COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater To Open ‘JERUSALEM’

Friday, 30 January 2015

Author: Jaclyn Reynolds

COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater To Open ‘JERUSALEM’
Columbus, OH –Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new 3D giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions.

On February 11, 2015, COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater will premiere JERUSALEM, a captivating new film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this enigmatic city.Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS's "Sherlock"), JERUSALEM gives audiences a rare glimpse of the ancient, storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the region—including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada. Filmmakers were granted special permission in the region’s strict no-fly zone, enabling them to capture the first-ever large format aerial images of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land.

Audiences will discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. They will also join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people.

An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Studios, the 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC is Director of Photography.

"Through the unrivaled beauty, visceral nature and incredible technology of the giant screen format, you feel as if you are experiencing Jerusalem up-close and first-hand," said writer/director Daniel Ferguson.

"Not only is JERUSALEM visually stunning, it details the city's importance in the history of the world," said Azuka MuMin, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Partnerships at COSI. “The film makes sense for COSI because we are a place where people can come together to learn more about their world and have conversations to further their understanding. Additionally, JERUSALEM is a perfect film for our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater as it beautifully shows visitors a part of the world they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience."

For more information on JERUSALEM, including links to the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos, visit Become a fan on Facebook at Or follow on Twitter @Jerusalem_Movie, #jerusalemfilm.

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Jerusalem is supported locally by Presenting Sponsor U.S. Bank and Contributing Sponsors Abercrombie & Fitch and Columbus Jewish Foundation, Media Partners 104.9 The River and Ohio Magazine, and Promotional Partner Peebles Creative Group.

About COSI
COSI, the Center of Science and Industry located in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most respected science centers in the nation — engaging more than 32 million people through both on-site and off-site programs since 1964. Parents Magazine named COSI the #1 Science Center in the Country. COSI’s programs and world-class experiences inspire an interest in science encouraging people to want to learn more about their world. Read more at

About National Geographic Studios
National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, whose mission is to inspire, illuminate and teach. From television series and specials to giant screen films, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling. National Geographic Studios has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. Brooke Runnette is president of National Geographic Studios.

About the Author

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Director of Communications for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 16 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.