Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center’s American Values Film Series continues in 2018 with several highly anticipated screenings and talkbacks with filmmakers, artists and writers, including Julie Andrews, Carl Bernstein, and more.
“All the panelists participating in the American Values Film Series love the idea of coupling films they participated in with discussion about the relevance of the films themes to our present day lives,” remarked Jayne Young, Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, Programming Committee. “They see the need, as we do, for open conversation on some of America’s pressing issues of today.”
The complimentary screenings make their 2018 debut with All the President’s Men at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Former Washington Post reporter journalist/author Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate scandal, will host the viewing on Sunday, January 14 at 2 p.m. The film follows Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) as they examine the failed 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters.
“I’m happy to help the Cinema live again by presenting All the President’s Men,” Bernstein noted. “I love living in this community and have a long and happy history here.”
Casablanca, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its release, will screen on Sunday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Actress, author and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini (who is Ingrid Bergman’s daughter) will present the Guild Hall screening. The iconic drama/romance tells the story of nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who learns his former love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), a notable rebel that is being tailed by the Germans.
Chicago director Rob Marshall and choreographer/director/producer John Deluca will present the Prohibition era musical on Sunday, February 11 at the Ross School Senior Lecture Hall at 2 p.m. The 2002 film revolves around nightclub sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who kills her philandering husband. She’s set to be defended by Chicago’s smoothest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), but when Roxie (Renée Zellweger) also ends up in the clinker Flynn decides to represent her as well. The two jailbirds are desperate for attention and revel in the media circus that follows the cases.
On Sunday, February 18, artist, musician and filmmaker Laurie Anderson will screen Mary Harron’s American Psycho at Southampton Arts Center at 5 p.m. Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman, a dapper young urban professional who is also a serial killer by night.
Additional screenings in March and April will feature Julie Andrews with The Americanization of Emily, and French Connection and The Exorcist director William Friedkin, who will introduce his very first film The People Versus Paul Crump via Skype from Los Angeles.
SHCAC programming head and film historian Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan will present the talk-backs.
“Each film and discussion will be interesting and thought-provoking,” Young added. “Perfect for our film-loving East End community.”
For more information, visit www.sagharborcinema.org.