top of page
978.572.0993  |  Contact Us
NBPT DOCU FEST LOGO
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Youtube
  • X
  • TikTok
Newburyport downtown

2024 Festival
September 20-22
Our 20th year!

Newburyport

Documentary

Film

Festival

NBPT DOCU FEST

We are the Filmmakers' Film Festival

Filmmaker with camera making documentary Cat Daddies
Filmmaker with camera in the jungle
Female on set making documentaryfilm

             2024 Festival September 20-22
                            Our 20th year!

Festival Starts in

Red Carpet Entrance

Save the date !

August 29

Preview Event

Film Reels

What is THE WATCH CLUB?

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.

Check out THE WATCH CLUB interview with director Augusta Palmer.

Memphis, Tennessee can make a strong case as the home of American music. Filmmaker Dr. Augusta Palmer knows the territory well: Her father, Robert Palmer, was a renowned musicologist who wrote the landmark book “Deep Blues” (1982).

With incredible access to a film archive that compares admirably to “Summer of Soul,” the best documentary winner at the 2022 Academy Awards, Palmer recently completed THE BLUES SOCIETY, an affectionate portrait of the Memphis Country Blues Festival – a small, scrappy annual event that created a legacy of interracial goodwill that has far outlasted its five years.    

Watch THE BLUES SOCIETY on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or other platforms. View the live interview with director 

THE WATCH CLUB:

THE WATCH CLUB July 23

Coney-Island-Dreams-for-Sale-Trailer-on-Vimeo.jpeg

Our Sponsors

The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival is supported in part by grants from the local cultural councils of the surrounding towns as well as our local sponsors.
If you would like to become a sponsor, please visit our Sponsors page

In the theater
Cinema Complex

Social Media

GET OUR NEWSLETTER

Receive Our Latest News

Join our mailing list for announcements, ticket sales, special events, monthly documentary recommendations and year-round programs.

Film Reels

The San Francisco skyline is dominated by the Golden Gate Bridge, but in the early 1960s, there was another feature of the landscape that may have been even more famous. Before the Summer of Love, before the sexual revolution, there was Carol Doda, an audacious cocktail waitress who became world-renowned as the first topless dancer in America.

This lighthearted new documentary doesn’t hold back on the larger issues – feminism, sexuality, and the “male gaze” – that Doda exposed. 

Watch CAROL DODA TOPLESS AT THE CONDOR on Amazon Prime or Apple TV, Check out our live Q&A with co-directors Marlo McKenzie and Jonathan Parker

THE WATCH CLUB: 

THE WATCH CLUB May ‘24

What is THE WATCH CLUB?

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.

Film Reels

What is THE WATCH CLUB?

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.

Check out THE WATCH CLUB interview with co-director Sam Eilertsen.

Based in the Boston area, filmmakers Erin Axelman and Sam Eilertsen had no idea how timely their new documentary would be when they began screening it at film festivals in early 2023.

ISRAELISM follows two young American Jews raised to support Israel unconditionally. When they visit Palestine and see firsthand what life is like there, their reconsidered beliefs come to mirror a generational shift in modern Jewish identity.

Since the war in Gaza began in October, the filmmakers have been inundated with requests. After months of special screenings, they finally have a distribution deal and will begin streaming ISRAELISM on various platforms beginning June 7.

Watch ISRAELISM on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or Google Play Check out our interview with co-director Sam Eilertsen.

THE WATCH CLUB:

THE WATCH CLUB June 12

bottom of page