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The Tech Museum Hosts San Jose's First IMAX Film Festival

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
"The Best of the Big Films" brings 15 films to IMAX Dome Theater October 4 - 6 Experience IMAX larger than life, October 4-6 as The Tech Museum of Innovation hosts its first ever IMAX Film Festival. 15 of the world's most popular IMAX films will appear for three days only, many of which have never been shown in the Bay Area. The Festival lineup includes some of the top grossing IMAX films in the world, Academy Award nominees, and exciting new films. Don't miss your chance to not only see these films, but to experience them in the state-of-the-art Hackworth IMAX® Dome Theater. The theater features an eight-story, giant domed screen and six-channel, digital wrap-around sound with 12,000 watts of power from 44 speakers. It seats 295 people in special reclining chairs that accentuate the feeling of being "in" the movie. Experience the thrill of many films that have never before been shown in the South Bay. Go behind the scenes and get personal with Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Macy Gray and more in ALL ACCESS: Front Row, Backstage, Live! Enjoy stunning cinematography and meticulous recreations as you travel along with one of the most famous exploring expeditions in America in the newly released Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. Celebrate the expedition's Bicentennial by taking the journey yourself! The Film Festival also includes the most newly released IMAX films. India: Kingdom of the Tiger leads viewers on a journey through India, as seen through the eyes of one of India's most mysterious and compelling animals - the tiger. Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees chronicles Dr. Goodall's more than 40 years of legendary work among the chimps at Gombe Park on Lake Tanganyka in Africa. Space Station, narrated by Tom Cruise, offers an astronaut's view of the largest construction project in our universe: the building of the International Space Station. Back by popular demand, the Film Festival will showcase two of the largest grossing IMAX films of all time: Everest and Living Sea. First released in 1998, Everest, the dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy, is the most successful large format film ever made. Living Sea, narrated by Meryl Streep, with music by Sting, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995 for Best Documentary/Short Subject and continues to be a favorite with IMAX audiences. Special discounted pricing will apply. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. For complete festival schedule, visit For tickets, visit The Tech's ticket office at 201 S. Market St. in downtown San Jose, call (408) 294-TECH (8324) or go to The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. It is located at 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113-2008. Open Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general information, call (408) 294-TECH or visit