September 12

Long Island Museum


Carolyn Hepburn


Betting on

September 19


Speaker: Director,
Ted Braun

Theatre Three



September 26


Speaker: Director,
Benjamin Ree,
by Skype

Theatre Three


Strike a

October 10


Salim Gauwloos,
one of the seven

Theatre Three


After Spring

October 17


Speakers: Directors,
Steph Ching and
Ellen Martinez

Theatre Three


God Knows
Where I Am

October 24


Speakers: Directors,
Todd Wider and
Jedd Wider

Theatre Three



November 7


Long Island Museum

Speaker: Co-Producer &
Animation Director,
Craig Staggs


Dear Audience,

As many of our patrons may already know, this fall we instituted an “audience award” ballot at each of the screenings. Our 2016 Fall Series has ended and we would like to announce that LIFE, ANIMATED is the Port Jefferson Documentary Series 2016 Fall Series Audience Award winner! Congratulations to all involved in making this awesome film and a special thank you to co-producer, Carolyn Hepburn for attending our screening for the “Q and A”. We would again like to thank North Island Photography and Film for sponsoring LIFE ANIMATED.

In honor of the win, the PJDS has donated funds to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Finally, we want to mention that there was a less than one point difference between the scores of all the films we screened and that every film averaged out above the “very good” mark. So, we think we can “pat ourselves on the back” for doing a very good job of selecting the films this season!

Our film team is very busy working on our 2017 Spring Series and hope to present another great line-up of films starting in March. Specific dates will be announced shortly.

See you at the movies!
The Port Jefferson Documentary Series Board Members and Volunteers

P.S. Please don’t forget to vote for us as the best film festival in the “Best of Long Island” contest. You can vote once a day, everyday until Dec. 15th.
Vote Here

Port Jefferson Documentary Series has been nominated!


We are so excited to announce that we have been nominated as one of the Best Film Festivals on Long Island. It is a great honor for us to be included along with some of the giants, like Stony Brook and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Please visit here and VOTE for the Port Jefferson Documentary Series. When you get to the website, scroll down to Film Festivals section and vote once a day!


Dear Audience,

My personal fascination with film festivals began with the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. I took several days, stayed in the hotel above the Regal multiplex in Tribeca and rode the escalator down every morning to a full day of films, no need to ever venture outside. One day, as I was gliding down, the entire cast of a South African film I had just seen and loved was going up the escalator on the other side. It was magic.

A few months later, I made it out to the Hamptons Film Festival and saw SPELLBOUND, my first feature-length, in-a-theatre documentary, which left me in tears. And so the seeds were planted. Three years later, a group of film-loving friends were seated around a dining room table and were presented with the opportunity to start a film series. That germination, carefully tended by a dedicated group of volunteers, came to fruition and voila!—the PJDS!

Of course, “voila” doesn’t accurately describe the process of starting and persevering with any non-profit venture, but eleven years later, here we still are, going strong, with what I believe is our best season ever.

We start with LIFE, ANIMATED, the story of a young man with autism who finds his voice by absorbing the voices of the characters in the Disney movies he loves. Co-Producer, Carolyn Hepburn, a Long Island native will be our guest speaker. We move on to a docu-thriller, BETTING ON ZERO, the story of the clash between financial titans: Bill Ackman, hedge fund impresario, versus Herbalife, alleged Ponzi schemers, stealing the American dream. Director Ted Braun will come in from LA for the Q&A. Another titan follows in MAGNUS, the story of Magnus Carlson, the “Mozart of chess,” an intuitive player who took the chess world by storm as a teenager. Director Benjamin Ree will appear by Skype. If you venture to STRIKE A POSE, you will see showbiz unveiled: a truthful and daring look at the young dancers who traveled the world with Madonna. One of the dancers, Salim Gauwloos, will be at Theatre Three to tell his story. Contrast that journey of self-discovery with a journey of sheer survival in AFTER SPRING, an inspiring film produced by Jon Stewart, which looks at day-to-day life in a Syrian refugee camp. Directors Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez will be the guest speakers. GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM is the work of home-town heroes/directors, Todd and Jedd Wider, their fifth film to screen in our series and a beautiful, intimate glimpse into one woman’s journey down the rabbit hole. Todd and Jedd will be at the film to answer your questions. Finally, we conclude with TOWER, an electrifying film which brings us right into the mayhem of this country’s first mass school shooting, at the University of Texas, Austin. Director of Animation, Craig Staggs, will provide his special insight.

As always, the goal of the PJDS is to bring you new documentaries while they are still “new,” films you cannot see locally or download—yet, the best of the festivals right in your own backyard. The series is the product of a lot of loving attention from the volunteers who work all year round, attending film screenings, calling directors and distributors (many times), creating public relations materials and completing logistical arrangements worthy of generals.

At the PDJS we’re all about new ideas and conversations. We invite you to email or speak to any of our PJDS team regarding new ideas and requests you may have to make the series even better.

See you at the movies!
Lyn Boland, Co-Director
Barbara Sverd, Co-Director
Wendy Feinberg, Film Board
Honey Katz, Film Board
Phyllis Ross, Film Board
Lorie Rothstein, Film Board
Lynn Rein, Volunteer
Irene Berman, Volunteer
Kathryn Hunter, Volunteer
Emily Sobel, Volunteer

A Couple of Our Past Events



Gallery Tour and Film Screening : THE WITNESS
5:00: Self-guided tour of LIM’S, Long Island in the Sixties exhibition
6:00: Screening of THE WITNESS
Guest speaker: James Solomon, Producer/ Director
Long Island Museum
1200 Rte. 25A
Stony Brook, NY
Contact: 631-473-5220
Admission: $7.00 sold at door, includes gallery visit ( no advanced tickets, no credit cards, please)

The Witness

The Witness is a riveting true account of a brother’s journey to unravel the truth about the mythic death and little known life of Kitty Genovese, who was reportedly murdered in front of 38 witnesses and has become the face of urban apathy.

17th Season of PJDS Celebrated with Wine Tasting & Film

Take a look inside our special VIP Wine Tasting event to celebrate the screening of SOMM. The sold out event was presented by Mora’s Fine Wines & Spirits, featuring wines by Esprit du Vin. Dustin Wilson, Master Sommelier and Wine Director at 3-star Michelin Restaurant Eleven Madison Park assisted in the presentation and took questions from a full house after the screening.