newportFILM Fun with Grey Gardens and Iris

I am beyond thrilled for my Newport trip today.

So very serendipitously the newportFILM is going on right now with an airing of the digitally remastered version of one of my very favorite documentaries and the next evening the film I have been dying to see about my personal icon, Iris Apfel.

newportFILM was founded in 2010 to nurture discovery, creative achievement and community dialogue through the art of documentary film.

Joining in the fun is truly going to be wild with a costume and picnic contest….Game on!


Tonight I will be attending


Grey Gardens

(digitally remastered)

Map & Directions

8:00PM – Film begins

This 1975 cult-classic documentary has been digitally remastered and is being shown as a precursor to our tribute to the film’s director, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, which will take place at the IRIS event on July 16 at Marble House. More details for the IRIS screening here:


Get your “Grey Gardens” on!

Tie a head scarf, wave a flag & wear pantyhose over your pants. Because when else will you get the chance?

(costumes optional)

“The film, is by any standards, extraordinary: it is probably one of the most complete descriptions of a relationship ever seen on film, undoubtedly one of the oddest, and certainly one of the most beautiful.” – London Sunday Times


Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive upper class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival but was not entered into the main competition.

Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer also directed, and Susan Froemke was the associate producer. Although Susan Froemke is often credited as being one of the editors (and was featured for this in Vanity Fair magazine) she did not take any part in the original editing of the film. The film was edited by Ellen Hovde (editor of Gimme Shelter and Salesman) and Muffie Meyer.

In 2010 the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Grey Gardens the joint ninth best documentary film of all time.

100 minutes

Director(s): David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

Producer(s): David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Portrait Films, Inc


Big Edie (Edith Bouvier Beale), Little Edie (Edith Beale)



Thursday July 16 | 7:45pm

Marble House – 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport


Pre-film live music by Julio Amaro + *Picnic Contest begins at 6:30PM

Tribute begins at 7:45PM

Film begins at sunset (approx. 8:30PM)

There will be a pre-film tribute to Albert Maysles with the film’s Producer Jennifer Ash Rudick. The film will be followed by a moderated post-film discussion.

“Grey Gardens” will be shown as part of the Maysles tribute Wednesday, July 15 at Jane Pickens Theater, Newport. To purchase tickets and get more info, click here:


– Suggested donation: $5

– BYO picnic

– Free popcorn courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport

– Food vendors on site with food for purchase: Tallulah’s Taco Cart, Boru Noodle Bar, Le Petit Gourmet & Tricycle Ice Cream

– Rain Venue: St. George’s School, Madeira Hall, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI


presented by RIB & RHEIN

in celebration of fashion legend iris apfel’s eccentric style, we’re bringing back the newportFILM OUTDOORS picnic contest with an IRIS IN WONDERLAND twist!

Think fashion & fairytale. Extraordinary & quirky. Costume & couture. Show us your most fabulous al fresco dining display for a chance to win.

“doors” open at 5:00 PM for picnic set-up.

Prizes will be given to the top TWO “Iris in Wonderland” inspired picnic displays. Plus, a bonus prize will be given to the best “Grey Gardens” inspired picnic display for those who wish to pay tribute to the great late director Albert Maysles with their best picnic rendition of the cult-classic.

Gift basket of all things KJP ($331 value) + $50 gift certificate to Tallulah on Thames

A signed copy of Bettie Pardee’s coffee table book, “Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, ” a family membership to The Preservation Society of Newport County + $100 gift certificate to Tallulah on Thames

Thomas & Erin Ribeiro, RIB & RHEIN
Owners of the chic boutique on William Street in Newport

Kiel & Sarah Vickers, Kiel James Patrick 

Social media gurus, King & Queen of New England lifestyle

Bettie Pardee, author of “Living Newport: Houses, People, Style” 

Accomplished hostess, seasoned lecturer, and author of several books on entertaining and gracious living

Need inspiration? Check out the photos from last year’s Picnic Contest at last summer’s screening of DIOR AND I HERE.

IRIS crop

“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit.” – Variety


The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

80 minutes

Director(s): Albert Maysles

Producer(s): Laura Coxson, Rebekah Maysles, Jennifer Ash Rudick


Iris Apfel ,  Carl Apfel

See more incredible upcoming documenteries and events to be aired at newportFilm


I hope to see you there…I will be the one channeling Iris!

Cannot make it yourself?

Here are a few trinkets to join in the feel…

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