Dennis Quaid made an appearance at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Thursday in support of the opening-night film, "Truth."
Directed by James Vanderbilt, "Truth" recounts the politically charged aftermath of Dan Rather's botched "60 Minutes" report on President George W. Bush's military service during Vietnam. Robert Redford plays Rather and Cate Blanchett plays his producer, Mary Mapes, on whose book the film is based. Quaid plays Lt. Col. Roger Charles, part of Rather's investigative team.
Quaid says the film recounts an important story "that kind of went by at the time, and I think that's the way the powers that be wanted it to go down. But it's back. In the end, this is Mary Mapes' and Dan Rather's day in court."
Vanderbilt also attended the screening.
Chef Bobby Flay and the actors Josh Charles and Blythe Danner also turned out to see the film.
On Saturday, Rather may tell his version of events during a live interview as part of the festival's popular series "A Conversation With . . . "
"Truth" isn't the only film at the festival to touch on topics that have been in the news. "Spotlight," Saturday's centerpiece film, focuses on The Boston Globe journalists (played by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and others) who broke the story of the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandal. Michael Moore's new film, "Where to Invade Next," which compares America's socio-economic policies to those of foreign countries, will also screen at the festival. Moore will speak before a live audience as well.
The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival continues through Monday.