Jaws Screening at Ocean Park Rescheduled

JawsFest's planned outdoor screening of Jaws on Ocean Park Saturday night has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 12 at 8 p.m. due to rain.

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Jawsfest Cruise

Jawsfest Cruise

Jawsfest should not be limited to land — that’s for wimps. Better to get out on the water; after all that’s where the sharks live. On Sunday, August 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. Seastreak’s 141-foot catamaran will be heading out to sea to view scenes from the movie including East Chop, Harthaven, State Beach and Big Bridge, Cow Bay, Edgartown and Cape Pogue.

Conservation, Celebration Are the Theme at JawsFest

In the winter of 1973 Joe Alves, production director for Jaws, began his quest to find the perfect setting for Amity Island.

From Montauk to Marblehead, Martha’s Vineyard was the place that met Mr. Alves’s criteria.

“Edgartown was so pristine with the white picket fences and white buildings,” he said. “It was a wonderful place to be terrified by a shark. Then when I got to Menemsha it was a great fishing village with all the little shacks. It was absolutely perfect.”

Movie Buffs Descend on Island for Jaws Fest

When Paul Garcia looks back at that hectic summer 31 years ago, he mostly remembers a lot of standing around, talking baseball with the lead actor and waiting to be called to the set. For Lynn Murphy, that summer meant time in the Valerie N. towing boats, barges and shark cages across Island waters. And for Hershel West it was the summer his dog Chipper won him a speaking role in one of the biggest films of all time.

Jaws Devotees Take Bite of Island in Breathless Three-Day Spree

As the small island of Amity - er, Martha's Vineyard - found out this weekend, when it comes to the movie Jaws, there are fanatics, and then there are fin-atics.

"There is no other movie I would fly hundreds of miles to go celebrate," a giddy Yvette Pryor of Augusta, Ga., said on Sunday. "It's the ultimate movie."

Netflix Eyes Oak Bluffs for August Screening of Blockbuster Jaws

The ominous, quickening strains that can mean only one thing - the shark is near and getting nearer - are slated to fill Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs at an August 5 open-air screening of Jaws.

Netflix, a company that operates a DVD mail rental service, has applied to the Oak Bluffs Park Commission to show the movie at the park off Seaview avenue. Admission would be free. The commission was scheduled to vote on the application last night.

Jaws Author’s Widow Pleads for End to Shark Tournament

It was 35 years ago that Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws, about a great white shark that terrorizes a resort town, was first published, starting a run of 44 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and inspiring the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, filmed off the shores of Martha’s Vineyard.

This week the novelist’s widow, Wendy Benchley, made a visit to the Oak Bluffs selectmen to take aim at what has become, in recent years, a focal point in the battle over shark conservation: the annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament.

Jaws Returns to Show Lives Shaped by Film

The U.S. Coast Guard issued an unprecedented warning to swimmers and boaters a week ago: beware of the great white shark.

He hasn’t caused any trouble in these parts since the last recorded attacks, way back in the earlier half of the 20th century. Unless, of course, you count the mass hysteria he incited with his big-screen debut in the horror classic Jaws.

Perhaps he liked himself on film, and he’s only come back for a second helping.

Blood in the Water, Jawsfest to Return

It’s been said that we might need a bigger Island, and in August few can argue with that. Now you can add Jawsfest: The Tribute to your August planning calendar, a special four-day series of events that will explore just about every aspect of the making of the movie Jaws. And as they did in 2005 for the first Jawsfest on the Vineyard, Jaws afficionados from around the world are expected to travel to this festival.

Once Bitten: Islanders Reveal More Jaws

Much has been said and written about the filming of Jaws and its impact in the spring and summer of 1974 on a still relatively obscure fishing and agricultural tourist redoubt seven miles off the southeast coast of Massachusetts. After Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard there is simply nothing left to be said. A staggering compilation of mostly unseen photographs and artifacts, as well as hundreds of interviews with the Island and Hollywood denizens who conspired to produce the archetypal modern blockbuster, the book is the last word on the subject.

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