2018-08-30 / Mainsheet

It Looked Like Hollywood at newportFILM’s Summer Benefit


Regis de Ramel, Joshua Janson and Krystian von Speidel Photos by Sunway Photography Regis de Ramel, Joshua Janson and Krystian von Speidel Photos by Sunway Photography newportFILM’s 9th Annual Summer Benefit took place on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.

More than $196,000 was raised to support newportFILM’s mission of cultivating, enlightening and developing community dialogue through documentary film. This event is the year-round documentary film series biggest fundraising effort of the year. newportFILM is supported year-round by sponsors including Franklin and Company Design Associates, Newport Lamp & Shade Company, Park South NYC, Lexington Partners, and Kirby Perkins Construction. Wimco Villas was a supporting sponsor of the night. newport- FILM Outdoors series is sponsored by Lila Delman Real Estate.

The evening’s wines were provided by Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, beers by Revolve Brewing Company, and specialty cocktails provided by Fisher’s Island Lemonade. Passed canapés by Blackstone Caterers were enjoyed by the 350 guests on the horseshoe piazza while mingling in support of documentary film. newportFILM’s year-round programming for all ages focuses on topics relating to social justice, environmental health, culture, and education. Over the last nine years, the non-profit has become a vital part of the cultural fabric and vibrancy of Rhode Island’s arts community.


Gorden Huddleston and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson Gorden Huddleston and Kaleta Blaffer Johnson This summer’s outdoor screenings continue Aug. 30 at the Second Beach Parking Lot (Drive-In) with “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” which follows professional surfer Bethany Hamilton over a four-year journey as she overcomes losing her arm to a tiger shark at the age of 13 to become one of the world’s leading female surfers. A Q&A follows with director Aaron Lieber, moderated by Tatiana Siegel, senior film writer for The Hollywood Reporter.


Owen Perkins, Margaret Davies and Tom Perkins Owen Perkins, Margaret Davies and Tom Perkins “Finding 52,” a cinematic quest to find the “52 Hertz Whale,” which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude, calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale, screens at King Park on Sept. 6, followed by a conversation with director Joshua Zeman.



Phyllis Higgerson and Irene Brooke Phyllis Higgerson and Irene Brooke

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