09/13/16 6:02am
A ruby-throated hummingbird. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

A ruby-throated hummingbird. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

With an estimate of over 47 million people observing feathered wildlife, birding is quickly becoming one of the most popular hobbies in the country. Whether you are young or old, live an active lifestyle or one of a couch potato, you can be a birder.

For most people it is hard to see the appeal in bird watching. To the non-birder, there are only a couple different “types” of birds (sparrows, pigeons, sea gulls, storks, and hawks/eagles) and with the exception of hawks/eagles, those creatures are commonplace and not worth a second look. Surprisingly though, there are actually 914 different species of birds naturally occurring in North America, each with a unique set of characteristics.   (more…)

08/24/16 6:01am
and Captain David Berson. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Andrew Rowsom, owner of Preston’s and co-owner of Glory, and Captain David Berson standing on Preston’s Dock in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Learning he had been named grand marshal of next month’s Maritime Festival was beyond humbling for David Berson, who conducts daily tours of Greenport Harbor on his solar-powered boat Glory and provides no-cost educational programs to local children.

So you can imagine how Berson felt when he was told area filmmaker Tony Bettler had been commissioned by officials at the East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation, which hosts the annual Greenport festival, to create a short documentary about his contributions to the community.

“Even my inbred New York City cynicism was overwhelmed with the honor,” the Bronx native and longtime Greenport resident, 67, said last week at Preston’s Dock, the Main Street site his 30-foot vessel has long called home. “And the honor is not mine. I’m just the antenna. I’m a reflection of everybody that’s doing good work out here.” (more…)

08/22/16 6:05am
The scene at the first North Fork TV Festival in Greenport on Saturday (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The scene at the first North Fork TV Festival in Greenport on Saturday (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The first North Fork TV Festival debuted today at the historic Greenport Theater on Saturday.

Actors, writers and producers walked the red carpet for the paparazzi, all in the name of celebrating independent television.

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08/16/16 11:23am
Michael Kenneth Williams in a scene from "The Come Up," which will screen at the North Fork TV Festival on Saturday. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Michael Kenneth Williams in a scene from “The Come Up,” which will screen at the North Fork TV Festival on Saturday. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

It’s like the Sundance Film Festival, except it’s for television pilots instead of indie movies and will be held on the North Fork instead of Park City, Utah.

That’s Noah Doyle’s vision for the all-new North Fork TV Festival, which will take place at the Greenport Theatre on Front Street this Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 8:30 p.m.

Four television pilots — or, more specifically, scripted episodic content — in search of distribution platforms will be screened during the one-day festival, said Doyle, the event’s founder. He hopes it will one day turn into a larger destination-type event. (more…)

07/14/16 10:58am

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Greenport Village will play host to aspiring filmmakers and actors from across the country during the upcoming Fifth Annual Manhattan Film Institute North Fork Summer Workshop series.

The series offers free screenings of student films as well as three award-winning films that will be followed by celebrity Q & A discussions.

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