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Coral: Rekindling Venus at Sundance 2013

USA- Park City, UT | Jan 7 2013 | (23:05:30 - EDT)

Sundance Institute just announced that “Coral: Rekindling Venus”, a full-dome film and augmented reality presentation featured in the 2013 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, will screen at 14 full-dome planetariums throughout the United States during the Festival, Jan. 17-27.

Created and directed by Australian Media Artist Lynette Wallworth, “Coral: Rekindling Venus” is an immersive film experience that takes viewers underwater through the mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

In addition to multiple daily screenings in a specially designed dome at the New Frontier exhibition in Park City, Utah, the 45-minute film will also screen Jan. 19, 22 and 26 at Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium.

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Between Jan. 19-26 a 22-minute version of the work will screen in the following cities: Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AK; Arlington, TX; Baltimore, MD; Bradenton, FL; Chicago, IL; Hilo, HI; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Killeen, TX; New York, NY;; Portsmouth, OH; and Washington, DC. Select planetariums will feature a live Skype post-screening Q&A with director Lynette Wallworth.

Wallworth’s visually stunning “Coral: Rekindling Venus” is designed to immerse viewers in the complex world of rare marine life with the hope of creating an emotional connection between a global audience and the planet’s endangered coral reefs.

This epic project features original deep-sea photography from Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan, and music by Antony and the Johnsons, renowned Australian Indigenous artist Gurumul and German composer Max Richter. An augmented-reality companion artwork, “Rekindling Venus: In Plain Sight” will also be featured, allowing audiences to explore deep sea coral reefs around the world through their smartphones.

Wallworth said, “My intent with ‘Coral: Rekindling Venus’ is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity and beauty of coral reefs and a stronger understanding of our connection to it. In that vein, this tour is built on community, reaching audiences where they live, and with their friends and neighbors as fellow participants.”

The Festival’s New Frontier section showcases films, media installations, multimedia performances, trans-media experiences and panel discussions that explore the convergence of film, art, new media technology and storytelling. “Coral” is the first full-dome work to be featured in New Frontier, and the planetarium and full-dome tour is also a first for the Festival.

Shari Frilot, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and Curator of the New Frontier exhibition, said, “The scope and ambition of Lynette Wallworth’s ‘Coral: Rekindling Venus’ is an example of just how powerful the convergence of art world imagination, cinematic storytelling and new media technology, can be, which is the focus of our New Frontier initiative. With ‘Coral’, audiences across the country will be able to engage in and contribute to a dialogue around the endangered coral reefs as well as the value of expanding cinema culture beyond the traditional movie theater.”

“Coral” producer John Maynard of Felix Media adds, “Lynette’s work, beyond its beauty and visionary scope has created a benchmark in full-dome work and is quickly enlivening the market with the potential of new content. Inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival New Frontier exhibition will help ‘Coral’ find wider audiences and help to spread support for our endangered coral reefs”.

Tickets for the Park City and Salt Lake City screenings will be available through the Festival Box Office: http://www.sundance.org/tickets Tickets for screenings outside of Utahwill be available through each planetarium.

Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Museum of Natural History http://www.lodestar.unm.edu

Anchorage, AK: Planetarium & Visualization Theatre, University of Alaska, Anchorage http://www.uaf.edu/museum/education/planetarium

Arlington, TX:  Arlington Planetarium, University of Texas http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/

Baltimore, MD: Maryland Science Center - Davis Planetarium http://www.mdsci.org/planetarium/index.html

Bradenton, FL: Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/ThePlanetarium

Chicago IL: Adler Planetarium http://www.adlerplaanterium.org/

Honolulu, HI: Bishop Museum http://www.bishopmuseum.org/exhibits/planetarium/planetarium.html

Houston, TX: Burke Baker Planetarium http://www.hmns.org/

Hilo, HI: Imiloa Astronomy Center http://www.imiloahawaii.org

Killeen, TX: Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theatre, Central Texas College http://www.starsatnight.org/

New York, NY: Hayden Planetarium www.haydenplanetarium.org

Portsmouth, OH: Clark Planetarium, Shawnee State University http://planetarium.shawnee.edu

Salt Lake City, UT: Sheila M. Clark Planetarium, Hansen Dome Theater for information: http://clarkplanetarium.org;  for tickets: http://www.sundance.org/tickets

Washington, DC: Albert Einstein Planetarium Smithsonian Institute http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/theaters/planetarium/

Over the past five months “Coral: Rekindling Venus” has screened in 24 cities across six continents and been featured in five major festivals including the London Cultural Olympiad and the World Science Festival in New York. For more information please visit www.coralrekindlingvenus.com.

Source: The Sundance Institute

 

 

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