newportFILM’s board of directors is a dedicated mix of professionals who aim to keep the spirit of fresh, independent film alive and well in newport.
Nancy is a film and television producer based in New York City. Her most recent project was as co-producer of a PBS documentary titled "Demystifying Dyslexia". She was an associate producer of the documentary "Street Dogs" for National Geographic. Her television credits include "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for ABC, "Crank Yankers", for Comedy Central, the ABC Special, "David Blaine: Street Magic". Donahoe began her career at Actors' Equity Association, where she negotiated film and television agreements on behalf of AEA members. From 1998-2004, she was the co-founder and Director of the Newport International Film Festival. She is an active member of the Cubs Committee of the New York Public Library Board. She serves on the benefit committees of Room to Grow (NYC and Boston) which provides support to babies born into poverty and their parents from birth to three years and the East Harlem Tutorial Program. Donahoe, her husband and two children live in New York City and Newport, RI.
Andrea van Beuren
Co-Founder, Vice Chair
Andrea is the Artistic Director of newportFILM. She oversees all film programming and is responsible for the look and feel of the organization. She is also in charge of all development/fundraising efforts. Prior to founding newportFILM, Andrea worked for the Newport International Film Festival. She started that festival's Children's Program in 2004 and became the Director of Documentary Programming in 2008. Before moving into the film world, Andrea worked in-house at Calvin Klein, where she produced his advertising campaigns. Before that she worked in the art department at Vogue Magazine. Her very early work experience included a stint at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Andrea now resides in Manhattan with her husband and three children. They also have a home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where they spend much of their free time.
Virginia Decker Keith
Virginia has enjoyed an almost 30-year-long career at the HR consulting subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (now known as Mercer) where her responsibilities included global internal communication and US marketing communications (print, web and media relations) until her retirement in 2003. Prior to her tenure at MMC, she was the Chief Librarian at the Boston Architectural Center. For more than a decade, Keith served on the Board of Directors of Women in Need, Inc, an organization that helps New York City's homeless families by providing temporary housing and social services in six shelters. She currently sits on the Board of the 791 Park Avenue Corporation in New York City. Keith holds a BA, Cum Laude, from Wheaton College and an MS Library Science from Simmons College. She and her husband, J. Colin Keith live in New York City, Greenwich, CT and Newport, RI.
Douglas is a partner in the Providence office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, concentrating in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, strategic alliances and commercial ventures. In addition, he enjoys an active collaborations practice centered on negotiating licensing, joint venture and development agreements relating to intellectual property rights. Gray has been listed as one of the 28 lawyers in the Corporate/Commercial practice in the Rhode Island Section of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for 2007, 2008 and 2009 and has been listed in the Corporate Law section of The Best Lawyers in America for 2009. Gray is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He has been involved with a number of nonprofit and charitable organizations, including The Haitian Project which runs a co-ed Catholic boarding school outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti for underprivileged children, and the Urban Collaborative, a task-based middle school for at risk teens in Providence, Rhode Island.
Bill is the Publisher of The Edward A. Sherman Publishing Company, publishers of The Newport Daily News, Newport Mercury, The Navalog, Newport Life Magazine, NewportRI.com and the South County Newspapers. Bill has lived in Newport County for over 25 years and has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees in that time. He is currently serving as a Trustee of The Preservation Society of Newport County. Bill is married to renowned photographer Kathryn Whitney Lucey. They live in Middletown, Rhode Island with their twin sons Billy and Tucker.
Christine is a writer and television producer based in New York City. Most recently she won 3 Emmy Awards as a producer on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", but she has also worked as a producer for filmmaker Michael Moore, Comedy Central, David Letterman, Caroline Rhea and Tom Snyder. She has written articles and stories for MSNBC, Salon.com, Filmmaker Magazine, and McSweeneys, as well as the board game versions of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "Trivial Pursuit". Currently raising two young children in Brooklyn, NY, Schomer is the former co-founder and Executive Director (1998-2003) of the Newport International Film Festival, and a native Rhode Islander.