Outdoor film screenings are a quintessential component of summer in Newport. Whether it's 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. Three different series, endless chances to watch.
THE FIRST SERIES: newportFILM outdoors
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.
- Pre-film live music 75 minutes before film starts
- Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School and Kiel James Patrick
- On-site food vendors two hours before film starts including Boru Noodle Bar, Tricycle Ice Cream, Diego's and more
- Post-film Q&As with national film writers and critics.
- Bike racks provided by Bike Newport
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- When: June 29, 8:40 PM
- Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
- Live Music: Chris Monti
- 90 minutes
Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world's most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication. Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. An Austrian Jewish emigre who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, Hedy gave her patent to the Navy, but was ignored and told to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very end of her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Hedy never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. But in 2016, debut director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.
- When: July 6, 8:35 PM
- Where: St. George's School Lawn
- Live Music: Silverteeth
- 93 minutes
With the same adventurous spirit and curiosity that inspired Emmy Award-Winning Chasing Ice, Director Jeff Orlowski and the film team train their lens on the world’s oceans on a journey to reveal a mysterious phenomenon happening beneath the surface.
- When: July 13, 8:35 PM
- Where: Kings Park
- Live Music: Randy Robbins
- 106 minutes
The inspiring true story of legendary American sailor and Jamestown native, Mike Plant. Spanning the decade from his arrival in professional offshore sailing in the mid 80's, the film follows Plant's daring spirit as he challenges both Mother Nature -- around the world alone on a sailboat -- and French dominance in the sport. Chronically underfunded and undermanned, Plant's thirst for adventure and fearless belief in his dreams drive him to become an American hero of the sea. His wild blue eyes and boyish good looks make it hard to consider Plant's life before competitive sailing included a solo trek of South America, an escape from Interpol on a drug trafficking charge and time behind bars in a Portuguese prison. Yet, these exploits and others reveal the type of restless soul willing to conquer the world's oceans alone. Despite all that he accomplishes in sailing, Plant's heart is never satisfied. His final creation, COYOTE, a radically designed vessel built on the edge of speed and safety, symbolizes Plant's course in life: running before the wind, always with an eye to the sea.
The Every Wave
- When: July 20, 8:30 PM
- Where: Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue
- Live Music: TBA
- 118 minutes
TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
- When: July 27, 8:20 PM
- Where: The Elms
- Live Music: Harriet Manice Band
- 123 minutes
Chris Perkel’s riveting profile of legendary music man Clive Davis spans a remarkable five-decade career, providing an incredible tour of the most sensational music of the cultural revolution, from the ’60s to the rise of hip-hop. Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and a great many more attest to Davis as, in Aretha Franklin’s words, “the greatest record man of all time.” This amazing film is definitive, fascinating and ceaselessly entertaining proof.
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
- When: August 3, 8:15 PM
- Where: St. Michael's Country Day School Lawn
- Live Music: Lainey Dionne
- 104 minutes
Filmed with extraordinary access over the course of more than two years, the feature-length MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS chronicles the band, fronted by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, on the long journey from their rural North Carolina childhoods to topping the charts and selling out arenas, experiencing heartbreak, tragedy and joy along the way. The film also provides an inside look at their collaboration with legendary producer Rick Rubin while recording the 2017 Grammy-nominated album “True Sadness,” which was released on American Recordings/Republic Records.
Bending The Arc
- When: August 10, 8:05 PM
- Where: Ochre Court Lawn, Salve Regina University
- Live Music: TBA
- 102 minutes
Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes came together on a mission that was both medical and moral, and, by everyone’s estimation other than their own, highly unlikely to succeed. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right in every society, and went ahead to provide it. In doing so, they have changed the lives of millions of people across the globe. Told through interviews, rare archival material and on-the-ground contemporary footage featuring Dr. Paul Farmer (legendary founder of Partners In Health), Dr. Jim Yong Kim (maverick President of the World Bank), and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (controversial Health Minister of Rwanda), the film is an emotionally charged, dramatic and inspiring journey with these brilliant and headstrong heroes.
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
When: August 17, 7:55 PM
Where: Rosecliff Lawn
Live Music: Julio Amaro
RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era’s most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, over the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.
THE SECOND SERIES: Movies on the Rocks at Ballard Park
13 rolling acres of nature preserve set the stage for Ballard Park's summer film series, Movies on the Rocks. Bring a blanket, beach chair and a picnic to Quarry Meadow then sit back and relax. Movies are free and begin at dusk every Wednesday through August.
- Parking is available at Rogers High School
- Use Hazard Road Entrance
- Plan ahead: Allow 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to Quarry Meadow
Finding Dory + A short provided by FLICKERS - Rhode Island International Film Festival
- When: August 2, 8:15 - 8:30 PM
- 103 minutes
Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help of pals Nemo and Marlin. She eventually heads for California and the Monterey Marine Life Institute, evading predators along the way as she hopes to find a place she can call home. Featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks. Rated PG.
- When: August 9, 8:15 - 8:30 PM
- 92 minutes
Tim Burton’s comedy-fantasy revolves around a recently deceased young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse (pronounced "Beetlejuice", portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants permanently. Rated PG.
The Birds + A short provided by FLICKERS - Rhode Island International Film Festival
- When: August 16, 8:00 - 8:15 PM
- 120 minutes
Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller about a wealthy San Francisco socialite (Tippi Hedren) who pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Rated PG-13.
Star Wars Rogue One + A short provided by FLICKERS - Rhode Island International Film Festival
- When: August 23, 8:00 - 8:15 PM
- 133 minutes
The 2016 epic space opera is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars. Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire’s superweapon. Rated PG-13.
THE THIRD SERIES: Family Movie Night at Schultzys Snack Shack
A family affair many years in the making, Schultzy's Snack Shack is situated on Park Avenue in Portsmouth touting a casual setting and french fries cooked to crisp perfection. For years, the family owned and operated business has been putting on family movie night at the shack, featuring picture shows both old and new. With a bounty of ice cream flavors and an waterfront view, it's the perfect spot for an evening of family fun.
- Parking is free
- Movies begin at dusk every Wednesday through August
- June 7: Norm of the North, 8:16 PM
- June 14: Madagascar, 8:20 PM
- June 21: Jungle Book, 8:23 PM
- June 28: Toy Story, 8:23 PM
- July 5: Ice Age, 8:22 PM
- July 12: Kung Fu Panda, 8:20 PM
- July 19: Monsters, Inc., 8:15 PM
- July 26: Shrek, 8:10 P
- August 2: Despicable Me, 8:02 PM
- August 9: Finding Dory, 7:54 PM
- August 16: Big Hero 6, 7:44 PM
- August 23: Zootopia, 7:34 PM
- August 30: Ratatouille, 7:23 PM