Photos: A Screening Raises Money and Awareness in Sag Harbor

Jamal Joseph, second from right, stopped by the Eastville Community Historical Society on Sunday before the screening of his film. Joining him, from left, were Joyce Joseph, a co-founder of IMPACT, Khadim Diop, and Susan Penzner. Durell Godfrey photos

On Sunday, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater was the setting for a benefit preview of “Chapter & Verse,” a film by Jamal Joseph, an activist and former Black Panther who is now a professor in Columbia University’s graduate film program. A discussion with Mr. Joseph, who is also an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, followed the screening.

The event, presented by Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Georgette Grier-Key, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker, Susan Penzner, and Amy Sullivan, benefited IMPACT Repertory Theatre and the Eastville Community Historical Society.

“Chapter & Verse” is the story of S. Lance Ingram, who returns to a gentrifying Harlem after eight years in prison. Performers in the IMPACT Repertory Theatre, which is based in Harlem, use current events and their own personal experiences as material to explore issues facing young Americans. The Eastville Community Historical Society is devoted to the collection and dissemination of information about the Eastville area of Sag Harbor, one of the earliest known working-class communities inhabited mainly by African-American and Native American families.

Mr. Joseph, left, discussed the film after the screening with Cheryl Hill, the producer, and Khadim Diop, who stars in it.
Reynold Ruffins, Vivian Wallace, Murial Cunningham, Elinor Fendall, and Michael Butler met up before the screening in Bay Street's lobby.
Susan Penzner and April Gornik