Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium will see special screenings of Wild Africa 3D coming to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater on June 24, 25, and 26.
"This new giant screen film, produced by the award-winning filmmakers BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films, takes audiences across, over and through the magical realms of the wildest places left on earth. From the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya, along great rivers, into steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs, Wild Africa 3D reveals the striking contrast of stunning deserts beside wild oceans and the sunlit abundance of the coral reefs. Water, the interconnecting force of this kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys.
Through the magic of 3D technology, the audience flies along the Great Rift Valley following the twisting rivers to discover a family of elephants on their epic search for water. Other animals featured include hungry crocodiles as they wait at the water holes for the annual wildebeest migration on the savannahs of the Serengeti; a family of mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda and thousands of flamingos performing an extraordinary mating display in the volcanic Lake Bogoria.
And in a final epic giant screen experience, the movie chases the great rains of the African summer storms that annually bring life to this magnificent continent," officials said.
“Life flourishes everywhere fresh water exists on our planet,” said Dr. Anna George, director of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. “We live in one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet because of the geology and climate of the watersheds across the Southeast. This film affords us an opportunity to view how fresh water, moving from the mountains to the sea, has also shaped the ecological communities on another continent.”
"Our aim with Wild Africa was the most ambitious ever 3D wildlife photography for the giant screen,” said co-director and producer Neil Nightingale. “ We want to transport audiences on a thrilling journey through Africa to discover how water shapes all life. To achieve this we had to design and build bespoke 3D rigs for almost every situation, and assemble a unique mix of talent so we could film in the toughest wild locations using a whole range of photographic techniques to put giant screen audiences right in the heart of some of the most awesome landscapes and dramatic wildlife on earth."
"The crew captured footage in 30 locations, transporting tons of camera equipment across 13 countries, over the course of nearly two years. The result is an immersive cinematic experience that is breathtakingly beautiful – especially when shown with the Aquarium’s new IMAX with Laser projection system," officials said.
View the official trailer: https://vimeo.com/162584595
Showtimes for the screenings of Wild Africa 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater are:
- Friday at 4, 6, and 8 p.m.
- Saturday at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
- Sunday at 4 and 6 p.m.
Admission is: non-members $11.95 for adults and $9.95 children (ages three-12); for Aquarium members, $8 for adults and $8 children (ages three-12); IMAX Club pass holders are free.
Purchase tickets online here. Purchase the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club Pass to see unlimited 45-minute films for one year and enjoy additional pass holder benefits here.
Wild Africa 3D Fast Facts:
- 573 filming days to capture the spectacular 3D footage
- 126 porters were needed to carry camera equipment up Mount Kenya
- Although Africa is often thought of as a hot continent, the crew endured -10C temperatures on Mount Kenya
- 1,000 feet of cable was used for one shot over a Victoria Falls
- The crew captured the first ever 5K underwater 3D shots of coral reefs and a dazzling array of colorful fish