A new movie about the late Sen Ted Kennedy’s infamous Chappaquiddick accident has caused an uptick in tourist traffic to the small island off Edgartown.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival began on Thursday night with a premiere of the film Chappaquiddick. Two screenings were held at Edgartown Cinemas to sold-out audiences.

A few years ago director John Curran and actor Jason Clarke made a late night trip to the Dike Bridge in preparation for their film, which revisits events that took place there nearly 50 years ago.

Chappaquiddick, the upcoming movie that revisits Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s 1969 car crash, will open the 2018 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival on March 15.

A newly-released trailer gives the first look at Chappaquiddick, an upcoming movie about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s infamous 1969 car crash on the Vineyard.


Hollywood turned back the clock Thursday at the Chappy ferry landing, as Memorial Wharf became a movie set for the upcoming film about the 1969 Chappaquiddick accident.