It was a celebration at newportFILM’s annual Summer Benefit on Saturday, July 16th at the IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Newport. 

According to newportFILM, a record of over $250,000 was raised to support their mission of creating special evenings around documentary films and inspiring community dialogue. This event is the year-round documentary film festival’s biggest fundraising effort of the year.

newportFILM is supported year-round by sponsors including Park South NYC, Lexington Partners, Kirby Perkins Construction, and WIMCO Villas. newportFILM’s 2022 Outdoors series is sponsored by Lila Delman Compass. 

The evening’s wines were selected by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet and beers were provided by Whalers and Rejects Beer Co. Passed canapés by McGrath’s Clambake & Catering were enjoyed by the 400 guests while mingling in support of documentary film. 

newportFILM’s year-round documentary programming engages the Aquidneck Island and greater Rhode Island community with a diverse array of films exploring wide-ranging themes that provoke, inspire and entertain. newportFILM’s 12-week summer outdoor film series – featuring live music, local food vendors, and filmmaker talkbacks – is a beloved mainstay for Aquidneck Island residents and visitors alike. Off-season screenings and educational programming round out newportFILM’s contribution as a premiere destination for impactful arts and culture programming in the state of Rhode Island. 

Visit for upcoming film screenings, to become a member, or to support newportFILM.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.