At newportFILM, we believe in more than just “one and done”. Many of the filmmakers whose work we showcase, continue to create awe-inspiring, thought provoking documentaries for many years to come. To keep you in the film festival loop, we’ve tracked down three of our newportFILM filmmaker alum and the new projects they have coming up.
The last time newportFILM checked in with Rory Kennedy was during our magical screening of her doc “Ethel” in summer 2012 (where “Ethel” herself made a cameo). To no surprise Kennedy’s latest film, “Last Days in Vietnam”, is getting a lot of buzz having premiered at Sundance this past January. The film documents the final days of the Vietnam War and the issues faced when heroic Americans decide to take matters into their own hands in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
“Masterpiece.” — The New Yorker
Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1xkv7oW
In the summer of 2013, we screened Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel” on the famed International Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts. Featuring the incredibly inspiring ex-pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce, and remembered by audiences for its emotional impact, Walker’s new project promises to be just as intimate. Her short documentary, “The Lion’s Mouth Opens”, details a young woman’s confrontation with potentially having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington’s disease. The film is rumored to already be on the Oscars Short List radar, we will certainly be watching come January.
“An espresso shot to the heart.” — LA Times
Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1nTdcWx
Jennifer Ash Rudick:
newportFILM’s favorite dinner party director returns with a film just as aesthetically pleasing as her last. Jennifer Ash Rudick, director of “Diner En Blanc”, screened outdoors at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in summer of 2013, is in production of a new doc about eccentric fashion icon Iris Apfel. “Iris”, aptly named for the film’s subject, tells the story of the legend, showcasing creativity beyond fashion and the experimentation of style.
“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit.” — Variety.com
Watch a clip of the movie here: http://nyti.ms/1E8z6ap
– Interns Albert & Savoy