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Inspired by his two sons, Tony Spiridakis set out to share the story of his family.

A Hollywood writer, producer and director who splits his time between California and Greenport, Mr. Spiridakis created a pilot for a television show, entitled “Greenport,” which does just that. READ

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NETFLIX COURTESY PHOTO | Actress Taylor Schilling in a season one episode of 'Orange is the New Black.'

NETFLIX COURTESY PHOTO | Actress Taylor Schilling in a season one episode of ‘Orange is the New Black.’

An episode of the popular Netflix prison series “Orange is the New Black” is filming in Riverhead this month and you can appear as an extra on the show.

Casting directors for the series first advertised for local talent in Riverhead Monday afternoon. The show has been filming episodes of its second season, set to stream later this year, at the Rockland Children’s Psych Center in Orangeburg, N.Y. this week.

Local residents interested in appearing on the series can send their photograph, union status and contact information to [email protected]. Last week, casting directors advertised for “scary looking” extras in New York City to play inmates on the show.

The Golden Globe nominated series was created by “Weeds” showrunner Jenji Kohan. Based on the memoir by former female prisoner Piper Kerman, the show stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs and Laura Prepon. One episode last season was directed by Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.

“Orange is the New Black” joins HBO’s “Girls,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos” as popular series to film on the North Fork. See photos from past film and television shoots here.

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GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Documentary filmmaker Jim Morrison and subject Harry Biechele embrace after the debut of “Harry Hellfire.”

A near capacity crowd, consisting largely of Greenport residents, attended the premiere of “Harry Hellfire” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor Sunday.

The documentary film tells the story of Greenport’s Harry Biechele. For six years, filmmaker Jim Morrison followed Mr. Biechele’s life of musical passion, frustration, pain, personal loss, drugs, alcohol and even a problem with chocolate.

“It was scary,” Mr. Biechele said of seeing the film. “But I’m still here.”

Uproarious applause followed the film, which, despite the gravity of some of its subject matter, kept audience members laughing throughout.

Greenporters came in droves to see the film. Audience members included Mayor David Nyce,  former Town Supervisor Josh Horton and wife Yvonne Lieblein, and Mr. Biechele’s family members and former bandmates.

For more about “Harry Hellfire” pick up a copy of The Suffolk Times this Thursday.

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If you were trying to go down Beckwith Avenue in Southold from Main Road Wednesday, you were probably met with some delay as a film crew blocked off part of the street.

The production crew from Radical Media has been filming a commercial for Dish Network all across Long Island this week, landing in Southold Wednesday morning, where filming was expected to continue into the evening.

The crew was quiet in regards to the content of the commercial, but said the ad does feature a cowboy scene.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A film crew shoots a Dish Network commercial in Southold Wednesday morning.