Last weekend saw the holding of the annual Newport International Film Festival’s New York City benefit party and what an affair it was! Starting with a pre-party at a Greenwich Village penthouse with lovely city views, great food and company including Festival Director Nancy Donahoe (her son, 5 month-old William Leo Cohen was not in attendance), Programming Director Sky Sitney, producer Anne Chaisson (Roger Dodger), Exec Director Laurie Kirby, webmaster Joe Ruggeri and several festival board members.
From there it was off to Lot 61 for the main part of the evening, including sponsored wines, vodka and beer, along with a pretty damn good DJ! I mean, when’s the last time you heard “I Know There’s Something Going On” by Frida? Plenty of industry folks were in attendance, including Magnolia’s Tom Quinn, Paramount Classics’ Susan Wrubel, indieWIRE’s Brian Brooks, Trio’s Elma Cremin, Tribeca Film Festival’s David Mueller, producer Annie Sundberg (Tully), Wellspring’s Ryan Werner and Joe Revitte and Newport fest PR chief, Terri Connors.
Pix top to bottom: NIFF’s Donahoe and Sitney; Cremin, Brooks and Mueller