Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University in Association with National Geographic Entertainment Announce the Canadian Premiere of A Cosmic Picture/Arcane Picture Film
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
The First-Ever Giant Screen 3D/2D Film to Soar Above the Holy Land
A Spectacular Cinematic Journey that Explores the Intersection of History, Science, and Religion
Toronto, September 16, 2013 — Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) in association with National Geographic Entertainment (NGE), is pleased to announce the Canadian Premiere of the highly anticipated Giant Screen movie release, Jerusalem on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec. All proceeds from the Premiere will be going to support joint Ottawa University/Hebrew University of Jerusalem medical research projects.
Jerusalem is an original production from Cosmic Picture & Arcane Pictures in association with CFHU and NGE. Film Producers are Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. The film was also executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, Montreal born legendary producer of academy award-winning films including Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, and Driving Miss Daisy. In 2011, Mr. Eberts was the recipient of the CFHU Key of Knowledge award for his outstanding work in disseminating knowledge to so many through his numerous film productions.
Narrated by renowned British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerusalem gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city and will enable movie goers to discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions as seen through the personal stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who all call Jerusalem home.
“As one of the top ranked university’s in the world it is a natural fit for the Hebrew University to partner on this movie with National Geographic, the leading educational institution”, said Rami Kleinmann, President & CEO of CFHU. “Working together on this project will enable us to educate audiences worldwide on Jerusalem’s historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic uniqueness and most importantly it will highlight the diversity and harmony between all those that hold Jerusalem close to their heart. This film is a must see for everyone when it comes to your local Giant Screen Theatre”.
The film will screen in Gatineau again on September 27th at the Museum of Civilization.
Preceding the premiere of the film at 8:00 p.m., Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University will host a cocktail reception starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a post-movie Q & A with Daniel Ferguson, the film’s writer, director and producer. The film will be released to the public on September 27, 2013; tickets can be purchased directly through the Museum.
For tickets to the Canadian Premier event, visit https://donate.cfhu.org/ottawa-jerusalem-the-movie or call (613) 829-3150.
For more information on Jerusalem, including links to the trailer, behind-the-scenes videos and how you can bring this movie to your city visit:
About Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University
The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting Canadian students to attend the university. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), founded in 1918, is Israel’s leading university. Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, and Sigmund Freud, were among the university’s founders, they were thinkers and visionaries whose genius inspired a university that would have no limits or borders. Ranked as one of the world’s leading research universities (ranked 59th in 2013), HU lies at the forefront of the international academic and scientific communities. Many top prizes and awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics. HU is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice. Visit: http://cfhu.org/about-HU
National Geographic Cinema Ventures/National Geographic Entertainment is responsible for production and distribution of giant screen, 3-D and specialty films. Over the last decade, NGCV/NGE has produced or released a number of successful films, including Oscar-nominated documentaries “Restrepo” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel”; giant-screen award-winning films “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” “U2 3D,” “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Forces of Nature”; and feature-length films “The Last Lions” and “Life in a Day.”. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/movies
About Daniel Ferguson, Producer, Writer, Director
Daniel Ferguson has worked on numerous films for IMAX and giant screen theaters. Most recently, he was Line Producer and Script Editor on Journey to Mecca, Co-writer and Associate Director on Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, and Line Producer on Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance. Daniel graduated from McGill University with degrees in History and Comparative Religions. Between 2009-2013, he made 14 trips to Jerusalem and spent 6 months living there with his family. He is an active board member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and the Alter-ciné Foundation, which provides grants to filmmakers in the developing world. www.cosmicpicture.com/about-us/daniel-ferguson