Providence Lyceum

Newport Castle :

An Official  Selection in the Feature Film Category, and Audience Choice Award nominee at Hoboken International Film Festival 2019!


Filmmaker duo, husband and wife Michael and Karen Iacobbo’s Providence Lyceum announces their feature film Newport Castle is an official selection of the upcoming 2019 Hoboken International Film Festival in New York.

Newport Castle , a romance- drama that has a tinge of Gothic twist, was directed and produced by Karen Iacobbo, who wrote the fictional screenplay. The film takes place in 1964.

Karen’s original story was inspired by Harle H. Tinney’s book The Ghosts of Belcourt Castle. Mrs. Tinney, who worked in collaboration with Providence Lyceum, is the well-known former hostess and owner of Belcourt Castle, the famous Bellevue Avenue mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

“Michael and I are honored and thrilled to be a selection of the prestigious Hoboken International Film Festival, and we’re very appreciative of Harle Tinney’s generosity in allowing us to make a film inspired by and fictionalized from a part of her fairy-tale life.”

The talented cast and skilled crew are from RI, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and the film is the Iacobbo’s labor of love that gives the viewer a glimpse of beautiful and historic Rhode Island.

Rhode Island native Kristina Horan stars as Carrie and another local, Kevin Cahill, as Cade.

Leading supporting actors in the film include local favorites Kayla Caulfield, Connor Holden, Katrina Rossi, Nathan Suher, and Tim Scott; also in the film are other local favorites:

The principal cinematographer was Josh Csehak.

The original music was composed and performed by Boenel Productions.

An old hymn was performed by the Choir School of Newport County, and conducted by Peter S. Berton, who also played the organ.

Newport Castle Scenes were shot at the iconic Cliff Walk, at the Newport Artillery Museum, and at two private Newport mansions as well as a vintage yacht, and at a mansion-museum in Cranston, at a cafe and two parks in Providence, and at a restaurant in Woonsocket.

This is the Iacobbo’s second film set in Newport; their first, House of Shadows, was screened in Tarrytown, New York at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Dark Shadows TV series, and at Seaview Terrace/Carey Mansion in Newport and was broadcast on PBS – TV – Rhode Island.

More details at Film’s Main Page



Providence Lyceum announces co-founder, writer-filmmaker Karen Iacobbo’s TV pilot sci-fi screenplay “Total Control” was chosen as a selection of the 2018 Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF).

In May, Karen and husband-business partner Michael Iacobbo attended the 13th annual HIFF’s closing night awards ceremony at the lakeside beach at Thomas P. MorahanPark, Greenwood Lake, New York. The Iacobbo’s were pleased to meet fellow film industry people, including actress Joyce De Witt (a previous HIFF award winner, best known for Three’s Company), and actress Tia Carrere, and screenwriter Karen McCullah.

The festival called “one of the 10 biggest film festivals in the world” is “dedicated to premiering and promoting fine non-studio films,TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally.” HIFF founder and chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio is a filmmaker and actor, as well as attornery, author, and FOX news commentator, and a former judge. His wife Dr. Francine Del Vecchio is Festival First Lady & Vice Chairwoman.

The Oscar-like festival, “with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, including:

On opening night, HIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting was personally accepted by Academy Award, Emmy & Golden Globe Winner LOUIS GOSSETT JR (An Officer and a Gentleman; Diggstown; Iron Eagle; “Roots”).