Wednesday, February 8

Sag Harbor Cinema Presents Special Screening of “Emancipation” with Screenwriter Bill Collage


Sag Harbor Cinema is pleased to announce a special screening of Emancipation on December 5th, at 6pm. The evening will be highlighted by a Q&A featuring screenwriter and Sag Harbor Cinema Board Member, William N. Collage. The Founding Artistic Director of the Cinema, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, will moderate.

Emancipation will be the first Apple Original film to be shown at Sag Harbor Cinema — and I’m hoping it’s the beginning of a long collaboration, as they have so many premium titles in their pipeline. This is an especially meaningful night to me as well, because some of Emancipation was written in the Sag Harbor Cinema itself, when I had an office on the 3rd floor. So it’s ‘bringing the story home’ in a sense. To me, Antoine Fuqua’s emotional, powerful film fits in well with the amazing offerings that artistic director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan has been programming for our community of cinephiles. It promises to be a special night for our town,” says Mr. Collage.

“We are thrilled to be able to share with our audience the opportunity to experience this visually arresting, thought provoking  film on a big screen; even more with its writer at hand to discuss. I am very grateful both to Bill and AppleTV+ for making it possible,” says D’Agnolo Vallan.

Emancipation tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.

Tickets for the screening will be available for purchase on our website,


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