ABOUT THE FILM: Filmed entirely during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s taken more than three years to weave together the inspiring and sometimes harrowing stories of the Newporters who pulled together in the face of uncertainty. Overcoming the pandemic inspired innovation and flexibility in government, non-profits, businesses and in individuals. Although ongoing serious issues persist for the beautiful City by the Sea, the challenges of the pandemic helped Newporters rediscover their resilience, rebuild their community bonds, and rekindle their sense of hope.
The film includes the rich and varied perspectives of more than 100 Newport residents. From dedicated visiting nurses, risking it all to attend to the most vulnerable to local business owners and entrepreneurs forced to close their doors, “Newport: In This Together” provides an unprecedented real-time narrative of life on Aquidneck Island during the pandemic and social unrest of post-George Floyd America. In a time when political divisiveness threatens the very fiber of our democracy, this film reminds us that the human experience bonds us all.
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|Post film conversation with Susan Sipprelle, Director, and Susan Ades, Editor
Newport: In This Together adds new depth to the beauty of our historic seaside community by capturing the stories of resilience and kindness that ensured hope prevailed through the challenges of Covid.
As I reflect on the equity and economic challenges that this pandemic exposed, I am reminded of the power of the connections of the human spirit to bring diverse perspectives together and overcome those adversities.
Most might associate Newport, Rhode Island with an iconic music scene and unmistakable oceanside landscape, but the City by the Sea is so much more. Newport: In This Together shows us who, and what, Newport really is - a resilient community filled with people who believe that setting differences aside and coming together for the greater good can create a path through even the most difficult times.