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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, April 9, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present two screenings of HBO’s newly released documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light,” an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today.
Allen O’Reilly, Bay Street Theater’s director of education and community outreach, appears in a new film, “The Enormity of Life,” which will have its worldwide release on Tuesday, April 6.
A documentary screened at Hamptons Doc Fest’s virtual film festival in December is one of five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature, as named on Monday, March 15, by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film, “The Mole Agent” directed by Maite Alberdi, was one of the offerings shown in the festival last December.
Films screened as part of last fall’s 28th Hamptons International Film Festival have garnered a total of 30 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture nominees “Nomadland,” “Minari” and “Sound of Metal,” which received six nominations each. “One Night in Miami” received three nominations, “Collective” received two (including Best Documentary Feature) and “Time” received one nomination.
Bay Street Theater and the Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) are teaming up for a special online presentation of “Martin Luther King Jr: A Personal Portrait” on Thursday, March 25, at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Following the screening, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer George Silano, who filmed the footage over the course of a week in December 1965, will join Brenda Simmons, the founder and executive director of SAAM, for a question-and-answer session.
As far as court cases go, “Juliana vs. The United States” was certainly unusual. The 2015 case was named for Oregon resident Kelsey Juliana, the oldest of 21 young plaintiffs from around the country who sued the federal government for its role in promoting the fossil fuel industry, thereby failing to protect their constitutional right to a stable climate. Their journey is documented in “Youth v Gov,” a new film by Montana-based filmmaker Christi Cooper that followed the children’s case as it made its way through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals more than a year ago.
As part of THAW FEST, the Hamptons Arts Network’s (HAN) series of March offerings by its 21 member arts institutions, Hamptons Doc Fest will be presenting the Romanian documentary “Acasa, My Home,” for five days, from Thursday, March 11 to Monday, March 15.