By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent
NewportFILM kicks off its popular outdoors film
screenings July 11, events that are mostly picnic-style, bring-your-own-picnic affairs with live
music, food vendors, bike valet and often a filmmaker to hold a Q&A after
the event. NewportFILM also continues its partnership with Newport Folk
Festival for the second straight year with two music documentaries over Folk
Fest weekend, with musical guests and follow-up Q&As with filmmakers.
Outdoor films start at sunset. Suggested donation for outdoor films is $5. Rain venue for all outdoor events is the Jane Pickens Theatre in Newport.
On July 11, “Stories We Tell” will be aired on the
St. George’s School lawn overlooking Second Beach in Middletown.
On July 19, “The Crash Reel” airs on the
International Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts in Newport, with film subject, Kevin Pearce, hosting a Q&A after. Aug. 1 sees “Running
From Crazy” at Rosecliff Mansion on Bellevue Avenue, with live music by James
Montgomery preceding the film. “Running Wild” runs Aug. 8 at the Newport International
Polo Grounds in Middletown, with soundtrack writer and musician Steve Poltz
playing a concert before. “The Summit” plays Aug. 15 at Easton Beach’s parking
lot, and on Aug. 22, “The Short Game” airs at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown,
which will also feature family entertainment prior to the film. Finishing up on
Sept. 5 is a film as yet to be named at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in
Films aired in partnership with the Newport Folk
Festival will be “Musicwood” on July 27 at the Casino Theater in Newport, where
tickets are $15, and producer/director Maxine Trump and Nick Colesanti from Martin Guitars will hold a post-film
Q&A. On July 28, “Muscle Shoals” plays at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport
for $12 per ticket, with producer Steven Badger holding a Q&A later, and
where a special musical guest from the folk festival will play.
For more information visit www.newportfilm.com