Celebrating its fifth year anniversary this year, the newportFILM Outdoors series will host documentary screenings on Thursday evenings between July 2-September 10. These 11 films will be enjoyed in different outdoor locations. The series will launch with a special showing of “Sunshine Superman,” and wlil feature a tribute to the late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, whose last film “Iris” will screen.
newportFILM’s Artistic Director, Andrea van Beuren said in a statement, “We bring the newest and best documentary films to Newport with the goal of engaging and inspiring our extremely diverse and discerning audiences. As home to a large global sailing community, many exceptional universities (including RISD and Brown) and the Naval War College, Newport has an incredibly dynamic, ever-changing portion of residents. We also have a huge international tourist base and have people visiting the island from not only all over the country but all over the world. We choose to offer programming every week throughout the summer so that no matter what week you decide to visit Newport, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a newportFILM event and bring that experience back home with you.”
Check out the full lineup below with synopses courtesy of newportFILM. For more info go here.
Thursday, July 2 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Q&A with Marah Strauch, Director Location: Queen Anne Square, Newport, RI A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular –and dangerous– feats of foot-launched human flight. Director Marah Strauch.
Location: St. George’s School Lawn, Middletown, RI
MERU is the story of three friends journey to climb Mount Meru. A story of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Thursday, July 16
Q&A and tribute to Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel & Jennifer Ash Ruddick, Producer
Location: Marble House, Newport, RI
“Grey Gardens”will be shown as part of tribute Wednesday, July 15 at Jane Pickens Theater, Newport
The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Director Albert Maysles.
Thursday, July 23
Q&A with David Holbrooke, Director
Location: The Redwood Library & Athenaeum Lawn, Newport, RI
The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.
Thursday, July 30 WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?
Q&A with Liz Garbus, Director
Location: Doris Duke’s Rough Point, Newport, RI
Partner: Newport Jazz Festival
Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina’s most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time. Director Liz Garbus
Thursday, August 6
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT
Q&A with Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Director
Location: Newport Art Museum Lawn, Newport, RI
Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict is a portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century modern art. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and their rancorous disagreements about politics, God and sex. Directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world. Director Louie Psihoyos
Location: Newport International Polo Grounds, Middletown, RI
HARRY & SNOWMAN is a feature length documentary that tells the remarkable life story of international show jumping legend Harry deLeyer, whose career was launched by his famous show jumping horse Snowman. Directed by Ron Davis.
Thursday, September 3 – newportFILM Outdoors closing film
Q&A with …
Location: Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI
Set in one of the least known landscapes left on earth, Tiger, Tiger is the story of a man with numbered days seeking to save the tiger, an animal whose days may also numbered.
Thursday, September 10 – bonus screening
THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
Location: Miantonomi Park, Newport, RI
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.