Guest Speaker: Frédéric Tcheng,
The Long Island Museum
Guest Speaker: Michael Dominic,
Guest Speakers: Mary Gidley
(via Skype) and Fé Seymour,
subjects in film
Guest Speaker: Göran Björkdahl,
Subject in Film
Guest Speaker: David Hambridge,
Director (via Skype)
Guest Speaker: Bradley Meek,
President of the Board of
the Long Island Gay Men's Chorus
Guest Speaker: Peggy Drexler,
The Charles B. Wang Center
Fall 2019 has finished and it was a wild ride. Who can forget the WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION party, contest and screening? We then began the official fall season with the elegance of Frederic Tcheng’s HALSTON and ended with the wallop of MIKE WALLACE IS HERE. From solving the mystery of Dag Hammerskjold’s death, with the supporting UN opinion being issued simultaneously with our screening, to the dedicated rangers trying to fight extinction in KIFARU, to the touching performance by the Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus at the screening of GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, there was plenty of excitement. Guest speakers like the fascinating Dr. Peggy Drexler (WALLACE), Alaska’s Fé Seymour (THE RAFT) and the irrepressible Michael Dominic, who has taken CLEAN HANDS around the world winning awards everywhere, brought their film’s to life before our eyes. Above all we are grateful to our audience. Every time we hear how much you enjoy, are moved or are informed by our films, we are inspired.
Speaking of the audience, thanks to all who took the time to vote and return your audience award ballots following each screening. The votes have been counted and we would like to announce that our 2019 Fall Audience Award goes to GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH! In honor of this win, we will be giving a donation to our local Long Island Gay Men’s Chorus, who joined us for a short performance and participated in the Q&A. It was a close call, and, as in all past seasons, every film came in above the “Very Good” mark.
Now that the season is over, we are working on finding a great line-up of films to present to you for our 2020 Spring Series. The series will begin on April 6th at Theatre Three. We will start selling our “Early Bird” 2020 Spring Passes in early Dec., just in time to buy that special holiday gift for cinephile friend or family member. We will e-mail when passes will be available to purchase, as well as dates, venues and titles of films as they unfold. Follow us on social media for updates and announcements.
Thanks again for your support of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series!
The Film Board and PJDS Volunteers
Lyn Boland, Barbara Sverd, Wendy Feinberg, Honey Katz, Phyllis Ross, Lorie Rothstein, Lynn Rein, Elaine Friedman, Denise Livrieri, Yvonne Lieffrig and Todd Pittinsky
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)
WOODSTOCK: I WAS THERE
Congratulations to our First Place Winners!
Winning Photograph: Jeannie Whitworth, Lynn Haven, Florida
I can’t feel my face. That’s because you’re stoned! People to the left of us, people to the right of us, people in back and people in front. Sometimes, people on top of us. Bey hey, we’re here at Woodstock, who cares! A Flower Power, Psychedelic experience to be sure. OMG, it’s Santana “Evil Ways.” It that a naked guy running towards the stage? Listen, listen — “Soul Sacrifice.” It certainly was. It’s 4pm and we are drenched with sweat. Someone catch that water. Just pour it over me. John Sebastian — “I Had a Dream.” Grateful Dead — “Mama Tried.” It’s about 3am and finally, Janis Joplin — “Summertime.” Here’s to Southern Comfort, and I just made 400,000 new friends!!
Winning Essay: Lynn Rein, Setauket, New York
The winners for the WOODSTOCK: I WAS THERE contest have been chosen by our judges. The first and second place winners of both the essay contest and the photo contest will be advised by mail. The winning photo will be displayed on the big screen before the film and the winning essay will be read by actor/director Jeff Sanzel. Prizes will be mailed to the first place winners if they are not in attendance. We want to thank everyone who participated. All of the entries were truly wonderful. We hope to post as many of them as we can on our Facebook page as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock ‘69.
Memories of our Blues Concert and Screening of HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY Film, May 20th at Theatre Three
We are totally thrilled and honored to announce that we have won the Best of Long Island Competition in the Film Festival category again for the third year in a row. Thanks to all of our doc film lovers and loyal supporters for voting for us!