Speaker: Hugh Doyle, CDR, USN
Speaker: Johanna Hamilton, Director
Speaker: Keith Jones, Appears in Film
The Decent One
Speaker: Vanessa Lapa, Director
Speaker : Janet Eckholm, Producer
Speaker: Michael Rosatto-Bennett, Director
Speaker : Al Hicks, Director
A look to the Spring 2015 Season
The 21st season of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series means a lot to us in many ways. First, it means we have passed the ten year mark! Second, it is truly our most amazing season ever. We open with a film that has been nominated for an Academy Award: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM. We are able to present this unforgettable film at a free screening (donations accepted!) due to the generosity of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE/PBS. In addition, our speaker is a genuine American hero, a Navy Commander who was in Saigon when these tumultuous events unfolded. March 2 promises to be a night to remember. We move on to a suspenseful thriller about a break-in at a CIA office and the publication of secret documents. Sound familiar? Except this break-in took place in 1971! Our third film, THE GREAT INVISIBLE, unveils the story behind the oil spill in the Gulf while the next film,THE DECENT ONE, reveals the story behind Heinrich Himmler, told through his very personal diaries and letters. Our fifth film lightens the mood with a romantic comedy, MEET THE PATELS, after which we explore the magic of music and memory with ALIVE INSIDE. Our closing film, winner of the Best New Director Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, is KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, the touching story of an unusual musical friendship.
Accompanying these critically acclaimed films, we have a guest speaker list that is dazzling. In addition to Commander Hugh Doyle, our line-up includes three directors and two people who appear in the films. We are grateful that these creative insiders are coming to us from as far away as Israel and California and as close as NYC.
As always, the PJDS is the product of a lot of loving attention from 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!
Board of Directors, PJDS
One of Our Past Events17th 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.