Community Action Southold Town is hosting a summer series of Drive-In Movie Thursdays to raise funds to support the tremendous need they are experiencing during this health and economic crisis. 

“We are continuing to see unprecedented numbers of community members seeking food relief and emergency assistance (rent, utilities, medical bills) despite the gradual reopening on the North Fork,” says CAST’s Executive Director, Cathy Demeroto. “Our food pantry costs are still about $8,000 per week – up from $1,200 per week pre-pandemic. And our Feed-A-Kid Program (provides breakfast, lunch and snacks during school closures/vacation) and our mobile food pantry are seeing a significant increase in demand at this time.  Many of our families are struggling to make ends meet after losing three months of wages and with local businesses only open at partial capacity.”

The program begins on Thursday, July 9 with a screening of “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and continues on Aug. 6 with the “Sound Side Film Festival” and on Sept. 3 with “Dirty Dancing,” all to be held at Peconic Bay Winery at 31320 Main Road in Cutchogue, across from King Kullen.

Tickets are $50 per car and are available online at 4cast.givesmart.com.

The Sound Side Film Festival on Aug. 6 will include the premiere of “Bluepoint,” an award-winning short film made on the North Fork alongside the Cornell Cooperative Extension SPAT program.  See film trailer https://vimeo.com/429431193. CAST is working to bring in food vendors, including local oyster farmers, for this event, and is seeking sponsors.

“Bluepoint” takes place in a fishing town at the end of Long Island, where Bella’s marriage is tested when an algae bloom threatens her family oyster business.

This one-night-only event is being produced by CAST in coopration with Wild Jelly Live, a filmmaking collective run by Zoe Fleer and Alley Leinweber. The two filmmakers spent the past year in Peconic Bay, working alongside Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SPAT
Program to make “Bluepoint” and write the corresponding TV series.

Since then, the short has been nominated for an NBR award and was set to premier at BAM, while the series won the Tribeca Sloan Student Discovery Award. When the pandemic struck, and the theaters shut down, Alley and Zoe decided to premier in the place and community where “Bluepoint” was born.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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