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2024 Festival
September 20-22
Our 20th year!

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2024 Festival September 20-22

                     Our 20th year!

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BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY 

Our Audience Loved It!

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Sponsored by Dyno Records, this is the inaugural screening of the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival’s NBPT DOCU BEST Series celebrating their 20th anniversary, welcoming back an award-winning audience favorite, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY that opened their 2018 festival.

 

While gathering material for a segment on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, comedy writer Steve Young stumbled onto a few vintage records that would change his life forever.

 

Bizarre cast recordings marked “internal use only” revealed elaborate Broadway-style musicals about some of the most recognizable corporations in America: General Electric, McDonald’s, Ford, DuPont, Xerox. Directed by Dava Whisenant, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY follows Steve on his quest to find all he can about this hidden world. Along the way, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway. Featuring David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, Florence Henderson, and more.

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In December, for the second time in a year, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office filed a civil complaint against a white supremacist group led by a Newburyport resident. The state’s top cop alleges that the group, the Nationalist Social Club-131, violated anti-discrimination laws with its anti-LGBTQ demonstrations and by hanging a banner from a highway overpass that read “Keep New England White.” 

The rise of contemporary fascism may be alarming, but we’ve been here before. In NAZI TOWN, USA, premiering Tuesday evening on PBS’s “American Experience,” director Peter Yost revisits a period in the 1930s when Nazi sympathizers could fill Madison Square Garden, where they called for a racially “pure” America. “There’s no such thing as foreign fascism,” says one historian in the film. “Fascism is always homegrown.” 

Watch NAZI TOWN, USA. Now streaming for free here. Check out our interview with Peter Yost at 7 p.m. 

Coming up in THE WATCH CLUB:

Coming up In THE WATCH CLUB:

THE WATCH CLUB February ‘24

Keep the conversation going throughout the year in THE WATCH CLUB. It's like a book club, but for documentaries. Each month we'll recommend a new documentary to stream, then invite you to join us on YouTube and Facebook for a live online Q&A with the filmmaker.

What is THE WATCH CLUB?

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!

to the 20th annual

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival

September 20-22, 2024

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WILL BOSTON'S SEAPORT DISTRICT  BE UNDERWATER IN 2050?

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival kicked off our 20th season by taking our show on the road! INUNDATION DISTRICT is the latest film from Boston Globe environmental reporter David Abel, who brought his film LOBSTER WAR to a sold-out house in Newburyport in 2019. Abel's latest film asks what happens when a vulnerable city builds its newest neighborhood in one of the world's most imperiled urban areas. The new Seaport has been called the "Innovation District," but some climate scientists have given it another nickname: the INUNDATION DISTRICT.

 

In association with Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival presented INUNDATION DISTRICT, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker David Abel Saturday, January 20 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston. 

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