One of the highlights of this year's Hamptons Film Festival was the "Rising Stars" program and its focus on emerging talent. According to festival organizers, "The Rising Stars program is the first major U.S. film festival program to focus on the generous and creative expression that emerging actors bring to the production of independent film." These "Rising Stars" were guests of honor at a succession of luncheons, parties, receptions, roundtables, and personal appearances. They included Carmen Chaplin (Day on Fire), Matt Davis (Mentor), Dagmara Dominczyk (Mentor), Noah Fleiss (Day on Fire), Mido Hamada (The Situation), Sandra Hueller (Requiem), Robert Altman, and Ellen Burstyn.

Among other honors, this group was chosen to be presenters at the Golden Starfish Awards, Saturday night at Guild Hall. This star-studded event was only open to filmmakers and their "posses," as characterized by host Bob Balaban. I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with them at several of the above events, and was seated next to Noah Fleiss at the Awards ceremony. Noah couldn't have been a nicer guy -- gracious, down-to-earth, and lighthearted. Here are a couple of pictures from the show.

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MC Bob Balaban, Noah Fleiss and me (grainy indie look and normal)


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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