Ahead of the kick-off of the kick-off of their annual summer series, newportFILM Outdoors, What’sUpNewp caught up with newportFILM to get a preview of all that’s ahead for the non-profit organization this summer.

More than a film festival, newportFILM Outdoors makes each film its own festival. At these events, you’ll experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with filmmakers and subjects, fabulous food, and more.

The sunset screenings kick off on June 21st and run through September 6th, with weekly Thursday night events, all are free of charge. This marks the series’ 9th summer season of hosting screenings at various outdoor picturesque locations in and around Newport.


For more information on any of the events listed below, visit www.newportfilm.com.

June 21
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Aquidneck Park
7:25 pm – Live music by Silverteeth
8:40 pm – Film + Q&A with director Morgan Neville & producer Nicholas Ma
June 28
The Price of Everything
Newport Art Museum Lawn
7:20 pm – Live music by Dave Flamand
8:35 pm – Film + Q&A with director Nathaniel Kahn
July 5
Three Identical Strangers
O’Hare Lawn, Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Court Point., Newport
7:20 pm – Live music by The Bucks
8:35pm – Film + Q&A

July 12

Far From The Tree
The Elms Lawn
7:20 pm – Live music by Julio Amaro
8:35 pm – Film + Q&A with film subject and author Andrew Solomon
July 19
The Serengeti Rules
Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue
7:10 pm – Live music by La Mechante et le Connard
8:25 pm – Film + Q&A
*In partnership with 11th Hour Racing
July 26
Two Trains Runnin’
5th Annual Picnic Contest 
St. Michael’s Country Day School Lawn
6:50 pm – Live music by Cee Cee & the Riders
8:20 pm – Film + Q&A with producer and writer Benjamin Hedin

August 2

Studio 54
Rosecliff Lawn
6:55 pm – Live music by The Harriet Manice Band
8:10pm – Film + Q&A with director Matt Tyrnauer & producer Corey Reeser
August 9
Science Fair 
Eisenhower House Lawn
6:50 pm – Live music by Randy Robbins
8:05pm – Film + Q&A with directors Cristina Constantini & Darren Foster
August 16
Chef Flynn
St. George’s School Lawn
6:40 pm – Live music by Lainey Dionne
7:55 pm – Film + Q&A with director Cameron Yates & producers Phillipp Engelhorn and Laura Coxson
August 23
Life In The Doghouse 
Newport International Polo Grounds
6:40 pm – Live music
7:55 pm – Film + Q&A with director Ron Davis & film subjects Ron Danta and Danny Robertshaw
*In partnership with Potter League for Animals
August 30
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Drive-In Movie Night  
Second Beach Parking Lot 
6:20 pm – Live music
7:35 pm – Film + Q&A with director Aaron Lieber
Sept 6
Special Preview
King Park
6:10 pm – Live music
7:25 pm – Film + Q&A 

*In partnership with 11th Hour Racing

newportFILM is a year-round, non-profit documentary film series in Newport that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current documentary films, curated from film festivals around the world.

For more info, visit www.newportfilm.com.

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