2014-08-07 / Mainsheet

Fans Turn Out to Support Documentary Film


NewportFILM Executive Director Terri Conners and Meredith Nordhem NewportFILM Executive Director Terri Conners and Meredith Nordhem NewportFILM's fifth annual summer benefit took place on July 18 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame where almost 300 guests mingled on the horseshoe rotunda in support of documentary film.

Presented by Franklin and Company Design Associates and The Strand Hotel NYC, the summer benefit is the year-round festival's biggest fundraising event of the year. The night raised more than $90,000 to further educate, enlighten, and create community dialogue through documentary film.

Following the party, a crowd of nearly 600 film fans set up blankets and picnics on the grass courts for an open-air viewing of the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, “Alive Inside.” The screening was part of the summer-long outdoor screening series sponsored by Kirby Perkins Construction.

NewportFILM's year-round programming for all ages focuses on topics relating to social justice, environmental health, culture and education. The nonprofit has become a vital part of the cultural fabric of Rhode Island's arts community.


NewportFILM Outdoors screening of "Alive Inside" on ITHF Grass Courts NewportFILM Outdoors screening of "Alive Inside" on ITHF Grass Courts On deck is "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," on Thursday, Aug. 14. That outdoor screening will be set up "drive-in" style at Easton's Beach parking lot. For more information, visit newportfilmcom.



Colleen McGrath and Kim Fuller Colleen McGrath and Kim Fuller

Drew Reilly with Megan and Peter Boss Drew Reilly with Megan and Peter Boss

Anne and David Ford Anne and David Ford

Happy van Beuren and Kate Brierley Happy van Beuren and Kate Brierley

Archie and Helene van Beuren Archie and Helene van Beuren

Jerry Kirby, Tripp Clemens and Kim Kirby Jerry Kirby, Tripp Clemens and Kim Kirby

Correction to last week's IYRS Gala–Elizabeth Barker, Rick Bready and Betty Easton. (Photo by Mary Hanley) Correction to last week's IYRS Gala–Elizabeth Barker, Rick Bready and Betty Easton. (Photo by Mary Hanley)

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