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‘Mighty’ opener for Newport

First Intl. Film Fest for Rhode Island town

Miramax’s Sharon Stone starrer “The Mighty,” which preemed in Cannes, will make its Stateside maiden voyage at the first Newport Intl. Film Festival, which sets sail June 2-7 in the historic Rhode Island harbor town.

Three additional U.S. premieres and three world premieres highlight the fledgling fest’s lineup. In all, the six-day event will feature 75 screenings including 20 films in jury competition, 10 international features and 10 documentaries.

Also set to unspool at the NIFF are a selection of films that influenced competition filmmakers, an outdoor screening of the 1956 musical “High Society,” and — in homage to Newport’s famed music festival — a retrospective series on jazz.

Panel discussions and casual morning forums with industry professionals will round out the week’s events.

In addition to Peter Chelsom’s “The Mighty,” the fest’s opening night picture, NIFF screenings include the Shooting Gallery’s “I Went Down,” by Irish director Paddy Breathnach; first-time helmer Evan Dunsky’s “The Alarmist,” starring Kate Capshaw, Stanley Tucci and David Arquette; “The Cruise” a documentary about a double-decker tour bus guide in New York City; “Dead Broke,” a world premiere mystery from Edward Vilga starring Paul Sorvino, John Glover and Tony Roberts; and local Rhode Island filmmaker Craig Richardson’s “Anima.”

In addition to the screenings, festival organizers hope to showcase Newport’s historic grandeur. Following the opening-night film there will be a gala at Ochre Court, an oceanside mansion featured in James Cameron’s “True Lies.” The closing-night gala will be a traditional New England clambake at the Hammersmith Farm estate.

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