Summer Film Workshop for High School Students 

The SHC EDU Summer Film Workshop for High School Students at Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center is an immersive cinematic experience for students in grades 9-12. 

From July 22, 2024 to August 2, 2024 (excluding the weekend), from 9am to 1pm, students will develop their knowledge of cinema through an exploration of film language and hands-on filmmaking. With guidance from industry professionals, students will produce their own short films that speak to their unique interests. No prior film experience is required.

The application is due on July 8th. Scholarships are available.

Teaching Staff

Meghan McGinley (PhDc) is the Director of Education at Sag Harbor Cinema. She is a specialist in French film, focusing on the French New Wave. Her doctoral work explores the weaponization of play in the post-WWII era and how it shaped French visual culture of the late 1950s and 1960s. As an educator, McGinley’s teaching practice is student centered and community driven. She prizes transformative learning, guiding students to critically assess their individual and collective relationships to the world around them. At Vanderbilt University, she was honored for her pedagogical ingenuity and excellence in the classroom.

Julian Alvarez is a director and cinematographer based in NYC. He apprenticed for National Geographic and then Los Angeles Timesphotojournalists, and went on to graduate with a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While there, he won technical achievement awards in cinematography. Most recently, he won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival for the documentary Forgotten Founders: David Hempstead, Senior. His latest feature film project, Ahoy! is a swashbuckling fairy tale dealing with harsh realities of our uncertain environmental future through the eyes of a young boy destined for adventure.

Guest Speakers
Carter Burwell
Carter Burwell has composed the music for a number of feature films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Gods and Monsters, Fargo, Being John Malkovich, Before Night Falls, Adaptation, In Bruges, Twilight, Anomalisa, and True Grit. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Original Score for his work on Carol Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, and The Banshees of Inisherin.
Bill Collage
Bill Collage is a screenwriter who has worked on more than 50 projects for major studios, with produced credits totaling over a billion dollars in worldwide box office. His films include Emancipation, Assassins Creed, Allegiant, Exodus: Gods and KingsTransporter RefuelledTower Heist, Accepted, and many more. His most recent project was the feature film Sleeping Dogs,starring Russell Crowe.

Equipment kindly provided by Geekhampton

SHC’s Projections Series

“Projections” is an initiative that aims to activate the Cinema’s Rosenberg Workspace through collaborations with regional not-for-profit groups in order to amplify voices, begin conversations, and build audiences through the Cinema’s network and digital presence. “Projections” was created by Sag Harbor Cinema’s Education Committee Chair, Bill Collage.

Upcoming Projections: Check back soon for news!


Projections Archive

March 3rd, 2024

Sag Harbor Cinema & Eastville Community Historical Society Present: “Generations Speak”

A Short Film Screening and a Panel Discussion with the Leadership of the Eastville Community Historical Society: Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Execuve Director; Michael A. Butler, Cemetery Preservation Director; nd Harriet Simons, Education and Volunteer Director.

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April 28th, 2024

Sag Harbor Cinema & ARF Present:

“Bark the Question: A Lesson in Dog Myths & Training”

Panel Discussion with ARF-Affiliated Professional Dog Trainers Veronica Grzybowska, Cindy LeRoy, Amy Kurtz, as well as Caryl Glaab, Director of Training Programs at the William P. Rayner Training Center at ARF. Moderated by Sag Harbor Cinema Board Member April Gornik & Followed by Animal Adoption Event at Steinbeck Park.

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October 9th, 2023

Sag Harbor Cinema & OLA of Eastern Long Island Present: “Children of the World: A Conversation with J. Oscar Molina”

A Short Film Screening and a Panel Discussion with Oscar Molina, Minerva Perez, Esperanza León, and Mago Martinez. Moderated by Cristina Cuomo.

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May 1st, 2022

Steinbeck In Search of America

Moderated by Steve Hamilton, the co-founder of Bay Street Theater, featuring Bret Johnston, Director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin; Tommy John Schiavoni, who is a Councilperson for the Town of Southampton; and Kathryn Szoka of Canio’s Cultural Cafe, sponsor of the “Steinbeck in Search of America” initiative. 

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August 8th, 2021

Forgetting to Remember:

Sag Harbor’s Role in Slavery and the Path to Reconciliation

A Discussion of The Plain Sight Project with Donnamarie Barnes & David Rattray. Moderated by Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan

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October 21st, 2021

Behind Closed Doors:

A frank converation about abuse in our community

Featuring: advocate & survivor Nicole Behrens, Retreat attorney Susan Bereche, Retreat Prevention Education Director Helen Atkinson-Barnes, Spark Counselor Viviana Bishop & OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez. Moderated by Diana Diamond, PhD.

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“Forgetting to Remember” was an 18-month collaboration between Sag Harbor Cinema and the Plain Sight Project, made possible by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Congressionally Directed Community Project Funding, sponsored by U.S. Senator Hon. Charles E. Schumer.

This collaborative endeavor expands the vital work of the Plain Sight Project, which aims to unearth the identities and stories of enslaved, indentured, and free people of color on the East End of Long Island, into the Sag Harbor region.