Martin Scorsese Presents ‘The Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation’

Image from “The Red Shoes.” Courtesy of Park Circus.

Sag Harbor Cinema will host the East End’s first preservation film festival from November 19 to 22. The Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation is presented by director Martin Scorsese and funded in part by Suffolk County through the Suffolk County Film Commission. Among the events planned are screenings of major restorations of classic films, live presentations of historical footage and panel discussions on the culture and process of film preservation, with representatives from organizations such as MoMA, The Film Foundation, Cineric Labs, Film Forum and The Criterion Collection.

“Cultivating the culture and the experience of film is an essential part of SHC’s DNA,” said the cinema’s artistic director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan. “It seemed only natural that we would want to create an opportunity for our audience to connect more intimately with the world of film preservation, through an annual program that combines great films with the insight provided by the people that make it possible for film history — and the movies we love — to remain alive, available and relevant to our present.”

“I believe in the power of film not only to entertain, but to bring unsung heroes to life,

and to change the world around us,” said Scorsese in a statement. “For as long as I can remember, the Sag Harbor Cinema has stood as a beacon of culture on Long Island.”

The festival will showcase the importance of preserving film and its culture. Programs will span from the restored version of Michael Powell’s gloriously vibrant “The Red Shoes” to the late Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” The festival will also feature 35mm prints and host a wide range of guests to participate in Q&A sessions, special introductions, and relevant panel discussions.
A full program of films and participants will be announced next month. For more information, visit Sag Harbor Cinema is at 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor.