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Carnegie Science Center to feature ‘Mysteries of the Unseen World’

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New Giant Screen Film Explores Hidden Dimensions Too Small, Too Fast, Too Slow, or Invisible to the Human Eye

There is an entire world that is too fast, too slow, too small or just invisible to the naked eye. This is the premise of a new giant screen film adventure titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World” produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures. The movie is narrated by Forrest Whitaker.

The film will be premiering in the Rangos Omnimax Theater at the Carnegie Science Center on January 2, 2014. This large format film was created by the award winning veteran film team of producer Jini Dürr (“Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure”) and Lisa Truitt (“Mysteries of Egypt”), and directed by Louie Schwartzberg. Using high speed and time lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology the film transports the audience into a secret world of nature that is breathtaking.

Among the images shown are how a bee’s eyes see through ultraviolet light, plants creeping toward the sun and astonishingly complex “slime mold” searching for food, a rattlesnake strike; drum cymbals reverberating; a Eurasian Eagle Owl, the world’s largest, flexing its wings; a basilisk or Jesus lizard running on the surface of water; popcorn popping; lightning rising upwards from the ground as well as striking from the sky,minute structures on a butterfly’s wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body all the way down to nano-scale structures.

In one amazing sequence, the shot moves in on a spider, then a strand of its silk, then into the silk itself where audiences see a bacterium. The camera then zooms even deeper, in on a virus on the bacterium, then into the DNA of the virus and finally into the actual atoms of the DNA.

“MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD immerses audiences in mind-bending dimensions that enhance our understanding of the planet and inspire people with the wonder and possibilities of science,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment.

“The premise of this new giant screen film experience is looking at the world through a variety of imaging technologies that allow audiences to see beyond what they can with the naked eye and gain a new vision of the world around them,” said producer Jini Dürr.

MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD, sponsored locally by Mazda, is funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation and generous support from Lockheed Martin and FEI, a manufacturer of electron microscopes.

Show times will be daily at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm, plus evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 pm and 9 pm. Price for members is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children ages 3-12; for nonmembers, price is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3-12; or a $5 add-on to the general admission charge of $18.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 3-12.

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