Bits and Pieces 02.21.19

An Oscar Nominee

The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Now Showing series will screen “Capernaum,” a Lebanese film nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar, on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, “Capernaum” is the story of Zain, a 12-year-old streetwise boy who flees his negligent parents, survives on the streets, takes care of an Ethiopian refugee and her baby son, and eventually sues his parents for the crime of giving him life.

Originally inspired by the sight of a woman and a 1-year-old baby sitting on a traffic island at night, Nadine Labaki, the director, prepared for making the movie by visiting children’s detention centers, prisons for minors, and courtrooms. Her experience led her to cast non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely paralleled their own.

Tickets are $15, $10 for Guild Hall and HIFF members. 

Political Dysfunction

“Patriocracy,” a 2011 documentary directed by Brian Malone about political polarization in the United States, will be screened for free on Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Amagansett Library, courtesy of the Hamptons Doc Fest. 

Filmed in 2011, but if anything more relevant today, “Patriocracy” features interviews with politicians and political commentators, among them Bob Schieffer, a former news anchor with CBS, Bob Inglis, an erstwhile Republican congressman from South Carolina, and Alan Simpson, a former senator from Wyoming, among others.

Film Journal International called it “a scrappy but thoughtful essay of a film.”

Tom Petty Tribute

Damn the Torpedoes, a Tom Petty tribute band, will perform at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 8 p.m. The band was first put together in 2007 by Rich Kubicz, who plays the role of Petty in the show. His goal was to play all the studio hits, some of the live versions, and a few deep cuts to create the illusion of a Tom Petty concert performance.

The band’s current lineup, in place for several years, includes Jimi Alan, lead guitar, Gary Castelluccio, keyboards, guitar, and harmonica, Jon Provan, bass guitar, and Ross Kantor, drums and percussion. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 the day of the show. 

Mixed-Media Program

Nights at the Round Table, the Watermill Center’s winter lecture series, will conclude Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by Ryder Cooley, an installation and performance artist and former center resident.

Ms. Cooley will show slides and music-performance videos excerpted from her portfolio of interdisciplinary work. In addition, she will facilitate a conversation about how to survive financially and spiritually as an independent artist or musician. “Working resourcefully and sustainably while establishing and maintaining art practices that extend beyond the context of industry and convention is integral to my approach,” she has said.

Advance reservations are free but required.