A VOYAGE THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE OF “THE HUMAN BODY”

Opens at the California Science Center IMAX Theater on May 20, 2017

Los Angeles, May 2017 - Opening May 20, 2017, as the perfect complement to the exhibition BODY WORLDS: Pulse, the California Science Center brings back a one-of-a-kind giant screen film, The Human Body. Narrated by Dr. Robert Winston, one of Europe's leading infertility specialists and frequent media commentator, this film reveals the astonishing everyday story of life with a look at the daily biological processes that go on without our control and often without our knowledge. The film, a presentation of The Learning Channel (TLC) and BBC Worldwide, a Discovery Pictures/BBC co-production in association with The Science Museum, London and the Maryland Science Center, received major funding from the National Science Museum.

“We are happy to bring back this IMAX film,” said California Science Center President and CEO, Jeffrey Rudolph. “With both BODY WORLDS: Pulse and The Human Body, our visitors will experience the wonder of the real human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity.”

The film examines a day in the life of the body as it diligently goes about its complex set of everyday chores. But more than a science lesson in biology, The Human Body takes us on an exhilarating personal journey of discovery about what it means to be human. Using innovative filmmaking techniques, it shows us the ordinary miracles that keep our bodies running at full steam from morning to night and the extraordinary marvels of life.

“The Human Body film goes beyond the television series, taking the audience on a fantastic voyage with incredible detail and sound. The film explores the complexities of the human body by investigating, in great detail, the myriad functions the body performs routinely every day," said Jana Bennett, executive-in-charge and executive producer for Discovery Pictures.

“Large format films have traditionally climbed mountains, dived to the bottom of the ocean, but have never turned and looked to our own bodies as a place for exploration," explains BBC writer-producer Richard Dale. “Technology makes it possible to think about our lives differently and to suddenly realize how marvelous the human body is.”

The Human Body's story begins with a wake-up call at a family's home. The film shows that just opening our eyes each morning scorches off the top layer of the cells on our retina and we begin with refreshed sensors with which to view the world. Follow what happens in the course of a single day, the extraordinary accomplishments in the lives and bodies of eight-year- old Zannah, teenager Luke, Uncle Buster and Aunt Heather, an American couple expecting and their first child. Whatever pace we start the day, our bodies are already running at full speed.

At the heart of the film is the experience of bringing a new life into the world. The course of Heather's pregnancy, condensed with the use of motion-control photography into our biological day, illustrates how naturally the body adapts to the physical changes taking place. But of greater significance are Heather's heartfelt observations about those physical transformations and her impending motherhood. The culmination of the film arrives with the birth of Heather and Buster's baby, captured in all its frenzy, excitement, and joy. 

After seeing the film, be sure to see the exhibition BODY WORLDS: Pulse. The largest BODY WORLDS exhibition of the decade, Pulse will bring together anatomy and the latest health and wellness findings in a visually compelling and highly entertaining and informative exhibition. The exhibition provides an opportunity to learn about human anatomy, physiology and health through a specially curated exhibition focused on our bodies in modern day life. More than 200 plastinated specimens — including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs, as well as 3D displays — are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.

About the California Science Center

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe- inspiring films.

The Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). IMAX ticket prices range from $5.25 to $8.50. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th / Exposition Park Drive at $12 per car, and $30 for commercial buses or oversize vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org .

Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support California Science Center exhibit and education programs.

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