When faced with a global health pandemic, Newporters managed to pull together rather than apart. Overcoming the pandemic inspired innovation and flexibility in government, nonprofits, businesses and in individuals. Although ongoing serious issues persist for the beautiful City-by-the Sea, the challenges of the pandemic helped Newporters rediscover their resilience, community bonds and hope.

Join friends and neighbors for an encore screening of an incredible documentary shining a light on the city of Newport. NEWPORT: In this Together premiered at the Jane Pickens Theater in April 2024 with an intimate showing for cast members followed by a sold out public screening. Presented here with an introduction by the film-maker and Mayor of Newport, followed by a post-film panel discussion by community leaders.

ABOUT THE FILM: Shot in real time during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, NEWPORT: In This Together includes 108 firsthand accounts from Newport business owners, healthcare and frontline workers, nonprofit leaders, government officials, educators, students and residents as the pandemic and social unrest of 2020 unfolded. The film took more than three years to complete, and offers an unprecedented look not only at the fear and uncertainty of the time, but also the generosity, innovation and creativity of Newporters.

“More than anything, my documentary is about hope,” said Susan Sipprelle, filmmaker and President of Tree of Life Productions. “After four long years of rebuilding and recovering from the pandemic, this film showcases the strong community bonds of Newport’s citizens. I am honored to tell their stories.”

Featuring an introduction by: Mayor Xay Khamsyvoravong, Mayor City of Newport
Sue Sipprelle, Filmmaker and President, Tree of Life Productions

Post Film-Discussion Panel Features: 
Carmela Geer,
Executive Director, Edward King House Senior Center
Heather Hole Strout,
Executive Director, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Sue Sipprelle
,Filmmaker and President, Tree of Life Productions





120 min