NBPT Docu Fest

Newburyport Documentary
Film Festival

Thank you to all who joined our 17th annual documentary film festival this past September!

Stay tuned here to learn about more documentaries being offered throughout the year. Catch some of our video interviews with some of today’s best doc filmmakers below.

Introducing THE WATCH CLUB:

A RECKONING IN BOSTON grapples powerfully with the ongoing problem of structural inequality in our region’s hub city and beyond. Director James Rutenbeck set out to document the adult students in the Clemente Course, a rigorous, tuition-free night class in the humanities in Dorchester. What he discovered was something much bigger: the pervasive institutional racism that has impacted the lives of the students, and his own complicity. Two of the students, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler, became co-producers of Rutenbeck’s perceptive film.

Stream A RECKONING IN BOSTON on PBS Independent Lens, then join us at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 for a live interview and Q&A with director James Rutenbeck and co-producer Kafi Dixon
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Dominick Torres is the winner of our first annual YES (Young Emerging-Filmmakers Showcase) Award.
Interview with James Sullivan.
Watch his documentary AGUANTE here.

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This program is also supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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