In The Hamptons, Toasting “The Mischievous Pope of Independent Cinema”
Ben Barenholtz, who effectively invented the midnight movie when he began showing late night films—like Lynch’s “Eraserhead”—at his Elgin Theater in Manhattan forty years ago, was toasted and roasted by a host of famous faces at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
“All of us are here because of the way you’ve changed our lives with your vision of independent film,” praised Marcia Gay Harden, who served as a the M.C. for the Montauk salute to Barenholtz. She got a big break in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Miller’s Crossing” twenty years ago. It was one of a number of early Coen films that Barenholtz backed after supporting their first feature, “Blood Simple” in 1984.