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To say that this summer has been nuts would be an understatement. From everyone in the Hamptons trying to do everything immediately, to our actual jobs also featuring an absolute crush of activity, it’s been hard to find a free moment to get out there and enjoy things like the Montauk Film Festival. The organizers were so kind as to grace us with press passes, and we were pumped to check out what proved to be an absolutely fire collection of shorts and features. On the last night of screenings, 30 July 2022, we finally made it out and got to experience the festival for ourselves on the grounds of the lovely Hero Beach hotel in Montauk.

Drinks came first, of course. A cute bar cart setup by Montaukila dispensed margaritas, palomas, and a few other tequila-based cocktails. Shots were available, but who are we kidding, there wouldn’t have been a recap if we went in on those. We put down a marg and a paloma and headed for the table set up by JuneShine, which offered more than the hard kombucha the brand is known for. A rum mai tai and passionfruit vodka soda later (canned, and each at around 10% ABV), we were good to go. 

The night’s screenings featured a short on the work of A Walk On Water, a charitable organization using surfing as a means of therapy for children, and a film about Ben Gravyy getting sober and trying to surf in all 50 states (For The Dream). The films were poignant in their own ways, and, from looking around the audience, definitely struck chords with most all those in attendance.

Capping off the night was a shockingly good mezcal cocktail from Dos Hombres, a brand with which we were previously unfamiliar. (Look for us potentially collaborating with them on some of our own content in the future.) 

In all, the event was one night of what was surely an entire week’s worth of magic made in Montauk. We can’t wait for next year.

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