We love the journey, more so because you have come along with us, many for the whole decade. Thank you for being part of our successful and growing film festival. We know that there is no festival without an audience, without eyes, ears and spirits attuned to life’s fascinating stories as told by talented documentary filmmakers. My personal thanks to the incredible HT2FF team for their energy and help; to Karen Arikian for her experience and talent for creative content; to our Advisory Board and Board members whose synergy combine to assure you a great festival experience. Let the celebrations begin.

Take 2: Hamptons International Documentary Film Festival

Today, the term “genius” is bandied about to describe pop stars, stand-up comedians, and even footballers. But Leonardo da Vinci earned the description, explains Walter Isaacson in his lavishly illustrated new biography of the great Italian artist. From iconic paintings—“Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”—to designs for flying machines and ground-breaking studies on optics and perspective, Leonardo fused science and art to create works that have become part of humanity’s story.

Leonardo Da Vinci: Genius For All Ages

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Though few have heard of her, Elizabeth Friedman, like Alan Turing, broke the Enigma codes to expose a notorious Nazi spy rings and the cryptology methods that she and her husband, William Friedman, developed became the foundation for the work of the National Security Agency (NSA).

This Woman Is The Most Famous WW2 Codebreaker You’ve Never ...

Though their order was dissolved more than 700 years ago, the Knights Templar have continued to cast a spell over the world. Terrorists and drug cartels evoke them. Dan Brown’s mega-bestseller The Da Vinci Code was partly inspired by one of the most famous Templar legends—that the Templars were the guardians of the Holy Grail. [Find out what the Templars had to do with Friday the 13th.]

The Amazing Story Of The Knights Templar

My interview with Jim Hawkins of BBC Radio Shropshire in which I talked about my childhood, connections to this part of the world, my travelling with National Geographic and lots more.

BBC Radio Shropshire “The Cool Seat”

As I was sorting through my mother’s possessions after her death in 2005, I found a battered, cardboard chocolate box at the bottom of her wardrobe. It was decorated with red roses and tied with a piece of red ribbon. Inside, I found bundles of faded love letters, tightly bound with string and fastened with tiny knots.

How A Chocolate Box Full Of Letters Inspired This Love ...

At a time when the science of global warming is under attack and many people complain of climate change fatigue, some cheering news occurred last month: A book about climate change became a New York Times bestseller in its first week of publication. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by environmentalist Paul Hawken, is the first environmental book to make such a splashy debut since Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe in 2006.

100 Solutions To Reverse Global Warming

Terms like “deviant” and “misfit” are normally freighted with negative connotations. But neuroscientist Beau Lotto explains in his new book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently, that it is our ability to defy conformity that has triggered nearly every advance in human progress. The next big innovation probably won’t be a new technology, he says, but a new way of seeing.

NG Book Talk Looks At Perception – And The Power ...

"I figured I was dead. I would just keep falling and never wake up." This is how John All, co-author of Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet, describes the moment after he plunged 70 feet into a crevasse in the Himalayas. Alone, and with a dislocated shoulder, he had to haul himself from ledge to ledge toward the surface, using only one arm.

Icefall! A Mountaineer On The Front Line Of Climate Change