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Rebecca Bertrand

Rebecca Bertrand

Executive Director

Rebecca Bertrand first fell in love with Newport as an undergrad studying the city’s architectural heritage and preservation history as a Cultural & Historic Preservation major at Salve Regina University. After college, she entered a rigorous graduate program in the museum field at the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture where she researched and wrote about historic American furniture.

New England drew Becca back home and after graduate school, she held positions at the Newport Restoration Foundation and Peabody Essex Museum before landing her first job in fundraising at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket. For the past three years, she worked at the Newport Art Museum. In her tenure at the Museum, Becca worked her way from Development Associate to Director of Development and Interim Director.

Meet Rebecca

Kathryn Sheehan

Kathryn Sheehan

Marketing Director

Kathryn Sheehan comes to newportFILM by way of North Carolina and New York City. Growing up in North Carolina, Kathryn attended East Carolina University majoring in Business Administration and Communications. After graduation, she packed her bags and moved to New York City to pursue her career in Marketing & Advertising.

Throughout her 10 years in NYC, she held jobs in digital and television media at Pandora Radio, Scripps Networks, and most recently Disney ABC Television Group. At ABC, she worked on Good Morning America and ABC News as a Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing working alongside producers in a live television environment.

Outside of the office, Kathryn enjoys yoga, cooking, hanging with her dog Sydney (and her husband), traveling and all Masterpiece Theater shows!

Meet Kathryn

Brendan Keogh

Brendan Keogh

Technical Coordinator

Brendan is a hardworking addition to the newportFILM team with experience in concert production, artist relations & hospitality, and sound design.

In his earlier career, Brendan lived in Vermont from 2006 – 2013, where he was a full-time music performance and composition teacher, local band manager, production assistant at music festivals, and musician in local and regional bands. Since 2006, he’s worked at music and arts festivals, providing him with a strong understanding in special events. Prior to becoming Technical Coordinator at newportFILM, Brendan received his Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Georgia, where he worked with the Savannah Music Festival.

He is thrilled to be on the newportFILM team and hopes to see you at upcoming events.

Meet Brendan

Steve Morotta

Steve Morotta

Office & Events Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Media Communications and Film Studies, Steve moved to New York City to pursue careers in Film Production and Advertising. While there, Steve worked as an Assistant Editor for Showtime Networks, a Production Coordinator for a large post-production agency, and then as a Media Analyst for the worlds largest media investment company, GroupM. Five years later, he decided to leave the hustle and bustle of NYC to move back to the Ocean State where he could be closer to some of the best surf breaks on the east coast and spend time playing fetch on the beach with his Australian Shepherd, Byron.

Steve is so excited to be working with newportFILM and is especially looking forward to showing films about the ocean, adventure, and conservation.

Meet Steve

Andrea van Beuren

Andrea van Beuren

Founder & Artistic Director

Andrea van Beuren is the co-founder and artistic director of newportFILM, and serves on its board of directors.

Through her company, Sustainable Films, Andrea has executive produced several documentaries, including Won’t You Be My Neighbor (director, Morgan Neville), Where’s My Roy Cohn (director, Matt Tyrnauer), Chasing Coral (director, Jeff Orlowski) and The Devil We Know (director, Stephanie Soechtig).

She is currently working on projects with Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman (directors, Weiner), Jeff Orlowski (director, Chasing Coral), Dan Cogan and Geralyn Dreyfous (Impact Partners) and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (directors, Sandra Bland) among others.

Andrea currently splits her time between New York and Newport, Rhode Island.

Meet Andrea

Become a newporFILM Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved.

We continually seek volunteers to assist us in all areas from programming, to transportation, to marketing! By volunteering with newportFILM, you know that you are a part of securing our foundation in the community, you’ll likely make new friends, meet filmmakers and artists, see and learn about exciting new films and their subject matter.

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Board of Directors

Terri Conners

Terri Conners


Meet Terri

Nancy Donahoe

Nancy Donahoe


Meet Nancy

William Lucey

William Lucey


Meet William

Jim Miller

Jim Miller


Meet Jim

Kimberly Palmer

Kimberly Palmer


Meet Kimberly

Susan Sipprelle

Susan Sipprelle


Meet Susan

Advisory Board

Josh Braun

Submarine Entertainment

Jim Capobianco

Pixar Animation Studios

Robert Friedman

Bungalow Media & Entertainment

Chris Grunden


Daniel Guando


Roger Kass

RingTheJing Entertainment Ltd.

Dodie Kazanjian

Vogue Magazine

David Koh

Submarine Entertainment

Kent Sevener


Emily Shapiro

New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

Ricky Strauss

The Walt Disney Studios

Molly Thompson

A&E IndieFilms

Todd Traina

Red Rover Films

Christian Vesper


newportFILM energizes our community. They craft film events around engaging topics that appeal to residents and visitors alike. We look forward to watching this vibrant addition to newport’s effervescent arts community continue to grow!