Posts Tagged ‘imax’

Polar Express 3D

December 26, 2009

The Imax Theatre at the Putnam is showing the Polar Express in 3D this winter. The Polar Express is all about the magic of Christmas and a little boy’s journey to believing. The movie starts out with the boy, whose name is never metioned, hopping aboard a train headed to the North Pole to see Santa Claus off on his way to deliver presents.  The boy finds himself on an adventure to realizing that the amazement and wonders of life always exsists to those who believe. 

The Polar Express is an incredible Christmas classic that is just enhanced through the 3D features. The train ride is even more thrilling as you are thrusted and pushed through the twists and turns of the tracks with the train itself. When the refreshments are served on the train you can practically taste the hot chocolate. The 3D features help really point out the small details that make the tale even more real. The freezing breath, the steam from the heater, and the falling snow are much more noticable. It makes you want to reach out and grab the floating piece of paper the boy is chasing after. These effects only make the movie better.

All Christmas movie lovers will enjoy tale filled with the magic and spirit of  Christmas and the holidays. If you liked the original version of this movie, you will love this new and improved 3D version of this Christmas movie.

Ticket price is $7 and it will be showing until January 7th at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre.


Another Award Winning Video From the 2008 Teen Film Fest

February 18, 2009

Here’s another award winning video from the 2008 Teen Film Fest.  Check it out!  A pair of dedicated teens from Moline, who also just happen to be brothers, created this spectacular piece based on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen to fit the “Alternate Ending” theme.  They ended up taking home the Librarian’s Choice Award, which was one of two grand prize awards that came with a trophy and a $100 cash prize.  During their acceptance speech at last year’s red-carpet premiere at the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre, they said they were putting their winnings right back into the budget for next year’s film.  They also snagged another trophy for best editing.  Sounds like we have some true filmmakers on our hands, eh?  Can’t wait to see what they do for this year’s film fest.  Way to go guys!  Looks like your hard work and talent really paid off!


Winning Video from the 2008 Teen Film Fest

February 17, 2009

DPL teens, Gavin Wright and Austin Bundy, created this AWESOME award winning video for the 2008 Teen Film Fest.  These guys certainly knocked it out of the park with their hilarious take on the theme “Why I Love My Library.” 

2008 red-carpet winners

The pair walked away from last year’s red-carpet IMAX screening event with two Oscar-like trophies we called “Deweys” and a $100 cash prize.  That’s right.  Not only did they win the award for Best Technical Effect, they also won the grand prize Viewer’s Choice Award.  Kudos to first-time filmmakers Gavin and Austin and their theatrical debut!  Hopefully they’ll have videos to submit for this year’s film fest.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with! 

You can check out more of Gavin’s videos here.


2nd Annual Teen YouTube Video Contest

February 4, 2009

Quad City area libraries are offering teens an opportunity to hone their video skills this spring with the 2nd Annual “Teen YouTube Video Contest.” 

Libraries Together Film FestBetween now and March 14, teens are encouraged to create a 3-5 minute video, using one of the following themes as related to their favorite book:


-a book trailer

-a missing scene/unwritten scene

Next, they can upload the video to the Quad City Libraries YouTube website:

Finally, to be entered into the contest, teens should submit an official entry form to their favorite library.

Entries will be judged by area library staff, and winners will be revealed at the 2nd Annual “Teen Film Festival Red Carpet Screening Event” at the Putnam Museum and IMAX® Theatre. Two winners will be chosen – one video as the “Librarian’s Choice,” and the another as the “Viewer’s Choice.” Both will receive a $100 cash prize.  Other awards will be given to the makers of the most creative, entertaining, and best quality videos.

To help participants with their projects, there is a one-time workshop and numerous free, “Movie Maker Labs” scheduled at Davenport Public Library’s Fairmount Street location (3000 N. Fairmount Street).

On Tuesday, February 17, at 5:30 p.m., teens can participate in a two hour, hands-on workshop, teaching them how to use video cameras, video-editing software, and other devices that will help them become the next great Martin Scorsese. There are also numerous “Movie Maker Lab” sessions on the following dates/times: Tuesdays, February 24 and March 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, February 26, March 5, and March 12, from 3 – 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, February 21, February 28, and March 7, from 3 – 5 p.m. The Labs are an opportunity for teens to work on their projects, using the Library’s technology. All of these sessions are free for all Quad City teens.

Putnam Museum & IMAX TheatreThe presentation of the “Teen YouTube Video Contest” winners will happen at the Putnam Museum and IMAX® Theatre on Thursday, March 26, beginning         at 6:00 p.m. with a Premiere Party for teens. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., teens will walk the red-carpet into the IMAX® Theatre, where hundreds of local fans will be waiting to view the world premiere of their videos. More information about this grand event will be forthcoming.

The “Teen YouTube Video Contest” and related hands-on labs/workshops was created in 2008 as a way to promote “Teen Tech Week,” a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year, Teen Tech Week 09Teen Tech Week runs from March 8 – 14, and is aimed at teens, parents, educators, and other concerned adults that want to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Technology includes DVDs, databases, audio-books, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use the Library’s non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. This year’s Teen Tech Week theme is “Press Play @ Your Library.”

The “Teen YouTube Video Contest” is sponsored locally by Libraries Together, a consortium of the four public libraries in Scott County – Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Public Library, LeClaire Community Library, and the Scott County Library System. Illinois Quad City libraries are also participating. Contact your local library for more details.

Libraries Together