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Dream Big: Engineering Our World to Open in Fernbank's Giant Screen Theater March 4

Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges, the Film Inspires the Next Generation of Engineers

ATLANTA, February 22, 2017 Giant Screen moviegoers will soar above the world's tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 mph when MacGillivray Freeman's new film Dream Big: Engineering Our World makes its debut at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on March 4, 2017. Produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation and narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big celebrates human ingenuity and innovation while offering an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer. 

From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and sustainable cities, Dream Big showcases engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring human stories—including a young woman engineer building bridges in undeveloped countries and an underprivileged high school robotics team that succeeds against all odds – Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives and a more sustainable future for us all. 

Dream Big is the first giant screen project of its kind to promote the educational STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). 

"Parents and teachers are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering," said director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award® nominee and chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films.  "With Dream Big, we wanted to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories that reveal the impact engineers have on our society. We hope it energizes kids of all ages, especially girls, to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world."

"I am a believer in encouraging our youth to make a difference in the world, and Dream Big encourages young people to do just that," said narrator Jeff Bridges. 

The film will receive support from 15 engineering organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and many others. These organizations will serve as partners, role models and experts in local communities across the country.

"Fernbank Museum is excited to premiere Dream Big in Atlanta. Our visitors are heavily engaged in the STEAM movement, and we are thrilled to offer an opportunity for them to delve deeper into the field of engineering," said Bobbi Hohmann, VP of Education, Collections & Research at Fernbank Museum. "Visitors of all ages will be inspired by the innovation and personal stories of engineering in action and the impact it makes on all of our lives."

The film is family-friendly and has a run time of 42 minutes. Fernbank will show Dream Big in 2D, while its other current feature, Extreme Weather, will be shown in 3D.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: In celebration of Dream Big, Engineering Day will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This family event allows guests to explore innovations in engineering with activities led by Fernbank staffers and partners including Structural Engineers Association of Georgia, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta.

Additionally, guests can enjoyDream Big during Fernbank's adults-only event, Fernbank After Dark. Featuring exclusive Museum access for ages 21+, Fernbank After Dark is a monthly event curated for young professionals to offer a variety of unique after-hours experiences, including evening access to Museum exhibitions, live music, full bars, tapas menus, films in the Giant Screen Theater, and all-new science discoveries. Activities and science themes change regularly along with a variety of fun and immersive programming.

This all-new event will be offered the second Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Demonstrations and activities will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and live entertainment will begin at 9:45 p.m. The April 14 event will include hands-on engineering explorations inspired by the film.

HOURS AND TICKETS: Dream Big will show daily in Fernbank's Giant Screen Theater beginning Saturday, March 4. Dream Big will also show Friday evenings during Fernbank After Dark. For exact show times, visit Film tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children, and $8 for Museum members, and can be purchased online at or by calling 404.929.6400.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 40 films for giant screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company's 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one-billion-dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.

About the American Society of Civil Engineers

As a production partner, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been planning, coordinating and promoting Dream Big and its outreach programs since inception.  With 150,000 members in 177 countries, ASCE members engineer the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment. 

About Bechtel Corporation

Bechtel Corporation is among the most respected engineering, construction and project management companies in the world. Together with their customers, they deliver landmark projects that foster sustainable progress and economic growth. Since 1898, they have completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents.