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New IMAX ® Documentary "Rescue" Chronicles Haiti Disaster and Awakens the Spirit of Heroism


Written by: Discovery Place
Date: June 13, 2011

The film offers a firsthand look at the long-standing tradition of both military and civilian response to natural disasters.


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First Responders Receive Free Admission Opening Weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If ever a film were intended to speak to what's inherently good in all people, the new movie from acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Low does just that. "Rescue," opening June 18 at The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, offers a firsthand look at the long-standing tradition of both military and civilian response to natural disasters. Audiences are immersed in the training and mindsets of the individuals who answer the call -- both personally and professionally -- of those in need.

Rescue, conceived by Low's film team, focuses on the military and private elements of humanitarian aid that must come together in times of natural disaster to save lives. The film follows the training and actual assignment of four key characters, who unexpectedly experienced a dose of reality when one of the worst natural catastrophes in history struck in the middle of production.

As the crew was tracing the training of the early responder groups depicted in the film, word of the horrendous earthquake in Haiti washed across the world's electronic media and appeared every morning in daily newspapers. Low and the production crew realized that their film was going to take a slightly different turn.

Quickly marshalling the support of the military and appropriate organizations, the Rescue crew dropped into the just changed Port-au-Prince landscape to track the involvement of each of the film's characters in this international humanitarian mission. Encountering an unbelievably devastated region, Low was drawn to the way people from all walks of life are motivated to answer a unique call.

"We were there to do a job, but in that situation, it's impossible not to feel the pain of all those with whom we came into contact," said Low. "Our team couldn't avoid becoming personally involved with many of the subjects that we were filming. We did what we could, both from helping to communicate the plight of those affected to providing financial support where possible."

The film propels giant-screen audiences into the extreme, high-stakes world of disaster response, where lives dangle in the balance and where individuals and teams are thrust into chaos in the aid of strangers, sometimes amid human contagions or natural catastrophe. Low says it is really a tip of the cap to all of the unsung providers of disaster response and humanitarian aid, wherever it is needed. He is hopeful that seeing Rescue will encourage others to find an avenue for increased volunteerism.

Featured in Rescue are a female Boeing C-17 Globemaster III pilot, an Army National Guard Major at the command of a CH-47 D Chinook helicopter, a swimming pool contractor who is a FEMA-certified volunteer emergency response manager, and a commander of a destroyer for the Canadian Forces Maritime Command. Collectively, their interwoven stories bring a sense of quiet humility and devotion to others to IMAX and other giant screen and specialty theatres.

Rescue is directed by Stephen Low and produced by The Stephen Low Company (producers Pietro L. Serapiglia and Alexander Low), executive produced by K2 Communications (executive producers Bob Kresser and Jan Baird), and presented by The Boeing Company and Canadian Forces Maritime Command. Ten cents from every Rescue ticket sold will support American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by disaster anywhere in the world. The film's producers are also providing an educational outreach component that is available for school usage. For more information, visit School or organizational group tickets for Rescue can be arranged by contacting the Museum at 704-372-6261 x300.

First responders will receive free admission to Rescue during the film's opening weekend at Discovery Place on June 18 and 19 with a photo ID. First responders include police, fire, military and paramedical personnel.

The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit .

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage the public in the active exploration of science and nature. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX® Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year. In June 2010, the Museum completed an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined experience with all-new interactive exhibits. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum's parking deck -- the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex -- at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704- 372-6261 or visit

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