The 13th season of Long Island's longest-running documentary series, the Port Jefferson Documentary Series, will launch its 13th season on Monday, March 4, 2013 with six films from around the world, all dealing with topics ranging from ethnic romantic obsessions to Holocaust miracle survivals, wrongful imprisonment and more.
The series opens with Mea Maxima Culpa; Silence in the House of God, which chronicles the Milwaukee sexual abuse case of four deaf men by a Catholic priest. Special guests are producers Jedd and Todd Wider. The Central Park Five on March 11, 2013 explains the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were convicted on charges of raping and beating a woman in Central Park, before being exonerated and freed many years later due to DNA evidence and a later confession. Special guests: director David McMahon and some of the accused men. No Place on Earth will be screen on March 18, 2013, and tell the story of five Romanian families and how they survived the Holocaust by hiding in underground caves. Special guest: director Janet Tobias.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel will be shown on April 15th, with a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion icon, produced by a granddaughter-in-law. Special guest: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, director and producer. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, on April 22, explores the life and impact of the prominent Chinese artist and activist. Special Guest: Michelle Yun, curator of Modern U Contemporary Art, New York Asia Society.
The Imposter on April 29th, is a film noir true-crime documentary about a Texas youth's disappearance and how he resurfaced almost four years later in Spain. Special guests: Charlie Parker, the private investigator shown in the film. Seeking Asian Female on May 6th, explores Asian stereotypes through the relationship of a 60-year-old Caucasian American man and the 30-year-old Chinese-american woman he courts. Guest speaker to be announced.
Tickets for all films are $5 each, available at the box office half an hour before showtime. Please see PortJeffDocumentarySeries.com for times and the addresses of the various venues.