Rising actor Dane DeHaan and director John Krokidas attended the Hamptons International Film Festival Thursday night to present their opening-night film, "Kill Your Darlings."
The movie has made headlines for a love scene between DeHaan, who plays Beat Generation insider Lucien Carr, and Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg.
DeHaan would rather see the movie make headlines for its depiction of restrictive social attitudes in the 1940s than for "a sex scene that happens to be with another man," he said. "I think this movie is saying, look how far we've come. And there's more work to do."
DeHaan, currently on-screen in the concert film "Metallica: Through The Never" and soon to appear as Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," is being touted by the Hamptons festival as one of its 10 Actors to Watch, along with Brie Larson, Scott Haze and David Oyelowo ("The Butler").
A more familiar actor, Huntington native Ralph Macchio, also showed up for the festival's opening night. Macchio has directed a short film, "Across Grace Alley," starring Marsha Mason, Karina Smirnoff, Macchio's onetime partner on "Dancing With the Stars," and Ben Hyland of Manhasset, who was in 2008's "Marley & Me."
"I'm born and raised on Long Island and it's my first time here," Macchio said of the festival. "We wanted to have our East Coast premiere here, so I'm pretty jazzed about that."
The festival, which is in its 21st year, continues through Monday, with other actors and filmmakers scheduled to appear in support of their latest films. Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor," will sit for a live interview Saturday. Bruce Dern and Will Forte, the stars of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," will speak Sunday. Ralph Fiennes, director of the Dickens-themed biographical film, "The Invisible Woman," is scheduled to attend, as is Alex Gibney, director of the Lance Armstrong documentary "The Armstrong Lie."