New Meetup: IMAX Test Screening, "Journey to Mecca", "Mystic India" @ Museum of Science

From: T.J. Maher
Sent on: Monday, January 26, 2009 2:59 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: IMAX Test Screening, "Journey to Mecca", "Mystic India" @ Museum of Science

When: February 10, 2009 6:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Museum of Science site:

"The Museum is considering two IMAX? films for the Mugar Omni Theater, and we want your opinion! You are invited to attend survey screenings for Journey to Mecca and Mystic India. The screenings are free; your only obligation is to complete a short survey at the conclusion of each film. Both films are approximately 45 minutes long.

"To participate in these survey screenings you must reserve seats in advance (follow the link ). Although you do not have to attend both screenings, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.

"Schedule: Journey to Mecca, 6:30 p.m.; Mystic India, 7:30 p.m.

"After you reserve online, you will receive an e-mail confirmation for each film, along with additional instructions. Tickets are limited and are available first come, first served".

"Fee: Free"

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be at the food court of the Museum of Science by 6:00 pm. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, medium-build, with blue eyes, short brown hair, and a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag. We can get in line at 6:15 pm. Can't make it by then? Let us know, so we can save you a seat, though you must know that once the doors are shut at 6:30 pm, the doors are shut. Can't make it until the Mystic India show at 7:30 p.m? Just mention it in your RSVP and we try to save you a seat with the group inside. On double-features we don't have to leave the theatre. We can just figure out how many extra seats to save during the break, if we can grab any. T.J. will be standing up holding an 11 x 17 red MEETUP sign where the group is sitting, during the intermission.

About "Journey to Mecca":

Ibn Battuta, the famed 14th century Moroccan traveler, set out in 1325 from his native Tangier on an epic journey to Mecca, the historical and cultural center of Islam. By the time he returned 29 years later, he had traveled the world from West Africa, Spain and India to China and the Maldives, covering some 75,000 miles and three times further than Marco Polo. At the instigation of the Sultan of Morocco, Ibn Battuta dictated his reminiscences, which became one of the world?s most famous travel books, The Rihla.

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX? dramatic and documentary feature, filmed in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in both English and Arabic, with background Berber. The film tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca. His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta?s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world every year who perform rituals that have taken place for over 1,400 years.

About "Mystic India":

Mystic India takes you through icy peaks to the cool blue Lake Mansarovar, into the wild jungles of Sunderbans and the rainforests of Assam, through barren deserts and to the silent shores of South India. Explore and learn from the majesty and mysticism of India's art and architecture, music and dance, faces and festivals, customs and costumes which are brought to life on the giant screen.

This entertaining, educating and enlightening giant screen film (15perf/70mm) rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations. It is the world?s first large format epic on India. A period film set 200 years back in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth. In 1792 AD, he walked for 12,000 km continuously for 7 years, barefoot and barebody, through the length and breadth of India, from the Himalayas to the southern sea-shores.

Over two shooting schedules in March - May 2003 and Jan-Feb 2004, the Mystic India production team traveled to more than 100 different film locations in India, at times shooting in hostile conditions at a height of 13,000 feet, re-creating the adventures of Neelkanth in the astonishing detail of large format. Capturing dazzling images and scenes on a scale never seen before in large format, this film transports the audience to some of India's most sacred and treasured destinations.

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