In celebration of HIFF's 25th Anniversary, we present The Cove as a part of the 25 Years: 25 Films Series. HIFF’s first SummerDoc film and eventual Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, is an astounding piece of investigative journalism with the heart of an action thriller. Led by Louie Psihoyos, leader of the Ocean Preservation Society, and Richard O'Barry, an internationally recognized authority on dolphin training who is best known for his work on the1960's TV show "Flipper," the film follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras, Louie Psihoyos brings confidence and precision to his insider's account of this life-or-death covert operation as the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.