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In The Hamptons, Toasting “The Mischievous Pope of Independent Cinema”

12 October 2010

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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.

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