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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Anytime Passes to ‘Samsara’ Plus 5 Grand Prize Packs
CHICAGO – In our latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of guaranteed, anytime movie passes plus 5 grand prize packs up for grabs for the new Oscilloscope Laboratories film “Samsara” from the creators of the award-winning film “Baraka”! Each prize pack includes an autographed poster, soundtrack and “Baraka” Blu-ray!
“Samsara” from writer and director Ron Fricke and writer Mark Magidson opens on Sept. 7, 2012 at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. “Samsara” was filmed over a period of five years in 25 countries on five continents. Shot on 70-millimeter film, “Samsara” transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders.
These run-of-engagement movie passes are good for any scheduled “Samsara” showing Sunday through Thursday at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. To win your “Samsara” movie passes or a grand prize pack courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning!
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Here is the synopsis for “Samsara”:
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience in “Samsara,” which reunites director Ron Fricke with producer Mark Magidson.
Their award-winning films “Baraka” and “Chronos” were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. “Samsara,” which is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life,” is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.
By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, “Samsara” subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary. The film instead encourages our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music while infusing the ancient with the modern.
Expanding on the themes they developed in “Baraka” (1992) and “Chronos” (1985), “Samsara” explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous. The film looks into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, “Samsara” takes the form of a non-verbal, guided meditation.
Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature while showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. The filmmakers approach non-verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography. They reveal the essence of a subject and not just its physical presence.
“Samsara” was photographed entirely in 70-millimeter film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion-control, time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project. This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes.
The images were then transferred through the highest-resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format, which allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity. “Samsara” is a showpiece for the new, high-resolution 4K digital projection, the HD format as well as standard digital and film projection.
Image credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories
The movie trailer for “Samsara” can be watched now below.
This HollywoodChicago.com Hookup is simple! Just get interactive in our unique Hookup technology above. We will award 20 pairs of guaranteed, anytime movie passes plus 5 grand prize packs based on social entry numbers and/or randomly. We will e-mail our 25 “Samsara” winners on Sept. 9, 2012. The grand prize packs will be mailed shortly thereafter. Good luck!
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