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Variety marks offerings at summer film series in Newport

Posted by Paul Kandarian  June 29, 2012 07:01 AM

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Royalty – of the Kennedy and Red Sox kind – will be in Newport this summer, part of a wide range of films, most of them free, in the newportFILM 2012 Summer Screening Series.

The mostly al fresco films air all over Aquidneck Island, starting just after sunset, from Bellevue Avenue mansions to ocean-front lawns to working farms, with many films followed by industry experts or filmmakers holding conversations with the cinematically curious.
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On July 20, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s fabled grass courts, “Ethel,” by Rory Kennedy will air, a look at the life of the famous wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Rory Kennedy will be on hand to introduce the film and hold a Q&A after. Admission is free.

For baseball fans in general, and Red Sox fans in particular, “Knuckleball,” a film which features former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, will air at the Casino Theater on Freebody Street on July 31. The pitcher is expected to attend, organizers said, and he may put on a little pitching demonstration. Tickets are $25 each.

Performing at the Newport Folk Festival July 29 is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a.k.a., the musician known as Sugar Man, and airing July 28 at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport is “Searching for Sugar Man,” winner of the 2012 Sundance Audience Award. Tickets are $15 each, and Rodriguez will be in attendance, along with the film's director, Malik Bendjelloul.

Other free films in the series include “Marley,” on June 30 at the Newport Yachting Center, a film about the fabled Reggae star; “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” on July 12 at King Park in Newport, billed as a rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale; “The Queen of Versailles” on Aug. 2 at the Elms mansion gardens on Bellevue Avenue, about a billionaire couple’s story to uncover the “innate virtues and flaws of the American dream," at which director Lauren Greenfield will be in attendance; “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” on Aug. 9, on the Newport Art Museum Lawn, about creative photographer Crewdson, who will be in attendance; and “Chasing Ice” on Sept. 7, an environmental documentary that’s part of newportFILM’S Green Screen program, airing on Rose Island.

The newportFILM Kids series runs this summer as well, some of which is free, some of which isn’t but still reasonable at $5. Through July 1, the “Fort Adams with American’s Cup World Series” runs at historic Fort Adams, with daily half-hour sessions of children’s ocean-focused environmental short documentaries, all free.

On July 26 at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., live music in the field will be followed by a half hour of short children’s films in the barn house, for $5 per person. Three free films will be shown at Ballard Park in Newport, “The Lion King” on Aug. 8; “E.T.” on Aug. 15; and “Back to the Future” on Aug. 22. Preceding each, newportFILM will air a family friendly short film.

For more information, up-to-date changes or additions, and locations for rain-date alternatives, visit www.newportfilm.com or call 401-649-2784.

Photo from "Ethel" courtesy of newportFILM

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