newportFILM last week announced that it is partnering with Dockwa, Sail Newport, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, Fort Adams Trust, and Rhode Island State Parks to host its first-ever Drive & Sail-In film screening at Fort Adams on Thursday, July 30th, of the new documentary film Born Into The Gig.

Born Into The Gig is a music-driven documentary that follows five singer-songwriters who hope to carve their own musical identity in the shadow of their parents’ iconic greatness.

“newportFILM is excited to bring this first-ever event to Fort Adams, letting their audience view the film from their car, moped, bike or boat with the ocean and harbor as their backdrop,” the nonprofit said in a press release.

Becca Bertrand, newportFILM’s Executive Director says “As the documentary film series serving this seaside community, we are thrilled to announce our  drive and sail-in at Fort Adams. This event concept has been a dream for years. Thanks to the efforts of our partners, we are finally able to make it a reality. Our social distanced drive-in film events have been incredibly well supported by the community and we are looking forward to taking our films to the water for the first time ever.”

newportFILM’s drive & sail-in is open to the public and registration opens on Monday, July 27th at 12 PM EST. There is a $10 suggested donation to newportFILM for cars/bikes/mopeds. Space is limited per newportFILM’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Dockwa, the slip-booking and marina management software company, founded in Newport in 2014, and Sail Newport will manage boat slip registration. Boat slips cost $9/foot, all proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Club of Newport County and Newport Festivals Foundation.  

Dockwa co-founder and CEO, Mike Melillo said “It’s truly my team’s honor to work with newportFILM and Sail Newport to help reconnect boaters with our community’s celebration of the arts – specifically, its love of music and film on a weekend that has long been synonymous with our hometown’s beloved Newport Folk Festival… As a tech start-up, we focus on innovation within the boating industry; we applaud newportFILM, Sail Newport, RI State Parks, and the Newport Festivals Foundation for embracing the opportunity to innovate on this event while raising funds for a worthy cause,” said Melillo, who is also a board member of the Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Club of Newport County Executive Director & CEO, Joe Pratt said “We are excited to be a part of this innovative event and to work with newportFILM and Dockwa to benefit the BGC and Newport Festivals Foundation.  What a creative, fun and safe way to support our community during this COVID crisis.”

newportFILM’s drive-in series is sponsored by Lila Delman Real Estate and supported by Protect Our Winters. Event supporting sponsors include Kiel James Patrick, BankNewport, Safe Harbor, MarineMax, and BoatUS.

newportFILM is a year-round non-profit screening program devoted to showcasing films that inspire, educate and entertain, presenting current and impactful documentaries that build community and propel change. For more information, visit

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).