HIFF SummerDocs
Backup singers shine in "20 Feet from Stardom."

Between beach time, workout time and, well, having a drink at Fresno time, it’s easy to forget that the East End has loads of cool cultural things to do. Case in point: The Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series.

Hosted by Hamptonite and serious patron of the arts Alec Baldwin, the annual event always brings in stellar Oscar-contending films. This year’s highlights includes 20 Feet from Stardom, a documentary about backup singers for some of the world’s most famous musicians, including Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger. One of the stars of the film, Darlene Love, will be at the screening on June 15 for a Q&A and performance.

To enlighten your next cocktail-party chitchat, check out Josh Fox’s Gasland Part II, a compelling follow-up to his Academy Award-nominated documentary, Gasland, about the perils of “fracking.” Baldwin, who spent the winter cutting his interview teeth on his own podcast, will lead a spirited post-movie discussion on July 5.

The venue, Guild Hall, doesn’t have a bar or a concession stand, so either bring a flask like a Hamptons hillbilly or keep it classy and carry on your intellectual discourse après movie in the lounge at the Scandinavian-chic C/O The Maidstone across the street.

Tickets are $22. 158 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-0806 or guildhall.org

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