NewportFILM Outside & On The Big Screen

NewportFILM - outdoor concert in Newport

Picnic blankets and lawn chairs dot the lawn while the smell of popcorn drifts through the air. Families’ young and old alike stake out their areas trying to get the best view of the towering screen. While they wait for the sun to set, a band plays welcoming everyone to NewportFILM Outdoors, a summer film festival held at stunning locations in and around Newport, Rhode Island. The 2017 season kicked off June 22nd and documentaries are shown every Thursday night through August 31st.

NewportFILM celebrates its eighth summer film series featuring award-winning documentaries including Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, which follows prima ballerina Wendy Whelan in her final days at the New York City Ballet after three decades; and Dealt, which explores the life of Richard Turner, a world famous magician who also happens to be completely blind.

The movies are shown on the lawns of some of Newport’s most high class ocean front hotels and historic mansions including Rosecliff, Oceancliff, and Marble House, all historic museum mansions, as well as First beach, Fort Adams, the lawn at the Redwood Library, located across the street from Hotel Viking and the Newport International Polo grounds. While the events are open to the public and free, donations are greatly appreciated. A $5 donation earns moviegoers a raffle ticket for sponsor-supported prizes.

As a non-profit organization, NewportFILM is dedicated to bringing documentaries to the forefront. They feature documentaries created by up and coming filmmakers from around the globe. By sharing their love of film throughout Aquidneck Island, home to the three towns of Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown, the film festival brings together people from all different backgrounds and interests.

This sense of community is something very unique to Rhode Island, and the City by the Sea especially. People are clustered closely together chatting with friends and family, but also have an opportunity to connect and meet new people. As a visitor, this is a local secret. Add this onto the list of things to do during your next visit whether it’s your first time to Newport or your hundredth! There are four films left this summer.

Film Screening Details:

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
Thursday, August 17th – 7:55pm
Rosecliff Lawn

Thursday, August 24th – 7:45pm
Newport International Polo Grounds

House of Z
Thursday, August 31st – 7:35pm
Oceancliff Lawn

Viewers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and anything comfortable for the screening. At the final screening on August 31, there will be a 4th annual picnic contest sponsored by Rib & Rhein. Picnic Gourmet & Cafe on Bellevue Avenue has all the essentials and visitors can purchase picnic baskets filled with a blanket, plates, glasses and cutlery then head to the cafe for on the go specialty cheeses, assorted pastries, soup, sandwiches and desserts. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Keep posted on NewportFILMS‘s website for more information beyond the 2017 season.

Written by Erin Demers.