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Venture into the World’s Most Diverse Marine Ecosystem When
Journey to the South Pacific Debuts at Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre on January 24, 2014

Latest IMAX® Documentary Adventure Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Cate Blanchett

Atlanta, January 23, 2014 – Audiences will be taken on a tropical getaway to one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, when the new IMAX film Journey to the South Pacific makes its Atlanta premiere on January 24, 2014 exclusively at Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre.

Narrated by Cate Blanchett, Journey to the South Pacific leads moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes viewers on a journey of discovery that includes encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

“Journey to the South Pacific gets audiences as close as possible to the extraordinary wildlife of West Papua without actually being there,” said director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and Chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

“The film’s incredible underwater exploration of the beauty and life found in the depths of the South Pacific is a perfect pairing with the museum’s special exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep, which is filled with a variety of exhibit interactives offering an immersive experience--from climbing through a life-sized whale heart to standing alongside a 58-foot long whale skeleton,” said Becky Facer, Fernbank’s environmental programs manager. “Journey to the South Pacific not only shows these majestic creatures in action on the big screen, it also highlights how the world above the water impacts life under the sea.”

“The film is a celebration of a unique island culture that has developed a special relationship with its ocean environment,” says Blanchett. “The photography is spectacular. It’s as if we are swimming right alongside the manta rays and all the other creatures of the reefs.”

AX Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure) and Mark Krenzien (Adventures in Wild California, Arabia). Filmed with IMAX 15perf / 65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To the Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood.

Journey to the South Pacific shows daily at Fernbank’s IMAX® from January 24 – June 5, 2014. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, $8 for museum members, and free for toddlers ages 2 and younger. Add a museum ticket, which includes admission to Whales: Giants of the Deep (opens Feb. 15), as part of a Value Pass for extra savings. Value Pass tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for students/seniors, $22 for children, $8 for Museum members, and free for toddlers ages 2 and younger.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the 5-story-tall Rankin M. Smith Sr. IMAX Theatre are located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at fernbankmuseum.org and 404.929.6300.

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