Another sign summer is drawing to a close: NewportFILM is holding its last outdoor film screening for the summer with the documentary “Diner En Blanc,” a film about the famous secret pop-up white dinner parties that started in Parish 25 years ago. The event is being held Sept. 5 at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, R.I., with two options for participating. The first is a “white” cocktail party with wines by Jonathan Edwards Winery at the sanctuary's Paradise Farmhouse, with live music by brother-sister duo, Honey Hollow, followed by the screening. Cost is $30 per person and runs 6-7 p.m. The second option is showing up for the film at 7:15 p.m., with free admission, though there is a $5 suggested donation.
If you opt for option one, all-white attire is encouraged, in keeping with the film's theme. Director Jennifer Ash Rudick will be on hand at the cocktail party and a post-film Q&A. If you go, you're free to bring your own food, though there will be food available for purchase.
The film is about the pop-up parties, where more than 13,000 people, dressed elaborately in white, show up for the pop-up dinners, positioning 4,000 tables, miles of linen and crystal and laying out sterling silver and food. According to the promotion, “they eat, drink and dance until midnight when they depart as swiftly as they arrived.” The documentary shows the evolution, orchestration and challenges of organizing what is said to be the world's largest dinner.