More than 400 people joined the film crew, director and some of the cast at Jane Pickens Theater on Monday night for a special screening of The Discovery, the movie starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara that was filmed throughout Newport in 2016
Following its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, The Discovery was screened for one-night-only in Newport before making its Netflix debut on March 31st.
Those lucky enough to be in attendance were treated to a q&a with Jason Segel and director Charlie McDowell after the film. The two men shared several times during the q&a their fondness for Newport, at one point Segel said he wished that their entire media tour for Newport “could be in Newport.”
Segel also gave shout outs for Brick Alley Pub and Empire Coffee, “we were just at Brick Alley Pub, we love Newport. Also, got to give a shout out to Empire Coffee.”
Steve Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & TV Office, introduced the film and also read the letter that Robert Redford sent to the city of Newport after filming the movie here in Newport.
The Discovery was filmed on the campus of Salve Regina University, Newport Hospital, Fort Adams, Third Beach, Ocean Drive and in several other locations throughout Newport, Rhode Island.
The Discovery / U.S.A. (Director: Charlie McDowell, Screenwriters: Charlie McDowell, Justin Lader) — In a world where the afterlife has just been scientifically proven—resulting in millions of people taking their own lives to get there—comes this love story. Cast: Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Ron Canada.
- January 19, 2017 – Official Trailer For ‘The Discovery’ Released, Will Premiere This Week at 2017 Sundance Film Festival
- June 14 – Netflix Acquires Movie Filmed in Newport, ‘The Discovery’ Will Premiere on Netflix and in Select Theaters in the US in 2017
- April 23 – PHOTOS: Governor Raimondo and State Leaders Visit set of “The Discovery” in Newport
- April 5 – Newport Hospital Used in Filming of ‘The Discovery’ with Jason Segel, Robert Redford and Rooney Mara
- March 8 – Robert Redford, Rooney Mara and Jason Segel To Film ‘The Discovery’ on Aquidneck Island