10th Annual newportFILM Outdoors Series
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10th Annual newportFILM Outdoors Series Announces Summer Lineup!

newportFILM announced today an exciting lineup of world-class documentaries for their 10th annual summer series newportFILM Outdoors. The Great Hack will open the series with Academy Award nominated filmmakers Karim Amer (Al midan), Jehane Noujaim (Al midan, The Square), and film subject David Carroll in attendance. Carroll is the Parsons School of Design professor who sued Cambridge Analytica to find the source of its data.

The sunset screenings kick off on June 20 with Amer and Noujaim’s THE GREAT HACK and run through August 29 with weekly Thursday night screenings, accompanied by pre-film live music and post-screening filmmaker conversations, moderated by esteemed film and arts journalists from around the country. The series brings over 18,000 moviegoers from around the world over the course of their summer series. This marks the 10thsummer season of hosting screenings at various beautiful outdoor locations, thoughtfully paired with each film, in and around historic Newport, RI. Screening locations this year include The Breakers, the grandest of Newport’s “summer cottages” and former home to the Vanderbilts, the Eisenhower House, known as the “Summer White House” for President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  Doris Duke’s Rough Point, the Redwood Library (this country’s oldest community library still occupying its original grounds) and the Newport International Polo Grounds.  Doris Duke’s Rough Point will host a special exhibition of Halston’s work timed to the screening of Halston.

newportFILM’s Artistic Director, Andrea van Beuren says, “We are so thrilled with our lineup and with the incredibly talented group of directors, producers and writers that will be coming up to Newport this summer. Our audiences will have great fun meeting Roger Ross Williams, Andrew Slater,Frédéric Tcheng, Cindy Meehl, Barak Goodman, Sheena Joyce, Don Argott and Liza Mandelup. We look forward to all of our post film discussions including the conversation with directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, whose film opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will open our series. Thank you Netflix, NatGEO, HBO, Hulu, PBS Distribution, Magnolia Pictures, Greenwich Entertainment, IFC Films, The Orchard and Submarine Entertainment.”

newportFILM outdoors is presented by Lila Delman Real Estate and partners include the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Folk Presents to screenEcho in the Canyon, the Newport Jazz Festival to present The Apollo and Potter League for Animals to present The Dog Doc.

The annual Picnic Contest will be sponsored this year by Taste- Artful Interiors & Design.  The theme is Fashion Forward, paired with the screening of Frédéric Tcheng’s HALSTON.  In year’s past, the themes have included a “Posen & Plaid” for the 2017 screening of House of Z featuring fashion designer Zac Posen and the 2016 picnic contest, where Newport audiences painted a field blue with picnics for Bill Cunningham: New York as a tribute to Cunningham’s signature blue French worker’s jacket.

newportFILM has a history of bringing the most talked about award-winning films and filmmakers to the Rhode Island community. Over the years, films have included Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo, Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Alex Holmes’ Maiden, Three Identical Strangers, John Chester’s Biggest Little Farm, Brett Morgan’s Jane, Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s RBG and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s Science Fair. 

newportFILM Outdoors’ documentaries are screened at picturesque locations, often thematically paired with their films, for example, The Queen of Versailles about the largest home ever built in America, was shown on the lawn of The Elms, one of the country’s best examples of turn-of-the century opulence and Gilded Age architecture. The screening events are unique and experiential, once including a curated exhibit of the heiress Doris Duke’s Dior collection and a Dior-inspired picnic contest around a screening of Dior and I at Doris Duke’s fabled Rough Point mansion. Each film is attended by hundreds of local residents as well as Newport’s summer visitors and guests from around the world. Film screenings are free to the public

A full schedule of films is below.  For more information, visit www.newportFILM.com.

newportFILM Outdoors 2019 includes:

Thursday, June 20


Location: Newport Art Museum and Redwood Library & Athenaeum Lawns

Q&A with Academy Award-nominated directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, along with film subject David Carroll

Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.


Thursday, June 27


Location: Newport International Polo Fields

Q&A with directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce

Money, power, politics, drugs, scandal, and fast cars. The incredible story of John DeLorean is the stuff of a Hollywood screenwriter’s dreams. But who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. For the first time, Framing John DeLorean recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his meteoric rise through the ranks of General Motors, his obsessive quest to build a sports car that would conquer the world, and his shocking fall from grace on charges of cocaine trafficking. Interweaving a treasure trove of archival footage with dramatic vignettes starring Alec Baldwin, Framing John DeLorean is a gripping look at a man who gambled everything in his pursuit of the American Dream.


Wednesday, July 3


Location: O’Hare and McAuley Hall Lawns, Salve Regina University

Q&A with Director Barak Goodman

In August 1969—against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War—half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teeming mass of humanity—the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people—was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur’s farm? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, WOODSTOCK takes us back to the three days that defined a generation.


Thursday, July 11


In Partnership with 11th Hour Racing

Location: St. George’s School Lawn

Talent: Rhode Island based scientists


The vaquita, the world’s smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the “cocaine of the sea.” Environmental activists, Mexican navy and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multi-million-dollar business.


Thursday, July 18


Location:  The Elms Lawn



Never before has journalism in America been so hotly debated. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, MIKE WALLACE IS HERE turns the tough question loose on its inventor to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over fifty years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.


Thursday, July 25


In partnership with Newport Folk Festival and Newport Folk Presents

Location: St. Michael’s Country Day School

Q&A with Director Andy Slater

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Lauren Canyon in the mid-60’s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.


Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the Laurel Canyon scene via never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Philips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview) as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.



Thursday, August 1


In partnership with Newport Jazz Festival

Location:  Château-sur-Mer Lawn

Q&A with Director Roger Ross Williams moderated by Christian McBride, Artistic Director/Newport Jazz Festival

Helmed by Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, The Apollo chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, the Apollo Theater. The documentary weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run. The Apollo features interviews with artists including Patti LaBelle, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, and Jamie Foxx.

The Apollo covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multimedia stage show frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents.

Thursday, August 8


Location: The Eisenhower House Lawn

Q&A with Director Cindy Meehl and film subject Dr. Marty Goldstein


As a pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein has been called everything from “maverick” to “miracle-worker.” Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein’s practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope.

In THE DOG DOC, director Cindy Meehl (BUCK), goes behind the scenes at Smith Ridge to capture the full drama of “Dr. Marty” and his colleagues’ life-changing commitment to wellness and the astounding results they achieve. Filmed over a 2½ year period, Meehl’s unobtrusive camera highlights the vulnerability of her subjects – canine and human – while tracking each animal’s progress. THE DOG DOC combines the touching stories of families with the hard science of integrative care. By casting an intimate lens over this unique world, THE DOG DOC shows the healing powers of integrative wellness, compassion and hope.


Thursday, August 15


Location: Beavertail State Park

Q&A with Director Liza Madelup

Liza Mandelup’s debut feature, Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.

Thursday, August 22


Location: Doris Duke’s Rough Point

Q&A with Director Frédéric Tcheng


America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glamour and glitz, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.

Halston captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America.” Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and write Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends, and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Iman. What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.

Thursday, August 29


Location:  The Breakers Lawn

Q&A with TBD

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South.


Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us; faith, politics, sexual identity are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.

About newportFILM

newportFILM is a year-round, non-profit documentary film series in Newport, Rhode Island that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current films, curated from film festivals around the world. newportFILM’s summer season brings the film experience outdoors amongst Aquidneck Island’s most beautiful open-air spaces: thriving nature preserves, sprawling ocean-front lawns, elegant mansion gardens, public parks and working farms are just a sampling of the picturesque venues used.

The newportFILM Outdoors summer series is presented by Lila Delman Real Estate, Rhode Island’s Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and supported by 41º North. Year-round newportFILM sponsors are WIMCO Villas, Park South Hotel NYC, Kirby Perkins Construction and Lexington Partners. newportFILM receives grant support from 11th Hour Racing, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island State Council for the Humanities. Pre-film music is sponsored by Newport Shipyard and BankRI. Free popcorn is courtesy of Kiel James Patrick, St. Michael’s Country Day School, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, and Newport Hospital.