A tough New York detective and a corrupted LA one; a Gullah family leaving the golden South Carolina islands to head North and the first black stock car driver Wendell Scott on his way to the top; a father struggling to make ends meet for his family in Watts and a brilliant ad exec (and Casanova) who has finally met his match; the Black Panthers’ favorite anti-hero and Chester Himes’ Harlem cops, Gravedigger Jones, and Coffin Ed. Sag Harbor Cinema pays tribute to Black History Month with a new series of Cinema Minutes devoted to pioneering Black filmmakers and trailblazing stars. Highlighting scenes from films by Ossie Davies, Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, Julie Dash, Michael Schultz, Charles Burnett, Reginald Hudlin and Antoine Fuqua,these minutes span the spectrum from the origins of Blaxploitation to the “LA Rebellion”, to more a recent Hollywood comedy and a thriller.

“The Seventies was a defining decade for Black cinema in the US. Films like Cotton Comes to Harlem, Shaft, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and Greased Lightning were huge crossover successes. The soundtracks and casts of these movies are legendary. Their influence in contemporary black cinema cannot be overstated. Julie Dash started working on Daughters of the Dust in the same decade, but it took her fifteen years to get the movie made. Same for Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep. I wanted to honor their pioneering force. And since it’s February, we added two superstar Valentines: Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington,” says SHC Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.

The Cinema Minutes were filmed, directed, and edited by Sam Hamilton. They will be posted to the Sag Harbor Cinema website and social channels throughout the month – or stop by the SHC Café to see them all in the outdoor and indoor digital poster vitrines!



Daughters of the Dust, Directed by Julie Dash (1991)


 Shaft, Directed by Gordon Parks (1971)


Cotton Comes to Harlem, Directed by Ossie Davis (1970) 


Boomerang, Directed by Reginald Hudlin (1992)


Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Directed by Melvin Van Peebles (1971)


Greased Lightning, Directed by Michael Schultz (1977) 


Neighborhood kids jumping from roof to roof in the film KILLER OF SHEEP, a Milestone Film & Video release.

Killer of Sheep, Directed by Charles Burnett (1978)


Training Day, Directed by Antoine Fuqua (2001)




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