Outdoor film screenings are a quintessential component of summer in Newport. Whether its on the sprawling lawn of a historic park, underneath an inviting beech tree in front of the oldest lending library in the US, or amid bright blossoms in an elegant mansion garden, these al fresco picture shows are perfect for a night of family fun or a cozy date for two underneath the stars. Screenings, presented by newportFILM, begin at sunset starting July 2 through September 10 with pre-film live music and food vendors including Tallulah's Taco Truck and Boru Noodle Bar, and post-film Q&As with national film writers and critics. Thursday, July 2 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Q&A with Marah Strauch, Director Location: Queen Anne Square, Newport, RI A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular and dangerous feats of foot-launched human flight. Director Marah Strauch. Thursday, July 9 MERU Q&A with Chai Vasarheyli, Director Location: St. Georges School Lawn, Middletown, RI MERUis the story of three friends journey to climb Mount Meru. A story of friendship, sacrifice, hope and obsession. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Thursday, July 16 IRIS Q&A and tribute to Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel & Jennifer Ash Rudick, Producer Location: Marble House, Newport, RI Grey Gardens will be shown as part of tribute Wednesday, July 15 at Jane Pickens Theater, Newport The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Director Albert Maysles. Thursday, July 23 THE DIPLOMAT Q&A with David Holbrooke, Director Location: The Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, RI The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrookes crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia. Director David Holbrooke. Thursday, July 30 WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Q&A with Liz Garbus, Director Location: Doris Dukes Rough Point, Newport, RI Partner: Newport Jazz Festival Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist, Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius and tortured melancholy. In this epic documentary, director Liz Garbus interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Ninas most memorable songs, to create an unforgettable portrait of one of the least understood, yet most beloved, artists of our time. Director Liz Garbus Thursday, August 6 PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT Q&A with Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Director Location: Newport Art Museum Lawn, Newport, RI Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict is a portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century modern art. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland Thursday, August 13 BEST OF ENEMIES Q&A with Robert Gordon, Co-Director Location: The Elms Mansion Garden, Newport, RI Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive 1968 televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and their rancorous disagreements about politics, God and sex. Directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville Thursday, August 20 RACING EXTINCTION Q&A with Louie Psihoyos, Director Location: TBD Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the worlds most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world. Director Louie Psihoyos Thursday, August 27 HARRY & SNOWMAN Location: Newport International Polo Grounds, Middletown, RI HARRY & SNOWMAN is a feature length documentary that tells the remarkable life story of international show jumping legend Harry deLeyer, whose career was launched by his famous show jumping horse Snowman. Directed by Ron Davis. Thursday, September 3 newportFILM Outdoors closing film TIGER, TIGER Location: Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI Set in one of the least known landscapes left on earth, Tiger, Tiger is the story of a man with numbered days seeking to save the tiger, an animal whose days may also numbered. Director George Butler. Thursday, September 10 bonus screening THE MASK YOU LIVE IN Location: The Great Friends Meeting House, Newport, RI he Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom. visit newportfilm.com for more information