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‘Rescue’ hits Fernbank’s IMAX theater in September
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August 29, 2012 02:38 PM | 3304 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beginning Sept. 4, visitors to Fernbank Museum of Natural History will have the unique opportunity to get an inside look at what it takes to be a first-responder in the new IMAX film “Rescue.”

Profiling four individuals who dedicate their lives to saving others, the film gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the adrenaline-filled work of two pilots, a naval commander and a volunteer rescue technician.

Viewers will jump, dive and fly into the worlds of these four brave heroes and share in the highs and lows that come with being an emergency responder. The film documents each character’s journey from disaster training to real-life relief efforts, as emergency teams from around the world are called to provide vital aid in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Director Stephen Low created the film to recognize all the brave men and women who provide help and hope in times of dire need.

“It’s impossible to witness that level of devastation without finding solace in the extensive personal contributions of time and effort made by both professionals and volunteers that rally to help in the worst of times,” said Low.

“Rescue” provides an authentic look at the scale of devastation and chaos in Port au Prince, and allows viewers to witness the difficulties that first-responders faced as they worked to save lives during the biggest humanitarian disaster of the century. Collectively, their interwoven stories bring a sense of quiet humility and devotion to others.

“The Earth is a lot like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Kaden Borseth, Fernbank’s Earth science programs manager. “The puzzle pieces, called plates, are constantly moving. The sudden release of pressure built up from the movement of the plates can create small earthquakes that go unnoticed as well as massive events like Haiti experienced in the film. While devastating natural disasters are relatively uncommon, Rescue does a great job of showing how incredible the human culture can be when responding to those in need.”

The film shows daily from Sept. 4 through Nov. 15.

The museum will host a special appearance Sept. 7 and 8 by Steven Heicklen, one of the film’s main characters. Heicklen is a private businessman, husband and father of three. In his spare time, he serves his neighbors worldwide as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and a FEMA-certified emergency manager. He will be on site Sept. 7 in the afternoon and at various times Sept. 8 to sign autographs and introduce select showings of the film.

Also showing in Fernbank Museum’s IMAX theatre from Sept. 4 through Nov. 15:
 Africa’s Elephant Kingdom (shows daily)
 To the Arctic (shows during limited times on Fridays only)
 Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (shows exclusively on Friday evenings for Martinis & IMAX)

For a complete schedule, visit www.fernbank Films and run-dates subject to change.

IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children ages 12 and under and $8 for museum members. Value pass tickets, which include both museum and IMAX admission, are $23 for adults, $21 for students and seniors, $19 for children and $8 for museum members.

Information: (404) 929-6300 or visit

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