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"Sky Captain" added to HDFEST New York Film Festival

One of the world's first major motion pictures created using HD technology (November 23, 2004)

Today announced that a special screening of "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" will be presented at the HDFEST New York Event. The screening will take place on Sunday December 5th at The Tribeca Grand Screening Room, 2 Avenue of the Americas at 7:30pm. HDFEST is pleased to present this breakthrough film, which is one of the world's first major motion pictures created using high-definition technology. Paramount Pictures' "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," written and directed by Kerry Conrad, features special effects never seen before in cinema. In addition to "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, HDFEST film festival events include screenings of new films created using high-definition technology as well as panels and seminars focused on HD.

A unique synthesis of high-definition technology and blue screen, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," marks a historic moment in motion picture history when it was theatrically released this past September. "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is groundbreaking for it was created entirely against blue screen and after initial filming was completed, each frame was filled in digitally. The description of "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is as follows "famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared and Chronicle reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) along with ace aviator Sky Captain (Jude Law) are on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth?" The film also stars Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi in memorable roles.

On Sunday December 5th, HDFEST will also present a special screening of another science-fiction film created with high-definition technology: "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" was directed by legendary Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer Phil Tippett. This presentation will also be taking place Sunday December 5th at 5:30pm at the Tribeca Grand Screen. The HDFEST New York event also includes a variety of screenings of independent high-definition films on Saturday December 4th at the Goldcrest Screening Room from 6:30pm-11:30pm. All the films being screened at HDFEST showcase a wide range of techniques using digital technology and originate on a variety of high-definition cameras. The panel discussion entitled "How the Independent Filmmaker can Benefit from HD Technology" will also take place Saturday December 4th and will include HD directors and industry experts speaking about their experiences with the technology and offering advice to new HD filmmakers.

The HDFEST 2004 World Tour began this past May in Sydney, Australia. Additional 2004 HDFEST events were held in London, Finland, South Florida, and Los Angeles. During this year's HDFEST 2004 World Tour, over 40 different high-definition films have been screened. In addition, 15 unique HD panel discussions have been held focusing on a variety of topics surrounding digital cinema, HD filmmaking, editing and the future impact of HD digital technology.

HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is presented by discreet; additional sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine, On Sight, Goldcrest Post Production, Gecko, Midtown Video, Digital Pictures, The Los Angeles Film School, Forman HiDefinition Screening Room, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Production Update, Production Hub, Widescreen Review, Tape Online, and Film and Video Magazine.

HDFEST events Saturday December 4th will be held at the Goldcrest Screening Room, 799 West Washington Street. On Sunday December 5th, events will be held at The Tribeca Grand Screen, 2 Avenue of the Americas. Tickets for the New York HDFEST events can be purchased through HDFEST's website Tickets to all New York screenings are $8, admission to the award ceremony and party are free of charge with advance reservation.

For information about HDFEST New York, sponsorship of 2005 events, or additional festival information, please visit or call 321-206-5343.

Since 2000, HDFEST "the world's only high-definition film festival" has been screening some of the world's finest High-Definition projects exclusively in HD format. HDFEST events also include panels and seminars on HD technology and digital cinema.

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