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Sag Harbor Cinema Presents New Films for August at the Drive-In & Virtual Cinema

August 2, 2020, 8:30 pm10:30 pm.



Throughout August, Sag Harbor Cinema continues to bring outstanding cinematic experiences safely and comfortably to you – both at home with the Virtual Cinema (this week we are featuring Rebuilding Paradise, director Ron Howard’s highly anticipated new documentary on the fires that ravaged California in 2018) and to your car at the Havens Beach Drive-in.

Sag Harbor Cinema Drive-in at Havens Beach

This Sunday, August 2nd brings Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, a dreamy summer dystopian-action-fable that feels as visceral as it did when it premiered nearly a decade ago.

The film transports us to a mysterious and magical world through the eyes of an audacious six-year-old named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis in the breakout role that earned her an Academy Award nomination – the youngest nomination in history at age 9). This charming fable centers around Hushpuppy who lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry) in “The Bathtub” – a forgotten and physically crumbling, yet spiritually vibrant bayou community. “The Bathtub is a harsh place to live,” Zeitlin says. “The residents give up the comforts of modern civilization, and what they gain is a freedom and unity that would be impossible on the other side of the wall.

When melting ice-caps threaten to flood their community, which would unleash prehistoric aurochs (the titular ‘beasts’), and Wink’s health wanes, Hushpuppy must tap into her heroic bravery to save her world. We go on adventures though the bayou with our irresistible heroine and ruminate on life, nature, and cosmos through her wistful introspection told through narration. “‘Southern Wild’ is a hypnotic bit of cinematic poetry that is as vivid as its lead character’s imagination,” says critic Michael Compton.

The 2005 catastrophe for Louisiana communities when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast serves as clear inspiration for the film; by 2012, writer-director Zeitlin had transformed the very real experiences of those who suffered immense physical and emotional damage due to Katrina into a rich fantasy infused with penetrating social commentary. Zeitlin, whose parents were folklorists at the Smithsonian Institution, made Beasts for under $2M on handheld 16mm cameras with a cast and crew of untrained actors and artists. The writer-director even co-composed the film’s powerful Cajun-inspired score with Dan Romer, giving the film yet another level of artisanal craft. The result is a gorgeous and emotionally raw film that sets its hooks in you from the moment it begins and doesn’t let you go until long after the credits roll.

Sag Harbor Cinema’s Havens Beach Drive-in will present five more films on Sunday evenings throughout August: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) on August 2nd, Big Wednesday (1978) on August 9th, Adventureland (2009) on August 16th, Thelma & Louise (1991) on August 23rd, and Stand by Me (1986) on August 30th.

Drive-in tickets are available only online. Screenings start approximately at 9:00pm and the park opens at 8:30pm. Go to sagharborcinema.org for tickets and information. Havens Beach (Lot 7.2) is located just off Bay Street in Sag Harbor.


Havens Beach Havens Beach, Havens Beach Road, Sag Harbor, NY United States

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