TO THE AMAZING NEWPORTFILM COMMUNITY –
THURSDAY’S 6/17 SCREENING OF “PLAYING WITH SHARKS” IS SOLD OUT. DUE TO THE ONGOING IMPLICATIONS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE HAD TO LIMIT THE SIZE OF OUR AUDIENCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AS WELL AS THE COMFORT LEVEL OF OUR GENEROUS VENUE HOSTS. ALL OF OUR EVENTS WILL REQUIRE AN RSVP/TICKET FOR ENTRY THIS SUMMER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. AS THE SEASON GOES ON, WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE OUR AUDIENCE SIZE IN A SAFE MANNER. OUR EVENTS WILL BE RUNNING WEEKLY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9TH AND RSVPs WILL OPEN THE MONDAY OF THE EVENT AT 10 AM EST. PLEASE CHECK EACH FILM PAGE FOR RSVP DETAILS AND SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER TO STAY UP TO DATE ON ALL EVENTS. WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US FOR A FILM SCREENING THIS SUMMER!
THIS IS A REGULAR OUTDOOR FILM, NOT A DRIVE-IN. NO DOGS ALLOWED AT THIS VENUE.
THIS EVENT IS BYO PICNIC, NO ON-SITE FOOD VENDORS AVAILABLE.
ABOUT THE FILM:
As a young woman in Australia in the 1950s, Valerie Taylor bucked the status quo, becoming a champion spear-fisher in a sport dominated by men. She soon traded in her spear for a camera, documenting the undersea world as never before. With husband Ron behind the camera and Valerie’s willingness to get up close and personal with all manner of marine creatures, the team quickly gained attention as world-class, pioneering underwater filmmakers. The first to film a great white underwater, their shark sequences ultimately became the inspiration for a new novel and soon-to-be blockbuster hit—“Jaws”—with Valerie and Ron brought on to shoot all the underwater live shark scenes.
The rest is history. “Jaws” became a cultural phenomenon, smashing box office records and changing the film industry forever. But the blockbuster had other unforeseen consequences, solidifying sharks in the collective mindset as an underwater monster to be feared and hunted. Valerie would spend the rest of her life working to set the record straight, dispelling the fearsome misconceptions about the toothy predator and advocating for the protection and preservation of marine habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef.
From twice Emmy®-nominated director Sally Aitken, Playing With Sharks captures the life of a woman ahead of her time—a fearless diver, cinematographer and pioneering conservationist whose work would forever change our understanding of the ocean’s most magnificent apex predators.
Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. Images may be used by newportFILM for promotional purposes.
|6:30 PM:||Venue Opens|
|7:30 PM:||Live Music By Chris Vaillancourt|
|Run time:||90 mins|