Native’s Award-Winning Annual Series Set To Air Sunday

CENTERPORT, New York, November 6

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Will Parrinello was born and raised in Centerport – a Harborfields High School Class of 1974 graduate, in fact.

However, while Parrinello now resides in California as a part of Mill Valley Film Group – along with his filmmaking partners Tom Dusenbery and John Antonelli – the family and friends he still has here in the Town of Huntington are able to keep up with his work each and every year.

His Emmy award-winning annual documentary series, “The New Environmentalists” is set to debut this year on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST on WNET-Thirteen HDTV.

Will Parrinello, center, is a Centerport native now working in California where he and his filmmaking partners, Tom Dusenbery, left, and John Antonelli write, direct and produce the award-winning annual documentary series, “The New Environmentalists,” which is set to debut on Sunday.
Will Parrinello, center, is a Centerport native now working in California where he and his filmmaking partners, Tom Dusenbery, left, and John Antonelli write, direct and produce the award-winning annual documentary series, “The New Environmentalists,” which is set to debut on Sunday.

“The films are about these incredible grassroots environmental activists that often give up much of their lives to fight various injustices,” Parrinello, 58, said. “They’re unique, inspired individuals to me because of their commitment and because of their success… It doesn’t mean they’ve solved all of the world’s problems, but what’s most important to me is the notion that if we care enough about something we can change it – and it’s happening all over the world.”

“The New Environmentalists” focuses each year on the six people around the world that are awarded the Goldman Environmental prize – which recognizes individuals working to improve the environment. In the half-hour-long feature, each story is told in just four and a half minutes. Written, produced and directed by the Milly Valley Film Group members, it is narrated by Robert Redford.

This year, the feature has been dubbed “From Ithaca to The Amazon” and will take viewers from New York, India and Russia to Peru, Indonesia and South Africa.

Coming from a family of storytellers, Parrinello said it’s been one of the greatest gifts that he could have ever asked for to be able to travel the world and tell the stories of these people.

“Absolutely every one of the broadcasts is still special to me; every person is still an exemplary human being and always inspire me to want to be a better person,” Parrinello said after the 10th year Mill Valley Film Group has taken on the task of filming these documentaries. “I do this work because I want people to see it. I’m not making films to only be seen in a museum… I take a great amount of pride that my friends and family will be able to see the broadcast.”

While the feature debuts on Sunday, Parrinello advised to keep up with local listings through next week for additional broadcasts on WNET-Thirteen HDTV and WLIW DT3.

Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, November 6, 2014; A9)

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