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DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World Opens in IMAX 3-D at the National Air and Space Museum Feb. 17

February 9, 2017

Giant-screen moviegoers will soar above the world’s tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 miles per hour when MacGillivray Freeman’s new 3-D film, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corp. arrives at Smithsonian Theaters Feb. 17 to kick-off national Engineers Week. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges, DREAM BIG celebrates human ingenuity and innovation while offering an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer. The new film will have its world premiere at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater Feb. 15. It will open to the public Feb. 17 at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater and the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart sustainable cities, DREAM BIG showcases engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring human stories—including a young woman engineer building bridges in undeveloped countries and an underprivileged high school robotics team that succeeds against all odds—DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for everyone.

“Parents and teachers are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering,” said director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award nominee and chairman of MacGillvray Freeman Films. “With DREAM BIG, we wanted to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories that reveal the impact engineers have on our society. We hope it energizes kids of all ages, especially girls, to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world.”

DREAM BIG focuses on promoting the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in an engaging way that is aimed to inspire. The film will receive support from 15 engineering organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and many others: they will serve as partners, role models and experts in local communities across the country.

DREAM BIG is more than a film,” said Shaun MacGillivray, the film’s producer and president of MacGillivray Freeman Films. “It is part of a larger campaign that aims to give everyone, children and adults, hands-on engineering experiences. All of the educational programming surrounding this film is designed to give kids of all ages and backgrounds the inspiration to dream big and bold for our future.”

Tickets for DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World are available at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater box office and the Airbus IMAX Theater box office or online at www.si.edu/imax. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now for any date during the film’s expected run by calling 866-868-7774 or visiting www.si.edu/groupsales. The Lockheed Martin Theater is located on the main floor of the National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The Airbus IMAX Theater is located on the second floor of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Va.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 40 films for IMAX theaters to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman’s films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the 1 billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office. www.macfreefilms.com

About the American Society of Civil Engineers

As a production partner, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been planning, coordinating and promoting DREAM BIG and its outreach programs since inception. With 150,000 members in 177 countries, ASCE members engineer the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment. www.asce.org

About Bechtel Corp.

Bechtel Corp. is a global industry leader in engineering, construction and project management companies. Together with their customers, they deliver landmark projects that foster sustainable progress and economic growth. Since 1898, they have completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. www.bechtel.com

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