Celebrate the Unique Cultural Diversity and Innovation of America’s Music in a New Film for IMAX and Giant Screen Theatres “America's Next Musical Journey" opening at The Tech.
Starring Grammy Award-Nominated Singer and Songwriter Aloe Blacc and Narrated by Academy Award-Winning Actor, Morgan Freeman and featuring Oakland-based Vertical Dance Troop BANDALOOP.
San Jose, CA, Feb. 16, 2018 – MacGillivray Freeman Films’ newest documentary for IMAX and giant screen theaters, America’s Musical Journey will open at the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Ca., on Feb. 16, 2018. The film, produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, celebrates the unique diversity of cultures and creative innovation that characterize America, as told through the story of its music.
Narrated by legendary Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the film follows Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of America’s music, following the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colorful locales and cultures where America’s music was born. Visiting such iconic cities as New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Miami and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to such electrifying American art forms as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop and more. As audiences join Blacc on this joyful, tune-filled tour, they’ll experience uniquely American adventures such as paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago and skydiving with Elvis impersonators over Memphis in scenes shot exclusively for the giant screen.
Academy Award-nominated director Greg MacGillivray threads all these images together to create an immersive experience of America’s cultural diversity with a soundtrack that showcases the national passion for creative innovation at its purest. “America’s music has its roots in the diverse cultures that came together from different parts of the world, culminating in a unique blend of sound, culture and innovation unlike anywhere else in the world,” said MacGillivray. “This creativity and trailblazing spirit is what makes American music such a treasured experience around the world. I hope people are inspired to explore their own creativity after seeing the film.”
“Music is an essential part of the human experience, and I look forward to helping audiences discover the unique cultural influences that gave rise to jazz, the blues, folk and other American musical genres,” says Aloe Blacc. “I love the freedom of expression in this country, which is a source of creativity and innovation unlike anywhere else.”
“The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone,” said Michelle Duncan, The Tech’s IMAX Theater Operations Director. “We know music is an incredible driving force for creativity and community-building. We’re thrilled to bring it to our visitors on our giant wraparound dome screen to dive deep into America’s rich roots and really think about their own roles as creative changemakers.”
In addition to Aloe Blacc, audiences will meet other iconic artists, musicians and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today, including the Oakland-based BANDALOOP vertical dancers; Jon Batiste, bandleader and musical director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; and Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
America’s Musical Journey is family friendly and has a running time of 40 minutes. www.americasmusicaljourney.com
The Tech Museum of Innovation is located at 201 S. Market St. in San Jose, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, visit the website at www.thetech.org/imax.
About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech for Global Good, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is the largest IMAX Dome theater on the West coast, seating 280 people with 9,000+ square feet of wraparound image and 13,000 watts of digital surround sound.
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 and giant-screen 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. www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.
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