Waking the T. Rex: the Story of Sue 3D Premieres
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Waking the T. Rex: the Story of Sue 3D, premiered on Saturday, May 22nd at the Field Museum in Chicago at a VIP fundraising event.   The film opens to the public on Friday May 28.    A production of D3D Cinema and the Field Museum of Natural History, Waking the T. Rex becomes the Field’s “signature” 3D film, to be showcased at the museum’s Ernst & Young Theater for years to come.   The film, which is narrated by three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, tells the life story of Sue, the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil skeleton ever discovered.  

“Sue is without a doubt one of the world’s great museum treasures—and a true icon here in Chicago, and this film takes the Sue experience at the Field to a new and exciting level,” said Don Kempf, President and Founder of D3D and Producer of the film.   “Audiences will travel back in time to witness Sue come alive in state-of-the art digital 3D animation, and gain fresh insights into the life led by one the world’s great predators.  We hope that audiences will leave the theater eager to learn more about Sue and the field of paleontology.”

The film is premiering in conjunction with the Field Museum’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of Sue, which opened to the public in May 2000.    This summer, the Field is launching an exciting program called “Sue Escapes”, featuring Waking the T. Rex and the groundbreaking advanced animatronics exhibit “Robo-Sue”.    

“We are very proud of our partnership with the Field Museum, one of the nation’s truly great cultural institutions,” said Kempf.   “Over the past year, we worked with the Field to open the first public theater in their 100-year plus history, provided them with a strong programming slate from our digital 3D library, and have now co-produced a film that will educate and hopefully inspire millions of children and adults over the next decade and beyond.”    

The Chicago Tribune called the film "an impressive addition to the Field experience."  

Waking the T. Rex is a production of D3D Cinema and the Field Museum of Natural History.   The film is written and directed by David Clark, produced by Don Kempf, co-produced by Andy Wood with executive producers John McCarter and Laura Sadler.    It has a running time of approximately 25 minutes and is available for 3D theatrical leases worldwide.

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