Fall 2020

Stay with PJDS for Fall 2020 Series
Part I: Park N’ Docs

There will be strict health protocols, including social
distancing, wearing masks and bringing your own
chairs.

Links to the pre-recorded Q&As will be provided for you to watch at home after the screening.

JIMMY CARTER ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT

Monday, September 14, 2020 (Raindate: Next Day)

7:00 PM Harborfront Park off of E. Broadway
Port Jefferson, New York, 11777

Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom: Mary Wharton, Director and Chris Farrell, Producer, moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Mary Wharton
If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Greg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. This fascinating documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House.
Director Mary Wharton assembles a star cast including Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Nelson, Dylan and Bono and fills the soundtrack with Southern rock, gospel, jazz, and classical.

Running Time: 96 Minutes

DESERT ONE

Monday, September 21, 2020 (Raindate: Next Day)

7:00 PM Harborfront Park off of E. Broadway

Port Jefferson, New York, 11777

Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom: Barbara Kopple, Director, David Cassidy and Eric Forman, Producers; Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard “Taco” Sanchez and John Limbert, Diplomat and One of the Iran Hostages moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio..

Directed by Barbara Kopple

Two-time Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple re-examines the story of Americans taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979. Kopple draws upon never-before-heard audiotapes from the White House, as well as new interviews with hostages, rescuers, Iranians and President Carter, whose 1980 election loss to Ronald Reagan was influenced by this decisive chapter of history.

Running Time: 108 Minutes

We will be presenting a special virtual screening of OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. See detailed info about the film in the “Stayin’ Home Docs” section below. 

Part II: Drive N’ Docs

Will be limited to 50 cars!

Links to the pre-recorded Q&As will be provided for you to watch at home after the screening.

MIRACLE FISHING

Monday, October 5, 2020 (Raindate: Next Clear Night)
7:00 PM Perry Street LIRR Parking Lot, Perry Street and Oakland Ave. Port Jefferson, New York, 11777

Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom: Miles Hargrove, Director (who is also the son of the kidnapped victim, journalist Tom Hargrove), moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Miles Hargrove

So, your dad has been kidnapped by a rebel group and you are forced to negotiate for his release… what do you do? Well, if you’re Miles Hargrove, you make a video diary. Twenty-five years later, with the gift of hindsight, he returned to these diaries to tell this incredible story. In 1994, the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped journalist Tom Hargrove from the family home in Cali, Columbia, leaving his wife and two sons to pay the ransom. With the help of their friends, including a hostage negotiator, FBI agent and their 18-year-old neighbor, the group navigated conditions for his expected release. Their story, impeccably captured by a then state-of-the-art Video8 camcorder, shows a family in crisis, yearning for normalcy and finding moments of hope and kindness amidst the horror. The 2000 film PROOF OF LIFE with Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe and David Morse as the character who is kidnapped, presented a fictionalized version of this real-life thriller.

Running Time: 104 minutes

HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING

Monday, October 12, 2020 (Raindate: Next Clear Night)
7:00 PM Perry Street LIRR Parking Lot, Perry Street and Oakland Ave. Port Jefferson, New York, 11777

Guest Speakers recorded via Zoom: Rick Korn, Director, S.A. Baron and Jason Chapin, Producers, Jen Chapin, singer-songwriter and Harry’s daughter. Moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Rick Korn

HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING follows the Grammy-winning and 16 million album-selling singer-songwriter and activist who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing. The film features Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pete Seeger, Sir Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, Graham Nash, Pat Benatar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Robert Lamm, Richie Havens and Harry Belafonte intimately reflecting on Chapin’s impact on music and the world. Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 100 and received a 1975 Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. He also hit the U.S. top 40 with “Taxi” in 1972.

Running Time: 94 Minutes

In collaboration with Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank!
**LI Cares will be collecting non-perishable food donations at our drive-in screening. Click to find most needed food items.

Part III: Stayin’ Home Docs

Online screenings may vary in timeframe to watch. Each film will have detailed, specific instructions.

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Virtual Screening Online

Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom: Ric Burns, Director, moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Ric Burns

For decades, Oliver Sacks, M.D. captured the imagination of the public with his eloquently written case studies of cognitive disorders. Despite sharing with the world one revelation after another about the intricacies, idiosyncrasies, and amazements of the human mind, Sacks remained private for much of his life, specifically about his struggles growing up gay in the repressive England of the 1950s. In Ric Burns’s fascinating and intimate documentary, partly shot before Sacks’s death in 2015 and featuring extensive scenes with the man himself, we get to know Sacks, from his childhood years with a schizophrenic older brother, to his years as a champion bodybuilder and motorcycle aficionado, and to his remarkable accomplishments as one of our foremost neurologists. His groundbreaking work on patients with the sleeping sickness encephalitis lethargica became the basis for his book Awakenings, and the memorable, award-winning film, AWAKENINGS starring Robin Williams. Burns’s documentary is a fitting and moving tribute to a man who never stopped wondering what it was like to be in the head of another sentient being. OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE was the recipient of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Running Time: 110 minutes

THROUGH THE NIGHT

Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

Virtual Screening Online

Guest Speakers recorded via Zoom: Loira Limbal, Director and Subjects in the Film, Nunu (pictured) and Patrick, moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Loira Limbal

In New Rochelle, New York, a 24-hour daycare is a lifesaver for parents who work multiple jobs and odd hours to make ends meet. This very touching film follows a mother who works the overnight shift at a hospital; another holding down three jobs to support her family; and a woman who for two decades has cared for children of parents with nowhere else to turn. Over the span of two years, across working holidays, seven day work weeks, and around-the-clock shifts, the film reveals the personal cost of rising wealth inequality in America and the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers. THROUGH THE NIGHT “is one of the WOW films at this year’s Tribeca Film Fest. It is a vital and important film about the state of the world” – Unseen Films.

Running Time: 72 Minutes

MY DARLING VIVIAN

Monday, October 26, 2020

Virtual Screening Online

Guest Speaker recorded via Zoom: Matt Riddlehoover, Director and Dustin Tittle, Producer, moderated by Tom Needham, Host of The Sounds of Film at WUSB radio.

Directed by Matt Riddlehoover

In My Darling Vivian, director Matt Riddlehoover traces the romantic, wrenching, and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash’s first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Produced by Dustin Tittle, the grandson of Vivian Liberto and Johnny Cash, the film has exclusive, unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage and photographs, as well as to Vivian and Johnny’s daughters themselves. Meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters — Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash Tittle, Cindy Cash, and Tara Cash Schwoebel — share first hand, and for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.

Running Time: 90 Minutes