FilmArts + Forum

The Hello Girls: The Story of America’s First Female Soldiers (56mins)

The Hello Girls: The Story of America’s First Female Soldiers (56mins)

Wednesday November 13 at 6pm, Amagansett Library

By the end of World War I, American female telephone operators, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected over 26 million phone calls. They served with distinction, wore Army uniforms, were subject to military law, and swore Army oaths. Several received military awards and decorations. They also served during the occupation of Germany and the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The last of the Hello Girls returned home in 1920, only to be told they were never soldiers. Led by Merle Egan from Helena, Montana, they fought the U.S. government for 60 years for recognition. In 1977, they won; unfortunately only 36 were still alive. Told through 100-year-old letters, photos, archival footage, and interviews with family and historians, the “Hello Girls” reveals the relatively unknown story of 223 American women who served overseas during WWI as telephone operators.

Reservations requested Amagansett Library 631 267-3810

Last Dance

Last Dance

Sunday November 24 at 2pm, Hampton Library (84mins)

Q&A with director Mirra Bank

The movie provides an intimate glimpse of how sensibilities as compatible as oil and water forced themselves to blend and create a successful work despite their aesthetic differences. Although no tantrums are thrown in front of the camera, at moments the collaborators seem only a hairsbreadth away from losing their tempers and giving up on the project.

''A Selection,'' the work that Mr. Sendak and his partner Arthur Yorinks created with Pilobolus, was eventually completed and had its world premiere three years ago at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. A meditation on the Holocaust, it was the first time that the company, which for three decades had generated its own ideas from within, brought in an outside collaborator. Taking dictation from anyone, but especially from someone as forcefully single-minded as Mr. Sendak, obviously wasn't easy. When he insists on something, there is no talking him out of it.

As the artistic director of his own theater company, the Night Kitchen, Mr. Sendak, the author, illustrator, costume and set designer, is a spinner of dark visionary fairy tales that are at once wondrous and scary. His starkly expressionistic style of storytelling is much more blatantly illustrative than the semiabstract, mime-influenced, acrobatically virtuosic work of Pilobolus.

Reservations requested Hampton Library 631 537-0015

The Bullish Farmer

The Bullish Farmer

Friday October 18 at 7pm Shelter Island Library (79mins)

Post screening talk with Jocelyn Craig, Windmill Field Manager from The Sylvester Manor.

Well over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America.

Reservations requested. Shelter Island Library 631 749 0042

Another chance to see "The Bullish Farmer"

Another chance to see "The Bullish Farmer"

Sunday October 27 at 2pm, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton (79mins)

Speaker TBA

Once a successful Wall Street banker, John Ubaldo -- aka "John Boy" -- quit his career after the loss of a personal friend in the 9/11 attacks and purchased 185 acres of land in order to pursue a bigger dream. A dream that involves living an uncomplicated, traditional, agrarian life where he raises livestock and crops. But his dreams are complicated when he comes up against Big Ag, who support farming techniques that use all-in-one resources for large-scale producers, operators, and growers.
In the face of this ever-growing monolith, John soon realizes that his preferred method of farming is not in sync with today's prevailing agricultural practices. Usually a private farmer, John takes to his blog to become an outspoken activist who lobbies for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity, and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms. John and his fellow small-scale farmers take their fight directly to the corporations that threaten to wipe out small, sustainable farms like theirs.

Reservations requested Hampton Library 631 537-0015

Profiles: Israeli Cuisine

Profiles: Israeli Cuisine

Saturday September 14 at 6pm Amagansett Library (120mins)

Q/A and presentation with Roger Sherman, the film’s director.

The film's chef/guide is Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award winning chef. Mike was born in Israel and grew up in Pittsburgh. He’s lived in Israel and travels there frequently. The filmmakers follow Mike into hot restaurants and home kitchens, wineries and cheese makers, he eats street food and visits markets. All over the country, he discusses traditions, ingredients, the origins, and the future of Israeli Cuisine,

During this interactive presentation Roger Sherman will show a dozen scenes that were not included in his acclaimed documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a portrait of the Israeli people told through food, conflict and all. Clips illustrate how Israel went from being one of the poorest countries to having one of the hottest food scenes in the world. A culinary travelogue, participants will meet chefs and home cooks, visit markets and discover traditions and cultures: Yemenite, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Palestinian, Arab, Druze, and more.

Reservations requested Amagansett Library 631 267-3810

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady

Sunday September 22 at 2pm, Hampton Library, Bridgehampton (40mins)

Q/A with director Neil Leifer and producer and artist Walter Bernard

The Painting Group was created 50 years ago by caricaturist David Levine and artist Aaron Shikler. They gathered together some two dozen amateur and professional painters who wanted to meet once a week to create portraits. They hired male and female models to sit for them and each model sat for one three-hour session per week for a total of four weeks. Walter Bernard joined The Painting Group because he wanted to make a documentary film about this unique bunch of painters. But, as he told me, “I couldn’t get backing.”

Walter remembered reading that of the many, many different portraits painted of George Washington, it’s the Gilbert Stuart portrait that is most often shown, because, as others have noted, we want to believe that’s George Washington. “That got me thinking that we, The Painting Group, should find a national figure to sit for us.”

Through a series of mutual connections and some always welcome serendipity it came to pass that on October 10, 2006 former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, sat for a six-hour sessions.

The documentary records each artist as he or she struggles to achieve a one-day “premier coup” (first impression) of this world renowned woman. The documentary also reveals the wit and charm of O’Connor as she tells stories and interacts with the artists. The camera is rolling as each artist puts down his or her very first brush stroke, and it is still recording as each one adds the last dot. The 25 portraits are finished, each one unique to each artist’s vision. Reflecting on that memorable day, Bernard says he realized, “It takes three people to make a portrait: the person sitting for the portrait, the artist creating the portrait, and the person looking at the portrait.”

“Portraits of a Lady” concludes on that very note at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for the March 2007 exhibition of all the portraits of Sandra Day O’Connor created by The Painting Group.

Reservations requested Hampton Library 631 537-0015

Sunday September 22 at 5:00pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor (120 mins)

Sunday September 22 at 5:00pm, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor (120 mins)

A film by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Q&A with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, director.

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM: an artful and uplifting documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart), a friend of Toni Morrison’s for over 35 years, the film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own work. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed novels, including “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. In addition to Ms. Morrison, the documentary features interviews with Angela Davis, Hilton Als, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Farah Griffin, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film

Tickets are $20 here or at Bay Street Theater box office 631-725-9500

Treasures From the Rubble

Treasures From the Rubble

Saturday, September 28 at 5pm at the Amagansett Library (64mins)

Q&A with filmmaker Alexandra Brayon

The story of an art rebel who broke all rules for Southern women in order to live alone up north so that she could fulfill her dreams of dedicating her life to the creation of her art and leaving an inspiring legacy to her small Alabama hometown by establishing an art museum there. In 1905 Lois Wilson is born into deep poverty in the rural south. Showing early promise, Wilson studies art in Boston and New York. Unable to afford rent in New York City, Wilson moves to Yonkers where they are bulldozing the slums around her. Every day she searches for scrap wood on which to paint. Like the folk artists she so admires, Wilson spends the rest of her life creating art from found objects. She also collects art from other artists through barter. With bad health and old age upon her, Wilson begins a correspondence with Jack Black, a Fayette newspaperman, telling him she wants the town to have her art collection. Wilson ultimately gives Fayette 2,600 pieces of art. Black spends the next 35 years of his life shepherding the Fayette Art Museum from its fragile birth in 1969 with the Wilson Collection to its solid presence as an icon of Southern pride in its arts. Lois Wilson dies poor and obscure in Yonkers, New York, in 1980 at the age of seventy-five. The beauty of her art and the vision of the woman live on.

Reservations requested Amagansett Library 631 267 3810

The Only Real Game

The Only Real Game

Monday July 29 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Q&A with filmmaker Mirra Banks

Deputized: ¿Cómo Pudo Pasar?

Deputized: ¿Cómo Pudo Pasar?

Monday August 26 at 7pm Hampton Library, Bridgehampton.

Q&A with director Susan Hagedorn

HALSTON

HALSTON

Sunday, July 14 at 6pm at The Southamptons Arts Center

Q&A with Fern Mallis, Fred Rattman and Stan Herman

The Last Fix: An Addict's Passage from Hell to Hope

The Last Fix: An Addict's Passage from Hell to Hope

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7pm Hampton Library

Q&A with Judge Deborah Kooperstein

 Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.

Friday, June 7, 201 at 6pm at the Parrish Art Museum

Q/A with the director Thomas Piper

Funny Business - An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning

Funny Business - An Inside Look at the Art of Cartooning

May 20, 2019 at 7pm at Hampton Library

The Newburgh Sting

The Newburgh Sting

April 29 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream

Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream

March 31, 2019 at 2:00pm at

Kusama—Infinity: The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama

Kusama—Infinity: The Life and Art of Yayoi Kusama

Sunday, March 24 at 2pm at The Parrish Art Museum

Q/A with Terrie Sultan and John Torreano

Courting Justice

Courting Justice

March 25, 2019 at 7pm at Hampton Library, Bridgehampton

Patriocracy

Patriocracy

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2pm at Amagansett Library

The Convention

The Convention

Monday, February 25 2019 at 7:pm at Hampton Library

Basquiat: Rage to Riches

Basquiat: Rage to Riches

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6pm at the Parrish Art Museum

Q&A with Micheal Halsband and Coriine Erni

Painters Painting

Painters Painting

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6pm at the Parrish Art Museum

Q/A with artist Valerie Jaudon and Terrie Sultan

Beuys

Beuys

Friday, January 4, 2019 at 6pm at the Parrish Art Museum

Director, Andres Veiel

Salt of the Sea

Salt of the Sea

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7pm at South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center.

Q/A with the director Tom Garber

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Monday, January 28, 2018 at 7 pm at Hampton Library
Q/A with author Linda Francke

Esteban Vicente: Portrait of an Artist

Esteban Vicente: Portrait of an Artist

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7 pm at Hampton Library

The Windmill Movie

The Windmill Movie

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Indian Point

Indian Point

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Souvenirs: the Many Worlds of Micky Wolfson

Souvenirs: the Many Worlds of Micky Wolfson

Sunday September 30, 2018 at 6pm at Amagansett Library
Q/A with filmmakers Max Scott & Vera Graaf

Shelter Island: Art + Friendship + Discovery

Shelter Island: Art + Friendship + Discovery

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner

Penny and Red: The Life of Secretariat’s Owner

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

Saturday September 8, 2018 at 6pm at Amagansett Library
Q/A with architect Bill Chaleff

Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome

Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome

Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look

Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look

July 30, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Director: Maryte Kavaliauskas

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Monday, July 16 at 7pm at the Southampton Arts Center

The Way it Goes: Nathan Slate Joseph

The Way it Goes: Nathan Slate Joseph

Thursday July 12 at 7pm, 2018 at John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor

One Big Home

One Big Home

Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 6pm at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

June 25, 2018 at 7pm at Hampton Library

Director: Neal Broffman

Eero Saarienen:  The Architect Who Saw the Future

Eero Saarienen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6pm at the Parrish Art Museum

Q/A with filmmaker Peter Rosen

WHEN PEOPLE DIE THEY SING SONGS

WHEN PEOPLE DIE THEY SING SONGS

Thursday May 24th at 7pm, 47mins
John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor

Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro

Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro

Monday, May 21 at 7pm, 75mins
Hampton Library, Bridgehampton

THE LAVENDER SCARE

THE LAVENDER SCARE

Friday, May 18 at 6pm, 78mins
Co-presented with Southampton Arts Center

SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

Monday, April 30 at 7pm, 84mins
Hampton Library, Bridgehampton

MISSION BLUE

MISSION BLUE

Sunday, April 22 at 2pm, 95min
with special guest Carl Safina
At Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor

BIRD OF PREY

BIRD OF PREY

Sunday, April 22 at 4pm
Bay Street Theater

Human Flow

Human Flow

Friday, April 13 at 6pm
In Partnership with The Parrish Art Museum

THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES

THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES

Monday, March 26 at 7pm, 93 mins
Hampton Library, Bridgehampton

I KNOW A MAN...ASHLEY BRYAN

I KNOW A MAN...ASHLEY BRYAN

Sunday, March 25 at 2pm, 60mins
Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Southampton Arts Center
Friday, March 23 at 8pm, 85mins
Q/A with filmmaker Wendy Keys and Walter Bernard

ALL ME: THE LIFE & TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT

ALL ME: THE LIFE & TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT

Thursday, March 22 at 7pm, 74mins
John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor
Q/A with Vivian Ducat, filmmaker

The artist relives his turbulent life, visualized by his extensive
paintings. A glowing portrait of how an artist and his art is made.
ALL ME is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady

Friday, March 16 at 7pm, 40 min
Shelter Island Library
Q/A with Walter Bernard, Producer

In October 2006, 25 artists came together to paint Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The result was a collection of vastly different images of this iconic figure. This film chronicles the process from the initial setting (where Justice O'Connor entertained the room) to the evening when the paintings were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

Outermost Radio

Outermost Radio

Sunday, March 4 at 2pm, 60 min
Amagansett Library

Outermost Radio takes an intimate look at a small community on the
tip of Cape Cod far from the mainland and out of the mainstream, committed to keeping their freedom of expression alive. Meet the people who bring their love of music, controversial points of view and authenticity to the airwaves.

 

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride

Monday, Feb 26 at 7pm, 76 minutes
Hamptons Library in Bridgehampton

Zipper chronicles the battle over the future of Coney Island, an American cultural icon. A ride operator operates the Zipper. When his rented lot is sold to a developer, Eddie and his ride become caught in the power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination.