Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom:
Mary Wharton, Director
and Chris Farrell, Producer

September 14, 2020 7PM
(Raindate: Next Day)
Harborfront Park behind
the Village Center
101-A East Broadway Port Jefferson


Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom:
Barbara Kopple, Director

Harborfront Park behind
the Village Center
101-A East Broadway Port Jefferson

Monday, September 21, 2020
(Raindate: Next Day) 7:00 PM


Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom:
Ric Burns, Director

Tuesday, September 29th
Virtual Screening Online


Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom:
Miles Hargrove, Director

Monday, October 5, 2020
(Raindate: Next Clear Night) 7:00 PM
Perry Street LIRR Parking Lot


Guest Speakers: Rick Korn,
Director, S.A. Baron and
Jason Chapin, Producers
and Jen Chapin, Singer/Songwriter
and Daughter of Harry

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
7:00 PM
Perry Street LIRR Parking Lot


Monday, October 19, 2020
Virtual Screening Online

Guest Speakers recorded via Zoom:
Loira Limbal, Director
Nunu and Patrick, Subjects in the Film


Guest Speakers recorded via Zoom:
Matt Riddlehoover, Director
and Dustin Tittle, Producer

Monday, October 26, 2020
Virtual Screening Online


Hello Film Lovers,

There is an expression, “May you live in interesting times.” We have been unable to find a clear origin for that phrase, but, clearly, these are interesting times.

Here, at the Port Jefferson Documentary Series (PJDS), we continue to try to keep things interesting for you, looking for new, revealing documentaries to inform and inspire.

The fall 2020 season of the PJDS will be our fifteenth anniversary as a program of the Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council. We made it through the financial crisis of 2008, when so many arts organizations closed their doors, and we will hopefully make it through this pandemic. We are beyond grateful to our amazing, encouraging and knowledgeable audience for their continued support and for their appreciation of the art of documentary filmmaking.

Recognizing public health requirements, we have divided the fall series into three segments plus a Sneak Peek.

Part One, Park N’ Docs, will take place outdoors in Harborfront Park, along the beautiful Port Jefferson waterfront. We will enjoy the September evenings of the 14th and 21st, safely socially distanced, on our own blankets and chairs, watching two remarkable films: JIMMY CARTER ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT (9/14), followed online by a pre-recorded Q&A with Director Mary Wharton and Producer Chris Farrell, and DESERT ONE (9/21), with a pre-recorded, online Q&A from two-time Academy Award-winning director, Barbara Kopple. Both films focus on aspects of the Carter Presidency and investigate the soul, the honesty and the integrity of that very down-to-earth President.

The following week, we are delighted to have an Online Sneak Peek of a film we had planned to run in spring 2020. Starting on September 29, we will screen OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE online for five days. Remember AWAKENINGS with Robin Williams? Get to know the real Oliver Sacks with us. Director Ric Burns will appear in a pre-recorded, online Q&A, giving us the backstory on a film about the genius behind so many insights into the human mind.

Part Two, Drive N’ Docs moves us to the Perry Street parking lot near the LIRR for two (October 5th and October 12th) drive-in dates. From the comfort and safety of your own car, on 10/5, you can relax and enjoy MIRACLE FISHING Remember PROOF OF LIFE with Russel Crowe? This is the real story, directed by Miles Hargrove, the son of the kidnap victim. Miles will join us for a pre-recorded online Q&A. Next, on October 12th, we will celebrate the end of the outdoor portion of our fall series with a very special presentation of a brand new documentary: HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING. This documentary will have its debut at the Hamptons’s Film Festival the previous weekend and will then come directly to the PJDS. Harry Chapin is very special to Long Islanders and to all music lovers. We are honored to bring you this eye-opening and heart-warming film which will make you want to go out and “do something”.

Get your tickets early for Part Two, Drive n’ Docs; space is limited to fifty cars!

For Part Three, Stayin’ Home Docs, we retreat to the warmth of our own homes. On October 19, we will screen THROUGH THE NIGHT, about care-givers who are more-than-essential workers to children and their families, followed by a Q&A with Director Loira Limbal and film subjects Nunu and Patrick.
Our finale, on October 26, will be MY DARLING VIVIAN, an inside scoop on the mostly unknown story of Johnny Cash’s first wife followed by a Q&A with Director Matt Riddlehoover and Producer Dustin Tittle.

So, we hope to delight you, our audience, with films about music, politics, kidnaps and rescues, neurological revelations and great humanitarians.
Stay with us, inside, outside at the park and at the drive-in.
See you at the movies.

Warmest Regards,
The Film Board
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Memories of Our 50th Anniversary of “Woodstock ’69” Screening of WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION and Pre-screening “Wine and Woodstock” Party on 7/29/19 at Theatre Three

(Photos Courtesy of Lynn Rein and Eric Fieldstadt)

Memories of our Blues Concert and Screening of HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY Film, May 20th at Theatre Three