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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Thursday June 30 | 8:40pm
Queen Anne Square - Thames Street, Newport (between Church & Mill Streets)

Rules & Guidelines

community event

7:40PM - Pre-film live music featuring The Z-Boys
8:40PM (sunset) - Film, followed by conversation with producer Brent Miller (via skype)


  • Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School
  • On-site food vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Acacia Cafe Food Truck, Tricycle Ice Cream & Lemons Aid
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport
  • Rain Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

Free Event - Suggested $5 Donation 

"Stunning... A dynamite documentary!" - THE HUFFINGTON POST

"Genuinely exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time." - AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

"A delightful, engaging, amusing and very timely documentary." - FIRSTSHOWING.NET

Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.

NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU is the definitive chronicle of Mr. Lear’s life, work, and achievements, but it is so much more than an arm’s-length, past-tense biopic; at 93, Mr. Lear is as vital and engaged as he ever was. Top-notch cinéma vérité documentarians Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, DETROPIA) seize the opportunity to fashion a dynamic portrait that matches the spirit of their subject. Breaking down the fourth wall to create an evocative collage where past and present intermingle, they reveal a psychologically rich man whose extraordinary contributions emerge from both his personal story and a dialogue with the world.

Run time: 91 minutes
Director(s): Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Producer(s): Brent Miller, Suzanne Hillinger, Michael Kantor (Executive Producer)