Sag Harbor Cinema Grant Matched

A rendering of what the rebuilt Sag Harbor Cinema — now the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center — would look like. Courtesy of NK Architects and Croxton Collaborative Architects.

The Sag Harbor Partnership’s fundraising efforts to purchase the Sag Harbor Cinema property and create the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center got a $100,000 boost this week, after an anonymous $50,000 challenge donation was matched by individual supporters who contributed enough to complete the challenge, the partnership has announced.

Additionally, the partnership said a comedian who is “famous for presenting his routine while wearing an arrow through his head” has provided a major donation. One performer, known for a similar routine, is Steve Martin. The organization has also announced a free wintertime film series dubbed “American Values” that kicks off Sunday at Pierson Middle-High School and aims to showcase films that celebrate, explore and challenge American identity and values and what it means to be an American. The first will be the Coen brothers’ version of “True Grit,” with an in-person introduction by the film’s composer, Carter Burwell, a Sag Harbor resident and member of the arts center’s board.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from residents, small businesses and people from across the East End who have supported this effort over the past eight months,” said April Gornik, vice president of the Sag Harbor Partnership. “Our mission, since the beginning, has been to preserve the power of independent film and educational programming through cinema arts on the East End.”