Dream Big Release


MacGillivray Freeman’s
“DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World”
Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges
OPENING IN RIVERSIDE IMAX THEATER ON FEBRUARY 17

Produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation

HAMPTON, VA – Giant screen movie-goers will soar above the world’s tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 mph when MacGillivray Freeman’s new 3D film for IMAX® and giant-screen theatres, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, arrives in the Riverside IMAX Theater at the Virginia Air & Space Center on February 17, 2017, the largest IMAX screen in Hampton Roads.

DREAM BIG is the first giant screen project of its kind to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 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.
“As a leader in STEM Education in Hampton Roads, the Virginia Air & Space Center is thrilled to be able to show such an empowering film about engineering,” says Bob Griesmer, the Center’s Executive Director. “The stories of compassion and humanity integrated with the engineering and technology to achieve their goals is a great message to share with the students and families that visit here. It ties perfectly back to our mission of educating, entertaining and inspiring explorers of all ages.”

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, DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

“Parents and teachers are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering,” says director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award nominee and chairman of MacGillivray 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.”
The film will receive support from 15 engineering organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
MacGillivray Freeman Films and its partners at ASCE and Bechtel have produced educational materials to go with the film and are providing funding for programs at museums and science centers such as Engineering Festivals and Girls Night Out. These educational components are hosted on the educational website www.DiscoverE.org/dreambig. DREAM BIG is family friendly and has a running time of 42 minutes. www.dreambigfilm.com

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 theatres 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 one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.

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.

About Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel Corporation is among the most respected engineering, construction and project management companies in the world. 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.

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