WHO WE ARE

MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GILLIAN GORDON!

Gillian Gordon, a resident of Springs, East Hampton, NY, has been appointed the first Executive Director of the Sag Harbor Cinema. 

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MEET OUR NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, GIULIA D'AGNOLO VALLAN!

Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, film writer, curator and a senior programmer for the Venice Film Festival, has been appointed the first Artistic Director of the Sag Harbor Cinema.

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Directors and Cinema Board

We are all grateful for each other's diligence, hard work, and volunteerism in attempting to realize this dream.

Gillian Gordon, Executive Director, is an award-winning producer and educator. She has been working as a Film/TV Producer and Executive in the US, and UK. She has most recently been Senior Lecturer, Director of Graduate Studies in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, running a successful MA program in creative producing. As an Associate Arts Professor of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts Asia, she was Chair of the MA International Media Producing in Singapore. She has been involved in film from every angle: story development, film production, and fundraising. She is a trained psychotherapist and management coach.

 

Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Artistic Director, is a writer and film curator, and a scholar of American cinema. Among her books are monographs devoted to Clint Eastwood, John Carpenter, Robert Aldrich, William Friedkin, and John Landis. Her most recent volume, Altman, was published by Abrams Books in 2014. She is the US Programmer and a Selection Committee member of the Venice Film Festival. Her tributes and retrospectives have been featured at Film Forum, the Museum of the Moving Image, the American Cinematheque, and the Cinémathèque Française.

 

John Alschuler is the Emeritus Chair of Friends of the High Line, NYC. His work focuses on development finance and revitalization of urban communities. John’s core skills include structuring public-private partnerships, development finance, building parklands, and creating innovative development strategies. His practice is national and international in scope, focusing on large-scale urban transformations and discrete real estate transactions. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, he has led bold plans for important waterfront developments around the world. 

 

Bill Collage is a screenwriter who lives and works full-time in Sag Harbor. He has worked on more the 50 projects for major studios, with produced credits totaling over a billion dollars in worldwide box office. His films include ASSASINS CREED, ALLEGIANT, EXODUS: 

GODS & KINGS, TRANSPORTER REFUELED, TOWER HEIST, ACCEPT ED, and many more. Upcoming films include THE GENERAL directed by Martin Scorsese, NOBLE ASSASSIN directed by Cary Fukunaga, and Anton Corbijn’s DEVIL IN THE

GROVE.

 

Diana Diamond has published extensively on the subject of mental health and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to understanding film narratives. She is a professor of Clinical Psychology in the City University of New York, adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and is on the faculty of NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.   

 

Andrew Fierberg has produced more than 40 independent films, including his most recent, Laurie Simmons’s MY ART, and is the executive producer on the second season of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. Andrew sits on the Finance Committee of Film Forum, as well as on the Board of Advisors of BOMB Magazine and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is also an associate at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. He was the media producer for the American Pavilion at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. 

 

Nick Gazzolo is a founding Partner of Denver-based Solar Fund SolRiver Capital. He has also been an early investor in successful software companies Riskalyze and Intelligent Generation. Nick has worked in training and business development for over 20 years. Long term contracts include Habitat for Humanity International, Options Xpress, and Charles Schwab. Nick is President of the Board of the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Sag Harbor Partnership. He loves movies and sailing and feels lucky to call Sag Harbor home.

 

April Gornik is an artist and community activist/organizer working with the Sag Harbor Partnership and is Campaign Chair for the restoration of the Cinema. She has fundraised for local and national causes and believes in the power of art and culture to unite and move a community forward.

 

Michael Haggiag had been a filmmaker, television producer and publisher in the United Kingdom before returning to the USA in 2012. In London he co-founded and managed several media companies as well as a successful property firm. His first venture, Aurum Press, was known for publishing the multi-volume Aurum Encyclopedia of Film, and Angelina Ballerina. ‘Global Arts Productions’ produced Ken Russell’s Lady Chatterley for the BBC and ‘Indie Kids’ produced award-winning children’s programs like The Worst Witch.  Lately he has concentrated on art photography and mixed media installations, exhibiting in galleries in Italy, New York and Miami. 

 

Edmund Hollander is the award-winning founder and president of Hollander Design/Landscape Architects, with offices in New York City, Chicago, and Sag Harbor. Having worked on hundreds of projects on the East End, he is currently assisting Sag Harbor with the design and planning of the new John Steinbeck Waterfront Park and restoration of Long Wharf. Edmund is on the board of the New York Restoration Project and sits on the Dean’s Council at the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Wendy Keys was Executive Producer/Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center until 2008. For over 30 years she was on the New York Film Festival selection committee, curated film programs at Walter Reade Theater, and produced and directed annual gala tributes to major film artists, including Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Ms. Keys produced and directed MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT and ALL ABOARD for the Friends of the High Line. She is Director Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, and from 1969-2003 was a board member and film programmer for the International Design Conference in Aspen. She currently sits on the boards of the High Line and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.  

 

Susan Lacy created the celebrated PBS series, ‘American Masters’ and served as its executive producer for 29 years. She then formed Pentimento Productions. Under an HBO exclusive, multiyear production contract, she has completed films about Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda and Ralph Lauren. Under her leadership, American Masters earned a record 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins, 12 Peabodys, 3 Grammys, 2 Oscars, and a host of other awards, including the Producers Guild award for best documentary series for three consecutive years. The multi–award-winning films she has directed include subjects as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, David Geffen, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Lena Horne, Rod Serling, and Judy Garland.

 

Hilary Mills Loomis is the author of Mailer: A Biography. She is a former syndicated book columnist, and her non-fiction work has appeared in Vanity Fair and other national magazines. Her fiction has appeared in Southampton Review and Manhattan Magazine.

 

Susan Mead is a partner in a major law firm specializing in land use and municipal law. She has many years of pro bono experience serving as chair and on the board of many nonprofits dedicated to the arts and historic preservation.

 

Nicole Miller launched her eponymous collection in 1982, which has become a global luxury fashion brand. Her celebrity fans include Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Elizabeth Hurley and Blake Lively. A CFDA member, she is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Legend of Fashion Award in 2006, Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, and the Visionary Woman Award in 2014. A strong believer in protecting the environment, she also supports the Rocky Mountain Institute and Riverkeeper.

 

Michael Namer is the founder and CEO of Alfa Development, established in 1980 and LEED Gold-Certified in 2007. He started building in the Hamptons in 1976 and has lived in Sag Harbor since. His skill sets include 40-plus years of construction management, transactional, financial, real estate, and historical preservation experience.

 

Minerva Perez, Executive Director of the Organizacion Latino-Americana (OLA), focuses on arts, education and advocacy for the Latino community. A Sag Harbor resident, she had previously served in 2008 as OLA’s volunteer executive director, then worked for six years as director of residential and transitional services at The Retreat in East Hampton. Ms. Perez is also an accomplished actor who produces the OLA Latino Film Festival of the Hamptons.

 

Ricki Roer is the chair of Wilson Elser’s Employment & Labor litigation practice. Her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law relating to contract and collective bargaining negotiations and disputes; labor arbitrations, grievances and NLRB proceedings. Ricki represents a wide spectrum of multinational and domestic companies, and non-profit organizations. Ricki is consistently called upon to lecture on employment discrimination and labor law.

 

Shawn Sachs partnered with Ken Sunshine in 2002 to form the groundbreaking PR firm Sunshine Sachs. Sunshine Sachs remains a top PR and communications agency and has kept pace with technology while embracing the power to change the world, shape cultures, and create new business models of success in the world of PR, practicing for themselves what they provide – discretion. They are branching out with a production company to create content for digital, TV and film.

 

Gregg Winter is a founder and principal of W Financial, a new alternative opportunities fund, and owner and CEO of Winter & Company, a commercial mortgage advisory firm focusing on financing for developers. He is a leading lender and commercial debt and equity advisor in New York. Gregg served as a principal of W&W Associates, Inc., a mortgage investment business established in 1963 by his father, Jack Winter. He is on the Finance Committee of the Real Real Estate Board of New York, is a member of the Real Estate Lenders Association, and is a New York State licensed real estate broker. 

Sag Harbor Cinema Honorary and Advisory Boards 

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Julie Andrews, actor and author, received Tony Award nominations for her roles in CAMELOT and MY FAIR LADY. She won an Academy Award for her title role in MARY POPPINS and was also nominated for her performance in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Andrews was made an English dame in 2000. In 2007, Andrews received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a few years later received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Andrews and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton have co-authored many extremely successful children’s books together.

 

Robert A. Caro, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer prize, is the author of THE POWER BROKER, THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON, and WORKING. He is arguably the premier biographer of American politics. 

 

Carter Burwell has composed the music for a number of feature films, including BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA, MILLER’S CROSSING, GODS AND MONSTERS, FARGO, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, ADAPTATION, IN BRUES, TWILIGHT, 

ANOMALISA, and TRUE GRIT.  In 2015 he was nominated for an Academy Award for the score to CAROL. He’s on the Honorary Board of the Hamptons Film Festival and is a member of the Amagansett Volunteer Fire Department.  

 

Anne Chaisson is the Executive Director of The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). She specialized in fundraising for non-profits including The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York Women in Film and Television and the Hamptons and Nantucket Film Festivals. Chaisson has produced many award-winning independent films including ROGER DODGER. 

 

Blythe Danner is an actor/activist who has been acting for more than 50 years, and that’s as long as she’s been working to help make the world a ‘greener’ place to inhabit.

 

John DeLuca recently co-directed MARY POPPINS RETURNS and produced INTO THE WOODS, nominated for three Oscars and three Golden Globes. He served as Executive Producer on PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES and produced NINE, Academy Award winning films are MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and CHICAGO, and both received the American Choreography Award. He won two Emmys for TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC. Other choreography credits include Steven Spielberg’as THE TERMINAL, the 75TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS and KENNEDY CENTER HONORS.

 

Jules Feiffer is an American cartoonist and author. One of the most widely read satirists in the country. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. His animated short “Munro” won an Academy Award in 1961. The Library of Congress has recognized his remarkable legacy from 1946 to the present, as a cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter (including CARNAL KNOWLEDGE and LITTLE MURDERS), adult and children’s book author, illustrator, and art instructor.

 

Andrea Grover is Executive Director of Guild Hall. She was formerly the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum. From 1998–2008, she was the Founding Director of Houston’s Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit cinema specializing in media art and multi-disciplinary performances. In addition, she has presented film related programs at Dia Art Foundation, The Menil Collection, and SXSW. 

 

Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker, as well as longtime producer Frazer Pennebaker, form one of the most respected and unique teams of documentary filmmakers working today. Known for their unobtrusive, cinema-verité style of filmmaking, subjects are followed using handheld cameras and available light to achieve a candid portrait of real-life drama. From politics to music, films include THE WAR ROOM, MONTEREY POP, DON’T LOOK BACK, and KINGS OF PASTRY.  Hegedus’ film STARTUP.COM won her the2002 DGA Award for Outstanding Directional Achievement. In 2013. D. A. Pennebaker’s work received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

 

Linda LeRoy Janklow is a Founding Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, Founding Chairman of ArtsConnection, the largest and most comprehensive arts education organization in New York City. She is Chairman Emeritus of Lincoln Center Theater having served as Chairman for 12 years and a member of the Executive committee since 1979.

 

Katie Lee, a 16-year Hamptons resident, is the Emmy nominated co-host of Food Network’s hit show “The Kitchen” and the host of Cooking Channel’s “Beach Bites with Katie Lee.” She is the author of three cookbooks, most recently the Endless Summer Cookbook, which is largely inspired by the food of the East End, and the novel Groundswell. Outside of her culinary and literary adventures, Katie sits on the board of the Food Bank for New York City.  

 

Jacqui Lofaro is Executive Director of the Hamptons Documentary Film Festival, which she founded in 2008. Jacqui is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, president and founder of Justice Productions, dedicated to films on social justice issues. Her films include: THE EMPTY CHAIR: DEATH PENALTY YES OR NO, the recipient of the 2006 prestigious Thurgood Marshall Broadcast Journalism Award; 70 x 7: The Forgiveness Equation; and THE LAST FIX: AN ADDICT’S PASSAGE FROM HELL TO HOPE. 

 

Bob Shaye founded New Line Cinema in 1967 and distributed and produced almost 600 films worldwide, including the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. He states that he has accomplished some objectives.

 

Darren Star is an American producer, director, and writer of film and television, best known for creating the television series BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, MELROSE PLACE, and SEX IN THE CITY. In 2002, he received Austin Film Festival’s Outstanding Television Writer Award. He sits on the board of directors of Project Angel Food.

 

Bettina Stelle, a full-time resident of Sag Harbor since 1987, is a Curator and Board member of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, a passionate supporter of animal rights, and now Director and Curator of Montauk Oceans Institute at the Montauk Lighthouse. Stelle believes in Sag Harbor’s unique past and extraordinary potential future.

 

Leila Straus, a long-time resident of East Hampton together with her late husband Mickey Straus, came to the US as Managing Director of Granada Television NY in 1981.  She has subsequently served on various philanthropic boards, currently Seeds of Peace, and as Chairman of the American Associates of the National Theatre. She recently received an MBE from the Queen for her service to the arts.

 

Shaun Woodward is former UK Secretary of State who led successful negotiations between the British, Irish and American Governments, concluding the peace process in Northern Ireland. He served as a Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and was a Culture, Film and Arts Minister. Previously he was a television reporter and producer for BBC Current Affairs. He has taught at London University and Harvard. He is Chair of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Chairs the American Friends of LAMDA. He and Luke Redgrave live in Sag Harbor.

 

Harris Yulin is an American actor who has appeared in over a hundred film and television series roles, such as SCARFACE, GHOSTBUSTERS II, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, LOOKING FOR RICHARD, OZARK, TRAINING DAY, and FRASIER, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination in 1996.

Susan Lacy heads the Honorary and Advisory Boards. See above.

Sag Harbor Cinema Honorary Board 

Sag Harbor Cinema Advisory Board 

John Chris Connor is a full time Sag Harbor resident and a member of the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board. He is the principal of Wharf LLC, a company focused on the preservation of contributing structures in the historic district. Over the past twenty years he has been involved with nearly two dozen renovation projects in Sag Harbor. Connor served the Obama administration as White House Liaison to the US Department of Commerce, as well as campaign and fundraising work in both election cycles.

 

Myrna Davis is a writer and editorial consultant, working closely with artists, architects, designers, cultural institutions and entrepreneurs on promotional projects, exhibitions and books. She is Executive Director Emerita of the Art Directors Club, a graduate of Barnard College, and was founding co-chair of the Sag Harbor Preservation Commission in the early 1970’s which gained landmark status for the historic village. She serves on the boards of Save Sag Harbor and the School Art League in New York.

 

Alexandra Dean is an Emmy award-winning journalist and documentary director. In 2014 she co-founded Reframed Pictures with Adam Haggiag and Susan Sarandon. She recently directed the feature documentary, BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Adrienne Shelly Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. 

 

Tara Fordham, Sag Harbor Bank Manager AVP, has been with Bridgehampton National Bank for over 20 years. As a dedicated member of the local community, Tara is an active member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and since January 2016 has served as Treasurer of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Tara resides in Sag Harbor with her husband and two sons, who are the 13th generation of Fordhams in Sag Harbor.

 

Gail Gallagher, currently Senior Vice President at Loop Capital Markets, had been a Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. Besides her successful history of working in the financial services industry, she is a painter with an in-depth historical and art blog called “Painting the Hamptons”, and manager of social media for the Sag Harbor Partnership.

 

Gina Breuer Hadley is a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor and devoted supporter of the arts in the village. While in graduate school Gina was the assistant to the director of ‘Men’s Lives’ by Joe Pintauro in the premier season at Bay Street Theater festival. After a career in advertising and marketing, Gina created The Second Shift, a platform she designed to retain critical female talent in the workforce. 

 

Adam Haggiag comes from a long line of film and television producers. Before founding Reframed Pictures, Adam worked for the director Philip Noyce’s production company Rambalara Films. He also specializes in motion capture production technology, having worked on Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s feature film TINTIN, and James Cameron’s AVATAR. He graduated from the film department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

 

Emma Walton Hamilton – with Steve Hamilton, co-founded Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre in 1991, and served as its Co-Artistic Director for 17 years. She is now a faculty member for Stony Brook Southampton’s MFAs in Creative Writing and Film, where she is director of the Children’s Lit Fellows program and the Young ArtIsts and Writers Project. Emma is a NY Times bestselling children’s author, and the co-creator – with her mother, Julie Andrews – of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series for pre-schoolers celebrating the arts, JULIE’S GREENROOM.

 

Stephen Hamilton, - with Emma Walton Hamilton, co-founded Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre in 1991, and served as its Executive Director for 17 years. He is now a faculty member for Stony Brook Southampton’s MFAs in Creative Writing and Film, where he runs the Southampton Theatre Conference. An acclaimed stage director and actor, Stephen’s directing credits include Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS, starring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf at the John Drew Theatre, and the American Premiere of Ben Woolf’s ANGRY YOUNG MAN at Urban Stages in NYC.

 

Joe Lauro is an archivist and filmmaker who has produced and directed over 15 music documentaries the most recent being THE BIG BEAT: FATS DOMINO AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. He is the CEO of HISTORIC FILM ARCHIVE, a commercial archive specializing in the preservation and licensing of vintage music performances and Americana. Joe is on the board of directors of the SAG HARBOR AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL and a musician who performs regularly with his band, The HooDoo Loungers.

 

Don Lenzer is an award-winning documentary director/cameraman best known for his cinema verité work on films covering a wide range of cultural and social subjects. His credits as a cinematographer appear on five academy award-winning feature documentaries: WOODSTOCK, HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCING, MAYA LIN: A STRONG AND CLEAR VISION, THE LONG WAY HOME, and INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS. He has worked on numerous documentaries for Public Television including GEORGIE O’KEEFE: A PORTRAIT, DE KOONING ON DE KOONING, VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: THE LAST ROMANTIC, and JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF A TICKET. Among the theatrically distributed documentaries he worked on are THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE, and SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY. His directing credits include FATHERS AND SONS and the Emmy Award-winning ITZHAK PERLMAN: IN THE FIDDLER’SHOUSE (1995). Don is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hamptons Documentary Film Festival.

 

Rob Marshall’s films have been honored with a total of 26 Academy Award nominations—winning nine, including Best Picture. He recently directed and produced MARY POPPINS RETURNS. INTO THE WOODS starring Meryl Streep, was nominated for three Oscars, three Golden Globes (including Best Picture), and chosen as one of AFI’s best films of the year. He also directed CHICAGO, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. Mr. Marshall received Emmy Awards for directing, choreographing, and executive producing TONY BENNETT, AN AMERICAN CLASSIC and directed and choreographed the Disney/ABC musical ANNIE. A 6-time Tony Award nominee, Mr. Marshall’s stage work includes Broadway productions of CABARET, VICTOR/VICTORIA, DAMN YANKEES, COMPANY, and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN.

 

Jesse Matsuoka is one of the second generation operating partners of Sen Restaurant in Sag Harbor. A certified sake sommelier, he grew up in Japan where he studied Nihonbuyo, Japanese dance theater. He also lived in Hawaii where he danced Hula and won 2nd place with his team in the world Hula competition. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, beach volleyball, and of course, movies!

 

Barbara Moss, Producer, has worked on Film/TV/Web content and with branded content and live events. As Michael Moore’s creative executive she developed books, TV and filmprojects, launching his web presence. She enjoyed a ten-year collaboration with actor/activist Woody Harrelson, guiding his environmental mission Voiceyourself. In 1995, as a Board member of NY Women in Film & Television, she helped found The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to support women-made films. This role was recently honored by the Museum of Modern Art with a screening of her award-winning documentary, A CRIME TO FIT THE PUNISHMENT. She belongs to the Producers Guild of America Women’s Impact Network.

 

Nigel Noble, a resident in East Hampton for 28 years, is a longtime documentary producer/director. He came to America from the theatre in England as cinema-verité was gaining recognition and became immediately involved as the in-house sound recordist for Wolper Productions. As a director, VOICES OF SARAFINA! and THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE, have been screened at Telluride, Sundance and The Cannes Film Festivals. He has earned numerous awards including an Oscar for CLOSE HARMONY, and a Peabody for the PBS series ‘Craft in America’. He is on the advisory board of The Hamptons Documentary Film Festival.

 

Carol Ostrow is the Producing Director of The Flea, the award-winning off-off-Broadway theater that re-opened a new three theater performing arts facility in September 2017. Carol is a Trustee of Vassar College, a member of the Board of Advisors, the Yale Drama School as well as a board member of The MacDowell Colony, and LAVA, a feminist acrobatic dance collective in Brooklyn. She is a Trustee of Central Synagogue and on the Board of Directors of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Ostrow and her family are also happy Sag Harbor residents.

 

Ned Rifkin is currently teaching Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase and has been a professor of art at The University of Texas (Austin), as well as a curator of contemporary art, director of art museums such as The Menil Collection, Houston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. He was the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for Art.  He has organized many art exhibitions and film programs and is a resident of East Hampton, NY.

 

Lauren Ritchie is a Visual Effects Producer whose career spans over 20 years, from films like TRUE LIES, THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY to the Fox musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. Her company Wildfire Vfx that created effects for over 30 films including the academy award winning film TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.  She also worked as executive in charge of visual effects for New Line Cinema for 10 years.  Her first job as a young teenager was at the Marin Cinemas, a small independent film house in Sausalito, CA, much like the Sag Harbor Cinema.  

 

Adam Schwartz is founder and CEO of Articulate, a global leader in online learning software. Adam founded Articulate in 2002 with a vision to create innovative technologies that make it easier for the world to learn. Under his direction, Articulate has grown from a groundbreaking idea into an award-winning company that was recognized by Deloitte as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Articulate customers include 93 of the Fortune 100 and 60,000 organizations in 151 countries. Adam is an active angel investor in more than 100 innovative tech companies and serves on the boards of Embedly and Videolicious.

 

Leslie Shatz is a sound designer for feature films, television and documentaries. Nominated for the Best Sound Oscar for his work on THE MUMMY in 1999, his work won the Best Sound Editing Oscar for BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA in 1992.  He has also been recognized by the Cannes Film Festival with the Prix Vulcain de l’Artiste Technicien for his work on Gus Van Sant’s LAST DAYS. Among his past projects are many award winning film and television projects: CAROL, STILL ALICE, SINGLE MAN, MILK, GOMORRA, ELEPHANT, and APOCALYPSE NOW.

 

Bob Weinstein is President, Executive Director of Concrete Brand Imaging Group, a New York based branding and design agency who created the logo, look and feel of the capital campaign for the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center.  A longtime resident of Sag Harbor, Bob

is co-President of local advocacy group Save Sag Harbor, as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.  

Jayne Young  spent over 25 years in the magazine publishing industry leading iconic brands. As President and Publisher of The Atlantic Monthly, she is credited with reviving the publication through revamping its brand and rebuilding its business base leading to profitability for the first time in decades. Successful marketing platforms were created including the establishment of The Influential Americans research and the televised public policy series The Atlantic Monthly Forum. Under her leadership The Atlantic became the first consumer magazine online in 1993 when it also launched the first-ever online live conferences. The Atlantic won numerous awards including several prestigious National Magazine Awards and inclusion on Adweek’s Top Magazine List. Prior to The Atlantic, Jayne held several executive positions including at Institutional Investor magazine. Jayne is a native New Yorker and now full time resident of Sag Harbor where she is immersed in local issues and sits on the board of Save Sag Harbor and the Sag Harbor Partnership.

Cinema Development Committee 

John Alschuler is the Emeritus Chair of Friends of the High Line, NYC. His work focuses on development finance and revitalization of urban communities. John’s core skills include structuring public-private partnerships, development finance, building parklands, and creating innovative development strategies. His practice is national and international in scope, focusing on large-scale urban transformations and discrete real estate transactions. Since founding the New York office of HR&A in 1984, he has led bold plans for important waterfront developments around the world. 

Diana Diamond has published extensively on the subject of mental health and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to understanding film narratives. She is a professor of Clinical Psychology in the City University of New York, adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and is on the faculty of NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.   

Andrew Fierberg has produced more than 40 independent films, including his most recent, Laurie Simmons’s MY ART, and is the executive producer on the second season of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. Andrew sits on the Finance Committee of Film Forum, as well as on the Board of Advisors of BOMB Magazine and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is also an associate at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. He was the media producer for the American Pavilion at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. 

April Gornik  is an artist and community activist/organizer working with the Sag Harbor Partnership, which will act as fiscal sponsor until the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center achieves 501(c)(3) status. She has fundraised for local and national causes, and believes in the power of culture to unite and move a community forward.

Michael Haggiag had been a filmmaker, television producer and publisher in the United Kingdom before returning to the USA in 2012. In London he co-founded and managed several media companies as well as a successful property firm. His first venture, Aurum Press, was known for publishing the multi-volume Aurum Encyclopedia of Film, and Angelina Ballerina. ‘Global Arts Productions’ produced Ken Russell’s Lady Chatterley for the BBC and ‘Indie Kids’ produced award-winning children’s programs like The Worst Witch.  Lately he has concentrated on art photography and mixed media installations, exhibiting in galleries in Italy, New York and Miami. 

Edmund Hollander is the founder and president of Hollander Design/Landscape Architects, with offices in New York City, Chicago, and Sag Harbor. Hollander Design has won numerous awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and many other groups. He has worked on hundreds of projects on the East End and is currently assisting the Village of Sag Harbor with the design and planning of the new John Steinbeck Waterfront Park and the restoration of Long Wharf. Edmund is on the board of the New York Restoration Project and sits on the Dean’s Council at the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wendy Keys was Executive Producer/Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center until 2008. For over 30 years she was on the New York Film Festival selection committee, curated film programs at the Walter Reade Theater and produced and directed their annual gala tribute to a major film artist, among whom were Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Tributes to John Huston and Billy Wilder were aired on PBS on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER.  At the Walter Reade she directed many retrospectives of actors and directors and organized a variety of thematic series. Ms Keys produced and directed Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight and All Aboard, a film for the Friends of the High Line. She is a Director Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, and from 1969-2003 was a board member and film programmer for the International Design Conference in Aspen. She currently sits on the boards of the High Line and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.  

Susan Lacy  is the creator & former executive producer of PBS’ AMERICAN MASTERS. In her near 30 years there, she was responsible for the production of over 215 documentary films, exploring the lives of America’s most enduring cultural icons. She also directed some of these films - portraits of David Geffen, Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Bernstein, Rod Serling & Lena Horne. Lacy earned the series 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins (including a remarkable 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), in addition to 12 Peabody awards, 2 Grammy awards, and an Academy award. In 2013 Lacy left PBS to form her independent production company, Pentimento Productions - where she recently completed definitive films on the lives of Steven Spielberg & Jane Fonda. SPIELBERG had its world premiere at New York Film Festival in 2017 and was broadcast by HBO shortly thereafter. JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January, and will also be broadcast by HBO - these projects are the first in Pentimento's exclusive multi-picture deal with the network.

Hilary Mills Loomis, is the author of Mailer: A Biography. She is a former syndicated book columnist, and her non fiction work has appeared in Vanity Fair and other national magazines. Her fiction work has appeared in Southampton Review and Manhattan Magazine.

Susan Mead is a partner in a major law firm specializing in land use and municipal law. She has many years of pro bono experience serving as chair and on the board of many nonprofits dedicated to the arts and historic preservation.

Nicole Miller launched her eponymous collection in 1982, which has become a global luxury fashion brand. Her celebrity fans include Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Elizabeth Hurley and Blake Lively. A CFDA member, she is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Legend of Fashion Award in 2006, Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, and the Visionary Woman Award in 2014. A strong believer in protecting the environment, she also supports the Rocky Mountain Institute and Riverkeeper.

Michael Namer is the founder and CEO of Alfa Development, established in 1980 and LEED Gold-Certified in 2007. He started building in the Hamptons in 1976 and has lived in Sag Harbor since. His skill sets include 40-plus years of construction management, transactional, financial, real  estate, and historical preservation experience.

Ricki Roer is the chair of Wilson Elser’s Employment & Labor litigation practice. She has litigated thousands of cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. Her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law relating to contract and collective bargaining negotiations and disputes; labor arbitrations, grievances and NLRB proceedings; and all aspects of employment transactions. Ricki represents multinational corporations, domestic companies, and non-profit organizations from a wide spectrum of industries. A recognized authority in the industry, Ricki is consistently called upon to lecture on issues of employment discrimination and labor law. 

Working Construction Committee

Michael Namer, Head of the Construction Committee, is the founder and CEO of Alfa Development, established in 1980 and LEED Gold-Certified in 2007. He started building in the Hamptons in 1976 and has lived in Sag Harbor since. His skill sets include 40-plus years of construction management, transactional, financial, real  estate, and historical preservation experience.

Nick Gazzolo is a founding Partner of Denver-based Solar Fund SolRiver Capital. He has also been an early investor in successful software companies Riskalyze and Intelligent Generation. Nick has worked in training and business development for over 20 years. Long term contracts include Habitat for Humanity International, Options Xpress, and Charles Schwab. Nick is President of the Board of the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Sag Harbor Partnership. He loves movies and sailing and feels lucky to call Sag Harbor home.

April Gornik is an artist and community activist/organizer working with the Sag Harbor Partnership, which will act as fiscal sponsor until the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center achieves 501(c)(3) status. She has fundraised for local and national causes, and believes in the power of culture to unite and move a community forward.

 

Allen Kopelson, AIA, PP, CID, and a resident of Sag Harbor since 1984, is a founding principal of NK Architects, a leading regional planning and design firm with offices in New Jersey and New York City. Allen’s firm has been involved in many community theater and performing arts projects, including the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and the historic Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, as well as the design of numerous auditoriums and performing arts spaces for colleges and universities.

 

Susan Mead is a partner in a major law firm specializing in land use and municipal law. She has many years of pro bono experience serving as chair and on the board of many nonprofits dedicated to the arts and historic preservation.

 

Mark Skowronski, head of construction administration at Alfa

Development, is a Columbia University graduate with a Masters in Real Estate Development. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in overseeing various stages of real estate development that includes construction administration, contract management, construction budgeting, and financial reporting. He is currently working on 200 E. 21st Street, a $200M project for Alfa Development. In his career he has managed nearly a billion dollars in real estate projects. 

Junior Advisory Board

Sam Hamilton, Head of the Junior Advisory Board, is a senior at Columbia University in New York City majoring in Film Studies. He was born and raised in Sag Harbor, and graduated from the Ross School. His love for the arts developed as a young child, running around backstage at Bay Street Theater, co-founded by his parents, Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton Hamilton. He is an Executive Council member in Mu Chapter of DKA Professional Cinematic Society, a co-ed, national, student organization that, at Columbia, funds and produces over ten student short films a year. He has worked on several independent short films and television series in various capacities, and is looking forward to making a career in the cinematic arts.

 

Julian Alvarez grew up in East Hampton. His childhood was spent rummaging through collections of VHS tapes, rewinding repeatedly to his favorite scenes, and saving up extra allowance money to go to film screenings at the local theaters. He took an introductory filmmaking course in high school and the rest, as they say, is history. He is now living in New York City, working part-time at Prodigious, and finishing a BFA in Film and Television Production at NYU Tisch.

Oliver Brown has lived in Sag Harbor part time for six years, but has been visiting his grandfather here for his entire life. He has long been a lover of film and storytelling in general, and always admired the fact that movies could bring together so many people of varying backgrounds. 

Victoria Dudek-Tipton is a student at Pierson High School interested in musical arts, theater, and literature. She has performed in several musical festivals including the Hampton Music Educators Association festivals and Suffolk County Music Educators Association festivals available to middle and high school students. She has participated in theater programs at her school, as well as the YAWP program at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram theater. In addition, she is a member of the Teen Arts Council at the Guild Hall in East Hampton. She hopes to instill an interest in the arts among her peers and bring the art community support from high-school students. 

 

Noah Engel is an active filmmaker with a focus on experimental video, sound, and writing. His work has been featured internationally at Palisades, Milchhof Gallery, Slamdance, DeepVimeo, SDUFF, Eclectica Magazine, Vimeo Staff Picks, New Media Repertory Theater, Jerry H. Labowitz Theater, and MIFF. Noah graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in the Film and Television Production Program with a focus in Performance Studies and is currently based between Brooklyn and Sag Harbor, NY.

 

Juliet Garrett is an actor and musician living in Brooklyn. She grew up on Shelter Island and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in political philosophy. After graduation, she moved to New York City to perform with her rock band and study acting with Mercedes Ruehl. She has performed in off-off Broadway and regional shows as well as in several independent films. Recently, she was in Chris Wells’ hit It Will All Work Out at Dixon Place and the East End’s own Neo Political Cowgirls’ Andromeda in Montauk. She is currently producing a feature-length script and recording her first solo album.

Forrest Gray is a film composer and conductor based in Los Angeles. He received his B.F.A. in film scoring with a minor in a conducting from Berklee College of Music, and his M.F.A. in film scoring from University of Southern California. He has composing credits ranging from documentary film and studio feature films, to his long history of collaborating with singer-songwriter Mike Posner. Gray was the 2013 recipient of Berklee's BMI Film Scoring Scholarship Award, a recipient of the Sundance Composer Lab Fellowship, and participated in the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive's inaugural year, taught by composer and conductor David Newman, as well as the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, and the BMI Conducting Workshop. Gray is currently co-composing his third feature film for Netflix, in addition to a number of short films and concert work. 

Theo Gray was born and raised in Sag Harbor. He attended Pierson High School, and is now studying filmmaking at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is interested in documentary and experimental filmmaking. In the summer, he teaches filmmaking at the Ross Summer Camp. He hopes to continue his career as a young filmmaker.

 

Will Greenberg grew up on the East End, attending the Hampton Day School and then the Ross School in East Hampton. He is currently studying Computer Science and Linguistics at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Will’s love of music and film have led him to several ventures into short filmmaking, from directing advertisements to writing and composing the score to fiction shorts - one of these shorts, “The Spaceman”, was selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2017. Today, Will is looking to pursue a career in tech - he believes his experience and passion for the arts will remain fundamental to his approach to any career in the years to come.

 

Brenna Leaver is a designer, woodworker, and photographer who is currently studying industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence Rhode Island. Brenna has had her photographic work featured in the LA Times--a selection from her documentation of the 2015 California Drought. She has collaborated extensively with the RISD apparel and textile departments, and was the lead performer in an experimental short film featured on the TV show HBO Masterclass. During the summer, Brenna is working as an artist's apprentice on the East End of Long Island, and will soon have her design work featured in a short film to be released in 2017.

 

Devon Leaver is an award winning filmmaker, who graduated with honors from the Kanbar Institute of Film and TV at NYU Tisch. Devon was selected as one of six filmmakers to appear on the TV series HBO Masterclass with film maker and fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Devon's work has appeared in the Hampton's International Film Festival, the Take 2 Film Festival in East Hampton, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Miami. She has worked as a video producer, voice over artist, and editor at Major League Gaming and Activision Blizzard Entertainment. Devon was also the Production Designer for the short film Mutt which became a finalist for the 2017 Academy Awards. She is both a YoungArts and Presidential Scholarship finalist, and was a semi-finalist in the New Voices Lab at the Sundance International Film Festival. Most recently, Devon co-wrote and produced a New Media short film for an LA production company that will premiere in 2017. She currently edits high end commercial and documentary content at McKinsey & Company for domestic and international clientele. 

Nick Whelan was born into a family of storytellers as the grandson of D.A. Pennebaker. Originally a drummer, Nick implements his percussive background into the sound design and editing style of his films. For him, rhythm is pretty much the most important aspect of what he does. He is constantly striving to develop his craft to tell a new story in a new kind of way.

Sag Harbor Partnership

Gail Gallagher, President and currently Senior Vice President at Loop Capital Markets, had been a Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. Besides her demonstrated successful history of working in the financial services industry, she is also a creative force, a painter with an in-depth historical and art blog called "Painting the Hamptons", and manager of social media for the Partnership. 

Judi Caron is happy to call Sag Harbor her new home, having spent most of her life raising a family in Brittany, France. She has worked at Independent Curators International and served on the Boards of French American Cultural Exchange and Julia Mandle Performance Organization. She has supported Partnership for the Homeless by volunteering in women’s shelters in NYC, mentored high school students through Student Sponsor Partnership and is currently Chair of i-tri for girls, an East End based organization that focuses on self esteem-building, athletic training for an annual youth triathlon, family outreach and nutritional counseling for adolescent girls.

Nick Gazzolo is a founding Partner in a Denver-based Solar Fund, SolRiver. He has also been an early investor in successful software companies Riskalyze and Intelligent Generation. Nick has worked in training and business development for over 20 years. Long term contracts include Habitat for Humanity International, Options Xpress, and Charles Schwab. Nick serves/has served on the boards of John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor Partnership, and Save Sag Harbor. 

April Gornik is an artist and community activist/organizer working with the Sag Harbor Partnership, which will act as fiscal sponsor until the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center achieves 501(c)(3) status. She has fundraised for local and national causes, and believes in the power of culture to unite and move a community forward.

Phyllis Hollis is currently the CEO/CMO of CAVU Securities LLC, a boutique Investment Bank. She has more than thirty years’ experience in the financial services industry. Her responsibilities include the firm’s business strategies, day-to-day management,  and overseas business development, marketing, compliance and institutional client services across various business lines. Phyllis's true passion is  supporting the arts and education community. She is a trustee of Guild Hall and previously with the YWCA and RUSH Philanthropic. Phyllis resides in Bridgehampton.

Diana Howard teaches legal skills and writing at a law school aimed at broadening access to legal education to traditionally underserved populations.  She formerly practiced law for ten years and worked as a writing instructor at the undergraduate level. She has served on the advisory board for the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School. 

Susan Lacy created the celebrated PBS series, American Masters, and served as its executive producer for 29 years. She then formed Pentimento Productions. Under an HBO exclusive, multiyear production contract, she has completed a film about Steven Spielberg and is in production on films about Jane Fonda and Ralph Lauren. Under Susan’s leader ship, American Masters  earned a record 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins, along with 12 Peabodys, three Grammys, two Oscars, and a host of other awards, including the Producers Guild award for best documentary series for three consecutive years. The multi–award-winning films she has directed include subjects as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, David Geffen, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Lena Horne, Rod Serling, and Judy Garland.

Hilary Mills Loomis is the author of Mailer:A Biography. She is a former syndicated book columnist, and her non fiction work has appeared in Vanity Fair and other national magazines. Her fiction work has appeared in Southampton Review and Manhattan Magazine.

Susan Mead  Treasurer of the Sag Harbor Partnership, is a partner in a major law firm specializing in land use and municipal law. She has many years of pro bono experience serving as chair and on the board of many nonprofits dedicated to the arts and historic preservation.

Carol Ostrow  is the Producing Director of The Flea, the award-winning off-off-Broadway theater located in Tribeca that will open a new three theater performing arts facility this September. Carol is a Trustee of Vassar College, a member of the Board of Advisors to the Yale Drama School as well as a board member of The MacDowell Colony, the oldest arts colony in the U.S. and LAVA, a feminist acrobatic dance collective in Brooklyn. She is a Trustee of Central Synagogue and on the Board of Directors of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Ostrow and her family are also happy SagHarbor residents and The Sag Harbor Partnership rounds out her non-profit affiliations.

Emma Walton Hamilton, with Steve Hamilton, co-founded Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre in 1991, and served as its Co-Artistic Director for 17 years. She is now a faculty member for Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA's in Creative Writing and Film, where Emma is director the Children’s Lit Fellows program and the Young Artists and Writers Project. Emma is a NY Times bestselling children’s author, and the co-creator - with her mother, Julie Andrews - of the new Netflix series for preschoolers celebrating the arts, JULIE'S GREENROOM.

Jayne Young  spent over 25 years in the magazine publishing industry leading iconic brands. As President and Publisher of The Atlantic Monthly, she is credited with reviving the publication through revamping its brand and rebuilding its business base leading to profitability for the first time in decades. Successful marketing platforms were created including the establishment of The Influential Americans research and the televised public policy series The Atlantic Monthly Forum. Under her leadership The Atlantic became the first consumer magazine online in 1993 when it also launched the first-ever online live conferences. The Atlantic won numerous awards including several prestigious National Magazine Awards and inclusion on Adweek’s Top Magazine List. Prior to The Atlantic, Jayne held several executive positions including at Institutional Investor magazine. Jayne is a native New Yorker and now full time resident of Sag Harbor where she is immersed in local issues and sits on the board of Save Sag Harbor and the Sag Harbor Partnership.

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The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center is a project of The Sag Harbor Partnership