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NYAD opens the 31st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. 

October 6, 2023: The Hamptons International Film Festival opened their 31st Edition with the East Coast premiere of NYAD, a film about pushing boundaries. The true story about Diana Nyad and her best friend Bonnie stars Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. The film is based on actual events and is from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin.  NYAD making their narrative film debut with NYAD.  

Producer Andrew Lazar, Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Bonnie Stoll.

NYAD opens the 31st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. 

October 6, 2023: The Hamptons International Film Festival opened their 31st Edition with the East Coast premiere of NYAD, a film about pushing boundaries. The true story about Diana Nyad and her best friend Bonnie stars Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. The film is based on actual events and is from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin.  NYAD making their narrative film debut with NYAD.  

Artistic Director HIFF David Nugent and Executive Director HIFFAnne Chaisson.

A remarkable true story about tenacity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit, NYAD recounts a riveting chapter in the life of world-class athlete Diana Nyad. Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist, at the age of 60, Diana (played by four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening) becomes obsessed with completing an epic swim that always eluded her: the 110-mile trek from Cuba to Florida, often referred to as the “Mount Everest” of swims. Determined to become the first person to finish the swim without a shark cage, Diana goes on a thrilling, four-year journey with her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (played by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster) and a ragtag but dedicated sailing team. 

The inspirational and thrilling film marks the narrative directorial debut of Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo, The Rescue). NYAD is produced by Andrew Lazar, and Teddy Schwarzman, with a screenplay by Julia Cox, adapted from the memoir “Find a Way” by Diana Nyad.

Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, real-life subject from the film Bonnie Stoll, and Producer Andrew Lazar attended the screening and participated in Q&A afterwards. 

Photography: Barry Gordin

David Nugent, Andrew Lazar, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Bonnie Stoll and Anne Chaisson.
Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Randy Maestro (Chairman of the Board HIFF), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Bonnie Stoll, Andrew Lazar and Chairman HIFF Stewart Match Suna.
Executive Director HIFF Anne Chaisson on right
Victoria Schneps (Dans Papers)