‘Maiden’ documentary screening to open at Cinema Arts Centre

Courtesy of Sony Picture Classics.

On Friday, July 12, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington will be hosting a film fundraiser with Maiden crew-member Dawn Riley and her organization Oakcliff Sailing. Riley was a member of the crew that made history when they entered the globe-circling regatta, the Whitbread Round the World, as the first all-female crew in 1989.

Riley lives locally on Long Island and serves as the executive director of Oakcliff Sailing. She was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team and is the former president of the Woman’s Sports Foundation. Riley will be presenting the film “Maiden” at the Cinema Arts Centre and discussing her experience with the audience.

Exhilarating, suspenseful, and emotionally charged, this powerful new documentary chronicles the unprecedented journey of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old charter boat cook, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World sailing race, a 32,000-mile global circumnavigation competition, in 1989. Edwards assembled the world’s first all-female international crew and entered the race that, until then, had been the exclusive domain of male seafarers.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and following the film screening, Riley will lead an audience Q&A to discuss her experience serving on Maiden and competing in the Whitbread Round the World. Admission to the opening night fundraiser for “Maiden” costs $25 for the public or $20 for Cinema Arts members and includes the film screening, discussion and audience Q&A. The film will also play at the Cinema Arts Centre for a full run following the opening night fundraiser. 

To learn more about the event contact Nate Close at 631-423-7610, ext. 15, or email at nate@cinemaartscentre.org. More information can also be found at www.cinemaartscentre.org.

Submitted by the Cinema Arts Centre.


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