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Documentary Series Concludes with IMAX Films
(released 12/7/2006)

The IMAX films "Aliens of the Deep" and "Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure" will be screened on December 13 at 7 p.m. as the finale of part one of the 25th annual Contemporary Documentaries series, presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Free and open to the public, the screening will take place at the IMAX Theater in Exposition Park.

Directed by James Cameron and Steven Quale, "Aliens of the Deep" is an underwater adventure that takes the audience to some of the seas' deepest depths, where an amazing array of creatures exists. These life forms are not dependent on sunlight for survival and may provide clues about life that might one day be encountered in outer space. The film was produced by Andrew Wight and Cameron.

In "Wild Safari 3D," the beauty and grace of the elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos, leopards and lions of South Africa's game reserves are brought to the screen through the use of stereoscopic photography. Across grassland and savannas, viewers make a 3,000-mile journey into the natural habitats of these animals, considered the most dangerous on the continent. The film was directed by Ben Stassen, who also produced "Wild Safari 3D" with Charlotte Huggins and Caroline Van Iseghem. Huggins will participate in a question and answer session following the screening of the film.

Admission to the final screening in this year's Academy/UCLA Contemporary Documentaries series is free. The IMAX Theater is located in the California Science Center in Exposition Park, at the corner of Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Parking is available for $6 in the lot on Figueroa and 39th Street. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or (310) 206-FILM.

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