Taking Movies to the Great Outdoors

Want to see some impressive documentaries outside this summer? newportFILM has announced its lineup of screenings as part of its outdoor film series, that run at sunset through Sept. 1, weekly Thursday night events that are accompanied by filmmaker conversations, food vendors and pre-film live music. This marks the series’ seventh summer season of the popular screenings held at various outdoor locations around Newport.

The series kicks off June 30 with a showing of “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” in the Maya Lin-designed Queen Anne Square in downtown Newport. It continues throughout the season with films that include “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble” against the backdrop of the historic Gilded Age Mansion Marble House, one of the Vanderbilt’s summer homes; “Life, Animated,” on the grounds of St. Michael’s Country Day School; and “The Weekend Sailor,” which screens on Newport harbor amongst legendary racing yachts at the Newport Shipyard.

newportFILM moves inside for one night in July when it teams up again with the Newport Folk Festival during the festival weekend to show a sneak peek of William Miller’s work-in-progress documentary, “Straight Into the Storm,” about the cult folk-rock band Deer Tick, which will be in attendance for the screening.

The outdoor festival is free (save for “Straight Into the Storm,” which costs $35 per ticket), with donations accepted. For more info and a full listing of all the group’s events, visit www.newportfilm.com

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