Washington, DC, USA — National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) has announced that it will distribute the giant screen film Jerusalem, which takes audiences on an eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Filmed for the first time in IMAX and 3-D, Jerusalem will be available in 3D and 2D, 15/70 film and digital formats when it is released worldwide on Sept. 20, 2013. Jerusalem was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary financier of movies such as Gandhi, Chariots of Fire andDances with Wolves; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and directed by Daniel Ferguson. The film tells the stories of real-life inhabitants of the ancient city and of prominent archaeologists exploring the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization.
Jerusalem, an original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures, aims to increase public awareness and appreciation for the city’s historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic contributions to the world. After years of working with various government ministries and religious and community leaders, the filmmakers were granted the exclusive permits necessary to capture aerial shots above the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. As a result, audiences are given a rare bird’s-eye view of the storied city as well as unprecedented access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the After years of working with various government ministries, and religious and community leaders, the filmmakers were granted the exclusive permits necessary to capture aerial shots above the Old City of Jerusalem. As a result, audiences are given a rare bird’s-eye view of the storied city as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the region in one powerful, 45-minute giant screen film experience. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, Jerusalem also explores some of the surprising intersections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which come together in this sacred city.
“National Geographic is the perfect home for Jerusalem for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is the city’s importance both culturally and geographically,” said Mark Katz, president of NGCV Distribution. “Jerusalem is also visually stunning, with never-before-seen aspects of the city that, on the giant screen and in 3D, will leave audiences in awe of both the beauty of its iconic landmarks and the technical mastery it took to make the film. We are proud to be the distributors of Jerusalem, which will be a strong addition to our award-winning 3D library.”
“Making Jerusalem is the dream of a lifetime,” said producers Davies, Duffield and Ferguson. “We hope that it will thrill and surprise audiences around the world. We think experiencing this remarkable city in IMAX and 3D will bring people closer than ever before to understanding this amazing part of the world. We are honored that National Geographic will distribute Jerusalem. It’s a perfect fit.”