Newport Film Festival Closes with a Flourish

Tenley Beals and Alexander Olch

After five days of non-stop films and events, the Newport International Film Festival closed with applause, kudos and sold out showings of its last film, “Tabarly”, a thoughtful documentary of the life of Eric Tabarly, a great French sailor and boat designer.  On hand were Chairman of the Board Allan Weiss and Tabarly director Pierre Marcel, who answered questions from the audience.

Closer to home, Newport’s own Sprague Theobald, Rick Grosvenor, and Terry Taffinder Grosvenor, along with son Sherwood Grosvenor, presented “58 Harrison Lane”, a lovingly made documentary about the Woodhall Academy in Connecticut that nourishes boys who have had trouble succeeding the mainstream academic environment. Mr. Theobald, the director, talked movingly about the project, for which Terry Taffinder Grosvenor, a local musician, wrote the compelling music. Sherwood is a successful graduate of Woodhall.

Said one devoted patron of the Festival, “this year they raised the bar.” Praise was given to new festival Director Jennifer Maizel, and a dedicated staff.

The Saturday night party at the rotunda at Easton’s Beach was an upscale
Disco experience, with flashing lights smashing décor, and  throbbing music, dubbed by happy attendees as  “Studio 55.”


Brian Cole, Wendy Durudogan, Josh Beboths, Katya Sharina and Aygul Gabaydulian

Rick Grosvenor, Terry Grosvenor, Sprague Theobald, and Sherwood Grosvenor

Director Pierre Marcel



Toasting sponsor Stella Artois



Guests at Rotunda

Tenley Beals and Alexander Olch










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