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Jim: The James Foley Story

Thursday July 28 | 8:25pm
Redwood Library and Athenæum Lawn

Rules & Guidelines

community event

6:45PM - Venue & food vendors open
7:15PM - Pre-film live music featuring Cricket Blue
8:25PM (sunset) - Film, followed by conversation with Heather McDonald (Co-writer & childhood friend of James Foley), moderated by Andrea Dew (Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport)

This film contains images that are not appropriate for children.


  • Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School
  • On-site food vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Acacia Cafe Food Truck, Lemons Aid & Tricycle Ice Cream
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport
  • Rain Venue: St. John the Evangelist Church, 61 Poplar Street, Newport

Free Event - Suggested $5 Donation 

2016 Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award: U.S. Documentary

"It’s undeniably moving.” - VARIETY

“Simplistic but powerful look at journalistic bravery” - THE GUARDIAN

"An incredibly moving film that encompasses a wide scope of global issues through the intimate remembrance of one life.” - INDIEWIRE

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. Jim: The James Foley Story, by close childhood friend Brian Oakes, tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with a chilling immediacy that builds suspense. Made with unparalleled access, Jim: The James Foley Story is a harrowing chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS. 

Run time: 113 minutes
Director(s): Brian Oakes
Producer(s): Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, Eva Lipman