A provocative film exploration of the diverse and enduring ideas that have shaped our country and its people, transcend our current political climate, and continue to inspire us today. Each screening was followed by in-depth audience discussion with a director, writer or artist associated with the film.
American Values was being presented at partner-venues across the East End while we worked to rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema. It was the inaugural program of the new Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center.
Artists Love Movies
Inspired by the rich tradition of artists that defines the East End and by the fascinating, ever growing relation between film and visual arts.
A conversation with each featured guest followed the screening.
An adventurous mix of new releases, classics, documentaries and rarely seen subversive comedies, which speak in a variety of ways and styles to our present political and cultural time. Each screening was followed by a conversation with a featured filmmaker or writer.
THE TREE PROPHET
Directed by Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider
A film celebrating David Milarch's moonshot mission to reverse climate change by cloning and replanting ancient trees all over the world. This radical look at a visionary, his inspiration and his goal is other-worldly, inspiring and timely — and not quite like anything you’ve ever seen.
To add to the magic, the film was screened inside the beautiful sanctuary of the Christ Episcopal Church of Sag Harbor. Following the film, renowned science author Carl Safina moderated a brief panel with the filmmakers on ancient trees and the future of climate change.
After the screening came a cocktails & hors d’oeuvres reception, catered by Art of Eating, at the historic home of Bob Weinstein and Eric Hensley.
December 30, 2017
RETURN TO MONTAUK
Directed by Volker Schlondorff
From the director of the Academy Award Winning film
THE TIN DRUM, comes Volker Schlondorff's latest movie, RETURN TO MONTAUK. Released in Europe in 2017, this screening was the first theatrical premiere in the US.
RETURN TO MONTAUK stars Stellan Skarsgard as Max Zorn (Breaking the Waves, Hunt for Red October, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Thor) and Nina Hoss as Rebecca (Something to Remind Me, Yella, and A Woman in Berlin, about whom The New York Times wrote, “[Hoss] is an actress of haunting subtlety.”
The screening was followed by a reception at The Maidstone.
October 13, 2018
PETER, PAUL & MARY AT NEWPORT, 1963-65
Directed by Murray Lerner
PETER, PAUL & MARY AT NEWPORT, 1963-65 was a SNEAK PREVIEW shown thanks to Executive Producer Joe Lauro. Done for PBS, the film has rare footage and will be premiered on PBS later this fall.
Lauro was present to talk about the film and also showed "outtake" footage with stars like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins.
November 3, 2018
November 30, 2018
CARMINE STREET GUITARS
Directed by Ron Mann
Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, in collaboration with the Hamptons Doc Fest, presented CARMINE STREET GUITARS at Bay Street Theatre. After its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and acclaimed screenings in other major festivals, (among which: Toronto, New York, Mumbai and Vienna) Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann’s new documentary was the Friday Night Spotlight Film at the 11th Annual Hamptons Doc Fest. A Q&A followed the screening hosted by Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan with director Ron Mann, Rick Kelly, Cindy Hulej, and legendary guitarist GE Smith, formerly head of the SNL Band and guitarist for Pink Floyd’s recent worldwide tour.
Custom guitar maker Rick Kellyand his young assistant Cindy Hulej (pictured) build handcrafted instruments from wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, each one has its own New York story. The physical beauty of every guitar and the rich, deep, sophisticated sound are born of the alchemy that
happens when the age, history and uniqueness of the wood is combined with the precision, inspiration and passion of a master craftsman plying his trade. These guitars area favorites of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith.Carmine Street Guitarsfeatures a cast of prominent musicians and artists: Eszter Balinth, Christine Bougie (Bahamas), Nels Cline (Wilco), Kirk Douglas (The Roots), Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Frisell, Dallas & Travis Good (The Sadies), Lenny Kaye, Jim Jarmush (Squrl), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band), Marc Ribot, Stuart Hurwood (Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson), and Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan Band). It will open on April 24, 2019 at Film Forum in New York City.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Directed by Frank Capra
On the anniversary of the fire that gutted the Sag Harbor Cinema on December 16, 2016, we celebrated our First Responders and our community with an old-fashioned Christmas party at Christ Episcopal Church! It featured a screening of It's A Wonderful Life, caroling by boots on the ground theater's Dickens Carolers decked out in Victorian garb, refreshments provided by Janet O'Brien Catering, and Santa (thanks to the photographer, graphic designer and veteran Santa, Charlie Grubb)!
The party was free to everyone, but donations to Community Café were welcome! The Community Café is a wonderful new initiative on the part of the Christ Episcopal Church to offer a restaurant-style meal once a week to those in need or who are just in need of company!
Thank you to Conrac Construction Company for sponsoring this event!
December 16, 2018
Directed by John Hyams
ALL SQUARE is a wild ride about a down-on-his-luck bookie who befriends an ex-girlfriend's son and begins taking bets on his Little League games, with chaotic results for his community. The film stars Michael Kelly, Pamela Adlon, Jesse Ray Sheps, and our own Harris Yulin, who was in an engaging talk-back with Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan after the screening.
Local Produce: Great filmmakers of the East End first featured the great Harris Yulin, who plays Michael Kelly's father. “Harris was the natural choice to inaugurate this initiative. The depth, the range and the originality reflected throughout his oeuvre perfectly embody the great artistic spirit that animates our region” says Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, head of SHCAC’s programming committee.
December 30, 2018
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn
On Saturday, January 26th, we presented the HBO documentary THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING. Directed by Nathaniel Kahn (MY ARCHITECT) for HBO, the film takes a clear-eyed look at the art market now, and asks important questions about art, our society, our values, and our future.
Filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn, artist John Alexander and producer Carla Solomon joined us for a fascinating conversation following the screening!
January 26, 2019
May 4, 2019
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Directed by John Ford
A Special Screening for the Sag Harbor Cultural District Weekend
Since 2016, the twelve member-institutions of the Sag Harbor Cultural Districthave sponsored a weekend of events in May, highlighting the broad range of cultural and artistic resources available in Sag Harbor. This year, the event’s theme is Sag Harbor: The Stories That Shape Us, highlighting the community’s wealth of stories and storytellers in literature, art, music, theater, and history.
The cultural and arts institutions that comprise the Cultural District will hold a variety of events on May 3rd, 4th and 5th including Title Wave: free readings of new plays and musicals at the Bay Street Theater; a talk by Mary K. Edwards, Melville scholar and sailor, about her adventures aboard the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 whaleship, at Canio’s Cultural Café; a free concert by Long Island singer-songwriter Rorie Kelly, sponsored by the Sag Harbor American Music Festival at the John Jermain Memorial Library; and a screening of the Oscar-winning John Ford film The Grapes of Wrath, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center in the Pierson High School auditorium.
June 2, 2018
Pierson High School Auditorium
How Art Saved (And Continues to Save) an Island
Zita Cobb is the creator of Shorefast, and the mysterious edifice you see to the left - the Fogo Island Inn. Zita created the Inn with the people she grew up with to house people who had never been to Fogo, and to save her failing community with the help of art, film, and an innovative architect, Todd Saunders. She is a true economic philosopher, and has made a huge difference to everyone's lives on Fogo Island. Zita’s talk was about art, film, culture, economics, sustainability, and impact.
Ms. Cobb believes in the ability of film, art, and culture to define and to save a place.
"Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Inn continue to believe that art and film have key roles to play in telling our stories and preserving traditional knowledge and culture.”
October 8, 2018
Pierson High School Auditorium
The Future of the Cinematic Experience and Immersive Narrative
Bruce Vaughn is a 4th-generation Sag Harborite. He was the head of Disney's Imagineers before
becoming CEO of Dreamscape Immersive, the most cutting-edge Interactive Virtual Reality company in the world, creating awe and wonder.
Vaughn talked about his Sag Harbor experience, and his work with Disney and Dreamscape Immersive.