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Katrina IMAX feature glosses over reality

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I left the Smithsonian's IMAX Theater after seeing Hurricane on the Bayou wondering how the film's producers managed to make such a colorfully feel-good movie about the devastation of Katrina. The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott apparently had the same questions and went digging. Read what Philip found.

For those in a hurry, here's the gross oversimplification: 1. The film was partially funded by Chevron, Dow Chemical Co., and Dominion Exploration and Production, as well as a nonprofit group known for working to ease wetland regulations. 2. The nature of the IMAX lends itself better to beautiful hyper-realistic imagery and entertainment than education.

Rose-Colored Lens, by Philip Kennicott. Washington Post (22 Mar 07)

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