Patchogue native Kevin Connolly’s Islanders documentary Big Shot hits Tribeca Film Festival

Patchogue native and Entourage star Kevin Connolly put the Islanders in the spotlight as his documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. (4/22/13)

MANHATTAN - Patchogue native and Entourage star Kevin Connolly put the Islanders in the spotlight as his documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival

Connolly, who directed the film Big Shot, brings one of the biggest frauds in hockey history to the big screen. The film tells the story of John Spano, who bought the Islanders in 1997 for $165 million. Spano was later convicted of fraud as his wealth was revealed to be a lie.

Connolly says though it was an incredible experience, it was stressful at times. “[I tried] to make everyone happy … be fair and balanced,” he says. In the end, he feels Islanders fans will love the movie because it’s not only about the team, but about Long Island.

Spano made an appearance to the film’s red carpet event. He says even though he was hesitant to do the film, he wanted to get his side of the story out. He adds that it was never his intention to defraud people or hurt the team.

The Tribeca Film Festival is currently underway in Manhattan.

Click on the gallery on the left for photos from the red carpet event!

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