Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, Award Winning Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer and Best-selling Author Andrew Solomon Among Guests to Attend 2018 newportFILM Outdoors Screening Series

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR is the Opening Night Film

NEWPORT / NEW YORK – June 20, 2018 – newportFILM announced today an impressive lineup of world-class documentaries for their annual summer series newportFILM Outdoors, with guests including Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom), award winning filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) director Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) and best-selling author Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity).

The sunset screenings kick off on June 21st with Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and run through September 6th, with weekly Thursday night screenings, accompanied by pre-film live music and post-screening filmmaker conversations, moderated by esteemed film and arts journalists from around the country. The series brings over 12,000 moviegoers from around the world over the course of their summer series. This marks the 9th summer season of hosting screenings at various beautiful outdoor locations, thoughtfully paired with each film, in and around historic Newport, RI. Screening locations this year include the Gilded Age Mansion Rosecliff, featured in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, the Eisenhower House, known as the “Summer White House” for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Newport International Polo Grounds.

newportFILM’s Artistic Director, Andrea van Beuren says, “We are so thrilled with our lineup and with the incredibly talented group of directors, producers and writers that will be coming up to Newport.  It will be great fun for our audiences to meet Morgan Neville, Matt Tyrnauer, Nathaniel Kahn and Andrew Solomon. We look forward to all of our post film discussions including the conversation with directors Cristina Constantini and Darren Foster, the winners of this year’s Sundance Audience Award. Thank you Cinetic, Focus Features, HBO, IFC, Neon, Participant and Submarine Entertainment.”

newportFILM has partnered with Newport Folk Festival to present Two Trains Runnin’.  The annual Picnic Contest will be sponsored this year by Madewell. The theme is Peace, Love and Music. In year’s past the themes have included a “Posen & Plaid” for the 2017 screening of House of Z featuring fashion design Zac Posen and the 2016 picnic contest, where Newport audiences painted a field blue with picnics for Bill Cunningham: New York as a tribute to Cunningham’s signature blue French worker’s jacket.

newportFILM has a history of bringing the most talked about award-winning films and filmmakers to the Rhode Island community. Over the years, films have included Brett Morgan’s Jane, Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s RBG, Jeff Orlwoski’s Chasing Coral, Rory Kennedy’s Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, Roger Ross William’s Life, Animated, Louis Psihoyos’s Racing Extinction, Liz Garbus’ What Happened Miss Simone and Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s Best of Enemies.
newportFILM Outdoors’ documentaries are screened at picturesque locations, often thematically paired with their films, for example, The Queen of Versailles about the largest home ever built in America, was shown on the lawn of The Elms, one of the country’s best examples of turn-of-the century opulence and Gilded age architecture. The screening events are unique and experiential, once including a curated exhibit of the heiress Doris Duke’s Dior collection and a Dior-inspired picnic contest around a screening of Dior and I at Doris Duke’s fabled Rough Point mansion. Each film is attended by hundreds of local residents as well as Newport’s summer visitors and guests from around the world. Film screenings are free to the public.

A full schedule of films is below.  For more information, visit

newportFILM Outdoors 2018 includes:

Thursday, June 21


Location: Aquidneck Park

Q&A with Director Morgan Neville moderated by David Kamp (Vanity Fair)

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

Thursday, June 28


Location: Newport Art Museum Lawn

Q&A with filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn moderated by Dodie Kazanijian

Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

Thursday, July 5


Location: Salve Regina University’s O’Hare Academic Center Lawn

Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that goes to the very heart of all human behavior.

Thursday, July 12


Location: The Elms

Q&A with The New York Times Best Selling Author Andrew Solomon moderated by Tanya Rivero Warren

Far From The Tree follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding.  This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Thursday, July 19 


Location: On the Beach at Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue

Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make surprising discoveries that flip our understanding of nature on its head and offer new hope for restoring our world.

Thursday, July 26


Location: St. Michael’s Country Day School Lawn

Q&A with Director Benjamin Hedin. Partner: Newport Folk Festival

Peace, Love and Music themed picnic contest sponsored by Madewell

Two Trains Runnin’ is about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi.  Though neither group was aware of the other, each had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement.  Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time.

Thursday, August 2


Location: Rosecliff Lawn

Q&A with Director Matt Tyrnauer moderated by Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair)

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism–a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era.  Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society.  Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Thursday, August 9


Location: Eisenhower House Lawn

Q&A with Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster moderated by Brent Lang (Variety)

Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair.  As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

Thursday, August 16


Location: St. George’s School Lawn

Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’ backyards. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen and mother’s camera, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

Thursday, August 23


Location: Newport International Polo Grounds

Conversation with Director Ron Davis and Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta from “Danny and Ron’s Rescue” Partner: Potter League for Animals

Life in the Dog House tells the inspiring life stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ten years and 10,000 dogs later, their unique approach to life and dog rescue will capture hearts and inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to man’s best friend.

Thursday, August 30


Location: 2nd Beach Parking Lot

Q&A with Director Aaron Lieber moderated by Tatiana Siegel / The Hollywood Reporter

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is Bethany Hamilton’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood – the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Bethany is continually rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete and brings new meaning to the phrase “Surfs Like a Girl.”

Thursday, September 6 the film is to be announced.

About newportFILM

newportFILM is a year-round, non-profit documentary film series in Newport, Rhode Island that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current films, curated from film festivals around the world. newportFILM’s summer season brings the film experience outdoors amongst Aquidneck Island’s most beautiful open-air spaces: thriving nature preserves, sprawling ocean-front lawns, elegant mansion gardens, public parks and working farms are just a sampling of the picturesque venues used.

The newportFILM Outdoors summer series is presented by Lila Delman Real Estate and supported by 41º North. Year-round newportFILM sponsors are Franklin & Company Design Associates, Park South Hotel NYC, Kirby Perkins Construction, Newport Lamp & Shade and Lexington Partners. Pre-film music is sponsored by Kiel James Patrick, free popcorn is courtesy of Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Taste and Newport Hospital and water is provided by St. Michael’s Country Day School.