The Sundance Film Festival has designated the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science one of its outreach sites for its 2013 edition of the New Frontier section of the festival. Fourteen full-dome planetariums throughout the United States will screen Coral: Rekindling Venus. The fulldome show will be in the museum's planetarium, taking viewers on an underwater journey to the coral reefs of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
The film explores the realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and the life of a complex underwater community. The film is made with no narration, offering viewers an immersive experience of a living community threatened by climate change. Many planetarium shows are partly animated, but all footage contained in Coral is real.
Wallworth is an Australian artist who creates immersive video installations that reflect on the connections between people and the natural environment. As part of a research fellowship, she traveled to Albuquerque to view her underwater filming in the planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. "That was the first time I was actually in a fulldome environment," she said in a press release. "I loved it."
The museum will feature an accompanying exhibit the week of January 22 - 27. The exhibit will have 3-D augmented reality posters and real coral specimens from the museum's collections.
The film will open Friday, January 25 at 6 p.m. with an introduction and discussion of the film followed after the screening with a special Q&A with the creator. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
A mini film festival will take place at the museum all day on Saturday, January 26. Films from the UNM Arts Lab will be screened in the planetarium. Presentations by New Mexico scientists on coral, global warming and Venus will also take place, along with the film's final screening.
On Saturday, January 26, three mini events will take place at the museum. From 10 a.m. to noon, DomeFest films and a lecture about coral will take place. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., full dome films by New Mexico artists will be shown, along with a lecture about coral. And from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. a short intro and screening of Coral will take place. Tickets to the shows can be purchased online or at the door.
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