Join us for a series of free, weekly live conversations via Zoom with special guests, most inspired by selections from our Virtual Cinema, and moderated by SHC’s artistic director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan. The virtual format we are bound to at the moment poses no geographical restrictions so for the next several weeks we will be bringing to Sag Harbor artists from Italy, France, Mexico, and California.

This Weekend's Conversations

Saturday, March 6th at 4:30pm ET

Conversation with Michael Schultz

(director of Car Wash, Cooley High, The Last Dragon, Krush Groove, and Greased Lightning and many more)

Sag Harbor Cinema welcomes prolific and award-winning filmmaking Michael Schultz to discuss his tremendous career in film, television, and theatre spanning nearly 60 years. He has directed more than a dozen hit feature films (Car Wash, Cooley High, The Last Dragon, Krush Groove, and Greased Lightning) and worked on over 40 television series. And SHC welcomes Schultz just days before he starts yet another production!

Sunday, March 7th at 4:30pm ET

Conversation with Ramin Bahrani

(director of The White Tiger)


Join us for a special conversation with Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, 99 Homes), director of the worldwide sensation The White Tiger. Adapted from Aravin Adiga’s best selling novel, starring Indian superstar Pryianka Chopra and hailed newcomer Adarsh Gourav,  the film follows Balram, an ambitious young driver for a rich Indian family who uses his wit and cunning to escape poverty. The White Tiger is available to watch on Netflix. 

Upcoming Conversations

Sunday, March 14th at 5:00pm ET

Conversation with Elizabeth Lo

(director of Stray)


Sag Harbor Cinema invites award winning director Elizabeth Lo to discuss her new film Stray. Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, the film explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. Stray will be available in the SHC virtual cinema on March 5th. 

Co-presented with ARF

Previous Conversations

Sunday, January 24th at 4.30pm
Conversation with Gianfranco Rosi

(director of Notturno, Fire at Sea)

Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, Venice Golden Lion Winner; Fire at Sea, Berlin Golden Bear winner and Oscar nominee) constructs a sublime cinematic journey through the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, finding peace and light within the chaos and despair in the aftermath of war.


Notturno is available in our virtual cinema starting January 22nd. Watch the trailer.

Sunday, January 31st at 4:30pm
Conversation with Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero

(director and producer/co-writer of Identifying Features)



Valadez’s poetic thriller centers around Magdalena, a mother in Guanajuato on a desperate mission to find out what happened to her son after he disappears crossing the U.S. border.


Valadez began developing the story for Identifying Features in 2012 in the wake of mass violence, disappearances, and killings in Mexico: “I found the story I wanted to tell in the travelers and immigrants vanishing by the day, and in the families that look for them in the mass graves where corpses appear by the hundreds."


Valadez’s debut feature has garnered international acclaim and attention, Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience, Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the 2021 Gotham Award for Best International Feature. 

Identifying Features is available to watch in our Virtual Cinema Friday, January 29th. 

Saturday, February 6th at 4:30pm
Conversation with Pietro Marcello

(director of Martin Eden, The Mouth of the Wolf)


Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in an unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. “A movie that arrives like a bolt out of the blue, bursting with ideas, not unlike its hero.” - J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books

Marcello will also discuss his haunting debut The Mouth of the Wolf. The film interweaves two love stories: the 20-year romance between a Sicilian tough guy and a transsexual former junkie, and a poetic reverie of the Italian port town of Genoa, depicted in all its mysterious, fading glory.


Martin Eden and The Mouth of the Wolf is available to watch in our Virtual Cinema for one week only starting Friday, February 5th!

Sunday, February 14th at 4:30pm
Conversation with John Powers

(critic at large for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and co-author, with Wong Kar Wai, of WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai; Rizzoli, 2016)

Discussing the work of director Wong Kar Wai.

“There are many good filmmakers in the world but only a handful – including Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch, Abbas Kiarostami, and Hou Hsiao-hsien possess a sensibility so strong that their name immediately conjures up a whole way of seeing. Wong Kar Wai belongs to that rarefied company. One can instantly recognize his films by their rootless heroes grappling with love and loneliness, their ticking clocks and restless bodies, their refracted, fashion-shoot surfaces and deep-seated melancholy, their warping of genres and blurring of the line between reality and dream. All this led Time’s estimable Richard Corliss to anoint Wong 'the most romantic filmmaker in the world.'" - John Powers

The World of Wong Kar Wai retrospective is now playing in our virtual cinema. Stream the films here

Sunday, February 21st at 4:30pm
Conversation with Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

(directors of Bacurau)

In collaboration with Cinema Tropical

With a story as stunningly told as it is shot, Bacurau is one of the most unique, genre-bending, weird western, political thrillers of all time. It was the recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and included in NYFF, TIFF, and dozens of other festivals. Former President Obama included Bacurau on his list of favorite films of 2020.

Bacurau and Menconça's other classic Neighbouring Sounds is available to watch in the SHC virtual cinema starting Friday, February 19th. 

Sunday, February 28th at 4:30pm
Conversation with Graham Leader

(producer of Heartworn Highways)

Producer Graham Leader joins Sag Harbor Cinema to discuss his newly-restored documentary Heartworn Highways. The film includes rarely-captured performances of the outlaw musicians as they perfected their style and changed the course of country music history forever.


Heartworn Highways will be available in the SHC virtual cinema on February 26th.

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