CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Film Review: ‘Rescue 3D’ Makes Spectacular Use of IMAX
CHICAGO – With the tenth anniversary of September 11th on the horizon, “Rescue 3D” is a nice reminder of the first responders who step into the disasters, and the film itself is an incredible use of the 3D technology, best utilized on the IMAX screen.
The documentary profiles four “rescue” operatives, covering the land (firefighter), sea (naval vessel) and air (pilots) as they go about the endless hours of training for the just-in-case scenario. The technology of 3D is a literal front row seat to this action, with the “popping out of the screen’ effect finally utilized in a way to enhance scenery and action, rather than wearing the glasses for no apparent reason. In essence, this must be seen in 3D and IMAX to be fully appreciated.
The rescuers are Peter Crain, the captain of a Canadian Navy Destroyer, whose life has been dedicated to the sea and his role in protecting the coast. Lauren Ross is in training as an Air Force pilot, learning the subtleties of a huge C-17 Globemaster transport jet. Steven Heicklen is a blue collar contractor who volunteers for his local firefighting brigade. And Matt Jonkey is the crucial helicopter pilot in the Nevada National Guard. His search and rescue skills are crucial for missions large and small.
All the of skills of these brave men and women are challenged when Haiti experiences a 7.0 earthquake and needs the world to come to its rescue. Boats, planes, helicopters and experience are necessary to save a basically destroyed country. The expertise of the four profiled specialists is put on high alert, with all the training exercises paying off to rescue Haitians in dire need.
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