Note: Below is a look at last season's films. Stay tuned for a 2021 summer screening update. 


Outdoor film screenings are a key component of summer in Newport. Whether it's on the sprawling lawn of a historic park, underneath a towering beech tree in front of the oldest lending library in the US, or amid bright blossoms in an elegant mansion garden, these newportFILM al fresco picture shows are perfect for a night of family fun or a cozy date for two underneath the stars. 




Experience award-winning documentaries, live music, interviews with film makers and subjects, fabulous food, and loads of community spirit amongst Aquidneck Island's beautiful outdoor spaces. Screenings begin at sunset every Thursday through August.



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  • Pre-film live music 75 minutes before film starts
  • Free popcorn courtesy of Kiel James Patrick, Newport Hospital, St. Michael's Country Day School and Savings Institute
  • Water Station courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School
  • Live Music courtesy of Newport Shipyard and BankRI
  • On-site food vendors two hours before film starts including Boru Noodle Bar, Binge BBQ, Tricycle Ice Cream, Diego's and more 
  • Post-film Q&As with national film writers and critics
  • Suggested $5 donation






Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.



  • When: Thursday, June 27, 8:45 PM
  • Where: Newport International Polo Grounds, Glen Farm, Portsmouth
  • Live Music: Los Duderinos
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Binge BBQ, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid
  • 109 minutes

Money, power, politics, drugs, scandal, and fast cars. The incredible story of John DeLorean is the stuff of a Hollywood screenwriter’s dreams. But who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. For the first time, Framing John DeLorean recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his meteoric rise through the ranks of General Motors, his obsessive quest to build a sports car that would conquer the world, and his shocking fall from grace on charges of cocaine trafficking. Interweaving a treasure trove of archival footage with dramatic vignettes starring Alec Baldwin, Framing John DeLorean is a gripping look at a man who gambled everything in his pursuit of the American Dream.



  • When: Wednesday, July 3, 8:45 PM
  • Where: O'Hare Lawn, Salve Regina University
  • Live Music: The Bucks
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, Binge BBQ, La Forge's Food Truck, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • 96 minutes

In August 1969—against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War—half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever.

With never-before-seen footage, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test.What took place in that teeming mass of humanity—the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people—was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. 



  • When: Thursday, July 11, 8:40 PM
  • Where: St. George's School lawn, Newport
  • Live Music: Julio Amaro
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, Fork In The Road, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • 105 minutes

Sea of Shadows is a feature documentary thriller that follows undercover investigators, environmentalists, journalists, and the Mexican Navy on their desperate last-minute effort to rescue the Earth’s smallest whale—the Vaquita—from extinction. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the whale species known as the vaquita porpoise. But a team of brilliant scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquita.



  • When: Thursday, July 18, 8:35 PM
  • Where: The Elms lawn
  • Live Music: Dave Flamand
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Brunch Belly, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid
  • 88 minutes

Never before has journalism in America been so hotly debated. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, Mike Wallace is Here turns the tough question loose on its inventor to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over fifty years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.



  • When: Thursday, July 25, 8:30 PM
  • Where: St. Michael's Country Day School Lawn
  • Live Music: Silverteeth
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, Fork In The Road, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • 82 minutes

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Lauren Canyon in the mid-60’s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.



  • When: Thursday, August 1, 8:25 PM
  • Where: Chateau-sur-mer lawn
  • Live Music
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Brunch Belly, La Forge's Food Truck, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid
  • 98 minutes

The Apollo covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents.



  • When: Thursday, August 8, 8:15 PM
  • Where: Eisenhower House lawn
  • Live Music: Lainey Dionne
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Binge BBQ, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid

As a pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein has been called everything from “maverick” to “miracle-worker.” Attracting four-legged patients from around the world, Dr. Goldstein’s practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up hope. In The Dog Doc, director Cindy Meehl (BUCK), goes behind the scenes at Smith Ridge to capture the full drama of “Dr. Marty” and his colleagues’ life-changing commitment to wellness and the astounding results they achieve. Filmed over a 2½ year period, Meehl’s unobtrusive camera highlights the vulnerability of her subjects – canine and human – while tracking each animal’s progress. 



  • When: Thursday, August 15, 8:05 PM
  • Where: Beavertail State Park
  • Live Music: La Mechante et Le Connard
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, La Forge's Food Truck, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • 99 minutes

Liza Mandelup’s feature debut, Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.



  • When: Thursday, August 22, 8:00 PM
  • Where: Rough Point lawn
  • Live Music: Newport Songwriters Showcase
  • *Annual Picnic Contest
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Diego's, Bella's Pizzeria, Fork In The Road, Brunch Belly, Tricycle Ice Cream, LemonsAid
  • 105 minutes

Halston captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America.” Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and write Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends, and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and Iman. What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.



  • When: Thursday, August 29, 7:45 PM
  • Where: The Breakers lawn
  • Live Music
  • Food Vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Brunch Belly, King Arthur Flour, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid
  • 100 minutes

Led by Gay Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us; faith, politics, sexual identity are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.






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