Hamptons Director Steps Down; “The Hobbit” Soundtrack

Posted by Anna Husted on 11.15.2012


David Nugent, Stuart Match Suna, Rose Kuo, and Karen Arikian

Hamptons' Arikian to depart 
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced Tuesday that executive director Karen Arikian will step down at the end of November to pursue other opportunities. Arikian has been the Hamptons International Film Festival executive director for five years.

"I have been very fortunate to have led this wonderful organization since 2008," said Arikian, "and I leave knowing that the Festival is stronger than ever, having just completed its 20th Anniversary edition."

"Karen has successfully led us through five outstanding festivals, and we are grateful for her many contributions, which have helped make the Festival one of the foremost celebrations of independent film in this country," said Stuart Match Suna, Chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival Board of Directors.

Arikian will continue to be the U.S./East Coast Delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival and U.S. Consultant for European Film Promotion.

The Hobbit soundtrack goes viral
Composer Howard Shore returns to score Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. What was a sneak preview on Monday of Crowded House member Neil Finn's work on "The Song Of The Lonely Mountain" became a full unveiling Tuesday.

For the full track list check out Indiewire. For the full soundtrack (without track-breaks) head to Empire. The soundtrack will be available to purchase December 11 and the movie hits theaters worldwide December 14.


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