Despite the below freezing temperatures and true New England winds this past weekend, newportFILM corralled locals and regional film-lovers alike to experience a unique weekend.
The newportFILM mini-fest included industry expert speakers, wine and food receptions, kids programming and, of course, unique independent film. Properly dubbed “Mini-Fests” these mini-film festival weekends occur sporadically throughout the year.
This past weekend, each screening was a sell-out event. From an environmental documentary crusading climate change to a French-dubbed-English animated children’s film to a gritty dirty cop movie, this mini-fest’s picks were equally popular, yet distinctly different in topic. Staying true to their roots, newportFILM also partnered with local non-profits, organizations and businesses to further integrate with the community.
A different vibe from the popular summer outdoor series, newportFILM has proved to be both versatile and adaptive with their delivery and pays no less attention to detail in their fine-tooth combed selection of films at these year-round events.
“Going to the movies” is no longer a big bucket of greasy popcorn, just you and the big-screen, but a community affair. Having added unique touches such as food and wine receptions before the film for socializing and speakers post-film to bring the films themes to lively conversation, newportFILM has harnessed the big-city feel of most film festivals, but with the interest of the Rhode Island community at heart to create one-of-a-kind experiences all year long.