The AFF Presents… SUMMER OF SPIELBERG

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JAWS HAS BE RESCHEDULED - AND WILL NOW PLAY ON FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH!!! FREE! Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront.

Updated: July 29, 2013

JAWS"SEE IT BEFORE YOU GO SWIMMING!!!"

That's the warning they gave everyone who saw Steven Spielberg's Oscar Nominated film JAWS when it hit theatres back in 1975.

Based on the best selling novel by Peter Benchley - the film tells the frightening tale of a massive great white shark that terrorizes the island community of Amity - folks flee in fear for their lives, leaving 3 men to stop it - Police Chief Brody played by the late Roy Scheider, a marine scientist named Hooper played by Richard Dreyfuss and hardened fisherman by the name of Quint played by the late Robert Shaw.

Police Chief Brody played by the late Roy Scheider, a marine scientist named Hooper played by Richard Dreyfuss and hardened fisherman by the name of Quint played by the late Robert Shaw Universal Studios Universal Pictures

The film broke all records - in fact over 67 million Americans went to see the movie after it's June 20th release making it the first ever summer "blockbuster". It was the first movie to hit $100,000 million dollars and was the highest grossing movie of it's kind until 1977's STAR WARS made more.

By now you've probably heard the mechanical shark was nicknamed Bruce...but did you know that Spielberg named him that after his lawyer.

Steven Spielberg On Set of JAWS Universal Studios Universal Pictures

Another interesting fact - this was the first film to use Martha's Vineyard as a location - it was chosen primarily "because even 12 miles out to sea, the sandy bottom was only 30 feet down, allowing the mechanical shark to function. Residents were paid $64 to scream and run across the beach as extras." source

That famous line "You're gonna need a bigger boat" was actually, according to screenplay co-writer Carl Gottlieb, an ad-lib by Sheider. It was ranked #35 by the American Film Institute (AFI) on the Top 100 list of Best Movie Lines of All Time.  The AFI also placed the film at #56 on the Top 100 Movies of All Time and at #2 on the Top 100 Thrillers of All Time right after Hitchcock's PSYCHO.

John Williams conducting the Oscar Winning JAWS Universal Studios Universal PicturesAnd as for that classic score.... duhnum......duhnum... YOU KNOW IT!!! Composer John Williams won an Oscar for that back in 1976 -  and get this - he was conducting for The Academy Awards show that year and had to leave the orchestra to get to the podium to accept - THAT'S COOL!!!

Don't miss this truly remarkable film for FREE!!! (Thanks Emera!) - You'll find the screen on the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market). Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site.

Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates here.

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Updated: July 25, 2013

PLEASE BE ADVISED.... Due to the weather forecast, the Atlantic Film Festival has pushed tomorrow's Summer of Spielberg screening,  RAIDERS OF THE LOST OF ARK  to Saturday,July 27, 2013.

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Updated: July 22, 2013

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK The second film featured in The Summer of Spielberg is actually the second feature film for which Steven Spielberg earned an Oscar nomination for Best Direction.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK took home 4 Academy Awards back in 1982 and to this day remains one of the greatest action-adventure films of all time.

The movie about "Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones being hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis" marked the first time Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would team up - and it's interesting to note that partnership almost prevented the casting of Harrison Ford in the now iconic title role.

george-lucas-steven-spielberg on the set of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARKSpielberg's first choice for the role was Ford, but having already starred in 2 of  Lucas' films (AMERICAN GRAFFITI and STAR WARS) he wanted to go with someone else. So the story goes everyone from Tom Selleck (who turned it down because he was signed to begin MAGNUM PI)  to Steve Martin (who chose to do PENNIES FROM HEAVEN instead), to Bill Murray (who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) was considered. Finally the team decided to go with Harrison - just 3 weeks prior to principal photography.

You could even say that casting was meant to be in more ways than one - for it was during the filming that Spielberg teamed up with Ford's then wife Melissa Mathison between breaks in shooting to write E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Couple of other fun facts....

spaghettios"To achieve the sound of thousands of snakes slithering, sound designer Ben Burtt stuck his fingers into a cheese casserole. This was augmented by applying wet sponges to the rubber on a skateboard." source

"During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got sick, except director Steven Spielberg. It is thought that he avoided illness by eating only the food he'd brought with him: cans and cans of Spaghetti-O's." source

Don't miss this truly cool film for FREE!!! (Thanks Emera!) - You'll find the screen on the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market). Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site.

Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates here.

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Updated: July 15, 2013

Get set for SUMMER to start this Friday, July 19th.... The Summer of Spielberg that is - with the first of 6 Steven Spielberg feature films.

ETFirst on the marquee - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Seriously....was the phrase "phone home" ever said the same after this classic?!

The 4 time Oscar winning movie about a shy young boy who befriends a stranded alien - made box office history during it's theatrical run - becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide!!! That was until Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK (showing August 16) was released. Adjusted for inflation today, it's still the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time.

Director Steven Spielberg with E.T the Extra-Terrestrial courtesy Amblin EntertainmentThe American Film Institute has ranked it #6 on it's Top 100 Movies of All Time List.

Did you know... E.T. was voiced by an elderly lady from Marin County, California named Pat Welsh who, as the story goes - smoked two packs of cigarettes a day - thus the gravelly voice. She was reported to have been paid a mere $380 for her services. Bless her heart. (source)

And here's a tasty bit of trivia for ya - most movie makers site E.T. for the birth of marketable ReecesPiecesSingleOpen_450'product placement' in film. As legend has it the filmmakers first asked that M&M's be used to lure E.T but apparently the Mars company turned them down, so Reese's Pieces were used instead. Following which the sales for Reese's Pieces went through the roof. After that more and more businesses saw the value in a supporting role on the big screen. (source)

The movie launched the careers of most all involved - and despite a few rocky and/or quiet years between then an now - stars Henry Thomas (Elliott) and more notably Drew Barrymore (Gertie) have continued to have success with their respective careers in film.

E.T. stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas with Director Steven Spielberg courtesy - Amblin Entertainment,

This is a perfect film for the whole family - and cool for the kids since Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to foster the connection with Elliott and E.T. - COOL!

And COOLER still? It's FREE!!! (Thanks Emera!) - You'll find the screen on the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market). Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site.

Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates here.

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Posted: June, 2013

"Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about.” Steven Spielberg

Steven_Spielberg_Masterclass_Cinémathèque_Française_2_croppedAnd what a magical time it will be as the 13th Annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience has declared it the Summer of SPIELBERG!!!

From July 19 – August 23 Friday's on the Halifax Waterfront will be filled with the works of Academy Award Winning Director Steven Spielberg.

The FREE outdoor series saluting the legendary filmmaker will feature 6 of his HIT movies – you'll even get to vote on the last picture featured. Projected on a 30-foot inflatable screen at the end of the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market), the schedule of films is as follows:

You'll be able to vote on Facebook for the People's Choice by noon, August 16th. The winning film will be announced just before the JURASSIC PARK screening.

New this year, the event will proudly screen an Atlantic Canadian produced short film as part of the pre-roll, before each screening. This is a joint presentation with CBC, called Summer Shorts.

"We feel very strongly about the re-branding of our summer film series. The AFF Outdoor Film Experience is a crucial step to an overall strategy that associates our entire family of programs to the Atlantic Film Festival brand which is recognized around the world”, said Wayne Carter, Executive Director of the Atlantic Film Festival. “We wanted to bring the word ‘Experience’ into the name as the magic that happens at these outdoor screenings is just that. Film fans of all ages gather under the stars to be a part of something very special. Something that goes beyond the film itself.”

Talented local illustrator, Nick Brunt created the design, look and feel of all the “Summer of Spielberg” program signage and promotional material, including T-shirts, which will be available for purchase, at each screening.

Those attending the AFF Outdoor Film Experience – Illuminated by Emera are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site. Thanks to Emera, this year’s program is FREE all summer.

Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates here.

In addition to “Summer of Spielberg”, the AFF Outdoor Film Experience is proud to also present the following movies in HRM this summer.

Additional Films SMURFS, ICE AGE 3, BACK TO THE FUTURE & DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

Friday, June 28: Smurfs, 2011,103min (Rated PG) at Kinsmen Park as part of Sackville Patriot Days

Sunday, June 30: Ice Age 3: Dawn Of the Dinosaurs, 2009, 94min (Rated PG) at DeWolf Park as part of Bedford Days

Saturday, July 06: Back to the Future, 1985, 116min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

Thursday, August 22: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010, 92min (Rated PG) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, hosted by Dartmouth Crossing

*Admission is free and all screenings start at dusk with gates opening one-hour prior. Please check for rain date updates here.

“The Outdoor Film Experience is a fun, free way to get outside with friends and family and experience movie magic”, said Mayor Mike Savage. “It’s exciting to see this wonderful tradition continue on the Halifax Waterfront and to have outdoor movie nights in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville.”

The AFF Outdoor Film Experience is pleased to have the support of the following partners and suppliers: Emera, Halifax Seaport, Waterfront Development Corporation, CBC, Admiral Insurance, Halifax Seaport, Dimensions Entertainment, PODS, Edible Matters, the Postman and I Heart Bikes.

For more information on the AFF Outdoor Film Experience click here

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