the festival will screen “The Messenger” (89 min.) by Su Rynard. The film is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of imperiled song birds, including orioles, swallows, tanagers, thrashers, warblers and many other winged music-makers around the globe.

A still from "The Champions"
A still from “The Champions”

In conjunction with the screening of these three films, there will be a day-long silent auction in the theater lobby of animal-related items, gifts from local merchants, gift certificates to East End businesses and restaurants, tickets to the Hampton Classic Horse Show, and more.

Spring Docs Day is being co-presented with the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, based in East Quogue; the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) in Wainscott; the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation; the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) in Bridgehampton; the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt in Bridgehampton; and Tracie Hotchner, pet wellness advocate, NPR pet radio host, and founder of the Dog Film Festival, which was launched October 2015 in New York City.

Jane Gill of Saunders & Associates is sponsoring the event.

Admission is $10 per film for children under 12, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (no online sales), and $35 for an all-day pass for all three films.

Tickets are available online at ht2ff.com, by phone at Bay Street Theater, 631.725.9500, or at the door of the Bay Street Theater, at the corner of Bay & Main Streets.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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