‘First Reformed’ Kicks Off Sag Harbor Cinema Initiative

A scene from Paul Schrader’s film "First Reformed."

For its new winter series, “Present Tense,” the Sag Harbor Cinema is starting out strong.

On Sunday, January 20, Paul Schrader’s critically acclaimed film “First Reformed” — a powerhouse tour-de-force starring Ethan Hawke as the troubled Protestant minister of a dwindling congregation — will screen at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall, located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton.

“Schrader is perhaps best known for having written ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull,’ and with ‘First Reformed,’ he has created what he describes as a ‘spiritual film,’” according to a press release. “Since its release, ‘First Reformed’ has amassed 40 wins and 62 nominations both here and abroad, with a 93-percent critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes.”

The series will continue at Guild Hall on Saturday, January 26, with HBO documentary “The Price of Everything” — directed by Nathaniel Kahn, who takes a clear-eyed look at the art market while asking questions about art, society, its values and its future.

A conversation with Schrader and programming head Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan will follow on Sunday, January 20, and with Kahn, artist John Alexander and producer Carla Solomon on Saturday, January 26. Tickets are $15 for “First Reformed,” and $10 for “The Price of Everything” in advance, or $15 at the door.

For more information, visit sagharborcinema.org.