Helena Touhey spotlights newportFILM’s program Documentary Unbound in Newport Life Magazine.

On a Thursday afternoon in early spring, a group of youths and adults sat around a table, passing a yellow ball back and forth. The catch? The yellow ball was invisible, and the game an act of improv which was doubling as an ice breaker for a weekly after-school program.

The youths were there to learn about filmmaking, and the adults were there to offer support and mentorship through newportFILM’s Documentary Unbound program, a partnership between FabNewport, The Met School and Creative Communities Collaborative, with support from the Rhode Island Foundation. The group meets in an art space at the Florence Gray Center in the city’s North End.

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Teenage filmmaking configuring camera
Lacie configures camera settings before a shoot. Photo by Maddie Van Wylen