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July 16, 2019—To honor the historic Apollo 11 moon landing of July 20, 1969, a special “Filming Man in Space” issue of American Cinematographer
detailed the extensive photographic work done to document the complex project in still photos and motion pictures. This special collection features an introduction written by award-winning and celebrated cinematographer James L. Neihouse, who has worked closely with NASA and the astronauts to film the IMAX space documentaries. Read the full article in American Cinematographer here.
July 15, 2019—It is with heavy hearts that the Naval Aviation Museum
Foundation in Pensacola, Florida, announces the passing of their good
friend and colleague, Mike Moodispaugh. Mike was a 22-year veteran in the industry, hired as an IMAX projectionist at just 19 years old in 1997. He later became the Chief Projectionist and eventually was promoted to
Technical Operations Manager. Mike and his staff won the IMAX Best Booth
Award presented at the 2011 GSCA International Conference and Trade
Show in Austin, Texas.
July 9, 2019—With deep sadness we share the news that Abdullah Alshtail,
Theater Manager at The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK), died on June 11,
2019, after his battle with cancer. He was 39 years old and is survived by his wife
and four children.
June 17, 2019—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce the locations and dates for its 2020 events. The
GSCA Film Expo will take place in Los Angeles on March 9-10, 2020. The
AMC CityWalk IMAX Theatre and Universal City Hilton will host, as they
did for the GSCA Film Expo 2019. The 2020 GSCA International Conference and Trade Show will be held in
Chicago, Illinois, on September 22-24, 2020. On September 25, GSCA will
host a symposium, which will focus on strategies for theater
sustainability and success. The Navy Pier IMAX Theatre will host
flat-screen presentations, and the Museum of Science and Industry Giant
Dome Theater will host presentations
on the dome screen.
June 10, 2019—Canada’s leading production, distribution and
digital company Sinking Ship Entertainment (SSE) is thrilled to announce its
expansion into museum and institutional sales. Joining the team is industry
expert Jennifer Lee Hackett, who will lead the sale of Dino Dana: The Movie
and its companion AR and VR experiences to museums, science centres and the
attraction market. Jennifer will be at the Giant Screen Cinema
Association Conference in September 2019, where Dino Dana: The Movie will
preview to the museum industry.
2019—BBC Studios are excited to
announce that SK Films has been appointed as the theatrical distributor for Antarctica:
Into the Unknown, BBC Earth’s next IMAX®/giant screen
film produced by the world-renowned BBC Studios Natural History Unit. SK Films
will distribute Antarctica in all formats.
May 29, 2019—Giant Screen Films (GSF) is pleased to announce Dinosaurs of Antarctica, a
large-format film launching globally into museum and IMAX® cinemas in February
2020. The first original large-format dinosaur film in over a decade, Dinosaurs of Antarctica will
introduce audiences to the amazing and bizarre prehistoric creatures that
inhabited Antarctic forests and swamps hundreds of millions of years ago. With
major support provided by the National Science Foundation, the film follows a
team of paleoecologists on a quest to understand the southern continent’s
profound transformation, from a warm and bio-diverse Mesozoic to the frozen
desert we know today.
May 15, 2019—Evans & Sutherland (E&S) is proud to announce Estelle Pacalon
as the Show Distribution and Sales Manager overseeing distribution of its
extensive library of fulldome shows, as well as projects in South America.
Estelle will be based out of Europe and is the second addition to the E&S
sales team this year. E&S is committed to serving its customers by bringing
together passionate, long-time industry experts with a reach across the globe.
May 10, 2019—MacGillivray Freeman Films and CNN Films are proud to announce the release
Douglas Miller’s Apollo
11: First Steps Edition,
an exclusive giant screen documentary
opening in select science centers and museum-based IMAX®
screen theaters starting May 17, 2019. Produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and distributed
by MacGillivray Freeman Films, Apollo
11: First Steps Edition
is a special giant screen version of the
critically-acclaimed theatrical documentary Apollo 11
this year. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
will open exclusively
in science centers and museum-based giant screen theaters as part of the
much-anticipated global celebration of the 50th
NASA’s Apollo 11 mission—the first to put men on the Moon.