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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.

Founded by writer, actor and producer Tony Spiridakis, who grew up spending summers in East Marion, and partner Lisa Gillooly, the Manhattan Film Institute pairs world-class faculty with aspiring film professionals, to mentor the next generation of filmmakers.

Classes are held at Peconic Landing’s historic Brecknock Hall and participants will create more than 26 short films throughout the two-week program. Those works will then be shown at Greenport’s Village Cinema on Sunday, July 24 beginning at 10 a.m. The screenings  are open to the public, free of charge.

“Hosting the program on the North Fork means we get to bring world-class artists to our idyllic corner of the world,” Mr. Spiridakis said. “To have members of our community join MFI students in classes, seminars and screenings makes us feel that we are giving something back to the place we call home.”

The three major films that will be screened at Peconic Landing Community Center are:

“Pollock” will screen on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by and starring Ed Harris as artist Jackson Pollock. Actress Marcia Gay Harden, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Pollock’s wife, artist Lee Krasner, will take part in the discussion following the film.

Director Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” will screen on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Producer Bobby Moresco, who won Academy Awards for “Crash” and “Million Dollar Baby” will join the Q&A following that film.

“Analyze This” will screen on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. Actor Chazz Palminteri, who starred alongside Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal in that film, will join the conversation.  

While film screenings are free, registration is required. To register visit:  For more information, visit

The Peconic Landing Community Center is located at 1500 Brecknock Road in Greenport.