“Martin Scorsese presents

The Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation”

to take place November 19 – 22


“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. For as long as I can remember, the Sag Harbor Cinema has

stood as a beacon of culture on Long Island.”

  • — Martin Scorsese

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Sag Harbor, NY – Sag Harbor Cinema will host the East End’s first annual preservation film festival November 19th through the 22nd, 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. 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,” says Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.    

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.


Sag Harbor Cinema

As a community based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image- from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016. SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets, merchandise, and food at our concession stand and cafe, as well as exclusive entry to the Cinema’s rooftop lounge, The Green Room.




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