January 24, 2017—Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges lends his voice to narrate Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a new MacGillivray Freeman 3D film for IMAX and giant screen theaters opening globally beginning February 17, 2017. Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, and produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation, Dream Big is a first of its kind film that will transform how we think about engineering.
From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the creativity and compassion that drive engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
“I am a believer in encouraging our youth to make a difference in the world, and Dream Big encourages young people to do just that,” says narrator Jeff Bridges.
“As an innovator in his own field, Jeff Bridges brings his passion and inspiration to a film that encourages young people to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world,” says director Greg MacGillivray. “Teachers and parents are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering, and with Dream Big we hope to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories.”
One of Hollywood's most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award nominee, Jeff Bridges' performance in Crazy Heart deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The actor's multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres. He has starred in numerous box office hits, including Gary Ross' Seabiscuit, The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Jagged Edge, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Blown Away, Fearless and American Heart which earned Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor. He appeared in the critically acclaimed The Door in the Floor which also earned him an IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. He has played a major featured role in other films including The Muse, Arlington Road and starred in Simpatico, The Big Lebowski, White Squall, Wild Bill, Fat City and The Mirror Has Two Faces among many others. Bridges starred in the Coen Brothers' critically acclaimed western True Grit, which landed him his sixth Oscar nomination, as well as other recent movies such as The Giver and TRON: Legacy where he reprised his role from the 1982 classic film TRON. Bridges can most recently be seen in Hell or High Water for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor for a Supporting Role. In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America.
Dream Big is the first giant screen project to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). MacGillivray Freeman Films and its partners at ASCE and Bechtel have produced educational materials to go with the film and are providing funding for programs at museums and science centers such as Engineering Festivals and Girls Night Out. Some of the targeted programming is meant to introduce middle and high-school girls to dynamic women engineer role models to encourage their interest in engineering careers. Also available are 50 hands-on engineering activities, educational videos, lesson plans for grades K-12 and other engineering-themed events. These educational components are hosted on the educational website www.DiscoverE.org/dreambig.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World opens globally on February 17, 2017
About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 40 films for IMAX theatres to its credit. Throughout the company's 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
As a production partner, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been planning, coordinating, and promoting Dream Big and its outreach programs since inception. With 150,000 members in 177 countries, ASCE members engineer the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment.
About Bechtel Corporation
Bechtel Corporation is among the most respected engineering, construction and project management companies in the world. Together with their customers, they deliver landmark projects that foster sustainable progress and economic growth. Since 1898, they have completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents.
Source: PR Newswire