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iPOP at the Newport International Film Festival

iPOP at the Newport International Film Festival

iPOP at the Newport International Film Festival

by Wendy Mitchell

It was mostly rainy in Newport for the sixth-annual Newport International Film Festival, but that didn’t dampen the celebrations. As expected, the parties were more lavish than indie filmmakers are accustomed to (although a few folks were grumbling when an Asian-themed closing night party didn’t boast any sushi). Venues for film fest celebrations included harborside restaurant The Clarke Cooke House, the famed Ochre Court mansion, Astor’s Beechwood mansion, and the Newport Art Museum. The festival wrapped under sunny skies on Sunday.

Newport’s new executive director Greg Distefano gets his fez on at the Moroccan-themed filmmaker gala at Ochre Court on Friday night.

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Newport director of programming Beth Janson and “Roger Dodger” producer/Newport juror Anne Chaisson of Dirty Rice.

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Famed animator Bill Plympton and Hamptons International Film Festival programmer Rajendra Roy.

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Newport’s assistant program director Caitlyn Roper with award-winning “Speedo” director Jesse Moss.

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“Abbie Down East” director Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff, Hypnotic’s Joe Revitte (also on Newport’s advisory board), and indieWIRE’s Wendy Mitchell at the closing-night party at Newport Art Museum.

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At the closing night party, Kodak’s Anne Hubbell, Ed Rock, Travel and Leisure’s Jill Heisler, Hamptons fest programmer Rajendra Roy, and festival publicist Gary Springer of Springer/Chicoine.

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A momentous meeting between Speed and Speedo. Timothy “Speed” Levitch, famed New Yorker and subject of Richard Linklater’s short “Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor,” chats with Ed “Speedo” Jager, New Jersey-based demolition derby driver and subject of Jesse Moss’ feature-length doc “Speedo.”

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