Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the window. Hold on to your finger paintings with today’s Groupon at newportFILM in Newport. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two adult tickets to The Island President on Friday, January 13, at 7 p.m., plus admission to the wine reception at 6 p.m. (a $40 value).
- For $20, you get two adult tickets to Rampart on Saturday, January 14, at 7 p.m., plus admission to the wine reception at 6 p.m. (a $40 value).
- For $30, you get two adult tickets to both The Island President and Rampart and their respective wine receptions (an $80 value).<p>
The cinephiles behind newportFILM seek to spark creative discussion throughout the Newport community by offering sneak-peeks of independent films from around the world. An environmental documentary, The Island President follows the quest of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he attempts to not only stop, but reverse, global warming in order to prevent his nation from being entirely submerged beneath the ever-rising tides. Alternatively, Woody Harrelson breathes life into Los Angeles detective Dave Brown in Rampart, a film based on a real LAPD scandal that explores the life of a dirty cop who dispenses justice as he pleases. A 6 p.m. wine reception prefaces both films with nibbles provided by Salvation Café, and a Q&A session convenes after the credits roll, inviting viewers to ask probing questions and act out alternative endings through interpretive dance.
A non-profit film series, newportFILM bestows independent programming upon the Rhode Island community while sparking cinematic discourse. The lavish 295-seat Casino Theater houses both of these celluloid importations and is situated on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Originally built by Stanford White, the newly renovated facility features the same high-tech lighting and sound equipment found within its modern counterparts, as well as scratch-and-sniff seats scented like freshly popped popcorn.
A non-profit film series, newportFILM sparks cinematic discourse in the Rhode Island community with independent programming. The organization aims to invigorate the filmmaking and film-loving communities with a festival spirit year-round, hosting themed mini-festivals on topics such as animals or the environment. Films travel to a variety of theme-appropriate venues, from summer showings under the stars to atmosphere-heavy historic theaters renovated to include high-tech A/V equipment but retain their old-fashioned scratch-and-sniff popcorn-scented seats.