This week Sag Harbor Cinema opens two brand new documentaries, “Street Gang” and “Sisters with Transistors.”
Inspired by Michael Davis’s book, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” follows the making of the renowned PBS children’s television program. Go inside the hearts and minds of the show’s creators — artists and educators who established one of the most influential children’s series in history. With behind-the-scenes footage and over 20 original interviews, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” introduces audiences to the visionaries who set out to entertain and educate young minds by harnessing the power of television with furry characters, catchy songs, and a diverse cast. The 7:30 p.m. screening on Saturday, May 8, will feature a Q&A via Zoom with Marilyn Agrelo, the film’s director, moderated by Sag Harbor Cinema’s artistic director, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.
Directed by Lisa Rovner, “Sisters with Transistors” is the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers — composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to transform how music is produced. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, the film maps a new history of electronic music through women whose radical experimentations redefined boundaries and restored the central role of women in the history of music and society at large.
As Laurie Spiegel, one of the film’s subjects, explains: “We women were especially drawn to electronic music when the possibility of a woman composing was in itself controversial. Electronics let us make music that could be heard by others without having to be taken seriously by the male-dominated establishment.”
Also being screened at the cinema this week is “The Truffle Hunters,” directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, and “Limbo,” directed by Ben Sharrock.
Sag Harbor Cinema is at 90 Main Street. For showtimes and tickets, go to sagharborcinema.org.