Summer of Spielberg coming to Halifax: Outdoor film fest to include E.T., Jaws

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By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - This summer dinosaurs will be rampaging along the Halifax waterfront, a friendly alien will take off on a bicycle, and keep an eye out for sharks.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic Film Festival announced this is the summer of Spielberg, and six of the director’s films will be shown outdoors for thousands of people in July and August.

The films, projected onto a huge outdoor screen behind the Emera building, will include: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Catch Me If You Can, Jurassic Park and one chosen by the public.

“Summer is a magic time for us,” said AFF executive director, Wayne Carter during the announcement.

“We wanted to have a selection of films that we thought were multi-generational, and were all about experiencing something at a film,” he said.

The former alFresco filmFesto was rebranded to the AFF Outdoor Film Experience, and Carter said short films created by local artists will be shown before each Friday movie.

Carter said by showcasing Steven Spielberg, the master of the summer blockbuster, the festival is moving away from a single actor’s work towards more thematic ideas.

“There’s something very special about a large group of people sitting on the boardwalk all laughing, and hopefully this year jumping, in unison,” Carter said.

For the last showing, fans can vote for their favourite Spielberg sci-fi flick on Facebook between Minority Report, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and War of the Worlds.  Voting runs until noon on August 16.

There are outdoor shows in Dartmouth, Sackville and Bedford this summer, showing movies like Back to the Future, Smurfs and Ice Age 3.

The showings for the Spielberg films that begin at dusk are:

July 19: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

July 26: Raiders of the Lost Ark

August 2: Jaws

August 9: Catch Me If You Can

August 16: Jurassic Park

August 23:  People’s Choice between: Minority Report, War of the Worlds, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Geographic location: Lost Ark, Dartmouth, Bedford

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