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Dinosaurs, aliens and sharks will soon be making their way into Moose Jaw. 

Mandy Higgins, marketing coordinator at the Moose Jaw Culture Centre, helped plan the film festival that starts July 8 at the Mae Wilson Theatre. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric 

A Steven Spielberg film festival hosted by the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre at the Mae Wilson Theatre will take place July 8-12. 

This is the fifth film festival that's been put on by the cultural centre which previously featured Alfred Hitchcock, movie musicals, film noir and Stanley Kubrick themes. 

"The reason we chose Steven Spielberg films is because all of these are his movies that came out in summer," said Mandy Higgins, marketing coordinator at the Moose Jaw Culture Centre.

Starting off the film festival on July 8 is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Jaws on July 9, Jurassic Park July 10, Raiders of the Lost Ark July 11 and E.T. playing on July 12. 

Each movie starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door for each movie and cash is the only form of payment being accepted. 

"The film festival has been very successful in the past, and that's why we keep on going with them," said Higgins. 

"It's summer and Steven Spielberg has a lot of fun, action-oriented flicks."

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes 


Steven Spielberg fun facts:

-Steven Spielberg was only 28-years-old when he directed Jaws in 1974. The movie stayed number one at the box office for 14 straight weeks becoming the first film to gross $100 million and becoming Hollywood's first summer blockbuster. 

-E.T. was originally a horror movie. Spielberg was also influenced by photographic portraits of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg when coming up for the look of the alien. 

-Jurassic Park is 127 minutes long but includes only 15 minutes of dinosaur footage. 

-When filming took place in Tunisia during Raiders of the Lost Ark, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got sick except Steven Spielberg because he only ate the food he brought: Spaghetti-O's. 

-In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the small aliens in the film were played by local girls ages 8 and 12 years old because Steven Spielberg felt they moved more gracefully than boys. 

Organizations: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw Culture Centre

Geographic location: Lost Ark

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