HamptonsFilm Summer 2021 Outdoor Screening Series

This summer, HamptonsFilm will screen classic crowd-pleaser films every week in Herrick Park in East Hampton Village. Films run Wednesdays from June 2 to August 25 and begin at 8:30 p.m.

Finally! Let’s Go to the Movies!

It took a village, a town and a supporting cast of hundreds of individuals, but when the Sag Harbor Cinema finally and officially opens its doors to the public over Memorial Day weekend, movie-goers will no doubt be bowled over by the results.

From The Ashes: A New Book by Photographer Michael Heller Documents the Rebirth of...

December 16, 2016, is a date that will long live in the memories of Sag Harbor residents. Early that morning, a fire ignited in the rear of the Compass building on Main Street and soon, whipped by strong winds on the coldest day of the year, began its march south on Main Street. By the time it was extinguished later in the day, the conflagration had taken out several buildings, including a large portion of the Sag Harbor Cinema. Among those who witnessed the fire’s destructive path was Michael Heller, who was present that day not only as an active member of the East Hampton Fire Department but also as a professional photographer.

Let’s Go Green at Southampton Arts Center!

Now through July 11, Southampton Arts Center (SAC) is showing “EARTH — Artists as Activists” a multidisciplinary exhibition curated by Amy Kirwin with work...

This Week at The Movies, a Trip Down Sesame Street

This week Sag Harbor Cinema opens a new documentary. Inspired by Michael Davis’s book, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” it follows the making of the renowned PBS children’s television program.

OLA’s ‘Voices of Youth’ Speaks Truth

OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island recently commissioned “Voices of Youth” a short film by Sag Harbor resident and college student Allura Leggard on the topic of mental health access for adolescents.

‘Her Name is Chef’ Offered by Hamptons Doc Fest

Hamptons Doc Fest marks Mothers Day on Sunday, May 9, with a new documentary “Her Name Is Chef,” about changing gender roles in restaurant kitchens, available online on the Doc Fest website for two weeks, from May 9 to 23.

‘Playing With Sharks’ at the Sag Harbor Cinema

Sag Harbor Cinema joins Hamptons Doc in celebrating Earth Day this year with a special screening of National Geographic Documentary Films’ "Playing with Sharks" on Saturday, April 24, at 7 p.m., in SHC’s Theater 1, followed by a Zoom conversation with writer/director Sally Aitken, producer Bettina Dalton and Valerie Taylor. 

Spring Films at WHBPAC

This weekend, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center kicks off its series of spring films with screenings of Oscar Nominated Live Shorts. The program features live action nominees “Feeling Through,” “The Letter Room,” “The Present,” “Two Distant Strangers” and “White Eye.” All five shorts will be screened Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25.

Hamptons Doc Fest Presents Earth Day Docs Equinox April 22 to 25

Hamptons Doc Fest inaugurates spring with its annual Docs Equinox celebration that this year includes an expanded four days of programming of three virtual and live documentary film screenings with filmmakers and special guests and an inspiring East End Green Team “conversation centerpiece”— all happening from Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, through Sunday, April 25.

Hamptons Doc Fest Conversation with the East End Green Team

Presented as part of its Docs Equinox program of three environment-focused films for Earth Day weekend, April 22 to 25, Hamptons Doc Fest offers a free online “Conversation Centerpiece” with five local eco-advocates, “the new keepers of our planet,” explained Hamptons Doc Fest founder and Executive Director Jacqui Lofaro.

See Oscar Nominees on the Big Screen

In advance of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 25, the Sag Harbor Cinema is hosting special theatrical viewings of Oscar-nominated films, providing an opportunity to see these movies on the big screen, the way the filmmakers intended. Starting April 16, Sag Harbor Cinema’s soft-opening program continues with screenings of all the 2021 Best Picture nominees, plus special Saturday and Sunday matinées, featuring one of the nominees for Best Documentary.

‘Son of the South’: Bob Zellner’s Life as an Activist is Now a Feature...

Since he began working as a civil rights activist in his native Alabama in the early 1960s, Bob Zellner, the son and grandson of Ku Klux Klan members, has remained vigilant and on the front lines in the fight against racism. As a result, over the course of the last half century, he has been beaten or arrested more times than he can count. And now, there's a feature film that tells the story of his early life as an activist.

‘Met Under Moonlight,’ a Beachfront Drive-In Opera Theater

Starting Saturday evening, East Hampton’s Guild Hall will revive its beloved, long-running opera series through “Met Under Moonlight,” a slate of past Met performances — starting with “Carmen — Live in HD Encore” — screened in a drive-in movie theater format at Main Beach.

21st HamptonsFilm Screenwriters Lab

HamptonsFilm, home of Hamptons International Film Festival, has selected fellows, screenplays and mentors for the 21st edition of its annual Screenwriters Lab, which will take place April 9 to 11. The lab pairs rising screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors and creative-producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year's lab will take place virtually.

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