Special Screenings of RESCUE 3D at IMAX
6/14/2011 11:35:22 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thom Benson 423-785-3007
Special Screenings of RESCUE 3D This Weekend at IMAX
Discount Offer for Tennessee Valley First Responders
Chattanooga, Tenn. (June 14, 2011) – While some people may run from disaster, others are rushing in to help save lives. “RESCUE 3D,” the latest IMAX film from award-winning director Stephen Low, brings the importance of worldwide response to natural disasters into viewers’ laps. This new film immerses audiences in both the training and mindsets of the individuals who answer the call – both personally and professionally- of those in need.
RESCUE 3D follows the training and actual assignments of four key people, tracing the path each has taken to ultimately provide humanitarian aid in a disaster situation.
And the situation, in this instance, is very real and very timely. Low was in the midst of filming RESCUE 3D when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti in January, 2010. Quickly arranging permission to access and film the stricken area, Low’s team arrived with 3D cameras capturing the first real-time disaster images ever collected by an IMAX camera. These scenes are both heart-wrenching and heartening. “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 people we were filming. We did what we could, both from helping to communicate the plight of those affected by the earthquake, as well as providing financial support where possible," he said
As Navy Week wraps up in Chattanooga, RESCUE 3D illustrates how both military and non-governmental humanitarian organizations work together to provide emergency services that are being called upon with increasing frequency in recent years. “In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, Navy personnel played a vital role in supporting humanitarian efforts by making the logistics chain possible and distributing life-saving assistance,” said Lieutenant Commander Sarah Blansett. “The USS Carl Vinson and its air wing distributed more than 1.1 million pounds of aid for earthquake survivors. Nineteen helicopters embarked aboard Carl Vinson flew more than 1,000 hours and evacuated 435 patients.”
Special screenings of RESCUE 3D will be shown at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm for four days only, from Friday, June 17th through Monday, June 20th.
The Aquarium would like to salute area first responders, who worked tirelessly during the April tornado outbreak, by offering a half-price discount for everyone with a military (current or retired), police, fire or Red Cross ID. This offer is valid for the ID holder. Additional tickets may be purchased at the discounted IMAX group rate.