Doc “Sharksploitation’ Delves into the Sub-Genre Spawned by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ (Exclusive)

Ever since Steven Spielberg’s career-launching blockbuster “Jaws” broke out in 1975, the world’s obsession with sharks has not slackened.

Evidence of this is the glut of films – and TV series – about the much-maligned and misunderstood predator.“The movie ‘Jaws’ had a massive impact on me becoming a filmmaker, and it began my lifelong fascination with sharks,” said director-producer Stephen Scarlata whose documentary “Sharksploitation” participates in the Frontières co-production market, organized by the Fantasia International Film Festival in tandem with Cannes’ Marché du Film.Scarlata (“Jodorowsky’s Dune”) and his team recently secured an all-important interview with marine and environmental conservation advocate Wendy Benchley, who was married to late “Jaws” author Peter Benchley.Benchley is known to have expressed his deep regret about the characterization of the shark in his bestselling novel that Spielberg adapted.

“There is no such thing as a rogue shark which develops a taste for human flesh.

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