Tuesday nights are for bonding, if only in the virtual sense. At least, that’s the philosophy of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) which, now through March 30, is hosting a biweekly Tuesday night movie series for patrons and staff to watch (and comment) on films as a group.
The WHBPAC has curated a series of films available on streaming services and will moderate a chat as patrons watch and comment about the film in real time. Designed to be tech easy (and easy on the wallet), this program will educate, entertain and inspire up to 100 people a night. Donations to the WHBPAC, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, are welcome.
The next film in the series is Erin Derham’s “Stuffed,” a documentary about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy, on February 16, at 8 p.m. Through the eyes and hands of passionate renowned artists across the world, the film allows the audience to dip into and explore this diverse subculture, where sculptors must also be scientists. It is a genre of art, formed by a collection of people who have a fanaticism for nature, matched only by their desire to protect it. They love animals and see life where others only see death. In an unexpected twist, “Stuffed” reveals the importance of preserving nature, using taxidermy as its unlikely vehicle, and the taxidermist as its wild driver.
Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth,” a postcard from the edge of the American empire that captures a portrait of a materialistic, workaholic, image-obsessed culture, on March 2; Matthew Akers’s “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,” a documentary that follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, on March 16; and “A Suitable Girl,” Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s film that follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married.
To register to take part in the series, email email@example.com or visit whbpac.org.