Since 2005, the Port Jefferson Documentary Series has been bringing local audiences the kind of films normally seen only in Manhattan. This year's crop tackle subjects as far-flung as the nomads of Tibet and as close to home as a daughter's departure for college. Most screenings feature conversations with the filmmakers, allowing viewers to ask their own questions about what they've just seen. And tickets are just $5. Try finding that in Manhattan.
Here's the complete lineup of the series.
Port Washington native Doug Block investigated his parents' marriage in his 2005 documentary "51 Birch Street," and now turns the camera on his 17-year-old daughter, Lucy, as she prepares to leave home for college. Block will appear in person.
"Quest for Honor," March 14 at Theatre Three.
Mary Ann Smothers Bruni's look at honor killings in Iraqi Kurdistan was made with Kurdish crew members and focuses on Kurdish voices, avoiding the usual outside experts and talking heads. Bruni will appear in person.
In the Zachukha grasslands of Tibet, a family of nomads find their way of life threatened by rapid modernization. Director-producer Nelson Walker will appear in person.
Pat Tillman, the pro football star who left his career to serve his country in Afghanistan, became a poster-boy for an unpopular war, especially after his death was prettied up by officials. Director Amir Bar-Lev ("My Kid Could Paint That") looks at the unglamorous reality. Bar-Lev will appear in person.
Director Alex Gibney convinced the fallen New York governor to sit for several interviews and take (if not quite answer) numerous questions. The film suggests that financial and political strongmen helped orchestrate Spitzer's downfall, though with plenty of help from the man himself. Setauket-raised producer Todd Wider will appear in person.
"A Film Unfinished," April 11 at Theatre Three.
For many years, a 60-minute film called "Ghetto" provided historians with what they thought was an authentic record of Jewish life under the Nazis. The discovery of an additional reel, full of multiple takes and scene-staging, suggested something very different. The footage is presented here in its entirety. Fred Gross of the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County will appear in person.
INFO: Screenings for The Port Jefferson Documentary Series are at 7 p.m. every Monday through April 11. Tickets are $5. 631-473-5220; gpjac.org.