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LFCA Launches First Annual Large Screen Film Festival


Written by: Large Format Cinema Association
Date: February 5, 2004


Category: Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 5, 2004 – There's the big screen – and there's the big screen – as the Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) will demonstrate when the organization presents its first annual large format film festival to be held February 23-March 7 at The Bridge: Cinema de Lux in their IMAX theatre. The Bridge, located at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, is known for offering movie-goers a unique and innovative entertainment experience.

Dubbed The Biggest Film Festival in the World, the 2-week event will feature ten of the most celebrated films produced for large format cinema, along with directors, producers and talent who will be on hand to discuss their films and answer questions from the audience.

Andy Gellis, the Festival Organizer and LFCA First VP said: "We are delighted to present the first LFCA Film Festival as a way to further promote public awareness of our expanding industry. We are also extremely pleased to partner with The Bridge to give local audiences and film industry professionals an opportunity to see a broad cross-section of the amazing work being done in the format. Most of the films in the Festival have never played in Los Angeles and should be seen both by people who are fans of IMAX/Large Format and by those who haven't kept up to speed with the medium." Filmmakers, in recent years, have endeavored to broaden the appeal of the LF industry beyond the traditional museum fare, by producing dramas, animation, and, performance films, as well as documentaries.

The Festival will kick-off on Sunday night with the LA premiere of Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, a tour-de-force exploration of rhythm and percussion as practiced by native cultures around the world. The film was shot on location on 4 continents.

Conceived and directed by the creators of the globally successful Stomp, it is a dazzling example of what can be accomplished in large format cinema.

The festival will begin each day at 10:00AM with the last daily showing at 7:00PM. Festival passes will provide patrons the opportunity to screen all ten films. Ticket prices for single films will be priced at $8.00 dollars and back-to-back double-features can be purchased for $15.00 dollars. Festival passes are available at $50.00 dollars each. For ticket information call: The Bridge (866) 747-1234 or visit or

Large format feature films scheduled for screening at the LFCA festival include:

China: The Panda Adventure – The true story of Ruth Harkness, a fiercely independent woman who travels to the mysterious forests of China to follow in her late husband's footsteps and achieve his dream of bringing the first live Giant Panda to America. China 1936. After her husband dies in the dense bamboo forests of China, Ruth McCombs Harkness leaves her flourishing fashion business in America and embarks on her own journey of self discovery. Ruth is intent on fulfilling her husband's dream of showing the world the true, gentle nature of the Giant Panda.

Producers: Antoine Compin and Charis Horton. Director: Robert Young. Executive Producers: Andy Gellis and John Wilcox. Adapted for the screen by Jeanne Rosenberg, from the autobiography by Ruth Harkness. Distributed by IMAX Corporation. Running Time: 45 minutes

Extreme - Extreme combines incredible extreme sport action with narration by the athletes and an eclectic, contemporary soundtrack. Extreme features six (6) nature based sports; Big Wave Surfing, Ice Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Windsurfing and Rock Climbing. The best extreme sport athletes in the World facing the most intimidating elements of nature provide a unique glimpse into the relationship between nature and humanity.

An Extreme Production. Producer: Neils de Jong Franken. Director: Jon Long. Distributed by Extreme Productions. Executive Producer: Peter Beyak. Running Time: 40 minutes

Fires of Kuwait – The Academy Award-nominated film takes viewers to the very center of blazing fields of out-of-control oil fires. The film highlights the massive international firefighting effort launched after more than 600 oil wells were sabotaged by retreating Iraqi troops in the aftermath of Desert Storm and the Gulf War. Fires of Kuwait is a tribute to the firefighters' heroism and ingenuity and a celebration of their ultimate victory. Shot entirely on location in Kuwait.

A Black Sun Films Ltd. Production, a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation. Executive Producer: Andre Picard. Director/ Director of Photography: David Douglas. Producer: Sally Dundas. Co-Producer: Di Roberts. Editor: Barbara Kerr. Distributed by IMAX Corporation. Running Time: 38 minutes

Mysteries of Egypt will transport audiences to a distant time and place where the Nile River Valley cuts an emerald swath through the desert sands. In the flood-fed richness of this land rose an ancient kingdom whose culture has strongly influenced the western world. Its massive architecture and the intrigue of such personages as Nefertiti and Tutankhamen capture the imagination. Around the old capital of Memphis, near modern Giza, rulers such as Ramses II built massive funerary pyramids to house them in their afterlife and farther up the river, temples were built to the pharaohs and their gods at Luxor and Karnak. With a dedicated team of scientists, Mysteries of Egypt will explore these magnificent edifices and the civilization that built them, bringing their wonder to life.

A Co-Production of National Geographic Films and Destination Cinema, in association with NOVA/WGBH Boston, Museum of Science and Industry-Chicago, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and Centex Investment Limited. Producers: Lisa Truitt and Scott Swofford. Director/Writer: Bruce Neibaur. Distributed by Destination Cinema. Running Time: 40 minutes

Ocean MenOcean Men follows the current world champions of freediving, Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari as they attempt to do the impossible - descend to a depth of over 162 meters (531 feet) and return to the surface on just one breath of air. The intense rivalry between champions Ferreras and Pelizzari will highlight the amazing ability of the human body to adapt to the most demanding situations. Each dive by the two champions is a wonder of science, but just as fascinating are the wildly different approaches each takes with regard to their training and preparation. Their colorful lives and unyielding passion for this unique sport, as captured by acclaimed underwater director and cinematographer Bob Talbot, will thrill, inspire, and excite audiences…all while fostering a deeper respect for life itself.

An HB5B Media AG Production. Producer: Almut Saygin. Director/Cinematographer: Bob Talbot. Executive Producers: Hendrik Hey, Jan Herrmann. Distributed by: nWave Pictures Distribution. Running Time: 40 minutes

Old Man and the SeaOld Man and the Sea is an explosion of stunning imagery. Academy Award-winning animator Alexander Petrov hand-painted 29000 images on sheets of glass to tell the tale of a fisherman's extraordinary duel in this telling of Ernest Hemingway's classic story. Because of the influence of Hemingway's life on his writing, Petrov's larger-than-life re-creation of the author's award-winning story is precluded by a compelling 17-minute live-action prologue, entitled HEMINGWAY: A PORTRAIT. Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short.

Co-Production of Productions Pascal Blais, Panorama Film Studio of Yaroslav, Imagica Corporation, Dentsu Tec, and NHK Enterprises 21. Producers: Bernard Lajoje and Tatsuo Shimamura. Executive Producers: Jean-Yves Martel, Shizuo Ohashi. Director: Alexander Petrov. Distributed by Pascal Blais Distribution and Giant Screen Films. Based on the novel, "The Old Man and the Sea," by Ernest Hemingway. Running Time: 34 minutes

Pulse: A Stomp OdysseyPulse: A Stomp Odyssey is an exploration of the sights and sounds of continents and cultures, guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the sensational stage show STOMP. Audiences will travel a world brought brilliantly alive on the large-format screen and will discover the universal language of rhythm. The film is a unique and extraordinary large-format experience -- a visual and auditory celebration of diversity and culture, rhythm and humanity. It will introduce audiences to percussion groups from locales and backgrounds as disparate as Timbalada of Brazil to Les Percussion de Guinee of West Africa, from a 25,000 year-old tribal tradition in Botswana to a modern flamenco dancer in Spain.

James D. Stern Productions. Producers: Don Kempf and Steve Kempf, Harriet Leve, Jim Stern. Directors: Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Distributed by Giant Screen Films in association with Walden Media Running Time: 40 minutes

Shackleton's Antarctic AdventureShackleton's Antarctic Adventure recounts the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which many consider "the greatest survival story of all time." This expedition has become a testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving nearly two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic, when their ship, the Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. The giant-screen film features stunning Antarctic images and re-creations filmed in 1999 and 2000, plus the remarkable original still photography and 35mm motion-picture footage of Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the Endurance expedition.

A White Mountain/Nova Large Format Films Production. Narrated by Kevin Spacey. Directed by George Butler. Produced by Susanne Simpson, Scott Swofford and George Butler. Co-produced by Louise Rosen. Written by Mose Richards and Crystal V. Spijer. A Presentation of Morgan Stanley. Running Time: 40 minutes

The Young Black Stallion – A prequel to the 1979 classic, The Young Black Stallion presents the horse's adventures with a young girl named Neera, who has been separated from her father in Arabia by WWII. Left alone in the desert, she befriends the wild colt, whom she names Shetan. Once reunited with her father, however, Neera remains haunted by images of the "lost horse of the desert" -- one of a few stallions of legend, rumoured to be "born of the sands, sired by the night sky, drinkers of the wind."

In its first dramatic feature made specifically for the giant screen, Walt Disney Pictures is proud to present the continuation of a family favorite and a story that has enthralled generations of readers. The writer and producer of THE BLACK STALLION have reunited for this production, bringing giant-screen audiences the wonder, excitement, and magic of Walter Farley's equine hero as they have never seen it before.

A Walt Disney Pictures Presentation. Starring Richard Romanus and Biana Tamimi. Directed by Simon Wincer. Produced by Fred Roos and Frank Marshall. Executive Producers are Kathleen Kennedy and Jeanne Rosenberg. The screen story and screenplay is by Jeanne Rosenberg, based on the novel by Walter Farley and Steven Farley. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. Running Time: 50 minutes

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (3D) - Dinosaurs are very much alive - at least in the mind of one teenager. When a museum accident opens a portal to the past, audiences will travel back to the time when dinosaurs last roamed the earth. This breathtaking adventure of unparalleled realism, incorporates the most up to date scientific knowledge and brings us nose-to-nose with the largest and most realistic dinosaurs ever to appear on a movie screen. Hold onto your seats, T-Rex, a world-wide hit, is the highest grossing 3D film in history.

An Imax Corporation Production. Director: Brett Leonard. Producers: Antoine Compin and Charis Horton. Written by Andrew Gellis and Jeannie Rosenberg. Distributed by Imax Corporation. Running Time: 45 minutes

Based in Los Angeles, the Large Format Cinema Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization promoting large format film production, manufacturing, and exhibition industries through a wide range of educational programs and conferences, newsletters and industry events. Sustaining sponsors of the organization include such industry mainstays such as Kodak, Consolidated Film Laboratories(CFI), IMAX/DKP 70MM, Imagica USA, RPG Productions, National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and nWave Pictures, amongst others.

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