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PLAYING THIS WEEK

AND A Q&A WITH STREET GANG DIRECTOR 

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Two brand new documentaries open this week at Sag Harbor Cinema. 

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Inspired by Michael Davis’ hit book, Street Gang follows the crew of Sesame Street during the making of the children’s television program. The New York Times’ Ben Kenigsberg says of the film, “Even nostalgia-resistant viewers can learn something from this documentary version of a book on the making of the show.” This look into the most successful children’s show in history is as informative as it is entertaining. We will be joined by the director of the film, Marilyn Agrelo, following the Saturday 7:30 pm screening for a live Q&A via zoom.

Sisters with Transistors brings the important work of women in electronic music to light in this groundbreaking documentary narrated by Laurie Anderson. 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.”

Limbo and The Truffle Hunters, both New York Times Critic’s Picks, continue their run through the week.

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ABOUT THE FILMS

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Street Gang

Directed by: Marilyn Agrelo

USA, 2021; 107 mins, in English

Rated PG

Go inside the hearts and minds of the Sesame Street creators – artists, and educators who established one of the most influential and enduring children’s series in television history. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and over 20 original interviews, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street introduces audiences to a gang of 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 April 8th screening at 7:30 will feature a Q&A with Marilyn Agrelo, the film’s director, moderated by Sag Harbor Cinema’s Artistic Director, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.

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Sisters with Transistors

Directed by: Lisa Rovner

UK, 2021; 84 mins, in English

Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, the film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music and restored the central role of women in the history of music and society at large. The history of women is a history of silence. Until they insisted on being heard.

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The Truffle Hunters

Directed by: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

Italy, Greece, USA, 2021; 84mins, Italian with English subtitles

Rated: PG-13

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle, guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. Like in a fairy tale, they live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their animals and their picture-perfect land, untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet.

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Vikash Bhai (left) stars as “Farhad” and Amir El-Masry (right) stars as “Omar” in director Ben Sharrock’s LIMBO, a Focus Features release. Cr. Courtesy of Focus Features.

Limbo

Directed by: Ben Sharrock

UK, 2020; 103 mins, in English

Rated R

Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. 

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For showtimes and tickets, go to our website, www.sagharborcinema.org

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AAQ / Resource: Riverhead Toyota

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