Film screenings and special events dominate the first half of February 2020 in The Hamptons. We've picked the best things to do for your weekends through February 16, 2020. Read on to discover which events made our list.

1.  Clyfford Still Documentary Screening & Talk at The Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum will screen the documentary "Lifeline: Clyfford Still" on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the screening, a talk with film director Dennis Scholl and artist Deborah Buck will be moderated by Parrish Museum Director Terrie Sultan.

"Lifeline: Clyfford Still" (2019, 77  minutes) takes an in-depth look into the life and work of Still, a significant contributor to Abstract Expressionism and the color field movement. The film creates an intimate portrait of the artist through archival material, found footage, and audio recordings.

Tickets are $15 or free for Museum Members, students and children. Click here to reserve. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

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Clyfford Still. Photographer Sandra Still Campbell. Courtesy Clyfford Still Archives

Clyfford Still. Photographer Sandra Still Campbell. Courtesy Clyfford Still Archives and the Parrish Art Museum.

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2.  Historical Film Screening & Alec Baldwin in Conversation at Guild Hall

Guild Hall screens the award winning historical drama "The Mission" on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a Conversation about the film by Alec Baldwin.

Co-presented with HamptonsFilm, "The Mission" (1986, 2 hours, 6 minutes) follows Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) as he enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task. 

Tickets are $25 or $20 for Museum Members. Click here to reserve. Student Rush tickets are also available here. Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11973. www.guildhall.org.

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3.  Jake Lear Leads Almond's Artist & Writer Dinner

Musician Jake Lear hosts Almond's Artist & Writer Dinner on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event includes a 3 course family-style meal with one glass of wine or beer for $49 in advance at the Bridgehampton restaurant. The menu is developed around a theme chosen by Lear and will include a performance by Lear. For additional local concerts in other settings, catch Lear at the Southampton Arts Center on Thursday, February 6, 2020, and at the Masonic Temple in Sag Harbor on Friday, February 28, 2020. Click here for his schedule.

Reservations are required for the special event at Almond's. Call 631-537-5665 to reserve. Almond is located at One Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. www.almondrestaurant.com.

4.  Ursula von Rydingsvard Documentary Screening & Artist Talk at The Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum will screen "Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own," a documentary following the New York-based contemporary artist as she completes recent commissions for MIT and Princeton University, on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. Immediately following, Ursula von Rydingsvard will be interviewed by Parrish Museum Director Terrie Sultan.

"Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own" (2019, 57 minutes) explores von Rydingsvard’s early struggles, passion and drive to become an artist. Told mostly through the artist’s own voice, the film  includes interviews with colleagues, family members and close friends who offer additional perspective on her life and art. It is directed by Daniel Traub. The screening is co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest as part of the museum's The Artist’s Lens series.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for Museum Members, students and children. Click here to reserve. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

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5.  Valentine's Day Storytelling at Southampton Arts Center

The Southampton Arts Center presents its Raconteurs Storytelling Evening with a theme of love on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 7 p.m.

Each participant will tell a true story about love or something related to love. Storytellers include Franco Cuttica, Carolann diPirro, Paton Miller, Greg Monske, Eileen Obser, Andrea Harum Schiavoni and Annie Washburn.

Tickets are $15 or $12 for Friends of Southampton Arts Center. Click here to reserve. The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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6.  Artist Residency Presentation at The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center "In Process" Series features multi-media artists Qinmin Liu and Yapci Ramos on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Qinmin Liu and Yapci Ramos will share their works in process developed during their stay as artists-in-residency at Watermill Center. Both exhibit their work extensively internationally. Qinmin's work includes performance, immersive works and site-specific work. Ramos integrates video and sound into her conceptual work which challenges assumptions make about people and the places they live and work as the border of comfort between the body and society and expressions of identity.

Admission is free. Click here to make a reservation. The Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.

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Performance of "QINGNI QINMIN: THE SECOND CHAPTER OF "REAL PLAYER 56" by Qinmin Liu. Photo by Xiaolong Zhang. Courtesy Watermill Center.

Performance of "QINGNI QINMIN: THE SECOND CHAPTER OF "REAL PLAYER 56" by Qinmin Liu at Chambers Fine Art in New York. Photo by Xiaolong Zhang. Courtesy Watermill Center.

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7.  Documentary Screening and Panel at Southampton Arts Center

The Southampton Arts Center will screen the documentary "CONSCIENCE POINT" on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. followed by a panel discussion.

"CONSCIENCE POINT" (2019, 77 minutes) covers the almost two-decade-long battle for Shinnecock Nation land preservation, pitting real estate development against environmental equilibrium and ties to the Shinnecock Nation's ancestral homeland. The film follows Shinnecock activist Becky HIll-Genia and documents the struggle. The discussion features Becky Hill-Genia, Shane Weeks, Bryan Polite, Kelly Dennis, Alli Jospeh, Tela Troge and moderated by Joe Shaw, Executive Editor of the Express News Group, who co-presents the event.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve. The Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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