For those who missed viewing these documentaries on the lawns of some of Aquidneck Island’s most beautifule venues, we have good news: you can now watch them. With on demand services like Amazon, iTunes, Youtube, Google Play & more, you can easily stream from your TV & computer like never before.
Check out these 6 newportFILM Outdoors docs that are ready to watch…
1.) Life, Animated
A story following a young man with autism who used Disney films to gain his independence and connect with the world again was shown on St. Michael’s Country Day School lawn to a family-focused audience.
From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.
2) Jim: The James Foley Story
A documentary that opened the door to a discussion of America’s war with ISIS was shown at the Redwood Library and Athenæum Lawn followed by a conversation with a co- writer and a director from the Naval War College in Newport.
Made with unparalleled access, JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS.
3.) Bill Cunningham: New York
This film was shown on the lawn at Oceancliff resort overlooking Narragansett bay as a tribute to the legendary street style photographer, Bill Cunningham. Our annual picnic contest was held and guests were encouraged to wear blue in homage to Bill’s signature blue workman’s jacket.
BILL CUNNINGHAM: NEW YORK chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing—the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. Bill has lived in the same small studio above Carnegie Hall for fifty years, never eats in restaurants and gets around on a worn-out bicycle—his sole means of transportation. The contradiction of his monk-like existence and the extravagance of his photographic subject matter is one aspect of his private life revealed in the movie.
Where to find: Amazon, Itunes, Hulu
4.) Being AP
This film was shown outdoors at the local Newport International Polo Grounds and took an in depth look at an extremely talented horse jockey who is facing retirement but still ready to give up everything to in order be the best.
BEING AP takes an intimate but epic look at one of the world’s greatest sportsmen, AP McCoy. Ageing but fearless, nearing the end of his career yet still willing to sacrifice everything to achieve his dream in a competitive and dangerous sport. Through this intimate portrait, we are immersed in the colourful, dramatic, and rich world of racing.
Where to find: Netflix, Amazon
5) Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU was shown in Queen Anne Square and took in an depth look into the life of Norman Lear, the man behind popular sitcoms such as All In The Family, The Jeffersons, and Good Times.
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, DETROPIA) seize the opportunity to fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Breaking down the fourth wall to create an evocative collage where past and present intermingle, they reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.
6) Don’t Look Down
Shown on the lawn of the Rosecliff Mansion, DON’T LOOK DOWN took a peek into the life business mogul Sir Richard Branson and his adventures in the 1980s and 1990s to attempt world records for flying in a hot air balloon.
DON’T LOOK DOWN reveals the real story behind Richard Branson’s daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is a world famous name, and many have heard about his ballooning, the real story of this incredible adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, the film tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph.
Where to Find: Amazon, Itunes
Want more? In December…
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA & THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE releases on DVD on December 6 & Amazon on December 7