Singer-songwriter Sara Hartman walks on water.           bryan downey photo
Singer-songwriter Sara Hartman walks on water.                                bryan downey photo

All day this New Year’s Eve, the Sag Harbor Cinema will be filled with art, film and music, all produced by local artists.

This newly formed Sag Harbor Arts Group, founded by Noyac recording studio owner and singer-songwriter Bryan Downey, plans to screen local independent movies and host music and art on a monthly basis in the historic art deco theater at 90 Main Street.

The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with screenings of classic Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy films until noon, in conjunction with an opening of a show featuring 66 works by 26 local artists in the gallery.

Between noon and 3 p.m. and 4:15 and 7 p.m., musicians will take to the stage at the theater, with a break to screen the film “Reel Montauk,” about fishing in Montauk, followed by a short question and answer session with director John Barrett.

Musicians expected to perform include Kerry Kearney, Mariann Megna, Leroy Eric Klavis, Skylar Day, Penny Kerr, Matty Liot, Jeff Bragman, John Snow Ciccariello, Katherine Che, Robert J Kohut and Sue, Michael Pour, Michael Rusinsky, Michael Mazzaraco, Alyssa Scartozzi, Sarah Conway, Sara Hartman, Joseph Haines, Donald G Bracken Jr, Alfredo Merat, Paul Fried, Rob Europe, Robert Bruey, Jake Lear, Jim Turner, Chuck Finch, John Sparrow. Poi dancing by Susan Blacklocke to the beats of drums by James Benard and Claes Brondal.

Actresss Minerva Perez will also read her poetry.

A day’s pass to the events costs $12, and includes pastry and coffee for early risers.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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