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 landed a job in fundraising at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. She then spent three years at the Newport Art Museum in the Development Office, holding positions from Development Associate to Director of Development and Interim Museum Director.
In 2015, Becca joined the newportFILM team as Managing Director and was named Executive Director in the fall of 2017. When not working, you can find Becca out on the road training for marathons or volunteering in her Board position for Preserve Rhode Island.
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!
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.
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.
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.